Title: Public Meeting on Draft Phase IV Restoration PlanLocation: Pensacola, FLDescription: The Trustees released a draft plan for phase IV of early restoration that proposes 10 early restoration projects across the Gulf states at an estimated cost of $134 million. The plan is available for public review and comment through June 19.
The Trustees and BP have identified approximately $134 million in projects to be included in the next proposed phase of early restoration. This milestone comes five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The 10 proposed projects would benefit sea turtles, birds and fish; increase recreational opportunities; and improve nearshore and reef habitats. The proposed projects and estimated costs are:
Nesting beaches for sea turtles were impacted during the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trustees are implementing an early restoration project that is helping nesting sea turtles by reducing the impacts of lighting on beach habitat. The $4.3 million project is improving lighting in many nesting locations along the Florida and Alabama coasts.
The goal of some of the restoration projects weâve undertaken is to help compensate for recreational opportunities that were lost as a result of the spill. One of these projects is the Mahogany Mill Boat Ramp and Park in Pensacola, Florida.
As part of the $2.5 million project, we built a brand new boat ramp and park that is now maintained by Escambia County. We also reconstructed a public road that leads to the park so that it meets local standards, including wider travel lanes.