This past Friday, April 20, marked the 2-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which caused extensive damage to the coastlines, marine wildlife, and tourism and trade industries of the Gulf Coast. However, earlier this week we heard from the Department of Environmental Protection on the encouraging progress of the restoration projects that have begun, and will begin, along the Gulf Coast to compensate for the resources lost due to the oil spill. I have included the press release sent out by the Department below, as these projects are immensely important to the Florida Panhandle, our economy and our communities, and this should be great news for us all. I want to reiterate that I am committed to continuing to work hard and make sure that we achieve complete restoration and recovery.
Also this past week, Governor Scott approved $2 million to go to the Port of Pensacola for much-needed upgrades and renovations to make the port more environmentally friendly, efficient and better-suited to attract business and industry opportunities. I recently toured the Port of Pensacola and I understand how necessary and important these funds will be to creating jobs and helping the port reach its potential as an economic driver for our counties and state.
In other updates from the district, I had a wonderful time speaking to the fine students of the 7th grade class at Holley-Navarre Middle School in Santa Rosa County this past Friday, about civics and Florida Government. I want to thank them for their interest and warm welcome. Later on that day, I had the honor of being a judge of the 2012 Miss Northwest Florida Senior pageant. Congratulations to our winner of the evening, Sally Kenney from Uni-Health of Santa Rosa, and to all of the incredible women who participated! It was a pleasure meeting all of you!
As always, do not hesitate to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my district office at (850) 689-0556 if you have any questions or if I can be of any assistance.