On June 6, Florida Keys Mayor George Neugent testified before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Invited by Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV and Florida Senator Bill Nelson, Mayor Neugent was the only elected official asked to testify at the committee hearing, Gulf Restoration: A Progress Report Three Years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. 

Mayor Neugent appeared on behalf of the Gulf Consortium providing insight into the progress and challenges of implementing the RESTORE Act in Florida. The Gulf Consortium is a coalition of 23 Florida coastal counties, working together to develop the State Expenditure Plan following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. FAC is the interim manager for the Consortium, supporting and coordinating the efforts of the affected counties as they work toward restoration and economic recovery.

Other witnesses appearing before the committee included representatives from federal agencies NOAA and the Department of the Interior, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Executive, Florida Audubon and the University of Minnesota. 

Read Mayor Neugent’s testimony and view the hearing: