Bay compiles wish list for RESTORE Act funding
By Cassandra Favre
Oct 19, 2013, 01:13
Bay St. Louis city officials met on Tuesday to compile a wish list of projects to be funded with money received from the RESTORE Act.
According to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's website, the RESTORE Act is for Gulf states in recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It guarantees that 80 percent of Clean Water Act violation fines and penalties paid by BP and other responsible parties will be directed to the five Gulf states impacted by the disaster.
"The RESTORE Act is divided into five'buckets,'" Mississippi Department of Equality Communications Director Robbie Wilbur said. "There are guidelines for how the funds will be spent.
"The five buckets are 35 percent for ecological and economic restoration; 30 percent for restoration and protection according to comprehensive plan developed by the RESTORE council; 30 percent is based on a formula made up of the number of miles of shoreline that experienced oiling; 2.5 percent to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring and Technology Program; 2.5 percent to the Centers of Excellence Research Grants Program."
The city's wish list includes: Draining and dredging ditches and canals in wards Five and Six; water treatment; roadway projects/improvements; expanding the Safe Routes to School project; equipment needs: track hoes, dump trucks, vacuum truck, grapple truck and street sweeper; natatorium, a building containing a competition sized swimming pool; recreational complexes; watershed project; Blue Meadow road project; sidewalk projects; amphitheater; Depot area stage; Beach Blvd. splash pad; playground on sand beach; serpentine project; and removal of old pilings and piers on North Beach Boulevard.
Mayor Les Fillingame said that he would put together a list of the RESTORE Act projects including pricing before the council's next meeting.
To learn more about the RESTORE Act visit www.restore.ms.