Wednesday, July 17 • 10:30am - 12:10pm
P. Implementing Gulf Restoration in Florida

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Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economy of the Gulf Coast Act (RESTORE Act) that provides one of many mechanisms providing funds for restoring the Gulf.  Signed into law in 2012, the Act has been one source generating hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for both ecological and economic restoration of the Gulf Coast.  Among the five affected states, Florida is unique with regard to the role of its 23 Gulf Coast counties, as well as the large geographic extent of the coastline and the associated diversity of coastal ecosystems and communities.  This timely course will provide: the disposition of the litigation and settlement; an overview of the sources of Gulf funding (including state funds through the settlement); current and projected funding levels available to Florida Gulf Coast counties; ongoing federal, state and local government coastal planning efforts; the types of projects and programs and activities eligible for funding and some of the legal and regulatory challenges with implementation.  Funds are beginning to flow to communities.  This course will provide insights on projects, priorities and funding as Gulf restoration is being implemented.


Erin Deady

President, Erin L. Deady, P.A.
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Doug Robison

Vice President/Senior Scientist, ESA
Doug Robison is a Senior Scientist and Vice President with ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATES (ESA) in Tampa. Mr. Robison has 35 years of professional experience in environmental science and planning including 33 years of experience as a consultant to government and private industry... Read More →

Valerie Seidel

President, The Balmoral Group

Leslie Ames

Special Advisor, Department of Environmental Protection
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Jim Muller

RESTORE Act Coordinator, Bay County
Jim Muller is a former director of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. He is a principal of Muller and Associates, Inc., which focuses on natural resource planning, policy, and conservation land acquisition efforts, including conservation easements.Jim is now the Bay County RESTORE... Read More →

Wednesday July 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:10pm
Calusa 10

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