Advisory Committee Hears Plans for Restore Act Funds in Bay County

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PANAMA CITY - The people, who will be responsible for spending millions of dollars from the Restore Act will have a lot of choices to consider.

The Bay County RESTORE Act Advisory Committee heard ideas for projects from about four local organizations today.

The project are supposed to restore the environment or benefit communities damaged by the 2010 B.P. oil spill.

Some of the ideas bounced around are the reopening of the East Pass, beach renourishment, extending sewer lines to areas currently using septic tanks, expanding infrastructure at Northwest Florida Beaches International and Port Panama City, and more than a dozen other projects.

This is just the first of a number of meetings to consider these proposals.

Jack Bishop is the Chairman of the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee
and said "We're scheduled through the end of the year, but by the end of the year we should have a pretty firm plan for implementation and use of this funding that we don't even know how many dollars are in the pot really."

The amount of money for the state could be in the billions, with Bay County's share in the hundreds of millions of dollars.