Gulf of Mexico
Mid-Atlantic
Waterways

Intracoastal Waterway Finally Getting Its Due Dredging; Completed Causeway Looking Good for All User Groups

We went from “Cold enough for ya?” to “Windy enough for ya?” Perish the thought of adding “Snowy enough for you yet?” How about “Is this warm weather weird enough for ya?” I’m still banking on some freaky mild spells in December and throughout winter.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. Senate Committee Approves Bill Increasing Revenues for Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration

BATON ROUGE, LA - Today, the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources passed the Conservation of America’s Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life (COASTAL) Act which would increase Louisiana’s share of qualified Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas revenues under the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

FERC poised to make permit decisions on four LNG export projects in Texas

Federal regulators appear poised to make permit decisions on the applications submitted by four liquefied natural gas export terminals in Texas. After more than three years of review, commissioners with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have placed permit decisions for the four projects on the agenda for the agency's Thursday morning meeting.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Florida: Red tide off Sarasota County to move south, forecasters say

The toxic algae, stalled offshore from Siesta Beach to Collier County, could begin moving.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Senate panel advances effort to boost Louisiana's coastal restoration funds from offshore energy revenues

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Senate panel has advanced legislation that would give Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states a bigger cut of the offshore oil and gas revenues the federal government receives.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Protecting and restoring Louisiana coast shouldn't be partisan

Coastal land loss and its ensuing hurricane risk are an existential threat to Louisiana. Our state is already missing 2,000 square miles of coast and we are on track to lose between 2,250 to 4,000 more square miles in the coming 50 years. Given the crisis at hand, we have no time for partisanship and certainly no time for baseless allegations that threaten the integrity of the coastal program.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

U.S. announces $30 million to bolster coasts from flooding, rising seas

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. government’s oceans and waterways agency will provide $30 million to improve coastal resilience, officials said, aiming to reduce the impacts of worsening storms, flooding and rising seas in nearly half of U.S. states.

Southeast
Engineering

Florida Republican Opinion: Protecting the perimeter

Florida is a state of true natural wealth, from our blue-water oceans and extensive coasts to our vast wetlands and unique coral reefs.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush Announces $21 Million in Buyout Funds for Ft. Bend County

AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $21,155,575 in Hurricane Harvey funds for Fort Bend County to conduct a buyout program. Fort Bend County was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as heavy rainfall caused flooding of streets and homes, threatening public health, safety, and welfare.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Texas: State awards $1.5M for Cameron County park projects

Cameron County has received over $1.5 million in grant money from the Texas General Land Office for several coastal county projects.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Florida: Okaloosa might ban biz activity on spoil islands

Okaloosa County Commission discusses possible rule and fee changes for vendors at the county’s public beaches; county might ban commercial activity on islands in Santa Rosa Sound

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Rising U.S. losses from powerful hurricanes flag need for better protection

Worsening storms are causing worsening damage - but measures to prepare and protect could help, experts say

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Galveston Bay receives “C” on report card

After Hurricane Harvey dumped billions of gallons of water over the Greater Houston area, Galveston Bay suffered. Oysters died off, dolphins developed skin lesions, and fish populations were scattered, officials said.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Florida: Longboat Key residents could see an increase in their beach taxes

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (WWSB) -The Town of Longboat Key is looking at ways to fund their upcoming beach renourishment projects. The projects include the stabilization of the north end of the key along with the construction of the next comprehensive beach wide renourishment in either 2021 or 2022.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Mississippi Governor Announces $53M in Coastal Restoration Projects

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant announced a list of 15 restoration projects for 2019 during the annual Mississippi Restoration Summit in Biloxi yesterday.

Southeast
Property

Red tide is back off the coast of Florida. Residents aren't sure how much more they can take

Starting in the summer of 2017, Colleen Gill's strolls on the beach were often interrupted by the smell of death.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

South Padre Island not moving forward with paid parking along Gulf Boulevard

The City of South Padre Island will not be moving forward with a controversial policy that would ask visitors to pay for parking spaces along Gulf Boulevard.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Bay access projects moving forward in Daphne, Spanish Fort

Projects to improve public access to Mobile Bay in Daphne and Spanish Fort can move forward with the approval of more than $3 million in federal funding.

Southeast
Property

Florida’s building code doesn’t take sea rise into account. That could change this year

The last time the Florida building code changed, it required any new construction along the coast to elevate buildings a whole foot. Just three years later, that doesn’t look like enough. There’s a call to go up yet another foot.

Southeast
Engineering

Governor Ron DeSantis Activates C-44 Stormwater Treatment Area

Governor Ron DeSantis visited the C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area (STA) site to highlight Everglades restoration and activate the pumps which began the process of filling the man made wetland with water. The C-44 STA will remove harmful nutrients and provide regional water quality benefits. Joined by Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Noah Valenstein, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), conservation groups, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local community leaders, Governor DeSantis celebrated this important Everglades restoration project as water filled the wetland.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

South Padre Island enjoys tourism boost

The Island is reporting record-breaking sales tax figures and strong hotel occupancy numbers for summer 2019.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Florida: Santa Rosa County collects record bed tax from Navarre Beach

Revenue has increased in Santa Rosa County almost $2 million per year since 2014-2015 from bed tax, with Navarre Beach playing a huge role in growth.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Texas: Man faces federal charges in killing of sea turtle

Federal charges were filed on Thursday against a man found to be in possession of Atlantic Green Sea Turtle parts on South Padre Island.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Speakers say Louisiana not yet ready to capitalize on economic opportunities in coastal restoration

Coastal restoration presents a “massive opportunity” for economic development in Louisiana, but the state is not yet positioned to take full advantage, a government committee heard Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Florida Beach Access: Walton Judge issues order to fix error in customary use order

A Walton County judge issued a Monday order to clear up an error that appeared to greatly alter a previous customary use ruling.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Texas: Cameron County announces temporary beach road closure for SpaceX testing

BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas (KGBT) — Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño has announced temporary road closures for SpaceX testing.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

State expects to dole out all Hurricane Michael Recovery Grants by year's end

The program was created last Session to advance local governments’ recovery projects.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Longboat initially OKs maximum borrow for beach projects, asks Manatee for help

Commissioners agree on ballot language of no more than $34.5 million, though final OK pending in December.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Walton Judge issues order to fix error in customary use order

A Walton County judge issued a Monday order to clear up an error that appeared to greatly alter a previous customary use ruling.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Students experience barrier island environment

Youth from a Cape Coral school had the opportunity to take a cruise, see a variety of marine life up close and visit Cayo Costa State Park as part of the ongoing No Child Left On Shore initiative.

Southeast
Advocacy

Florida Advocates push for Florida Forever funding

Environmentalists gathered Monday at the Florida Capitol to celebrate the fifth anniversary of voters overwhelmingly approving a ballot measure aimed at steering billions of dollars toward land and water preservation.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Houston, famed for sprawl, bets on growing up

Apartments and walkable urbanism are finding more favor in the Texan metro

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Dredging Begins On Five-mile Stretch of Intracoastal Waterway in Venice, FL

People around the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice and around some of the beach areas will be seeing a lot more activity, mainly from machines doing dredging.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Families fighting back against Mickler's Landing closure in St. John's County, FL

Families plan to show up to a 9 a.m. commission meeting Tuesday to fight back against the closure of Mickler's Landing.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Coastal Alabama water: Center stage in courts and Congress

Coastal Alabama is one of the nation’s rainiest regions, a place where it’s not uncommon for municipal utilities to release eye-popping reports about sewer system overflows pouring into local waterways, then on to bays and beyond.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Battle to protect Florida coast from offshore drilling continues

The fight to protect Florida's Gulf Coast from offshore oil and gas drilling is far from over

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Tampa Bay awash in microplastic particles

They’re barely visible, only 1/8-inch or smaller, so it might not seem like a big deal. But it is. Microplastic particles are floating around in Tampa Bay in alarming numbers. In fact, research scientists from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Eckerd College estimate that there may be as many as 4 billion of these indestructible particles at the bottom of the Bay.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana: More funds sought for coastal project | Editorials

Louisiana residents should be proud of how determined state and federal officials are in trying to secure more money to protect the already-damaged coastline.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Florida: Okaloosa learns about tourism destroyers

Okaloosa County TDD director shares findings from several tourism research studies

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Florida: Red Tide back but not as bad -- so far

The bloom started off Collier County in September. It’s slowly moving north

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Texas: Carlyle Group's oil terminal exit starts shakeout of U.S. crude exporters

HOUSTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Carlyle Group LP’s decision to abandon a Texas crude export project this month marked the start of a shake out among the nine deep water terminal proposals vying to export U.S. shale, said investors and analysts.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

County hoping for almost $7 million in RESTORE money to move effluent off Navarre Beach

Looks like the money to help get the waste water effluent off Navarre Beach and out of Navarre Sound may be coming from RESTORE Act funds from the BP Oil Spill. If approved, the total will be almost $7 million for Santa Rosa County.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Florida: Beachfront homeowners receiving easement letters in first step to restore St. Johns County beaches

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Neighbors in St. Johns County who live along the shoreline got to speak with county leaders about a project to rebuild and restore South Ponte Vedra and Vilano beaches.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Texas sees sharp drop in nesting sea turtles

The critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle had an offseason for nesting this year along Texas beaches, with 190 nests recorded in Texas.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Larry Richard: Support GOMESA efforts for Iberia Parish

Iberia Parish President Larry Richard is asking the public’s help in supporting legislative attempts to secure GOMESA Funds.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

National Academies of Sciences Awards LSU and Louisiana Sea Grant Funds to Bolster Gulf Coast Resilience

BATON ROUGE—When buying a home, people often weigh the quality of the schools, crime rates, cost and property values into their buying equation. Rarely do they think about disaster risk, mostly because there is no easy way to do so.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Could Water Management Be New Orleans’ Next Big Export?

For years, Louisiana was the only state in the country to have a master plan for dealing with coastal land loss. Now other states, like Texas, are following suit. Louisiana´s motivation is clear: The state loses approximately a football-field’s worth of land every hour. Louisiana´s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority estimates that, left unattended, the loss of the state’s wetlands will worsen the annual cost of flood damage from an average of $2.7 billion to approximately $19.9 billion. Yet in the face of such dire predictions, some see an opportunity for southern Louisiana to position itself as a leader in water management and to reap the economic benefits of not only addressing the state´s issues, but of selling that expertise to others.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Florida: Bradenton Beach signs interlocal agreement for jitney trail

The pieces are coming together for the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency jitney trail.

Coastwide
Property

Nature Conservancy: Mangroves Reduce Flood Damages During U.S. Hurricanes, Saving Billions of Dollars in Property Losses

A new report finds that mangroves provide valuable flood risk benefits and play a critical role in protecting coastal communities in Florida.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Texas Coast Draws Buyers Seeking Less Expensive Vacation Homes

Some of the most affordable investment beach towns are located in Texas’ Gulf Coast, namely Port Aransas with 18 beachfront miles on Mustang Island, where the average 50-foot Gulf front lot costs less than $1 million.

Coastwide
Science

Study casts doubt on carbon capture

One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere—and reducing the risk of climate change—is to capture carbon from the air or prevent it from getting there in the first place. However, research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science, suggests that carbon capture technologies can cause more harm than good.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

There is still time to save Louisiana's coast, but here's why we need to act fast

Imagine this. After discovering your house is infested with termites, the contractor gives you two paths forward: Sell the thing for whatever you can get and begin looking for a new home in a new place. Or begin expensive repairs and treatment that only guarantees a termite-free life for 30 years — but during that time researchers will continue working toward a permanent solution.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Drug overdose treatment for humans can detox turtles poisoned by red tide, study shows

A detox therapy used to treat overdoses in humans may help save endangered sea turtles from red tide poisoning. (With American Shoreline Podcast).

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

Bowfishing outlawed at Navarre Beach

NAVARRE BEACH — Alvin Pittman has used his cast net to fish for mullet in Navarre Beach waters nearly every week for 50 years.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Florida: Longboat Key presses ahead with beach-borrowing ballot issue

Longboat Key town commissioners are moving ahead with plans to seek voter approval of bonds to help pay for the next five years of beach renourishment.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

CPRA leading delegation to Washington to seek more offshore drilling revenues for Louisiana

The state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will lead a delegation of representatives from four gulf coast states to Washington D.C. this week, where they will lobby for a greater share of revenues generated by offshore drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Alabama beach mouse helped build the dunes that protect our coast

Alabamians love their beaches, but the relationship with tiny mammals that helped make the state’s coastal ecosystems has been somewhat more complicated.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Despite dreadful beach conditions, Florida governor won't regulate agriculture polluters

The moment I drove over the causeway — my favorite Florida beaches on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva beckoning — the stench in the air foreshadowed bad news.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Florida: Perdido Key beach access plan clears critical hurdle, cost and timeline still unknown

A controversial new beach access point on Perdido Key will start moving through the county's development review process, but it remains unclear how much the new access point will cost or when it will open.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

One year after Hurricane Michael: An unexpected tourism boom in Franklin County

ST. GEORGE ISLAND — The glancing blow to Franklin County’s main barrier island has made it the go-to place for vacationers unable to visit the beach towns that bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL: Sand dunes seem to be least-bad option for protecting coast

To its credit, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is open about some of the problems that accompany plans to fortify the upper Texas Gulf Coast with new sand dunes. But with no silver bullet out there, the dunes remain the least-bad option until something better comes along.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Freeport-McMoRan's settlement could be the first of many. Can it save Louisiana's coast?

An oil company accused of polluting and destroying parts of Louisiana’s quickly-dissolving coastline has agreed to a multi-million dollar settlement, a potential watershed moment that could help the state combat land loss and lead similarly accused energy titans to follow suit.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

FERC grants permit for Cameron LNG Train 2 commissioning start

The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Sempra Energy to start the commissioning process of the second liquefaction train at the Cameron LNG plant in Hackberry, Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Economist says coastal restoration projects would pump billions into southeast Louisiana's economy

Two projects planned by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will have a multibillion-dollar economic impact on southeast Louisiana, according to a report presented to the CPRA board Wednesday.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

Red tide continues to spread around southwest Florida

Red tide algae showed up in test samples again this week, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's weekly report.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Oil Pirates: The Gulf Of Mexico’s Billion Dollar Problem

Pirate activity in the Gulf of Mexico is on the rise and so is oil theft from platforms operating in the area, Fox News reports, with losses for Pemex as high as $1 billion annually.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

Alabama spearfishers cash in on lionfish money

The red lionfish population off the Alabama Gulf Coast is a little smaller now that the second of two spearfishing tournaments finished a two-week run, with the final weigh-in last weekend at Tacky Jack’s in Orange Beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Army Corps' proposal for sand dunes to protect Texas coast brings questions about cost, feasibility

Nearly a decade before the “Ike Dike” became accepted jargon for coastal residents of southeast Texas, there were geotubes.

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