Trustees Propose Fifth Phase of Early Restoration

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The Trustees and BP have proposed approximately $34.4 million for the fifth phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The first phase of the project would enhance public access to natural resources and increase recreational opportunities at four sites in the Florida Panhandle. The four sites include:

UPDATE: New location for St. Petersburg Public Meeting on October 29

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The previously published address for tonight's public meeting in St. Petersburg was incorrect. Please plan to attend at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute at 100 8th Ave SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. There will be an open house at 6:00pm followed by the meeting in the auditorium at 7:00pm.

Trustees Propose Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico

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The Trustees have proposed a comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem restoration plan for the Gulf of Mexico. The draft plan is based on our thorough assessment of impacts to the Gulf's natural resources and the services they provide following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The draft plan would allocate up to $8.8 billion allocated for natural resource injuries under a proposed settlement with BP.

Latest Round of Early Restoration Projects Approved

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The Trustees have selected and approved the latest round of Deepwater Horizon early restoration projects. The restoration plan includes 10 projects totaling an estimated $134 million. The Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (plan) (pdf, 2.9MB) is consistent with our strategic plan for early restoration activities. We received 2,600 public comments that were considered in developing the final plan.