SOAR WITH RESTORE TO RECEIVE BP RESTORE FUNDING AMONG 10 LOCAL PROJECT FINALISTS

 

By: Jacqueline Miles

The Escambia County Commission on February, 9th at the committee of the whole meeting, decided to move forward with the following listing of projects into the Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYIP):

Carpenter Creek & Bayou Texar Economic & Environmental Revitalization Plan

Eleven Mile Creek Basin

Eleven Mile Creek Stream Restoration

Hollice T. Williams Park – Stormwater Management/Recreational Facilities Project

OLF8 Commerce Park Improvements

Perdido Key Gulf of Mexico Beach Access

Perdido Key Multi-Use Path

Project Universal Access

SOAR with RESTORE

South Dogtrack Drainage – Coral Creek, Hampton Lake, Three Waters Green (aka, Mariner Village), Liberty Church

The Escambia County staff will be meeting with the U.S. Treasury Department that manages the BP Oil Spill RESTORE Act and economic Settlement Funding.  The staff is responsible for the drafting of the Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYIP) which will initiate a 45-day public comment period when completed. Public input will be reviewed and necessary updates will be made before the MYIP is submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department for final review and acceptance.

SOAR With RESTORE was submitted by County Commissioner Lumon May following the review and submittal of the project rankings by the RESTORE Act Advisory Committee chaired by former Gulf Power Executive Bentina Terry.  SOAR With RESTORE is a private-public joint venture led by Unity in the Family Ministry (a non-profit environmental jobs training and placement program); New World Believers (a non-profit prison re-entry commercial cleaning training and placement program); Hixardt Technologies (a for-profit cyber security training and job placement business); and Tony McCray and Associates (a community and economic development project management business).

SOAR With RESTORE has identified 7 Escambia County Neighborhoods as its target area partners: the Tan Yard Community, Belmont and DeVilliers Historical Business District and Community, Englewood Community; the Wedgewood Neighborhood, the Cantonment Community, the Century Community, and the Warrington Community.  These areas are targeted for the job training and placement programs and the research and development of an African-American Heritage Trail with historical venues and markers.

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