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Below are updates to Natural Resource Damage Assessment, RESTORE Act and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund restoration activities in Florida.


Florida Trustee Implementation Group Approves Plan to Enhance Public Access to Coastal Habitats at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group has approved the Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project Plan for the acquisition of the Dickerson Bay parcel. This 114-acre coastal parcel will become part of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct minor restoration activities and implement recreational improvements. The public will have access to hiking and wildlife viewing around unique shrub-scrub and longleaf pine uplands. The estimated cost of the project is $685,000.  

We released a draft plan for public comment on April 18, 2022. To help the public become familiar with our proposal and take public comment, we held a webinar on May 10 and a public meeting on May 12.   

The Florida Coastal Access Project enhances public access to surrounding natural resources and increases recreational opportunities through the acquisition and/or enhancement of coastal land in the Florida Panhandle helping to restore impacts to recreational use due to the spill.  

The first phase of the Florida Coastal Access Project, described in the Phase V Early Restoration Plan, and the second phase, described in the Phase V.2 Restoration Plan, included acquisition and/or enhancement of recreational amenities at five coastal parcels in the Florida Panhandle. The Phase V.3 Restoration Plan included acquisition of a sixth coastal parcel. As of December 2021, the Florida Trustee Implementation Group has 38 different recreational use projects completed or underway. 

The materials prepared for the public meeting and more information about the work of the Florida Trustee Implementation Group can be found at the Florida Restoration Area web page

Read the Plan 

Final Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project: Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (PDF, 66 pages) 

Final Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project, Dickerson Bay Addition Factsheet (PDF, 1 page)  


DEP Announces Call for Project Ideas for Funding Under RESTORE Funded Priorities List 3b

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Deepwater Horizon Program (DWH) announces its solicitation for project ideas to fund under RESTORE Funded Priorities List 3b programs.

The state of Florida is expected to receive approximately $30 million in approved funds plus an additional $39 million that has been identified for funding future projects. These awards will fund Florida-based Gulf of Mexico restoration projects that meet the criteria specified under three programs.

DWH will consider project proposals that meet the following eligibility requirements.

Program Name

Geographical Extent

2022 Solicitation Eligible Techniques

Gulf Coast Resiliency Program

23 Gulf Coast Counties

  • Planning and design of living shorelines.
  • Coastal and submerged lands management.
  • Land acquisition to protect habitats that enhance resiliency.

Gulf Coast Tributaries Hydrologic Restoration Program

Watersheds that drain to the Gulf of Mexico (8-digit Hydrologic Unit Code)

  • Ditch/canal plugging.
  • Restoring natural dimensions of tidal passes/inlets.
  • Restoring/reconnecting wetlands.
  • Installing erosion control or water control structures.
  • Strategic use of impoundments to capture and store floodwaters to be released during droughts.
  • Land acquisition associated with hydrologic restoration activities.

Water Quality Improvement Program

Watersheds that drain to the Gulf of Mexico (8-digit HUC)

  • Stormwater management.
  • Erosion and sediment control.
  • Land acquisition associated with water quality improvement activities.
  • Re-use for non-potable water supply purposes.

Project proposals will be accepted via the Deepwater Horizon web portal through July 11, 2022.

DEP has posted Frequently Asked Questions and a Project Proposal Planning Sheet to the DWH webpage to assist with proposal applications. Project selection criteria are also provided on the website.

For questions, please email DeepwaterHorizon@FloridaDEP.gov.

Join the Deepwater Horizon Trustees for their Annual Public Meeting Webinar June 16

The Trustee Council will hold its seventh annual public meeting and open house via webinar on June 16, 2022. The webinar is open to everyone, and we encourage your attendance and participation (see registration information below).  

During this meeting, we will present updates on the progress made by the Trustee Council and in each of the seven Restoration Areas. This meeting will also serve as the annual public meeting for the Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group. We will provide an opportunity for public comments after the presentations. We will also hold an open house Q&A session following the conclusion of the public meeting presentations and public comment period.  

  • Date: June 16, 2022        
  • Time: Public Meeting 6: - 7 p.m. CT 
    Open House 7 – 7:30 p.m. CT 
  • Registration: Register for the webinar.

The registration page includes questions that ask whether you would like to sign up to give a verbal comment during the public meeting. If you sign up, you will receive a follow up email with additional instructions. If you are not sure if you would like to make a public comment, you will have the opportunity to do so during the webinar. 

The registration page also includes an opportunity to submit a question about restoration area planning and projects, data management or monitoring that will be answered during the open house. We will also take written questions during the open house. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join. We recommend doing a  GoToWebinar system check, and reviewing the  attendee guide  before joining the webinar. You will have  options to join  the webinar via a web browser, or you can download the GoToWebinar app if you haven’t already. 

Please contact  webinars@dwhtig.org  by June 1, 2022, if you need special assistance with language, hearing or visual capabilities. 

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, we will update the  Gulf Spill Restoration website  with the presentation and transcript, and we will send a follow-up email with this information when it is available.  Last year’s annual public meeting information was made available  shortly after the June 2021 meeting. 

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Florida Coastal Access Project Draft Restoration Plan, Meeting Materials Available

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group held its virtual meeting for the fourth phase of the Florida Coastal Access Project on May 10, 2022 and an in-person meeting on May 12, 2022.

During the meetings, we presented information on our Draft Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project: Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment released in April 2022. At both the virtual and in-person meetings, the presentation was followed by a public comment period.

Materials from the meeting include:


UPDATE: Meeting Location Change for May 12, 2022, Florida Trustee Implementation Group Public Meeting

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group, in response to a request from the community of Panacea, will now hold its open house and public meeting regarding the Draft Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project: Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment on May 12, 2022.

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group has released a draft restoration plan proposing the fourth phase of the  Florida Coastal Access Project for public review and comment. The Draft Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project: Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment proposes the Dickerson Bay Addition, which includes acquisition of a coastal parcel and minor recreational improvements.

The privately-owned 114-acre undeveloped coastal parcel is within the approved acquisition boundary of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. The estimated cost of the project is $685,000.  

The draft plan is available for public comment through May 20, 2022; the trustees will host a webinar and an in-person public meeting on May 10 and May 12, respectively. 

The Florida Coastal Access Project aims to enhance public access to surrounding natural resources and increase recreational opportunities through the acquisition and/or enhancement of coastal land in the Florida Panhandle helping to restore impacts to recreational use due to the spill.  

The first phase of the Florida Coastal Access Project, described in the Phase V Early Restoration Plan, and the second phase, described in the Phase V.2 Restoration Plan, included acquisition and/or enhancement of recreational amenities at five coastal parcels in the Florida Panhandle. The Phase V.3 Restoration Plan included acquisition only of a sixth coastal parcel. As of December 2021, the Florida Trustee Implementation Group has 38 different recreational use projects completed or underway. 

How to Comment on the Draft Plan 

We are interested in receiving your comments on the draft plan. The public comment period will remain open through May 20, 2022. Comments can be made online, by mail or during the public meeting or webinar.  

  • Comment online.
  • Mail comments to: Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 29649, Atlanta, GA 30345 

After the public comment period ends, the Florida Trustee Implementation Group will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing the Final Phase V.4 Florida Coastal Access Project: Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment. 

If you are unable to attend either the in-person meeting or webinar, the materials will be posted online after the meetings on the Florida Restoration Area webpage

Read the Draft Plan 


Draft 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update Public Webinars

On April 21, 2022, the RESTORE Council will release the draft 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update for a 46-day public review and comment period that will conclude at 11:59 p.m. MT on June 6, 2022.

On April 21, 2022, the RESTORE Council will host and record two live public webinars. During each live webinar, council staff will present an overview of the draft 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update and respond to requests for clarifications from webinar participants. 

The registration links for the live draft 2022 Comprehensive Plan Update, public comment webinars are below:

You may register for these webinars in advance. Once registered, a link to access the webinar will be sent to the email address provided during registration. A recording of the presentation will be posted at www.restorethegulf.gov. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in the RESTORE Council's activities. 

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July 21, 2022 - 9:25am

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