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Bill Nelson gives shoutout to Jack Latvala for stance on BP oil spill money

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Among this current climate of hyper-partisanship, it is increasingly rare to find members of one party saying kind words about someone on the other. But that was the case this week when Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson gave a “shoutout” to Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala for his efforts in making sure 2010 BP oil spill settlement money intended for the Florida Panhandle actually makes it there. Earlier this year, Florida received its first payment of $400 million – with…

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Pinellas County asks for suggestions on spending $7.1 million in BP funds

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Pinellas residents have another chance to tell county commissioners how to spend $7.1 million in BP settlement money. The county has created a website, pinellascounty.org/BPideas, to gather ideas. The site, which will be available until the end of June, has a short survey for residents to fill out. In July 2015, the county accepted a settlement from BP of $7.1 million. The agreement represents a one-time revenue source. Once these funds are expended, there will not be any additional related…

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Federal judge OKs $20 billion settlement from 2010 BP oil spill

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A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation’s history. The settlement, first announced in July, includes $5.5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments. The money is to be paid out…

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Dunedin may use all $2.9 mil of BP money on new downtown parking management plan

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Dunedin’s thriving downtown is looking to revamp its public parking plan. Over the past few years, the area has become a bona fide weekend and evening hot-spot. To make room for the influx of warm bodies — and the vehicles that carry them — Dunedin City Commission will hear plans for a hybrid pilot parking program, which includes paid and free parking throughout the downtown area. According to city staff, the downtown area doesn’t have enough parking space turnover, or…

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Politics put BP settlement money discussions on hold in Clearwater

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Clearwater City Council and mayoral re-election races are holding up progress on how to spend $6.4 million in BP settlement money even though the it has been available since July. The council will hold off at least four months on determining what to do with the cash. At issue are re-election campaigns for Mayor George Cretekos and City Council members Doreen Hock DiPolito and Jay Polgaze who are all appearing on the March ballot. During a meeting Nov. 5, City…

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Share of aging temporarily sealed wells grows

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Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing, an investigation by The Associated Press shows. It is not clear how many incompletely sealed wells may have leaked — they generally are not monitored as carefully as active wells — but they contain fewer barriers to pent-up petroleum and rupture more easily. The threat…

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Scientists gather at USF St. Pete, to address questions that still remain about BP oil spill

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Five years after 11 people lost their lives on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the Macondo oil well began leaking more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, questions still remain about the environmental effects of the largest oil spill in history. BP committed $500 million over a 10-year period for scientists to independently study the effects of the spill and conduct crucial research to help mitigate future spills. By the end of this year…

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