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What is RESTORE?

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. On July 2, 2015, a settlement was reached between BP and Gulf States including $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act civil penalties which will be paid out over 15 years. Click here to see a flow chart of oil spill funds in Florida.

The total funding available for eligible activities under the Direct Component will depend on the Trust Fund balance and any adjustment due to sequestration. Approximately $4 million is currently available to Santa Rosa County in the first dollars offered through the RESTORE Act associated with the Transocean Civil Penalty. An additional $24 million will be made available to Santa Rosa County over the next 15 years.

RESTORE Resources and Guidance
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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
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On Oct. 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. The LRC is in the process of reviewing proposals for possible inclusion in a Multi-year Implementation Plan.

Presentations to the Local RESTORE Council

The LRC is not currently scheduling formal presentations, however members of the public are always welcome to make a statement during the public comment period at the end of each LRC meeting.

Proposal Details and Instructions
Latest Update

At the July 13, 2015 Local Restore Council meeting, the Local Restore Council selected 15 projects for inclusion in the initial Multiyear Implementation Plan (MYIP). The list can be viewed here. The LRC directed staff to develop a draft MYIP for consideration at the September 14, 2015 meeting. Once the draft MYIP has been reviewed by the LRC and Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, it will be available for public review and comments for a minimum of 45 days. The draft MYIP will be made available on this web page and the public will be notified via press release and published advertisements.

Fifty-six projects totaling $54.52 million were submitted by April 3 for potential inclusion in Santa Rosa County’s RESTORE funding multi-year implementation plan.  In this first round of funding, approximately $4.3 million is available to Santa Rosa County through RESTORE Act direct component dollars.

Click here to see the list of project applications received. Please note that the numbering does not indicate priority.

All proposals will be grouped by scoring category and scored and ranked by technical teams in the following public meetings:

Monday, May 11  from 1 - 4 p.m. in the board meeting room located at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton

Monday, May 18 from 1 - 4 p.m. in the board meeting room located at 6495 Caroline Street in Milton

Projects submitted under multiple scoring categories will be scored and ranked by the technical team for each category. For example, a project submitted under the environment and tourism categories will be reviewed by a technical team on May 11 at 2 p.m. and May 18 at 1 p.m.

The results of the ranking will be made available at the Monday, June 8, 1 p.m. regular meeting of the Santa Rosa County Local RESTORE Council. The council will review the proposals and technical team rankings, and start the process of developing a multi-year implementation plan to present to the board of county commissioners. Following development and approval by the Santa Rosa County Commission, there will be a 45-day public comment period before the plan is forwarded to the U.S. Treasury Department for final acceptance.

The RESTORE Act requires Santa Rosa County to create a multi-year implementation plan that is submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department for review and approval.  Projects included in the plan must address one or more of the RESTORE Act eligible activities:

  • Restoration and protection of natural resources
  • Mitigation of damage to natural resources
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine or coastal management plan
  • Workforce development and job creation
  • Improving state parks affected by the spill
  • Infrastructure projects benefitting the economy or ecological resources
  • Flood protection and infrastructure
  • Promotion of tourism
  • Promotion of Gulf seafood consumption

Santa Rosa County has grouped these eligible activities into four scoring categories – environment, economic (with sub categories of job creation and  workforce development), infrastructure and tourism.

This initial release of funding is a small part of an estimated $20-60 million Santa Rosa County is expected to receive once litigation and Clean Water Act fines against BP are finalized. The funding for the county’s multi-year plan, called the direct component, is just one of the many sources of funding associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Projects not funded in this cycle will be eligible to apply for future funding.


The following resources are provided to assist you in researching and developing project proposals. Click on each link to access the appropriate document:

Anticipated Time Line




Dec. 16, 2014

County press release and notice of funding activity


Jan. 12, 2014 - Apr. 3, 2015

Project proposals accepted


Feb. 9, 2015

Pre-application working session for proposers and members of the LRC

LRC, technical staff, proposers, consultant

Apr. 4 - May 8, 2015

Proposal review and scoring

Technical staff

Jun. 8, 2015

LRC reviews proposal scoring results, costs, and draft MYIP development process.


Jul. 13, 2015

LRC selection of projects


August - Sept

Draft MYIP developed

Technical staff

Sept. 14, 2015

Draft MYIP discussed by LRC


Sept. 21, 2015

Draft MYIP discussed by BOCC


Oct. 12, 2015

Draft MYIP approval with any changes


Oct - Nov

Publish draft of MYIP on website, advertise 45 day comment period, press release, & public meetings


Dec. 14, 2015

LRC final approval of MYIP


January 2016

County submits plan to Treasury for approval


March 2016

Approval of Treasury


Spring 2016

Initiate individual MYIP grant applications


Summer 2016

Upon approval of individual projects and contracts, implementation



NRDA - Natural Resource Damage Assessment Funding Source: BP

On April 21, 2011, the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council announced an agreement under which BP committed to provide $1 billion toward implementation of early restoration projects. These funds are divided among the trustees:

  • $500 million split equally among the Gulf state trustees (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas)
  • $200 million split equally between the federal trustees (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior)
  • $300 million to fund additional state-proposed restoration projects to be selected by federal

NRDA Phase I included 5 projects in Escambia County totaling $5.7 million. NRDA Phase II included $6.7 million for two regional projects. NRDA Phase III included 28 projects across the region totaling $88 million. Nine NRDA projects have a direct or indirect impact on Santa Rosa County.

  1. Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky
  2. Enhanced Management of Avian Breeding Habitat Injured by Response Activities
  3. Florida artificial reef creation and restoration
  4. Scallop Enhancement for increased recreational fishing opportunity in the Florida
  5. Florida Oyster Clutch Placement
  6. Navarre Beach Park Coastal Access and Dune Restoration Project
  7. Navarre Beach Park Gulfside Walkover Complex
  8. Gulf Breeze Wayside Park Boat Ramp
  9. Escribano Point Enhanced Recreational Opportunities
MOEX Offshore Settlement Funding Source: Moex, minority partner to BP

MOEX was a 10-percent non-operating investor in the lease on the Macondo well at the time of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is the first entity to resolve civil penalty claims. The State of Florida received $10 million in the form of land acquisitions and stormwater management projects under a June 18, 2012 Consent Decree between MOEX and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  1. Stormwater Retrofit Projects for Bay, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties
  2. Conservation/Acquisition of 1,541 acres at Escribano Point in Santa Rosa County for
NFWF - National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Funding Source: Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), supports projects to remedy harm and eliminate or reduce the risk of harm to Gulf Coast natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  1. Management & Restoration of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat – Phase I
  2. Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation
BP Gulf Seafood and Tourism Promotional Fund - Funding Source: BP

Established to promote tourism and the seafood industries in Gulf Coast areas impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident. Recipients of these funds in Santa Rosa County include the following:

  1. Santa Rosa County Tourism Development Council* $491,000 of which $392,800 has been received and the other $98,000 pending final deliverables. (Another $491,000 has been committed for an additional year if all funds are expended and project successfully implemented during the approved time frame). Funds spent on tourism promotion, advertising, etc.
  2. Navarre Beach Chamber of Commerce* $100,000
  3. University of Florida - $171,150 Naturally EscaRosa: Promoting Ecotourism and Agri-tourism in NW Florida
Tourism Funding

In addition to the Promotion Fund, the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council has received the following funds to support promotion of tourism:

  1. 2010 - $ 1,000,000 from the State of Florida
  2. 2010 - $ 551,511 from BP
  3. 2011 - $ 1,230,471 from BP
Gulf Oil Spill Restoration

Separate funding will also be available for projects of Gulf-wide significance, and will be allocated according to a comprehensive plan developed by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Governor Scott represents Florida on the Council, and has asked the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to propose restoration projects to the council for inclusion in the comprehensive plan. Projects can be submitted online for consideration at

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