Triumph board gets closer to choosing projects for oil spill funding

Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 6:34 PM CST
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While it's still up in the air where money from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill will go, Triumph board officials say they are getting closer to choosing the projects that will receive funding.

The board met at the Franklin County Courthouse Monday afternoon to talk about projects out of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla counties.

The meeting was open for public comment, where a handful of city mayors out of those counties pleaded their case on why projects out of their cities should take priority.

"I did mention two. The first being the expansion of our sports complex by 83 acres. The second project is an E.O.C. or an Emergency Operations Center within the city of Lynn Haven because if we have a category 3 or 4 storm, we can't cross the bridge to get to the county E.O.C. without abandoning our citizens in Lynn Haven," Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson said.

Also at Monday's meeting, a new board member was appointed. Benjamin Lee out of Lynn Haven in Bay County now sits on the board as well.

Moving forward, the board will send letters to many of the project applicants to get more information on each project and eventually decide which ones will get oil spill money.