Bay County RESTORE Act Proposals Advanced for Consideration
UPDATE September 23, 2016
On October 4, Bay County's draft RESTORE Act Multi-Year Implementation Plan, including 15 project proposals, will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners. The plan can be downloaded. This Plan is for RESTORE Act Direct Component ("Pot 1") funds that are reserved for Bay County's use. A list and map of the projects and a tally of comments received on the projects is available. The draft plan was considered in a public hearing during the Board's July 19 meeting. A 45-day public comment period was then opened. More than 130 comments were received.
The public comments can be downloaded (16 megs, downloads as zipped folder, click on and view each comment as a pdf). The draft plan is also available for viewing at the main Bay County Public Library at 898 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL 32401. Additional information is available at Bay County's main RESTORE Act web page and the web page on the Plan and projects under consideration.
The Plan is being brought back to the Board for consideration of the public comments and to conduct a second public hearing. Approximately $7 million is available for projects. The cost of the 15 proposed projects in the draft Plan exceeds the available funds by approximately $2.5 million. The cost of projects in the Board-approved Plan cannot exceed the funds available, so not all 15 projects will be selected for inclusion in the Plan. The Board will decide which projects to include in the Plan, then approve and submit the Plan to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The Plan will be considered in a public hearing during the Board's October 4 meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. CT. Public comment will be allowed during the agenda item, limited to 3 minutes per person, no powerpoints. Project supporters are encouraged to have one person speak for each project, with other supporters standing at the end of the speaking time to show their support.
UPDATE July 20, 2016
At the Bay County Board of County Commissioners meeting of July 19, the Board approved the draft Bay County RESTORE Act Direct Component (Pot 1) Multi-Year Implementation Plan. Video of the public hearing when the plan was discussed can be viewed under Item 11. A copy of the Plan is available at the main Bay County Public Library, 898 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL. A map of all projects can be downloaded. Other materials and maps of individual projects are available.
All 15 proposed projects are included in the draft Plan. The cost of the proposed projects exceeds the available funds. The public will have until 4 pm CT, September 2, 2016 to submit comments on the Plan. Email comments can be sent to RESTOREproposals@baycountyfl.gov; mailed comments can be sent to RESTORE Act Direct Component, County Manager's Office, 840 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL 32401. After reviewing comments, the Board will decide which of the projects to approve for funding with the available funds, approve the Plan, and send it to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for review. After review of the Plan by Treasury, Bay County will prepare Direct Component grant applications for each project.
The Bay County Board of County Commissioners advanced 15 RESTORE Act Direct Component project proposals for consideration for funding. These proposals are part of Bay County’s Multi-Year Implementation Plan for projects to be funded with RESTORE Act Direct Component funds reserved for Bay County’s use. The draft Multi-Year Implementation Plan, including the 15 proposed projects, will be brought before the Bay County Board of County Commissioners in a public hearing during the Board's July 19 meeting. The Board will approve a draft Plan, and a public comment period of at least 45 days will be opened.
Staff will compile the public comments, provide recommendations as appropriate, and bring the draft Plan, including the list of proposals and public comment compilation, before the Board in a public hearing. The Board will approve a final Multi-Year Implementation Plan with projects not exceeding a Direct Component cost of $7 million, the amount available to Bay County through the Transocean and Anadarko Clean Water Act settlements related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The public hearings and comment period will be noticed through legal ads, media, interested parties emails and web site postings, including on Bay County’s RESTORE Act main web page.
The public will have an opportunity to comment at both public hearings. The draft and final Plan will be available for download from the internet, and a paper copy will be available at the main Bay County Public Library location.
The draft Multi-Year Implementation Plan contains descriptions of the projects being considered. After approval by the Board of County Commissioners, the plan, including selected projects, will be sent to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for acceptance. The final project descriptions and details are the decision of the Bay County Board of County Commissioners.
After acceptance of the plan by Treasury, a separate grant application must be submitted for each project. The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will be the applicant when grant applications are submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The Board will make the final determination as to grant application content, with final grant application approval by Treasury. The County will be the grant recipient. Projects will be completed by the County, grant sub-recipients, and/or contracts awarded through competitive processes.
For background information purposes, project proposals as originally submitted by proposers are also provided below. The Proposals are listed in order of proposal number. Each proposal has the full proposal file in pdf format (2014-###a, you must scroll through the text boxes to read), the main text of the proposal that was exported to a spreadsheet and saved as a pdf (2014-###b, easiest to read and print out), and the budget sheet in pdf format (2014-###c). However, the project information provided in the Plan represents the official project information.
Exhibits are attached to the end of the full proposal file (2014-###a), with the exception of environmental checklists, which are separate files ending in "d" (2014-###d). Maps of each proposal are also included (2014-####m) Proposal presentations from the Bay County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee meeting are posted under the proposal number followed by an "e" (2014-###e).
To view an online map of the proposed projects click here.