May 04

Triumph makes first $19 million in grant approvals to improve area economy

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 1:29 PM by Jim Muller

"Triumph Gulf Coast’s board of directors voted [on April 27, 2018] to approve nearly $19 million in grants to promote economic diversification in four coastal Northwest Florida counties.

The grants are the first in what is expected to be $1.5 billion worth of job-creating initiatives funded over the next twelve years by an economic damages settlement between the State of Florida and BP as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Triumph Gulf Coast is a seven-member, unpaid board established by the Florida Legislature to make awards that will promote and strengthen the economy of the eight Gulf coast counties disproportionately affected by the spill.

The first grant approved by the Triumph board will provide $10 million to the Port of Panama City for a major expansion of port capacity. The project develops new East Terminal facilities that will support over 140 direct high-wage jobs at the port and more than 250 additional port-dependent manufacturing and distribution jobs that could not locate in the region absent a working port...."

May 04

NRDA Trustees Council progress report

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 12:41 PM by Jim Muller

Deepwater Horizon disaster Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees Council progress report. The Council has 7 Trustee Implementation Groups that make restoration recommendations for the 5 Gulf states, region-wide & open ocean.

"Trustee Council releases 2017 Annual Reports to update public on restoration progress

It’s been 2 years since we settled with BP & began implementing our programmatic plan to restore the Gulf. Since then, we’ve been busy planning, implementing restoration, & hearing from you about what restoration should look like...

The Trustee Council held its 2nd annual public meeting in Nov. 2017. We gave an update on our work since the settlement & described restoration planning activities & opportunities for public engagement...

There were 1 or more meetings for each of the several restoration plans completed by Trustee Implementation Groups in 2017...

We also completed a number of early restoration projects that were approved prior to the 2016 settlement...

Trustees for the Region-wide TIG developed & released 4 strategic frameworks... for marine mammals, sea turtles, oysters, & birds.

we developed & released the Monitoring & Adaptive Management Manual... to evaluate restoration outcomes & benefits to injured resources..."


May 04

Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida

Posted on May 4, 2018 at 12:36 PM by Jim Muller

Florida's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) web page was recently updated.  Take a look to see which resources Florida's portion of the GEBF has focused on.  Includes a link to the comprehensive list of projects.

"To date, NFWF has awarded more than $110 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 26 restoration projects in the state of Florida. These projects were selected for funding following extensive consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The projects in Florida address high-priority restoration and conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources, as well as significant assessment efforts to guide management decisions that will benefit important habitats and species....

Project Highlights

Eli?minating Light Pollution at Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches...

Beach Nesting Bird Stewardship...

Improving Fisheries Management...

Future Projects

NFWF is engaged in consultation with [FWCC, FDEP], FWS and NOAA to identify priority restoration and conservation projects for consideration under the GEBF.