Bay County Commissioners Looking To Hire Restore Act Coordinator

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Bay County commissioners have decided to move forward with hiring a coordinator to help out with the money Bay County will receive from the Restore Act.

The position will be full-time, but temporary.
The person will primarily act as a planner, but will also have to coordinate with multiple organizations to make sure Bay County gets the maximum amount of money possible.

Commissioners aren't sure just how much the temporary job will pay, but they've considered an annual salary between $50-75,000.

Officials believe a full time person dedicated to helping the county with the Restore Act will pay off.

"These Restore Act funds, a lot of them are going to be competitive. In order for us to get the most we can get for Bay County, we need to have somebody that's full time job would be to make sure we stayed in competition for those funds," said Bay County Commissioner Mike Thomas.

Officials believe the county could receive between 30 and 100 million dollars from the Restore Act.