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.
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.
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.
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.
Date: October 2, 2018
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Douglas Building, Conference Rooms A & B 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000
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.
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
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.
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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