BP forced to pay $30 million for Northwest Florida tourism promotion

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE -- Oil giant BP will have to pay $30 million to seven Florida Panhandle counties for tourism promotion over the next three years.

Gov. Rick Scott joined BP executive Luke Keller on Monday to announce the grant. It's designed to help the region's tourism industry recover from a massive oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico.

Keller said it brings the total BP has committed to aiding Florida tourism to $62 million.

Scott said the grant is a "very small step" and pledged to hold BP accountable for economic damages.

The state has not yet submitted a claim for lost tax revenue.

The grant will be used for advertising, discounts and other promotions. Panhandle tourism officials said business has been booming so far this year.

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  • by lynn Location: panama city beach on Apr 12, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    atleast someone is getting paid.....once again they need more info from me they just keep adding things to avoid paying me
  • by Jeff Location: Lynn Haven on Apr 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM
    BP wasn't "forced" to do anything. BP is currently choosing to throw a little pocket change our way. Deductible pocket change. They'll stretch the litigation out 20-some years and write the whole mess off like Exxon did in Alaska. Don't be lulled into thinking we can "force" them to do anything. We can't.
  • by Christian Location: Panama City on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    I guess that means we should expect to see more beach concerts over the next three years, since that is where the money seemed to go for the other BP money. If that is the case, can I recommend we bring in Jimmy Buffett??
  • by Local on Apr 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Which panhandle counties?? And how much each?? Also will the counties be required to use the money only for tourism promotion? Tallahassee does not like to give out much info, will take a local news snoop to find out.
  • by Dave Location: PCB on Apr 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    So far they have paid plenty to the "leaders" of the community and very little to the people who were actually hurt. Nobody is putting the money to work on cleaning the gulf. Port St Joe has many dollars to get people from Bay county to come their way but the crab man ain't got anything
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