Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity, and Revived Economies RESTORE Act

"We owe it to the memory of the eleven 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."

-- Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Dept.


The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunity and Revived Economies of the Gulf States (RESTORE) Act was created following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which caused extensive environmental and economic damage to five states in the US Gulf Coast, including Florida. The RESTORE Act directed assessed penalties to the impacted states under several categories administered at Federal, State and Local levels.

Manatee County is eligible to apply for $6,332,370 under one of these programs, the Direct Component Fund, which is federally administered by the US Department of the Treasury. Of the eleven categories of eligible projects funded through this program, Manatee County has selected representative projects in five categories.

The Story behind Manatee County's RESTORE Projects

  1. Projects

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Projects have been combined into a proposed Multiyear Implementation Plan, which includes project descriptions, maps and projected budgets. Following at least 45 days of public feedback and approval by the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, the Multiyear Implementation Plan will be submitted to the US Department of Treasury for review and approval.