County to get millions for parks, boat ramps, shoreline

Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:26 PM.

Another $2.89 million scallop enhancement for increased recreational fishing opportunity would be implemented in Bay, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and possibly Okaloosa and Walton counties. Scallop populations in Gulf and Franklin counties may be enhanced if deemed appropriate to reduce the risk of collapse in currently harvested areas.

The phase III projects haven’t been finalized yet. There are two more public meetings to gather feedback: Jan. 28 in Pensacola and Jan. 29 in Panama City. The public comment period ends Feb. 4.

If all goes according to plan, the final agreement will be inked with BP in June and the money will start flowing in the summer. Projects vary in length, with the longest running about five years, state officials said.

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