FAC has hired former DEO Secretary and DEP Chief of Staff Doug Darling to work on behalf of FAC and the 23 Gulf Coast Counties on the implementation of the RESTORE Act. Any questions or comments regarding FAC's efforts should be directed to him.
On July 6, 2012 President Obama signed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies (RESTORE) of the Gulf Coast Act. *****NEW***** Next Gulf Consortium Meeting will be:
June 28, 2013 10:00 am - 12:00 noon EDT
In conjunction with FAC Annual Conference
Marriott Tampa Waterside
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Reservations: (888) 789-3090
Additional Presentations from May 17 Meeting
Gulf Overview Florida Scaggs
Gulf and Everglades_Frezza
FL OC Consortium Presentation Marshall
Key Largo Wilkins
Materials for Gulf Consortium Meeting May 17, 2013 in Key Largo
FAR Notification https://www.flrules.org/gateway/View_Notice.asp?id=12985989
Consortium Agenda 5.17.13
Consent Agenda 3.a
Consent Agenda 3.b
Consent Agenda 3.c
Agenda Item # 4 Procurement Partnership with Leon County
Agenda Item# 5 US Treasury Rules
Agenda Item#17a Committee of 15
May 17 Gulf Consortium Meeting Info
Call for county assistance to help prioritize State Comprehensive Plan (Pot #2)
Federal Council County Assistance
There will be an emergency meeting of the Committee of Eight Disproportionately Affected Counties on Monday, April 29, 2013. Details and preliminary materials here:
Agenda #3 Emergency Declaration
Agenda Item #5 Information
Committee of 8 Agenda 4.29.13
Gulf Consortium Agenda - Corrected
Agenda Item #3 Minutes-Amended
MOU with Changes
Hotels for Gulf Consortium Meeting 5.17.13
Gulf Consortium Agenda
Agenda Item #3 Minutes
Agenda Item #4 Directors and Alternates
Agenda Item #5 Financial Report
Agenda Item #6 Draft MOU
Agenda Item #8 Cities Participation
The next Gulf Consortium Meeting will be:
April 5, 2013
9:00 am – 12:00 noon, EDT
Tallahassee City Commission Chambers
300 South Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
http://www.talgov.com/main/citydirections.aspx?address=300 South Adams Street,Tallahassee,FL,32301
Hotels close to meeting:
101 South Adams Street, 32301
1 block from Capitol
200 N. Monroe Street, 32301
3 blocks from Capitol
Four Points Sheraton
316 West Tennessee Street, 32301
4 blocks from Capitol
415 North Monroe Street, 32301
(850) 224-6000 | (800) 814-7000
0.5 mile from Capitol
The next Gulf Consortium meeting will be held on February 28, 2013 in Bay Countyfrom 1:00-4:00 pm CST. The meeting site is Gulf Coast State College, Student Union East Conference Center, Second Floor, located at 5230 W. U.S. 98, Panama City, FL.
Agenda Item #1 CORRECTED
Agenda Item #7c Financials
Gulf Consortium 2.28.13 Agenda
Agenda Item #1 Minutes
Agenda Item #2 Directors & Alternates
Agenda Item #3 Appointed Officers
Agenda Item #4 Budget Allocation
Agenda Item #5 Nomenclature
Agenda Item #8 Planning Calendar
Hotels close to venue are:
Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort. Please contact reservations at 800-874-8686 and ask for Booking ID#10A2SC or Gulf Coast Consortium / FAC Conference Rates.
La Quinta Inn & Suites
7115 Coastal Palms Blvd
Sleep Inn & Suites
9201 Front Beach Rd
Legacy by the Sea has offered a government per diem of $79/night + tax for Feb. 26 – Feb. 28 and a government per diem of $103 + tax for March 1 - March 3. They require the first night’s stay + tax to make a reservation and the cancellation period is 72 hours prior to arrival. Reservations can be made by calling 888-627-0625. Attendees should mention that they are part of the Gulf Coast Consortium when making a reservation.
http://bythesearesorts.com/legacy-by-the-sea/ Information from Candidates for Appointed Positions on Gulf Consortium Executive Committee
Com_ Les Miller Letter of Nomination to Executive Committee 01-22-13
Mayor Neugent's Statement for Exec Com Appointment
George Neugent 2013 Resume
Dave Parisot Self-Nomination Gulf Consortium
The Gulf Consortium Executive Committee will meet by conference call on February 15, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 pm EST. The call in number is:
Dial in Number: 888-670-3525 Participant Passcode: 9984495298#
Gulf Consortium Executive Committee Agenda
Agenda Item#1 Appointment of two Members to Ex Committee
Agenda Item #2 Budget Planning
Agenda Item #3 Proposed Planning Calendar
The next Gulf Consortium Meeting will be held January 18, 2013 from 1-4 pm EST at
Weedon Island Preserve
Cultural and Natural
1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
http://www.weedonislandpreserve.org/ http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/January/13-ag-004.html Gulf Consortium Newsletter December - Final
Hotels adjacent to Weedon Island Preserve
Public Notice of Gulf Consortium Meeting January 18, 2013.
Item #1 Minutes
Item #2 Directors & Alternates
Item #3 Election of Officers
Item #4 Process for Appointed Officers
Item #5 Update on Federal Actions
Item #6 Restoration Plan Development
Item #7c Financial Reports
Item #7d Transition-Interim Budget Development
Item #8 Report from Committee of 8
TRANSOCEAN AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY TO ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME AND ENTER CIVIL SETTLEMENT TO RESOLVE U.S. CLEAN WATER ACT
Committee of 8 Disproportionally Affected Counties
December 7, 2012 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.(CST)
PLACE: Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459. Committee of 8 Disproportionally Affected Counties Agenda Agenda Item 3 Motion for Establishing Formula Distribution Disproportionate Counties Tab 2 Distribution Disproportionate Counties Tab 4 Distribution Disproportionate Counties Tab 5 Joint Resolution of the Eight Disproportionately Affected Counties Establishing a Formula for Distributing Certain RESTORE Act Funds 2012 12 17
The next meeting of the Gulf Consoritum will be held in Sarasota County. The meeting is open to the public.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
9:00 a.m. Eastern
Hyatt Regency Sarasota Final Agenda Agenda Item 1 Agenda Item 2 Agenda Item 3 Agenda Item 4 Agenda Item 5 Agenda Item 6 Agenda Item 7a Agenda Item 7b Agenda Item 7c Agenda Item 8a Agenda Item 8b Agenda Item 8c
On Monday, October 22nd the Gulf Consortium met in Leon County. The meeting was open to the public and the meeting information is below.
Gulf Consortium Meeting
Monday, October 22, 2012
City of Tallahassee Commission Chambers at City Hall
300 South Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT) 10.22.12 Gulf Consortium Meeting Agenda 9.19.12 RESTORE Act Meeting Minutes Gulf Consortium Governing in the Sunshine.10.22.12 Commission on Oil Spill Response Report 2 - Incident Command System_10_05_12FinalDraft
Update on Oil Spill Commission/Elements of Restoration Plan - Tetra Tech Presentation 10.22.12 Gulf Consortium Director Sign-in Sheet 10.25.12 Directors and Alternates
On October 19, 2012 the Gulf Consortium Interlocal Agreement was filed in Leon County on behalf of the 21 counties below and recorded at Official Record Book 4432 at Page 105, Leon County Clerk of Court. Click here
to access the signed Interlocal Agreement.
)PLACE: Walton County Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.The next meeting of the Gulf Consoritum will be held in Sarasota County. The meeting is open to the public. Wednesday, November 28, 20129:00 a.m. EasternHyatt Regency SarasotaOn Monday, October 22nd the Gulf Consortium met in Leon County. The meeting was open to the public and the meeting information is below.
On Wednesday, September 19th FAC hosted a RESTORE Act meeting in conjunction with the FAC Policy Committee Conference at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in Pinellas County (St. Petersburg). The meeting was open to the public and the meeting details are below.
RESTORE Act Meeting
Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Loews Don Cesar Hotel
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Phone: (727) 360-1881
9.20.12 Final Version and Execution Copy of Interlocal Agreement
9.19.2012 RESTORE Meeting Agenda.pdf
Structure and Rationale for Gulf Consortium
Draft Gulf Consortium Interlocal Agreement
Commission on Oil Spill Response Coordination 9.12.12 Draft List of Initial Recommendations
FAC hosted a meeting on August 16th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm CDT in Bay County (Panama City Beach). County Commission Chairs from all 23 Gulf Coast Counties were invited to attend this meeting. This meeting was open to the public and the meeting materials are below.
8.16.12 Final Agenda RESTORE Act Meeting - Bay County.pdf
Ocean Conservancy RESTORE_Act_FlowChart (07.05.12).pdf
Joint Public Entity Q & A 08 10 12.pdf
RESTORE Org Chart.pdf
Distribution - Disproportionate Counties.pdf
Restore Transition Brief.pdf
Consortium Planning Assumptions with Budget - Corrected.pdf
Draft Interlocal Agreement 8/15/12
Ocean Conservancy Gulf Council Integration Points with Restoration.pdf
Oil Spill Commission - Michael Bomar PE Tetra Tech.pdf
8.16.12 FAC RESTORE Meeting Attendee List
On Monday, August 6th FAC hosted a webinar for County Administrators. The agenda and meeting materials are below.
8.6.12 RESTORE Act Webinar Agenda
Gulf Coast Restoration Act (RESTORE Act)
Gulf Consortium Organizational Chart
Gulf Consortium Framework (Public Entities)
7.19.12 RESTORE Meeting (Okaloosa County) PowerPoint Presentation
Legal Description of a Joint Legal Entity (New 8.3.12)
How a Joint Public Entity Can Serve in the Implementation of the RESTORE Act (New 8.3.12)
Joint Pubic Entity Q & A (New 8.6.12)
On Thursday, July 19th FAC hosted a meeting of county and city governments to begin the planning process for the implementation of the RESTORE Act in Florida. Below are a list of meeting materials. Agendas RESTORE powerpoint RESTORE Summary Distribution memo RESTORE Council County Allocation Criteria Gulf Coast County Outline Distribution org chart
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
A Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) is a legal process under the Oil Pollution Act that authorizes certain federal agencies, states, and Indian tribes—collectively known as natural resource trustees—to evaluate the impacts of oil spills, ship groundings, and hazardous substance releases on natural resources. The trustees are responsible for studying the effects of the spill through a process known as Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). A representative from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection serves as the trustee for Florida.
Under NRDA, scientists work together to identify potential injuries to natural resources and lost public uses resulting from the spill.
The trustees use the NRDA process to:
· Assess natural resource injuries and lost services caused by an oil spill.
· Determine the appropriate type and amount of restoration needed to compensate the public for these impacts.
· Ensure that responsible parties implement or fund the appropriate restoration activities to compensate the public.
In this instance, BP is the responsible party for funding restoration projects.
Over the last several months, FAC has been facilitating meetings and conference calls between the affected counties and the Florida Department of Environmental to help counties develop potential NRDA projects. An initial list of these proposals can be viewed by going to DEP’s website. Early Restoration
Under an unprecedented agreement, BP has committed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to address injuries to natural resources caused by the spill. The Trustees involved are: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, the Department of the Interior (DOI), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This early restoration agreement, the largest of its kind ever reached, represents a first step toward fulfilling BP’s obligation to fund the complete restoration of injured public resources, including the loss of use of those resources by the people living, working and visiting the area. The Trustees will use the money to fund projects such as the rebuilding of coastal marshes, replenishment of damaged beaches, conservation of sensitive areas for ocean habitat for injured wildlife, and restoration of barrier islands and wetlands that provide natural protection from storms.
The agreement in no way affects the ultimate liability of BP or any other entity for natural resource damages or other liabilities, but provides an opportunity to help restoration get started sooner. The selection of early restoration projects will follow a public process, and will be overseen by the Trustees.
Of the $1 billion, an effort is underway to commit the first $500 million by October of this year, with Florida’s 8 impacted counties being eligible to receive an initial $100 million. The balance of the funds are for other projects initiated by other agencies (i.e., Water Management Districts, Federal Agencies) that benefit these areas. In some instances, projects proposed by other entities may overlap with local projects or perhaps conflict with local priorities. Again, FAC is helping to facilitate this process by hosting conference calls and meetings to ensure counties are proposing projects that meet the NRDA criteria, while talking with other applicants to ensure their initiatives are known by county officials.
To view a list of some of the federal proposals under consideration, please visit the following site: NOAA Gulf Coast Restoration Projects
The RESTORE Gulf Coast Act of 2012.pdf
Documents from BP
Fact Sheet - Residual Oil (6-15-12) FINAL
Infographic - Dispersants (6-15-12) FINAL
Infographic - Economic Recovery (6-15-12) FINAL
Infographic - NRD (6-15-12) FINAL
Infographic - Scientific Studies (6-15-12) FINAL
Infographic - Shoreline Response (6-15-12) FINAL
Infographic - Shoreline Surveys Tar Balls (6-15-12) FINAL