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MINUTES
ESCAMBIA COUNTY RESTORE ACT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
February 29, 2016 - 4:00 p.m.
Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building
BCC Meeting Room, First Floor
221 Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32502
 
             
1. Call To Order - February 29, 2016 meeting called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Chairperson, Bentina Terry.
             
2. Proof of Publication - The meeting was advertised in the Pensacola News Journal on February 20, and February 27, 2016.
             
3. Attendance
Present:
Bentina Terry, Chairman  
 
Alan McMillan, Vice-Chairman  
 
Donald McMahon, III, Member  
 
Alvin Coby, Member  
 
Gregg Beck, Member  
 
Christian Wagley, Member  
 
Susan Carleton, Member  
 
Michelle Inere, Member  
 
John Soule, Member  
 
Courtney Peterson, Member  
Absent:
Tammy Bohannon, Member
Staff Present:
Taylor Kirschenfeld, Interim Director, Natural Resources Management
Shelly Marshall, RESTORE Coordinator
Robert Turpin, Manager, Marine Resources Division
             
4. Approval of Minutes for 02-1-2016 RESTORE Meeting

Motion was made by Alan McMillan to approve the February 1, 2016 Minutes of the RESTORE Advisory Committee Meeting. Christian Wagley seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
             
5. Old Business
             
6. New Business
  1. Best Available Science Tool, Robert Turpin, Escambia County

Robert Turpin from Escambia County Marine Resources Division presented Version 1 of the Best Available Science Tool (BAST) created by Escambia County to review best available science for each of the RESTORE Proposals. The BAST was made available to the RESTORE Advisory Committee if any of the members wished to use it.
  1. Economic/Workforce Development Review, Jennifer McFarren, Gulf Power


Jennifer McFarren presented on Economic and Workforce Development in relation to Escambia County. Ms. Farren also showed how certain RESTORE Proposals accomplished either economic or workforce development.
  1. Overview of Tourism Projects, Steve Hayes, Visit Pensacola

Steve Hayes presented Visit Pensacola’s Master Plan for Escambia County. Mr. Hayes discussed what the RESTORE Advisory Committee should be looking for in a tourism project to align with the master plan.
  1. Watershed/ Fishbone Diagrams of Direct Component Projects, Chips Kirschenfeld, Escambia County

Chips Kirschenfeld, Interim Department Director for Escambia County Natural Resources Management Department, and Shelly Marshall, Escambia County RESTORE Coordinator, presented the RESTORE Proposals in a fishbone watershed approach. This presented the proposals in a spatial relation to each other. It also demonstrated how projects in the same watershed could work together.
  1. Discussion on Project Categories and Final Rankings

The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) decided they would like the RESTORE Proposals to be presented to them in three buckets: Infrastructure, Environment, and Economy. The RESTORE Advisory Committee concluded that this different presentation of the projects to the BCC would not affect their scoring or process. Chairperson Bentina Terry asked that the Committee members have any and all final score changes to county staff by 5:00 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 so final rankings can be discussed at the March 7, 2016 RESTORE Advisory Committee Meeting.
             
7. Public Comment (limit 3 minutes each)

Susan Feathers, 802 East Belmont Street, Pensacola
Jeremy Evans, 1175 Wensec Drive, Greater Pensacola Chamber
Sherri Myers, 526 Parker Drive, Pensacola
Elizabeth Benchley, 2910 Magnolia Avenue, Pensacola
Warren Jernigan, 2210 Warren Jernigan Place
Melissa Pino, 413 Southeast Baublits Drive
Jessica Koelsch, National Wildlife Federation
Gloria Wiggins, 6923 Cabral Street
Dorothy Dubuisson, 1308 North Barcelona Street
Wilheminia Ladd-Gadson, 2315 N Tarragona Street, Pensacola
             
8. Adjournment - Meeting adjourned at 6:09 pm.

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