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.
The total funding available for eligible activities under the Direct Component will depend on the Trust Fund balance and any adjustment due to sequestration. An estimated $4 million is available to Santa Rosa County in the first dollars offered through the RESTORE Act associated with the Transocean Civil Penalty. This initial release of funding is a small part of an estimated $20-75 million Santa Rosa County is expected to receive once litigation and Clean Water Act fines against BP are finalized.
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, and 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 - Carole Tebay
District 3 - Donna Tucker
District 4 - Rob Williamson
District 5 - Dave Robau
City of Milton - Brian Watkins
City of Gulf Breeze - Edwin Eddy
Town of Jay - Shon Owens
Navarre Beach Chamber - Tony Alexander
Commission Designee - Lane Lynchard
Current Commission Chairman - District 3 Don Salter
On Oct.r 14, 2014, the Department of Treasury RESTORE Act interim final rule became effective. In addition, the treasury released a guidance document and for 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. Santa Rosa County will accept grant proposals based upon the new guidance provided by the treasury from Jan. 12 to March 13, 2015.
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 received a series of presentations during the summer of 2014 that provided an overview of issues that impact the county and which may be of consideration in the evaluation of future RESTORE project submissions. While the LRC does not anticipate scheduling additional formal presentations during the solicitation period (Jan. 12 - March 13, 2015), members of the public are always welcome to make a statement during the public comment period at the end of each LRC meeting. Project specific presentations are not allowed at this time.
Local RESTORE Project Ideas
Santa Rosa's Local RESTORE Council is interested in project proposals from eligible applicants who meet OMB guidelines as indicated in 31 C.F.R.§§200.330 through 200.332, or work through an entity that is qualified to receive Federal Grant Funds. Project proposal information and guidance can be found at the Submit Project Proposal tab on this web page. Proposals for this initial phase of funding will be accepted from Jan. 12 to March 13, 2015
Project proposals are not being accepted at this time. Beginning January 12, 2015 and through March 13, 2015 proposals can be submitted electronically. Please revisit this page on or after January 12, 2015. Please review RFP for additional details.
Santa Rosa's Local RESTORE Council is interested in project proposals from eligible applicants who meet OMB guidelines as indicated in 31 C.F.R.§§ 200.330 through 200.332, or work through an entity that is qualified to receive Federal Grant Funds. Applicants who wish to submit their proposals for projects to be included in the Santa Rosa County Multi-Year Implementation Plan may submit project proposals following the guidelines provided in the Santa Rosa County Local RESTORE Council Request for Proposals. Proposals will be accepted beginning Jan. 12, 2015 and must be received no later than 4 pm, March 13, 2015.
There will be a pre-application workshop for interested parties during the regularly scheduled Local RESTORE Council meeting on Feb. 9, 2015, and proposers and other interested parties are welcome to attend and ask questions or make comments about the proposal process. This workshop
has been scheduled for Feb. 9 to allow time for proposers to begin working on their proposals and determine if they have any questions.
If you have multiple projects, please plan to submit one proposal for each project.
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
This preliminary RFP is for nominations for projects to be included in the MYIP, and should present enough basic project criteria to provide a fair and objective basis for grading each project. Proposals must be submitted for all projects, even those previously submitted through the county's RESTORE portal. Projects approved for inclusion in the MYIP may not be funded at 100 percent of the requested amount. The LRC and BOCC will determine project funding levels based on availability of funds and the needs of the county.
The following resources are provided to assist you in researching and developing project proposals.
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