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 RESTORE Act/Consortium

• Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of April 2010 in which 11 workers lost their lives in the explosion and 200 million gallons of oil gushed unabated into the Gulf of Mexico for three months, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) and a group of lobbyists advocated at the onset to assist the eight (8) most impacted “disproportionate” counties. As lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. increased, FAC had included 15 “non-disproportionately,” or less affected, Gulf counties. Collier County is one of those 15.

• From Monroe to Escambia counties, more than 100 County Commissioners and county representatives attended the third meeting in Sept. 2012 (Okaloosa in July, Panama City in August) held to address the RESTORE Act, which was sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and passed as an amendment in the Federal Highway Bill that was approved by the U.S. Congress, then signed by President Barack Obama in July 2012.

• Passage of the RESTORE Act – which means Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 – may translate into millions of dollars for Gulf counties impacted by the oil tragedy and its repercussions.

• A Transition Budget of $53,000 included 7 percent for Collier County which amounts to $1,120 to cover expenses July through December.

• FAC officials have no expectations when the proceeds from the Clean Water Act penalties will benefit the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund which then will be allocated.

• From the 35 percent “county” pot, funds will be split equally among Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The funding could be anywhere from about $5 million to $20 million for Collier County.

• Re the 30 percent pot of money, the “federal” allocation, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will implement a recovery plan. The Governor will make an appointment to the Federal Council.

• The Consortium directs the “state” pot of funding which is a 30 percent distribution as well. These funds are competitive and go to each of the 23 Gulf Coast counties based on projects.

• On behalf of 23 counties, FAC took the initiative to facilitate the process. A Consortium is included in the federal legislation for Florida, reported FAC Attorney Ginger DeLegal. The intent is to maintain local government authority while also partnering with the Governor’s office.

• Susan Latvala, of Pinellas County and co-chair of Gulf counties, said the Interlocal Agreement is the backbone; counties will put the meat on it. “Stay united, think regionally, look toward the future.”

• Collier County approved the Interlocal Agreement at the Jan. 8 Board of County Commissioners meeting. Commission Vice Chair Tom Henning is Collier County’s Consortium Representative and Commissioner Donna Fiala is the Alternate.

• FAC Executive Director Chris Holley in explaining the Consortium said that Florida is unique in that it is only one of five states in which the impacted counties rather than the states are receiving Clean Water Act penalties, 80 percent of which go into a Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. In the other four of five states, funding goes to their state government.

• FAC has hired former DEO Secretary and DEP Chief of Staff Doug Darling to work on behalf of FAC and the 23 Gulf Coast Counties on the implementation of the RESTORE Act. Any questions or comments regarding FAC's efforts should be directed to him.

Doug Darling
(850) 922-4300

Much of the information compiled for this site was gathered from FAC meeting materials. A special thanks goes out as well to Amanda Wood of The Ferguson Group.  

 Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council draft Initial Comprehensive Plan - click here

Collier website:
FAC website (Consortium):
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Deepwater Horizon oil spill criminal & civil settlement documents):
Information Awareness & Education - click here

 RESTORE Act & Consortium Information Applicable to Collier County:

Committee Meetings:
 August 7, 2014 Agenda
 March 26, 2014 Agenda
 May 17, 2013     Agenda    News Release    Evaluation Form    Proposal Processing    Email
 June 21, 2013    Agenda    News Release    Evaluation Form    Proposal Processing    Email
 July 19, 2013     Agenda    News Release    Evaluation Form    Proposal Processing    Email    
 List of RESTORE Projects
 Staff Members List
 RESTORE ACT legistation. RESTORE Act is section 1601. Click here to view the bill.
 Final Project Ranking Pot 1
 Initial Comprehensive Plan public meetings. There are two meetings in Florida:
• June 3, 2013: Pensacola, Florida
• June 5, 2013: Spanish Fort, Alabama
• June 10, 2013: Galveston, Texas
• June 11, 2013: Biloxi, Mississippi
• June 12, 2013: Belle Chasse, Louisiana
• June 17, 2013: St. Petersburg, Florida

Project Submittals: 

Project 11 - Artificial Reefs
Project 15 - Beach Conditions Reporting
Project 9 - Blueway Funding
Project 24 - Conserving and Protecting CC Gulf Natural Resources Building a Team OCEAN Network
Project 35 - Corkscrew Lake Restoration, Flood Control, and Aquifer Storage & Recovery Project
Project 21 -  Eagle Creek Water Control Structure Replacement
Project 25 - Enhancing Community Stewardship for CC Gulf Coast Environmental Education and Training for Youth and Adults
Project 28 -  Floating Island Retrofit Project
Project 30 -  Fruit Farm Creek Mangrove Restoration Project
Project 34 -  Golden Gate Canal Stormwater Aquifer Storage & Recovery Park
Project 20 -  Golden Gate City Stormwater Improvement Project
Project 12 -  Griffin Rd Restore Interest Form 4-8-13
Project 2 - Habitat Island Construction
Project 19 -  Haldeman Creek & Winter Park Weir Replacement
Project 23 -  Henderson Creek Diversion
Project 31 -  Invasive Species Removal and Restoration of CC Conservation
Project 6 - Lake Manor Stormwater Park Restoration
Project 27 -  Littoral Area Planting Retrofit
Project 33 - Livingston Road ASR Wells 2-5
Project 14 -  Long-term enhancement of tropical mangrove wetland ecosystem services through tidal creek restoration-2
Project 5 -  Naples Bay Oyster Reef Construction
Project 18 -  NGGE Flowway Restoration Project
Project 17 - North Belle Meade Spreader Swale
Project 32 -  Pepper Ranch Preserve Southern Wetland Restoration
Project 16 -  Pine Ridge #1 Water Control Structure Replacement
Project 29 - Red Maple Swamp Land Acquisition
Project 26 -  Restoring Oyster Reef Habitat in Cocohatchee Estuary
Project 22 -  South I-75 Canal Spreader Swale
Project 10 -  Stone Crab Festival
Project 4 -  Stormwater Beach Outfall Removal-Phase I
Project 3 -  Stormwater Diversion Aquifer Storage Recovery
Project 7 -  Tigertail Beach-Sand Dollar Island Wildlife Observation Tower
Project 1 -  Tugboat Reef at 18 Mile Site
Project 13 -  Vanderbilt Lagoon Restoration Investigation Report
Project 8 -  Winchester Head Land Acquisition

   Gulf Coast Restoration Act (RESTORE Act)
   9.20.12 Final Version and Execution Copy of Interlocal Agreement
   Item #2 Directors & Alternates
   Ocean Conservancy RESTORE_Act_FlowChart (07.05.12).pdf
   Collier RESTORE Project Selection TFG Memo
  Attorney General Pam Bondi Reminds Affected Floridians to Timely Present Their Oil Pollution Act Claims
  Executive Summary RESTORE Act & Consortium
  RESTORE Info Page
  RESTORE Interest Form
   Request for project submittal to SW Florida Regional Ecosystem Restoration
   CC Proj 1 NGGE Flowway Restoration
   CC Proj 2 North Belle Meade Restoration
   CC Proj 3 Henderson Creek Diversion
   CC Proj South I-75 (South Belle Meade) Spreader Swale


   Department of Justice
   Item #5 Update on Federal Actions
   Gulf Consortium Newsletter December - Final
   Structure and Rationale for Gulf Consortium
   Draft Resolution
   Transition Budget
   Legal Description of a Joint Legal Entity (New 8.3.12)
   How a Joint Public Entity Can Serve in the Implementation of the RESTORE Act (New 8.3.12)
   Joint Pubic Entity Q & A (New 8.6.12)
   RESTORE Powerpoint
   RESTORE Summary
   Spill Funds Power Map
   RESTORE & Consortium Treasury letter
   RESTORE & Consortium Sen Nelson email
   Congressional Testimony Written Neugent 6.6.13
   Congressional Hearing from DD 6.5.13
   Robinson Lttr to Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 6.19.13
   Email with Robinson letter 6.19.13
   Exec Summ re RESTORE Eval Comm 06.11.13
   Restore Resolution 06.11.13
   Doug Darling email with comp plan 06.20.13
   Gulf Restoration Council Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan 5.23.15
   Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council draft plan input extension 06.20.13
   Conservancy Recommendations on Eval Form 06.20.13
   Lorenz email with Conservancy Eval Form Input 06.20.13
   Consortium meeting schedule 06.20.13
   Lorenz email re proposals 06.22.13
   Gulf Consortium meeting 06.28.13
  Written Testimony from June 6, 2013 Hearing: Gulf Restoration: A Progress Report Three Years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
   Gov Scott signs deal to implement oil spill recovery funding June 28 2013
   Gov Scott signs agreement with Gulf Consortium June 28 2013
   Lorenz email re Eval & CAO June 29 2013
   RESTORE PROJECTS eligibility area June 29 2013
   Email from Lorenz re project supp info 07.06.13
   RESTORE supplemental info for review at 07.09.13 meeting
   Letter to Gulf Coast Council re DraftInitialPlanComments GulfConsortium 07.08.13
   Email from FAC re Gulf Consortium Briefing Paper & Letter to Council 07.10.13
   Consortium Briefing Paper for federal reps 07.10.13
   Email Watkins to Eval Comm 07.16.13
   Project List 07.16.03
   RESTORE Agenda 7-19-13
   RESTORE Project Ranking 7-19-2013
   email from Consortium Chair 7.24.13
   RESTORE Meeting 5.17.13 Audio
   RESTORE Meeting 6.21.13 Audio
   RESTORE Meeting 7.19.13 Audio
   Gulf Consortium with Resources & Links
   Gulf Consortium Upcoming Meetings
   Gulf Consortium Meeting Agendas & Minutes
   Gulf Consortium Aug 22 meeting 08.15.13
   Scope of Services Pot 3 Gulf Consortium
   DDarling email with US Treasury Rules 9.5.13
   Doug Darling email re consultant scope of services 9.3.13
   Gulf Consortium Meeting Agenda 9.18.13
   Gulf Consortium counties contact info MASTER 8.13
   Public Notice Ala Gulf Coast meeting 10.1.13
   Gulf Coast Oct 1 2013 Ala
   DDarling email re Ala meeting 10.1.13
   Treasury Rules Comments from Collier 10.03.13
   DDarling email re 10.25.13 Consortium meeting
   DDarling email 11.6.13
   Gulf Consortium Upcoming Meetings 11.6.13
   Gulf Consortium Meetings, Resources 12.13
   DEP Secretary to Announce Early Restoration Projects 12.6.13
   Consortium Meeting Minutes Nov 13, 2013
   DDarling email re Jan 24 meeting
   Henning response of objectives 1.6.14
   Gulf Consortium procurement policy draft 1.24.14
   Gulf Consortium Meeting 1.24.14
   RESTORE Meeting 3 26 14 Congressional Report
   FWC & DEP webinar 4.7.14
   Invitation to Negotiate 4.21.14
   Consortium update 5.19.14
   Treasury Interim Rule 8.15.14
   Department of the Treasury Regulations for the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund
   U.S. Treasury re RESTORE Act 8.21.2014
   Treasury Webinar Aug 2014
   Treasury RESTORE Act Webinar Instruction
   Treasury RESTORE Act Training Schedule 8.15.2014
   Treasury Info on Interim Final Rule Aug 15, 2014
   RESTORE Act Direct Component Multiyear Plan Narrative
   RESTORE Act Direct Component Multiyear Plan Matrix
   Florida Signed
   Direct Component Guidance_August 2014
   RESTORE pot, bucket 3
   RESTORE Interim Final Rule Response 8.21.15
   Consortium 9.26 summary & 11.19 notice
   Consortium meeting notice 11.19.14
   Consortium Meeting Jan 21, 2015
   Gulf Consortium03052015174922
   Consortium March 25, 2015
   2-12-15 Letter to Mayor Sorey From Leo Ochs
   GG Watershed Improvement Program
  Belle Mead Area Stormwater Management Master Plan (This is a very large file and will take time to download)
  7-21-08 Horsepen Strand conservation Area Phase I FINAL
   Restoration Council Publishes Proposed Rule for Spill Impact Component 9.29.15.pdf
   BP settlement Fact Sheet
   BP consent decree
   11 9 15 Agenda Packet

 Evaluation Forms

   Explanation of Evaluation Form(a) 07.06.13
   RESTORE Evaluation Form -7.06.13
   RESTORE Evaluation Form 07.16.13
   Evaluation Form Explanation 07.16.13

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