The suite of 19 restoration projects proposed in this draft plan includes projects that address the restoration types listed below. The projects, if approved, will be funded by each respective restoration type:
Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands (four proposed projects)
Sea Turtles (three proposed projects)
Marine Mammals (one proposed project)
Birds (four proposed projects)
Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities (seven proposed projects)
One project addresses both the Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands and the Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities restoration types, but is only counted under the Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands restoration type above. If approved, it would be funded by both restoration types. The approximate cost to implement all the proposed projects is $62,200,000.
Public Comment and Webinar
The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft plan through March 29, 2021 by submitting comments online, by mail, or during the public webinar.
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) announces a public webinar to present its draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) 3b. This will be the 2nd Gulf Coast webinar held during the RESTORE Council’s 50-day public review and comment period on draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) 3b. This draft FPL 3b will adhere to the FPL development processes committed to by the Council, particularly as they relate to the use of the best available science (BAS), public engagement and transparency, and the Council’s recently finalized Planning Framework. The public review period began on November 16, 2020 and will conclude at 11:59 pm MT on January 5, 2021. The draft FPL 3b is currently available at www.restorethegulf.gov. During the Florida public meeting, the Council will present an overview of the draft FPL 3b and request your input to ensure restoration investments fit into the broad vision of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to RESTORE Council staff, representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA, and the U.S. Department of the Interior will participate.
Advance registration for this webinar is not required, but is appreciated. We will be accepting verbal public comments, limited to a maximum of 3 minutes, after the presentation portion of the webinar. For additional information, contact us at RestoreCouncil@restorethegulf.gov.
Florida Trustees Holding Annual Public Meeting on December 8
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group will hold its annual public meeting via a webinar on December 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET. During the meeting we will present an update on Florida Restoration Area plans, projects, and activities. After the presentation, we will provide an opportunity for attendees to give verbal public comments. The webinar is open to everyone and we encourage your attendance and participation.
The registration page also includes a question asking whether you would like to give a verbal public comment during the meeting. If you answer yes, you will receive a follow up email with additional instructions. If you are not sure when you register, you will have another opportunity during the webinar to sign up to speak.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar. We recommend doing a GoToWebinar system check, and reviewing the attendee guide before joining the webinar.
Please contact us at email@example.com by November 24, 2020, if you need special assistance due to a hearing or visual impairment.
If you are unable to attend the public meeting, we will update the Florida Restoration Area webpage with materials from the webinar and we will send a follow-up email with this information when it is available.
Draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) 3b Webinars and Comment period
On November 16, 2020, the RESTORE Council staff will begin a 50-day public review and comment period on draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) 3b, which will conclude at 11:59 pm MDT on January 5, 2021. On the first day of the public review and comment period, the draft FPL 3b will be available at www.restorethegulf.gov. The RESTORE Council will host and record two live public webinars on November 16, 2020. During each live webinar, Council staff will present an overview of the draft FPL 3b, and respond to requests for clarifications from webinar participants.
The registration links for the live draft FPL 3b- 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 and a list of all questions and responses from each webinar will be posted at www.restorethegulf.gov. Due to the health pandemic, the Council will schedule virtual public meetings to review the proposed activities for draft FPL 3b in each Gulf state. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in the RESTORE Council's activities.
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