A 13-member RESTORE Council has been approved by the county commission.
At the Jan. 2 meeting, Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce proposed a structure for the much debated RESTORE Council that was unanimously approved with some changes.
The board will consist of a nonvoting chairman, to be appointed by the county commission and representatives of the cities of
Pierce said he tried to factor in economic influences when suggesting a structure for the proposed council
The RESTORE Council will vet projects within the county, but under this plan, the county commission has the ultimate say in who receives funding.
The RESTORE Act does not outline a process for what happens after money reaches Florida’s affected counties, but the Florida Association of Counties has suggested the creation of these RESTORE councils to decide where to spend the local funds, a suggestion echoed by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland during a recent private meeting with some local officials.
Paul Parker has been chosen to represent the TDC. Newly elected school board member Pam Shiver will represent the schools. Franklin County Seafood Workers Association President Shannon Hartsfield will speak for the association. The Seafood Dealers Association has chosen Lynn Martina as spokesperson. Mr. Rick Watson will represent the realtors’ association.
Pierce said he received four applications to represent an environmental group, including Robin Vroegop, Leslie Cox and Riverkeeper
During the discussion, Pierce outlined RESTORE Councils appointed in the other seven most impacted counties. Okaloosa, Walton and Bay have not created councils.
Wakulla has a 13 member council. The county commission, chamber of commerce, TDC, EDC, school board and