RESTORE council structure approved

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM.


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 Apalachicola and Carrabelle, the school board, the Tourist Development Council (TDC), the seafood dealers and seafood workers associations, the Realtors Association and one environmental group. In addition, each county district will have one representative appointed by its commissioner.

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.

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