Local Level Activity

Local Level Activity

Local Advisory Committee Completes Its Project Evaluation and Ranking

At its December 11 and 12, 2014 meeting, the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee evaluated, scored, and ranked the project applications seeking funding from Monroe County’s Restore Act Local Pot (of $1.16 Million).

Representatives of each of the projects submitted for local pot funding were offered 3 minutes to speak on their project and to respond to questions from the Committee members. It was recommended but not required that applicants attend this meeting.

The committee completed this process within the course of one and a half days – one full day for presentations, and another half day for committee discussion, scoring and compiling. The committee heard 37 presentations.

After presentations, the Committee members then finalized their scores. The members’ scores were compiled. Those submissions with the highest total scores were ranked the highest.

The ranking is a committee recommendation and will be now forwarded to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, who will decide which top-ranked project(s) will be awarded funding, and how the $1.16 Million in local pot dollars will be distributed to those awarded projects. As part of its final award decision, the BOCC may choose to apply additional criteria decision including but not limited to financial risk analysis of top-ranked applicants and an assessment of compliance with Treasury's "best available science" requirement.

Projects Approved for Local Pot Funding

The following projects were reviewed and approved by the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners at the Feb. 18, 2015 meeting

  1. Coral Restoration Program: $550,000
  2. Unincorporated Monroe County’s Canal Restoration Projects: $450,000
  3. Islamorada’s Canal Restoration Projects: $100,000

With awarded projects, staff will develop a “Multi-Year Implementation Plan” as required by law. That plan will then be posted on this site for public review, presented to the BOCC for its approval, and then submitted to the US Department of Treasury.

The Monroe County RESTORE Act Local Pot funding application cycle has closed.

BOCC RESTORE Act-Related Actions, Meetings, Workshops, and Resolutions:

  • February 18, 2015, BOCC approved three projects (and funding amounts) for RESTORE Act Direct Component ("Local Pot") funding: Coral Reef Restoration Program (ranked #1) for $550,000, Monroe County (Unincorporated) Canal Restoration Program (ranked #2) for $450,000 and part of Monroe County (All Jurisdictions) Canal Restoration Program (ranked #3) - for Islamorada's Canal Restoration Projects for $100,000.
  • December 11 and 12, 2014 Meeting of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee
  • October 17, 2014 BOCC received an update on RESTORE Act and Final Treasury Rule, including discussion on County’s requirement to develop a Multi-Year Implementation Plan, the gravity of federal grant requirements and grant management costs and risks to County related to sub-awards; BOCC gave direction to staff to draft MYIP in-house with additional outside technical support.
  • September 26, 2014 Meeting of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.
  • February 2014, BOCC Approved submitting additional County request to Local Pot application process for a multi-jurisdictional Canal project.
  • January 16, 2014 BOCC approved Commissioner Neugent’s nomination of appointment to GC Executive Committee.
  • December 20, 2013 Extended Closing Date for Local Funding Pot Application Cycle.
  • November 20, 2013 BOCC approved the recommendation of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee to extend the deadline for submitting project proposals for the Restore Act Local Pot Funding until 3 PM on December 20, 2013.
  • November 20, 2013 BOCC ratified Monroe County’s comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Department of Treasury, concerning the RESTORE Act program, which was submitted to US Treasury on November 5, 2013.
  • November 8, 2013 Meeting of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee
  • August 30, 2013 Closing Date for Local Funding Pot Application Cycle
  • July 18, 2013 Opening Date for Local Funding Pot Application Cycle
  • July 17, 2013 BOCC approved submitting County funding requests to the Local Pot Application process for Local Pot funding for stormwater, canal restoration, and mooring field projects; and for projects for Consortium Pot funding for stormwater, canal restoration, mooring fields, and land acquisition.
  • July 17, 2013 BOCC approved the Local Advisory Committee recommendations for the Local Pot Application process including a Project Submittal Form (including project evaluation criteria and points), submission process, and application opening and closing dates for RESTORE Act Local Pot Funding.
  • June 28, 2013 Meeting of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.
  • June 12, 2013 Meeting of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.
  • May 16, 2013 Meeting of the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee.
  • May 15, 2013 BOCC discussed the project award process for local pot funding and determined project evaluation criteria for projects as guidance for the Local Committee. The BOCC directed the Local Committee to review/consider these criteria and bring back its recommended evaluation criteria to the Board. (The Committee subsequently considered and agreed to include all BOCC project evaluation criteria in its application process.)
  • April 17, 2013 BOCC approved clarifications to the voting requirements for Local RESTORE Act Committee members, adopting Resolution 129-2013 amending resolution 094-2013 to prohibiting all Monroe County RESTORE Act advisory committee members, including government agency members, from voting on projects that benefit their agencies.
  • March 20, 2013 BOCC approves its six appointees to the Local RESTORE Act Advisory Committee; the five municipalities also appointed their representatives to Committee.
  • March 20, 2013 BOCC ratified two project submissions for Federal Council funding.
  • February 20, 2013 BOCC approved the creation of Local RESTORE Act Advisory Board, adopting Resolution 094-2013 creating Monroe County Restore Act Advisory Committee, and its purpose, membership, and responsibilities.
  • January 16, 2013 BOCC approved Local Committee membership model consisting of appointments by each municipality and six BOCC appointments (one by each Commissioner and an additional appointment by Commissioner also serving as the Director to Gulf Consortium.)
  • December 11, 2012 BOCC held a Special Meeting to discuss the RESTORE Act, the creation and membership makeup of a local RESTORE Act committee and an application process.
  • December 11, 2012 BOCC approved Commissioner Neugent’s nomination of appointment to the GC Executive Committee.
  • September 21, 2012 BOCC adopted Resolution 250A-2012 appointing Mayor Neugent to serve as a representative, and Commissioner Rice as the alternate representative, to the RESTORE Act Gulf Consortium.
  • September 21, 2012 BOCC approves Monroe County’s joining of the Gulf Consortium, adopting Resolution 246-2012 approving an Inter-local agreement to join the RESTORE Act Gulf Consortium.