Cities push for RESTORE Act voice

Pat Floyd

Pat Floyd

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM.


The cities of Carrabelle and Apalachicola want direct oversight of a portion of the expected RESTORE Act funds headed for Franklin County but the county commissioners don’t see it that way.

The county has been promised as much as $66 million, a portion of the fines levied against BP for environmental and economic damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

None of the money has arrived and there is no concrete indication on when the first checks will be cut, if eve. But organizations and individuals across the county are scrambling to identify projects to spend it, and the county commissioners have proposed a 14-member advisory council that would recommend projects over which the county commissioners would have final say.

The county must hold a public workshop to discuss the ordinance to create the RESTORE council before it can be enacted into law. But already, the county is soliciting citizens to serve on the proposed council.

Pam Shiver, the newly elected school board member set to be sworn in Tuesday, was appointed the school’s representative to the RESTORE committee at the Nov. 8 meeting.

The cities, though, see things differently, and have invited the county to a Monday meeting to start a legal process to resolve the conflict. The county, based on the opinion of its attorney Michael Shuler, has opted not to become involved in the cities’ plan.

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