MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 5, 2017) – With $6.3 million in B.P. oil spill funds coming to Manatee County over the next 15 years, Manatee County leaders on Monday will announce a spending plan that will improve local waterways, create environmental learning opportunities, help working waterfronts in the Village of Cortez and more.
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources will host a press conference to announce details Monday at 1 p.m. at the Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez.
“We owe it to the memory of the 11 lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the untold environmental damages which followed to commit to building a resilient Gulf and understand the connections between a healthy environment and a healthy economy” said Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department.
A carefully selected group of projects will be introduced in diverse funding categories. The press conference will begin a six-week public comment feedback during which the County will solicit input from Manatee County residents on each part of the plan.
That input and the spending plan will be presented to the Manatee County Commissioners this summer. Following their approval, the full project plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to begin the implementation process.
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