Plans for local projects approved by U.S.Department of Treasury

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County will soon see some changes thanks to money from the RESTORE Act.

The RESTORE act is made up of 80 percent of the money settlements from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and is given to areas affected to restore economic and environmental damages.

The U.S. Department of Treasury accepted Bay County's plan to fund nine projects. The projects total more than $7 million dollars.

Since the treasury accepted the plan, the county can now make formal grant applications.

"The citizens advisory committee made recommendations to our board of county commissioners and of those the commissioner has approved nine of them for funding," said Jim Muller, who is the Bay County RESTORE Act Coordinator.

Some of the projects include the Bay Technology Initiative, Carl Gray Park renovations, and artificial reef construction.