The state of Florida will receive a $2.7 million National Emergency Grant to provide jobs for Franklin County residents who lost their livelihoods due to Tropical Storm Debby and other woes afflicting the Apalachicola Bay, and its seafood industry.
The grant is designed to develop a temporary jobs project to help the bay recover and re-open to oyster harvesting. Provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, the $2,699,712 award will go towards hiring 200 dislocated oystermen, who will work under the supervision of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association. The displaced workers will re-shell the oyster bars damaged by the storm with live and dead oyster material from undamaged parts of the bay.
The grant is a collaboration of the state Department of Economic Opportunity, the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board and the local community. The re-shelling project will operate through June 30, 2013.
Florida has also received $256,953 in federal funding to support the hiring of 15 temporary workers to work for Franklin County and help complete the clean-up and restoration work in the region.
Via the News Service of Florida.