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Restore Act Meeting Encourages Public Input

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Panhandle residents are pitching in ideas about what projects they think are necessary for restoring the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

A meeting Thursday night at Gulf Coast State College was hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The agencies presented information on the State's five priority areas for projects and then requested public input. Panel members say some of the ideas focus on the beaches and tourism, disaster preparation and fisheries impact.

"Folks are worried about long term impact on fisheries. We didn't have thousands and thousands of dead fish from the spill, but there are concerns about all the oil off shore killing early life stages of fish. The fact that that may show up in the future when those fish just aren't there with they should be marketable size, said Gil McRaye with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The next public meeting is March 13 at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.