Bay County Gets Ready To File BP Claim

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Bay County Commissioners met in a closed executive session on Tuesday to authorize a final claim against BP.

The county wants $2.788 million dollars for damages caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Among other things, the damages include utility fees, communication taxes, pier fees, and vessel registration fees.

Commissioners are also planning to file for a risk transfer claim.

"The amount of that is three times the base claim and that allows for any future claims that the county may have relative to any damage that we could incur if there was any further deposit of the BP oil on the beaches, or if it effected our tourism or tax revenues," said Commissioner Guy Tunnell.

Most cities across the panhandle are going through a similar process right now, in advance of the deadline to submit claims.