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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 Draft Restoration Plan 1 - Status Update

On September 25, the Florida Restoration Area trustees released our Draft Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment, and held a public meeting to present it on October 2.

In light of the impacts of Hurricane Michael on our coastal communities and resources, the Florida trustees will need to gather more information on proposed projects in the Draft Plan since some projects may have been impacted by the hurricane. We also want to allow the affected communities to begin recovery, and to be able to participate more fully in review of the Draft Plan when they are able.

Even though the formal comment period ends on October 26, 2018, we will continue to accept public comments after that date while we determine next steps. After the next steps have been determined, we will post updated information on the Florida Restoration Area webpage and Florida DEP’s Deepwater Horizon webpage, and distribute it via email.

The entire Florida Deepwater Horizon restoration team extends its thoughts and prayers for all those affected by Hurricane Michael.


Florida Trustees Seek Public Comment on Draft Restoration Plan I

UPDATE, October 15, 2018:

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group's Draft Restoration Plan I Public Webinar is canceled until further notice due to Hurricane Michael and recovery efforts. The public webinar will be rescheduled at a later date. Additionally, the public comment period will be extended. Dates for both the webinar and the new comment period ending will be announced soon.

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group, has released its Draft Restoration Plan I and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 537 pg). The draft plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes projects for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result in Florida caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We are seeking public comment on the draft plan through October 26, 2018.    

Project Alternatives

Draft Restoration Plan I evaluates 32 project alternatives, plus the no action alternative for each restoration type, and proposes 24 projects for funding. The restoration activities proposed in this draft plan includes projects that address the following restoration types:

  • Habitat projects on federally managed lands.
  • Nutrient reduction.
  • Water quality.
  • Provide and enhance recreational opportunities.

These projects will help restore and benefit wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats, on federally managed lands; improve water quality and hydrology by reducing sources of pollution and restoring more natural flows to increase the overall health and productivity of these ecosystems; and enhance the public’s access to the surrounding natural resources and increase recreational opportunities.

The alternatives proposed for funding in the draft plan have a total estimated cost of $62 million.

Public Engagement, Comment Period and Meeting

We will hold a public meeting on October 2, 2018 and public webinar on October 10 to present the plan and receive comments. The public can also provide us comments via our online portal or U.S. mail through October 26.

Public Meeting

  • Date: October 2, 2018
  • Location:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Douglas Building, Conference Rooms A & B
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000

  • Time (EST):

Open House: 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Presentation and Public Comment: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 

The public meeting will begin with an interactive open house where the public can ask questions and learn details on the projects contained in draft plan. The open house will be followed by a formal presentation and opportunity for the public to provide comments on the draft plan.

Public Webinar

The public webinar will begin with “virtual open house” where the public can ask questions, followed by a comment period for the public to provide comments on the draft plan via the webinar.

Other Opportunities to Comment

Comments can also be submitted online or mailed to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 49567
Atlanta, Georgia 30345

The draft plan is available for public review and comment through October 26, 2018. After the public comment period ends, the Florida Trustees will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan and environmental assessment.

Florida's Draft Restoration Plan I and Environmental Assessment Documents

Draft Restoration Plan I and Environmental Assessment with Appendices PDF, 537 pg.


Florida Trustee Implementation Group Releases Phase V.2 Final Restoration Plan

The Florida Trustee Implementation Group approved its Phase V.2 Florida Coastal Access Project: Final Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment.

The Phase V.2 Draft Plan was released for review and public comment in November 2017, and held a public meeting in Port St. Joe on November 16, 2017. The final plan reflects revisions to the draft plan resulting from public comments and continuing project development.

The Salinas Park Addition involves acquisition and enhancement of an approximately 6-acre coastal parcel located in Cape San Blas, in Gulf County, Florida, and has an estimated cost of $3.2 million. The new parcel will be accessible from the existing Salinas Park Bayside parking area, as well as via the adjacent bicycle and pedestrian trail.

Please see factsheet on the Phase V.2 Final Plan and Salinas Park Addition.

For additional information, please visit the Gulf Spill Restoration website.


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.

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November 7, 2018 - 1:16pm

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