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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.
Links of Interest
BP along with other parties are currently in court with the Department of Justice to determine the exact amount of Clean Water Act fines so the total amount of fines has yet to be fully determined and there is no definitive time line for when dollars may actually start flowing to the region. However, Santa Rosa County remains engaged at all levels of government to see that our county takes full advantage of this opportunity (click here to see flow chart of oil spill funds in Florida). Santa Rosa County could receive $20-56 million, and it is imperative that these funds be spent wisely.
 
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 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 - Vacant
  • District 3 - Donna Tucker
  • District 4 - Greg Fountain
  • District 5 - Dave Robau
  • City of Milton - Brian Watkins
  • Town of Jay - Shon Owens
  • NBACOC - Tony Alexander
  • City of Gulf Breeze - Edwin "Buzz" Eddy
  • Commission Selected Representative - District 5 Commissioner Lane Lynchard
  • Current Commission Chairman - District 4 Jim Melvin
Next Local RESTORE Council Meeting
Local RESTORE Council Meeting Minutes

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On August 15, 2014, the Department of Treasury published their interim final rule implementing the RESTORE Act. The regulation will be effective 60 days after the date of publication. In addition, the treasury released a guidance document and 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 and corresponding grant requests. Click here for the guidelines direct funding. Santa Rosa County is currently modifying the grant application based upon the new information provided by the treasury.
 

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 is currently accepting presentation requests. Presentations may not be project specific, but should inform the council by providing an overview on an issue that impacts the county and which may be of consideration in the evaluation of future RESTORE project submissions. It is recommended that groups who have similar missions work together and make joint presentations.

Presentations must following these guidelines:

  • All presentations are to be no longer than 10 minutes. The council will have an additional 5-10 minutes to ask questions.
  • Presentations should be specific and meaningful to Santa Rosa County in the areas of the environment, economic development, infrastructure, and tourism.
  • Presentations regarding specific projects or marketing will not be allowed.  General needs, problems and issues in the areas of the environment, economic development infrastructure and tourism are topics of interest at this time.
  • Up to three presentations may be scheduled per meeting. Meetings are held once a month, generally on the second Monday of the month. To make a request to be added to a meeting agenda, please send an email outlining your presentation and associated community groups to emilys@santarosa.fl.gov.
  • Once approved for an agenda, presenters must submit any PowerPoint files or other documentation at least seven days prior to presentation.

Local RESTORE Project Ideas

Santa Rosa's Local RESTORE Council is interested in project ideas from individuals and organizations. Persons wishing to submit their ideas for possible Santa Rosa RESTORE Act project funding may complete the RESTORE Act Proposed Project Information Form.

Submit Project Information

Santa Rosa's Local RESTORE Council is interested in project ideas from individuals and organizations. Persons wishing to submit their ideas for possible Santa Rosa RESTORE Act project funding may complete the RESTORE Act Proposed Project Information Form. 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
Please understand that submission of a preliminary project using this form or any other avenue in no way assures applicants that the project will receive funding. This is simply an initial information form. The process of how project ideas will be officially submitted, reviewed and selected is still evolving. At this time, the Local RESTORE Council has not developed processes for reviewing the preliminary project submittals. The regulations for the implementation of the RESTORE Act have not yet been finalized by the U.S. Treasury Department and a settlement with British Petroleum has not been reached, therefore projects cannot yet formally be submitted or approved for funding by the Santa Rosa County Commission.

Information collected will be reviewed by the Local RESTORE Council pursuant to guidelines which it will establish. Completing the RESTORE Act Proposed Project Information Form will not be the only mechanism for the collection of project information, as it is the Local RESTORE Council's goal to solicit project ideas through a variety of outlets to insure that RESTORE funds are allocated to those projects which best meet the criteria established by the RESTORE Act.

Please complete the fields below, you must complete one form per project. If you have multiple project suggestions, please complete all fields for a single project including clicking the submit button and then begin the process again for each additional project.

The information provided will be presented to the Santa Rosa Local RESTORE Council. The primary project contact will be notified prior to a meeting where the specific project is discussed.

If you have any questions or concerns about the process for submitting proposed project information, please contact:

  Sheila Harris
Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners
Grants & Special Projects Coordinator
(850) 983-1848
sheilah@santarosa.fl.gov
6495 Caroline St. Suite H
Milton, FL 32570
 

Project Name:
Organization(s) or Groups
Submitting Project:
   
Primary Contact Information
  Name:*
  Address:
  Phone Number:*
  Alt Phone Number:
  E-mail Address:*
   
Location of Proposed Project:
(City, County, GIS cooridnates, etc)
   
Brief Project Narrative: (Limit 1,500 characters)
   
Anticipated Project Outcome: (Limit 1,500 characters)
   
Estimated Project Costs (Describe the estimated costs of the project, including any assumptions for contingency and ongoing operations/maintenance. Identify other secured funding sources such as matching funds, in-kind contributions or state/federal dollars. An attachment with this information may be uploaded in the supplemental information area below.)
 
Please check each of the following that apply to your proposed project:
(You may check more than one.)
  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
  Planning assistance
  Administrative Costs (max of 3%)
  Promotion of tourism and seafood in the Gulf Coast region
 
Is this project ready for implementation? Please list the status of design, permitting and other required approvals and if applicable, an anticipated timeline for implementation. (Limit 1,500 characters)
 
Please attach any supplemental information you would like to include. Examples can include narratives, budget details, environmental information, references, etc to support your proposed project.
 

Submission of a preliminary project using this form or any other avenue in no way assures applicants that the project will receive funding. This is simply an initial information form. The process of how project ideas will be officially submitted, reviewed and selected is still evolving. Information collected will be reviewed by the Local RESTORE Council pursuant to guidelines which it will establish.

Completing the RESTORE Act Proposed Project Information Form will not be the only mechanism for the collection of project information, as it is the Local RESTORE Council's goal to solicit project ideas through a variety of outlets to insure that RESTORE funds are allocated to those projects which best meet the criteria established by the RESTORE Act.

I have read the above statement.*

 
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 
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 http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/projects_restore_act.htm


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