Coverage: Gulf Coast Oil Spill
Collier County government is looking for the public’s help for ideas on how to spend the county’s share of BP oil spill damages money stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve setting up a 13-member project selection committee to hear proposals and present county commissioners with a priority list this summer.
The committee will comprise representatives of county agencies, the cities of Naples, Marco Island and Everglades, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Big Cypress Basin, the Tourism Development Council and the Collier County Marine Industries Association.
Collier County could be in line for between $6 million and $24 million to pay for the projects to be submitted to commissioners for approval.
Also Tuesday, commissioners set out principles for how to judge proposed projects, ranging from providing environmental benefits and creating jobs to restoring coastal ecosystems, protecting neighborhoods from flooding and promoting tourism.
The first deadline for submitting project proposals is April 9. The county plans to post more information and proposal forms on its website, www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=7066.