Local counties look to protect BP money

Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 9:06 PM

SANTA ROSA BEACH – Leaders from eight Northwest Florida counties declared their determination Monday to “build a moat” around millions in BP settlement dollars to protect it from those in Tallahassee with designs on the money. “We already know Tallahassee wants the money. They’ve proved it,” said former U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, who as a congressman was instrumental in pushing the Restore Act into law. Under the Restore Act, 75 percent of the funds coming to Florida in penalties paid by BP and others will go to the […]