Gulf Coast BP oil spill

Florida Channel

Due to Hurricane Irma, Florida lawmakers are warning their constituents that they may not have a lot of money this year for local projects. It comes as legislators across the state hold legislative delegation meetings where the public, local governments, and organizations outline their funding requests.

BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig on fire in 2010.
US Coast Guard

Eight panhandle counties are hammering out how to spend the next round of RESTORE Act funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Walton County hosted officials from seven neighboring counties Monday.

Leon County Schools

The Leon County School Board will take up a proposed settlement with BP for damages related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The settlement will mean the district can’t sue BP for more damages in the future.

Florida will receive at least $3.2 billion  from an $18.7 billion settlement with BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP and five Gulf states announced the massive settlement Thursday, resolving years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in 2010.

This oil patty found its way into a bivalve.
Brittany Pace / DEEP-C Consortium

Five years ago, an oil well owned by BP exploded off the Louisiana Coast spilling millions of gallons of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled waters, killed animals and destroyed delicate ecosystems. Florida’s coast line was largely spared from ecological damage, but beneath the pale blue waters of the Gulf, evidence remains. And now, the disaster is being used as a learning experience.

Capital Report: 04-17-2014

Apr 17, 2014

There are three branches of government: legislative, judicial and executive. In recent years, battles have emerged, pitting Florida’s executive and legislative branches, against the judiciary. Many of those battles have to do with policy, but some have to do with funding. Now, as Lynn Hatter reports, some state lawmakers are calling for more money for the courts—primarily for the people who work in them.