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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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:
Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners
Grants & Special Projects Coordinator
(850) 983-1848 firstname.lastname@example.org
6495 Caroline St. Suite H
Milton, FL 32570
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