The Deepwater Horizon natural resources damage assessment trustees and BP have proposed approximately $34.4 million for the fifth phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The first phase of the project would enhance public access to natural resources and increase recreational opportunities at four sites in the Florida Panhandle.
The four sites include:
– Innerarity Point in Escambia County, Florida which would involve acquisition of a 3.38-acre property and the building of a public park on the property.
– A parcel in the City of Destin, Florida which would involve acquisition of a 3.42-acre parcel and the building of a public park on the property.
– A parcel in the City of Lynn Haven, Florida which would involve acquisition of a 90.7-acre tract, and building a public park on the property.
– Island View Park in Franklin County which would involve construction of a public park on a 7.3-acre parcel owned by Franklin County.
Infrastructure would be constructed at each location to facilitate and enhance recreational use. This could include pathways, boardwalks and docks with kayak launches, trails, and picnic areas, and other improvements.
The proposed project would also provide ecological benefits by removing invasive species and protecting important habitats.
The draft Phase V Early Restoration Plan is available for public review and comment. For more information, visit: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=39864.
source: Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council