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What is RESTORE?

The RESTORE Act allocates 80 percent of the amount of any Clean Water Act fines from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the Gulf Coast. Under RESTORE, the fines are divided into several different sources of funding, with different permissible uses and various methods for approving projects. Importantly, 75 percent of Florida's allocation will come directly to the eight disproportionately impacted panhandle counties which include Santa Rosa, Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties.

Several parties are involved with the various settlements resulting from the Deepwater Horizon blowout, explosion, oil spill and response. To date, MOEX has settled all of its civil liability while Transocean will pay $1 billion in partial Clean Water Act civil penalties, which will be the first funds to be dispersed through the formula outlined in the RESTORE Act.

The total funding available for eligible activities under the Direct Component will depend on the Trust Fund balance and any adjustment due to sequestration. An estimated $4 million is available to Santa Rosa County in the first dollars offered through the RESTORE Act associated with the Transocean Civil Penalty. This initial release of funding is a small part of an estimated $20-75 million Santa Rosa County is expected to receive once litigation and Clean Water Act fines against BP are finalized.
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Santa Rosa County Local RESTORE Council
On Aug. 16, 2012 Santa Rosa County Commissioners passed a resolution which established the frame work for the county's local RESTORE council. This council is mandated by the RESTORE Act, and is tasked with reviewing projects to determine if they are eligible. The local council will make recommendations to the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners and is the first venue for the public to participate in the selection process for RESTORE Act projects.

The Santa Rosa RESTORE Council is made up of 11 members. Five are appointed by the commission with an expertise in a pertinent area such as the environment, economic development or tourism:
  • District 1 - Cal Bodenstein
  • District 2 - Carole Tebay
  • District 3 - Donna Tucker
  • District 4 - Rob Williamson
  • District 5 - Dave Robau
  • City of Milton - Brian Watkins
  • City of Gulf Breeze - Edwin Eddy
  • Town of Jay - Shon Owens
  • Navarre Beach Chamber - Tony Alexander
  • Commission Designee - Lane Lynchard
  • Current Commission Chairman - District 3 Don Salter
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On October 14, 2014, the Department of Treasury RESTORE Act interim final rule became effective. In addition, the treasury released a guidance document and for processing grant funds associated with the direct component. The direct component funds are funds that will be received by Santa Rosa County directly from treasury based upon approval of Santa Rosa County's multiyear plan (MYIP) and corresponding grant requests. Santa Rosa County will accept grant proposals based upon the new guidance provided by the treasury from January 12 to March 13, 2015.

Presentations to the Local RESTORE Council

In order to become more educated about the issues Santa Rosa County faces in the areas of the environment, economic development, infrastructure, and tourism, the Local RESTORE Council received a series of presentations during the summer of 2014 that provided an overview of issues that impact the County and which may be of consideration in the evaluation of future RESTORE project submissions. While the LRC does not anticipate scheduling additional formal presentations during the solicitation period (January 12 - March 13, 2015), members of the public are always welcome to make a statement during the public comment period at the end of each LRC meeting. Project specific presentations are not allowed at this time.

Local RESTORE Project Ideas

Santa Rosa's Local RESTORE Council is interested in project proposals from eligible applicants who meet OMB guidelines as indicated in 31 C.F.R.§§200.330 through 200.332, or work through an entity that is qualified to receive Federal Grant Funds. Project proposal information and guidance can be found at the Submit Project Proposal tab on this web page. Proposals for this initial phase of funding will be accepted from January 12 to March 13, 2015

Project Proposal

Project proposals are not being accepted at this time. Beginning January 12, 2015 and through March 13, 2015 proposals can be submitted electronically. Please revisit this page on or after January 12, 2015. Please review RFP for additional details.

Santa Rosa's Local RESTORE Council(LRC) is interested in project proposals from eligible applicants who meet OMB guidelines as indicated in 31 C.F.R.§§ 200.330 through 200.332, or work through an entity that is qualified to receive Federal Grant Funds. Applicants who wish to submit their proposals for projects to be included in the Santa Rosa County Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYIP) may submit project proposals following the guidelines provided in the Santa Rosa County Local RESTORE Council Request for Proposals. Proposals will be accepted beginning January 12, 2015 and must be received no later than 4:00 pm, March 13, 2015.

There will be a pre-application workshop for interested parties during the regularly scheduled Local RESTORE Council meeting on February 9, 2015, and proposers and other interested parties are welcome to attend and ask questions or make comments about the proposal process. This workshop has been scheduled for February 9 to allow time for proposers to begin working on their proposals and determine if they have any questions.

If you have multiple projects, please plan to submit one proposal for each project.

Projects must focus on one or more of the eligible activities:
  • Restoration/protection of natural resource
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife & natural resources
  • Implementation of federally approved marine, coastal or conservation management
  • Workforce development and job creation
  • Improve State Parks in coastal areas affected by oil spill
  • Infrastructure projects benefiting economy or ecological resources
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure
  • Promotion of tourism and seafood in the Gulf Coast region
This preliminary RFP is for nominations for projects to be included in the MYIP, and should present enough basic project criteria to provide a fair and objective basis for grading each project. Proposals must be submitted for all projects, even those previously submitted through the county's RESTORE portal. Projects approved for inclusion in the MYIP may not be funded at 100% of the requested amount. The LRC and BOCC will determine project funding levels based on availability of funds and the needs of the County.


The following resources are provided to assist you in researching and developing project proposals. Click on each link to access the appropriate document:
  • Request for Proposals
  • Sample Proposal - applicants are not required to follow this format, but it has been designed to accommodate project scoring.
  • Local RESTORE Council Project Scoring Sheet Category 1 - Environment
  • Local RESTORE Council Project Scoring Sheet Category 2.a - Job Creation
  • Local RESTORE Council Project Scoring Sheet Category 2.b - Workforce Development
  • Local RESTORE Council Project Scoring Sheet Category 3 - Infrastructure
  • Local RESTORE Council Project Scoring Sheet Category 4 - Tourism

Anticipated Time Line




Dec. 16, 2014

County press release and notice of funding activity


Jan. 12, 2014 - Mar. 13, 2015

Project proposals accepted


Feb. 9, 2015

Pre-application working session for proposers and members of the LRC

LRC, technical staff, proposers, consultant

Mar. 16 - May 1, 2015

Proposal review and scoring

Technical staff

May 1, 2015

RESTORE Technical Staff reviews and scores proposals, develops project scoring spreadsheet

Technical staff

May 11, 2015

LRC reviews proposal scoring results, costs, and draft MYIP development process.


May 29, 2015

RESTORE Technical Staff prepares draft MYIP

Technical staff

Jun. 8, 2015

LRC discusses draft MYIP.


Jun. 8 - Jul. 12, 2015

Revise draft MYIP based on LRC feedback

Technical staff

Jul. 13, 2015

Draft MYIP approved by LRC



45-day public notice for MYIP (County web site; legal notice)


Jul. 16, 2015

MYIP approved by County Commission


Aug. 28, 2015

County submits plan to Treasury for approval (after 45-day comment period)


Oct. 28, 2015

Approval of Treasury (30-60 days)



Initiate individual MYIP grant applications



NRDA - Natural Resource Damage Assessment Funding Source: BP

On April 21, 2011, the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council announced an agreement under which BP committed to provide $1 billion toward implementation of early restoration projects. These funds are divided among the trustees:

  • $500 million split equally among the Gulf state trustees (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas)
  • $200 million split equally between the federal trustees (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior)
  • $300 million to fund additional state-proposed restoration projects to be selected by federal

NRDA Phase I included 5 projects in Escambia County totaling $5.7 million. NRDA Phase II included $6.7 million for two regional projects. NRDA Phase III included 28 projects across the region totaling $88 million. Nine NRDA projects have a direct or indirect impact on Santa Rosa County.

  1. Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky
  2. Enhanced Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injured by Response Activities
  3. Florida artificial reef creation and restoration
  4. Scallop Enhancement for increased recreational fishing opportunity in the Florida
  5. Florida Oyster Clutch Placement
  6. Navarre Beach Park Coastal Access and Dune Restoration Project
  7. Navarre Beach Park Gulfside Walkover Complex
  8. Gulf Breeze Wayside Park Boat Ramp
  9. Escribano Point Enhanced Recreational Opportunities
MOEX Offshore Settlement Funding Source: Moex, minority partner to BP

MOEX was a 10-percent non-operating investor in the lease on the Macondo well at the time of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is the first entity to resolve civil penalty claims. The State of Florida received $10 million in the form of land acquisitions and stormwater management projects under a June 18, 2012 Consent Decree between MOEX and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  1. Stormwater Retrofit Projects for Bay, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties
  2. Conservation/Acquisition of 1,541 acres at Escribano Point in Santa Rosa County for
NFWF - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding Source: Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), supports projects to remedy harm and eliminate or reduce the risk of harm to Gulf Coast natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  1. Management & Restoration of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat – Phase I
  2. Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation
BP Gulf Seafood and Tourism Promotional Fund - Funding Source: BP

Established to promote tourism and the seafood industries in Gulf Coast areas impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident. Recipients of these funds in Santa Rosa County include the following:

  1. Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council* $491,000 of which $392,800 has been received and the other $98,000 pending final deliverables. (Another $491,000 has been committed for an additional year if all funds are expended and project successfully implemented during the approved time frame). Funds spent on tourism promotion, advertising, etc.
  2. Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce* $100,000
  3. University of Florida - $171,150 Naturally EscaRosa: Promoting Ecotourism and Agri-tourism in NW Florida
Tourism Funding

In addition to the Promotion Fund, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council has received the following funds to support promotion of tourism:

  1. 2010 - $ 1,000,000 from the State of Florida
  2. 2010 - $ 551,511 from BP
  3. 2011 - $ 1,230,471 from BP
Industry Recruitment, Retention & Expansion Fund (IRREF)
Funding Source: State of Florida General Fund

Funding is available through the Industry Recruitment, Retention & Expansion Fund grant program to grant proposals within the eight Northwest Florida counties most affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Wakulla counties. Funding under the IRREF Grant Program is limited to businesses considering locating or expanding in a Disproportionally Affected County of Northwest Florida, and for which there is significant interstate or international competition that cannot be met by other State and local economic development incentives. The IRREF Grant Program is intended to supplement state and local economic development incentives when attempting to entice medium and large enterprises - particularly those in Florida's targeted industry clusters or strategic areas of emphasis - to locate or expand their business operations within a Disproportionally Affected County. The IRREF Grant Program is not intended to substitute for state and local economic development incentives.

  1. Priton awarded funds but have not yet met the criteria for receipt of funds.
Gulf Oil Spill Restoration

Separate funding will also be available for projects of Gulf-wide significance, and will be allocated according to a comprehensive plan developed by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Governor Scott represents Florida on the Council, and has asked the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to propose restoration projects to the council for inclusion in the comprehensive plan. Projects can be submitted online for consideration at

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