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.
The Draft Florida State Expenditure Plan is now open for public comment
The Gulf Consortium Board of Directors invites you to review and provide feedback on Florida's Draft State Expenditure Plan (SEP) for the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act. The comment portal will close on March 2, 2018.
The Gulf Consortium is tasked with planning and implementing Florida’s projects under the Spill Impact Component (Pot, or Bucket 3) portion of the RESTORE Act. The Draft Florida State Expenditure Plan describes the Consortium’s proposed projects, programs and activities to be implemented.
Florida Trustee Implementation Group Notice of Public Meeting
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in conjunction with the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Florida Trustee Implementation Group, will host a public meeting to present details on the proposed second phase of the Florida Coastal Access project, which is a Deepwater Horizon Early Restoration Phase V project. The meeting will begin with an interactive open house where the public can ask questions and learn about details of the proposed project. The open house will be followed by a formal presentation and opportunity for the public to provide comments on the draft restoration plan associated with the proposed second phase of the Florida Coastal Access project. The draft restoration plan proposes acquisition of a parcel adjacent to Salinas Park on Cape San Blas in Gulf County, Florida, and the construction of passive recreational uses amenities on the parcel and at the existing Salinas Park.
Open House from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Eastern Time) Presentation and Public comment from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
The draft plan is available for public review and comment through December 8, 2017. After the public comment period ends, the Florida TIG will review, consider and address public comments before releasing the final restoration plan and supplemental environmental assessment.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service P.O. Box 49567 Atlanta, Georgia 30345
Save the Date: Trustee Council Public Meeting
The Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on November 30, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama. During this meeting, we will present updates on the work of the Trustee Council and each Trustee Implementation Group (TIG): Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Open Ocean, and Region-wide. Each TIG and the Trustee Council have committed to hold at least one public meeting a year; this meeting will serve as the annual public meeting for the Trustee Council and the Region-wide TIG.
Open House for discussion and questions 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Public Meeting for presentation and public comment 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you at this meeting. We encourage you to attend our Open House, where staff will be available for discussions and questions. If you are unable to attend the public meeting, you will be able to view the meeting presentation and transcript on the Trustees’ website soon after the meeting concludes.
Norriego Point Project Kicks Off
A project aimed at stabilizing Destin, Florida’s landmark Norriego Point, and revitalizing recreational opportunities there was kicked off by the Florida Trustee Implementation Group with high hopes and a ground-breaking ceremony held on October 11, 2017.
The project will start with the construction of erosion control structures to restore 5.4 acres of the point lost over time and provide additional swimming locations in embayments. This stabilization phase is expected to be completed by spring 2018 and cost $9.7 million. If all goes according to plan, the $2.8 million recreational improvement phase of the project will start in the fall of 2018 and be completed in spring of 2019. This phase will provide a picnic pavilion, a boardwalk that meets American Disabilities Act requirements, bicycle racks, additional parking, restrooms, dune crossovers, and an observation pavilion.
This project received $10 million in early restoration funding and $3.7 million in additional funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Beaches Program to complete the stabilization phase of this project. DEP is overseeing the project.
January 23, 2018 - 9:47am
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