Boosting oyster industry tops requests for BP oil spill recovery dollars

Three projects are seeking millions in BP oil spill recovery dollars to help revitalize the oyster industry in Franklin and Wakulla counties.

The proposals are among the dozens of requests from both counties, which are looking at securing $49.43 million from Triumph Gulf Coast Inc.

The non-profit organization oversees the dispersal of money to eight Gulf Coast counties in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Initiatives for workforce development and career training and key infrastructure improvements are also vying for money.

The lion’s share of Wakulla requests, $37 million, is being sought by the Tallahassee Community College-owned Wakulla Environmental Institute and its controversial business partner, the Panacea Oyster Co-Op.

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