Gulf Consortium

About the Gulf Consortium

The Gulf Consortium is a public entity created in October 2012 by Inter-local Agreement among Florida's 23 Gulf Coast counties, from Escambia County in the western panhandle of Florida to Monroe County on the southern tip of Florida and the United States.

Florida’s 23 Gulf Coast Counties formed the Consortium to meet requirements of the RESTORE Act to develop a State Expenditure Plan for economic and environmental recovery of the Gulf coast in Florida following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The RESTORE Act was passed by the Congress on June 29, 2012 and signed into law on July 6, 2012 by the President.

The Consortium Board of Directors consists of one representative from each county government.  As a public entity, the Consortium must meet all government transparency requirements in Florida, including open public records and meetings, ethics and state auditing obligations.  Since its inception, the Consortium has met seven times and held several committee meetings to begin developing Florida’s State Expenditure Plan.

To avoid duplication and to effectively utilize available resources, Florida’s local governments are working in partnership with the State of Florida to fully recover the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  To foster the development of the State Expenditure Plan, enhance coordination and to also ensure consistency with the goals and objectives of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy, the Consortium has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Florida Governor Rick Scott.     

Request for Proposals for Management Services for the 
Gulf Consortium

On June 19, 2015, at its regular scheduled Board meeting, the Gulf Consortium approved and adopted the Purchasing Policy for the Management Services, Amended Resolution 2015-01, as well as the Request for Proposals for Legal Services, Proposal No. BC-07-23-15-42.  The deadline for submitting proposals has been suspended until further notice.  Please click here for more information or please contact:

Shelly W. Kelley, PMP
Leon County Purchasing Director
1800-3 Blairstone Road
Tallahassee, Florida  32308
(850) 606-1600
(850) 606-1601 



Restoration Council Publishes Proposed Rule for Spill Impact Component

On September 29, 2015, the Restoration Council published its proposed rule on the RESTORE Act, Spill Impact Component (Pot 3) state allocation formula.  The proposed rule is open, for the next 30 day period, for public and Tribal comment.  The rule established the formula (40% weight on miles of shoreline oiled; 40% weight on distance from rig; and 20% weight on coastal county population), the data used in the formula, and the resulting percentages for each Gulf Coast State's share of Pot 3.  Pot 3 is proposed to contain $1.32 Billion, against which the state allocation percentages will be applied.  The percentages (and resulting estimated dollar amounts) are the following:

Alabama:            20.4%    ($269M)

Florida:               18.36%  ($242M)

Louisiana:           34.59%  ($457M)

Mississippi:         19.07% ($252M)

Texas:                7.58%    ($100M)

The proposed rule also identifies the additional steps needed to be complete before additional RESTORE Act funds are available.  The terms of the proposed settlements, filed with the court on July 2, are still subject to a confidentiality order and will NOT become final until, among other things, a consent decree is negotiated, is made available for public review and comment, and is approved and entered by the court.

In addition, the proposed rule declares that while the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review (and all required permits and licenses) will be required before any State Expenditure Plan implementation funds for an activity are disbursed by the Council, no such review is required for the Council's approval or funding of any State Expenditure Plan itself.

RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component Allocation Proposed Rule
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment 
Plan for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Natural Resource Injury Restoration: An Overview, October 2015



U.S. Settles Claims Against BP Over Deepwater Horizon 

Spill for $20 Billion

Federal and state claims (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas) against BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in April, 2010 have been settled for $20 billion in penalties.  To read the press release in its entirety, please click here.


Summary of Consent Decree
Consent Decree FACT Sheet
Department of Justice BP Consent Decree FACT Sheet
Proposed Consent Decree


Upcoming Meetings

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 4:00 pm, ET
Florida Association of Counties
Passcode:  998 449 5298#

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:00 pm, ET
Florida Association of Counties
Passcode:  998 449 5298#


Executive Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 4:00 pm, ET
Florida Association of Counties
Passcode:  998 449 5298#


Board Meeting 

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 2:00 pm, ET
Hillsborough County
Frederick Karl Center
601 E. Kennedy Boulevard
26th Floor, Conference Rooms A & B
Tampa, Florida   

Passcode:  998 449 5298#

Board Meeting

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
1:00 pm, ET
Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orange County
In conjunction with FAC Annual Conference 

Board Meeting
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
3:00 pm, ET
Hutchinson Island, Martin County
In conjunction with FAC Policy Conference


Board Meeting
Friday, December 2, 2016
10:00 am, ET
Buena Vista Palace, Orange County
In conjunction with FAC Legislative Conference

Please note that as work is completed, additional meetings may be necessary. 




Gulf Consortium Directors and Alternates

Bay County

Commissioner Guy Tunnell, Director
Commissioner George Gainer, Alternate

Charlotte County

Commissioner Christopher Constance, Director
Commissioner Tricia Duffy, Alternate

Citrus County

Commissioner Scott Adams, Director
Ken Cheek, Water Resources Director, Alternate

Collier County

Commissioner Tom Henning, Director
Commissioner Donna Fiala, Alternate
Gary McAlpin, 2nd Alternate

Dixie County

Tim Alexander, Director of Emergency Management, Director
Administrator Mike Cassidy, Alternate

Escambia County

Commissioner Grover Robinson, Director
Commissioner Doug Underhill, Alternate

Franklin County

Commissioner Cheryl Saunders, Director
County Administrator Alan Pierce, Alternate

Gulf County

Commissioner Warren Yeager, Director
County Administrator Donald Butler, Alternate

Hernando County

Commissioner Wayne Dukes, Director
Administrator Len Sossamon, Alternate

Hillsborough County

Commissioner Les Miller, Director
Commissioner Ken Hagan, Alternate

Jefferson County

Commissioner Betsy Barfield, Director
County Coordinator Parrish Barwick, Alternate

Lee County

Commissioner John Manning, Director
Commissioner Larry Kiker, Alternate
Kurt Harclerode, 2nd Alternate

Levy County

Commissioner John Meeks, Director
Tisha Whitehurst, Restore/Grants Coordinator, Alternate

Manatee County

Commissioner Carol Whitmore, Director
Charlie Hunsicker, Natural Resources Department, Alternate

Monroe County

Commissioner George Neugent, Director
Commissioner David Rice, Alternate

Okaloosa County

Commissioner Kelly Windes, Director
Commissioner Carolyn Ketchel, Alternate

Pasco County

Commissioner Jack Mariano, Director
Commissioner Mike Wells, Alternate


Pinellas County
Susan Latvala, Director
Coastal Manager Andy Squires, Alternate

Santa Rosa County

Commissioner Lane Lynchard, Director
Commissioner Rob Williamson, Alternate 

Sarasota County

Commissioner Charles Hines, Director
Laird Wreford Natural Resources Manager, Alternate

Taylor County

Commissioner Jim Moody, Director
County Administrator, Dustin Hinkel, Alternate

Wakulla County

County Administrator David Edwards, Director
Commissioner Ralph Thomas, Alternate

Walton County

Commissioner Sara Comander, Director
Commissioner Cindy Meadows, Alternate

Governor's Appointees

Pam Anderson, Panama City
Peter Bos, Destin
Lino Maldonado, Niceville
Collier Merrill, Pensacola
Mike Sole, Tallahassee
Neal Wade, Panama City


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