City selects RESTORE Act projects

Special to the PRESS

During a workshop last Thursday morning, local Island board members along with other stakeholders throughout the community considered grant projects for application of RESTORE Act funds.

The RESTORE Act, or Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act, was signed into law in 2012 after the Deepwater Horizon, or BP oil spill to ensure that the states would receive 80 percent of the funds with 20 percent going to the Federal Treasury.

Grant writing consultant Peter Ravella facilitated discussion amongst stakeholders regarding the settlement funds that would be distributed. Ravella’s contract was confirmed the evening before at the SPI City Council meeting, and although the City has proven to have valuable assets on staff in regards to grant writing, due to the large scale of grant funds available, Ravella was hired for his expertise to focus on this particular group of funds.

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