Sep 07

Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:31 PM by Jim Muller

Florida's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) web page was recently updated.  Take a look to see which resources Florida's portion of the GEBF has focused on.  Includes a link to the comprehensive list of projects.

"To date, NFWF has awarded more than $110 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 26 restoration projects in the state of Florida. These projects were selected for funding following extensive consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The projects in Florida address high-priority restoration and conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources, as well as significant assessment efforts to guide management decisions that will benefit important habitats and species....

Project Highlights

Eliminating Light Pollution at Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches...

Beach Nesting Bird Stewardship...

Improving Fisheries Management...

Future Projects

NFWF is engaged in consultation with [FWCC, FDEP], FWS and NOAA to identify priority restoration and conservation projects for consideration under the GEBF.

http://www.nfwf.org/gulf/Pages/GEBF-Florida.aspx

Sep 07

Draft RESTORE Act State Expenditure Plan - posted January 17, 2018

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:31 PM by Jim Muller

The Florida Gulf Counties Consortium will hold a public review meeting on the draft State Expenditure Plan at 6:30 pm CT on January 22, 2018, in the Bay County Commission Chambers. The Plan outlines how Florida’s RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component funds will be spent. The funds are from Deepwater Horizon disaster Clean Water Act fines.

Florida’s allocation is $294 million, paid over a 15-year period. Approximately $12 million will be spent on projects in each of Florida’s 23 coastal counties. The plan can be downloaded from https://www.gulfconsortium.org/draft-state-expenditure-plan (22 megs). Another public review meeting will be in Tampa on January 23. Two public review webinars will also be held on Feb. 1 and 15. The comment period ends March 2, 2018. Additional information and a link to a comment form is at https://www.gulfconsortium.org/draft-state-expenditure-plan

Sep 07

Gulf Consortium draft Stand-Up State Expenditure Plan - poste December 1, 2017

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 3:30 PM by Jim Muller

December 1, 2017

The Gulf Consortium is a public entity that includes Florida's 23 Gulf Coast counties, from Escambia County in the western panhandle of Florida to Monroe County on Florida’s southern tip. Florida’s 23 Gulf Coast Counties formed the Consortium to meet requirements of the RESTORE Act to develop a State Expenditure Plan for economic and environmental recovery of the Gulf coast in Florida following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan details how Florida’s portion of the RESTORE Act Oil Spill Impact Component, also known as Pot 3, will be spent.

The Consortium Board approved the Draft “Stand-Up” State Expenditure Plan (SEP) on November 15th. The Stand-Up SEP describes how the Gulf Consortium will manage the implementation of the State Expenditure Plan, which will include projects in all 23 counties. The draft Stand-Up State expenditure plan is expected to be approved by the the Board in January 2018.

The Consortium is asking for public comment by January 19th on the Draft Stand-Up SEP. A comment portal is available here.  The draft plan can be accessed from a link at the top of the page.