The BP settlement is the largest civil penalty for environmental damages ever. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is in charge of regionally allocating a portion of those funds. The council is now taking public comment on how to spend its 5.2 billion dollar share. Mimi Drew represents Florida on the Council, which is focusing on reviving the Gulf Coast ecosystem and economy.
“Restore and conserve habitat, restore water quality and quantity, replenish and protect living coastal and marine resources, enhance community resilience, and restore and revitalize the Gulf economy. So those are the categories the council will be looking at once this plan has gone through the public process,” she said.
The council is taking comments and will hold public meetings throughout the Gulf Coast, before finalizing the plan.
“In the state of Florida we’ll be having a public meeting on September 12th in Panama City. For people who can’t make it to that meeting we’ll also be having two webinars. You can register for those webinars at www.restorethegulf.gov,” she said.
The public comment period closes October 7th.