Jan 18

January 17, 2018

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 8:39 AM by Jim Muller

Commissioner Griff Griffitts Chosen as New Director of Gulf Consortium



Jan 12

December 15, 2017

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 1:35 PM by Jim Muller

Bay County is proposing an amendment to its RESTORE Act Direct Component Multiyear Implementation Plan. The amendment only affects the Porter Park Improvements project, proposed by the City of Lynn Haven.

The major change is to the scope of this project. Pot 1 funds were proposed to fund a portion of an improvement plan for Porter Park. The City requested RESTORE Act funds to improve the existing ramp, install fixed staging docks and a floating dock, and to replace the failing seawall. The overall improvement plan as described also included facilities such as restrooms, pavilions, parking and playground equipment.

Because of the sequencing of the improvement project, the City made the improvements to the ramp, docks and seawall prior to Treasury approval of the grant application. The City would like to amend its RESTORE Act proposal to have the RESTORE Act funds contribute to the future costs of the restrooms, pavilions, parking and playground equipment rather than the improvements now in place. The amount of RESTORE funds allocated for the project will remain the same.

Because of the change to the project objectives, Treasury considers this a material modification to the Plan and requires an amendment to the Plan, including the opportunity for public comment on the amendment. The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will consider the draft amendment to the Multi-Year Implementation Plan for Bay County’s Direct Component of the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (RESTORE Act “Pot 1”) at their December 19, 2017 meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. A public hearing will be conducted during which the public will have an opportunity to comment. After the meeting, the public will have 45 days to comment on the draft Plan amendment. Comments may be submitted by email to RESTOREproposals@baycountyfl.gov or may be mailed to: RESTORE Act Direct Component, County Manager’s Office, 840 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL 32401.

An overview of the process and the proposed amendments are available at https://fl-baycounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2275 and will also be available for viewing at the main Bay County Public Library.

Jan 12

December 1, 2017

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 1:33 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.