Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - $100m oil company settlement heads to coastal parishes

A landmark settlement with an oil and gas company that could potentially unlock big dollars to help restore Louisiana’s disappearing coast has yet to advance, three months after the tentative agreement was announced. The deal with Freeport calls for the company to pay up to $100 million in cash and in what Carmouche calls “environmental credits.”

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

MS - Disaster loans: Closed Mississippi beaches hurt businesses

The federal agency says that in addition to coastal Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties in Mississippi, the declaration covers adjacent counties and parishes.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Longboat’s canal plan: what to dredge, who will pay?

The Town has a goal to dredge canals within the community to keep them navigable and to maintain property values.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Cape Coral man arrested for overharvesting more than 50k lbs of Gulf reef fish

A judge has sentenced Mark Edward Zywotko, 47, of Cape Coral to 60 days in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for committing mail fraud in the perpetration of a fraudulent scheme to overharvest more than 50,000 pounds of Gulf reef fish from the waters off Southwest Florida.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Sarasota County to steer $20 million for Mote aquarium

Sarasota County will dedicate $20 million toward the Nathan Benderson Park project and plans to reallocate money budgeted for tourism promotion

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

AL - Dept. of Conservation soliciting requests for gulf coast conservation project funding

The Alabama Department of Conservation announced Monday that interested parties can begin submitting project proposals they wish to be funded through Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) monies.

Southeast
Recreation

FL - Exploring the Secrets of the Mangroves

The 2020 Marco Speaker Series presented by the Audubon of the Western Everglades (AWE) was held at Mackle Park on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020. It was led by biologist Ryan Young on Florida’s Mangroves and their Importance in the Environment.

Southeast
Local

FL - Application says St. Augustine Beach dunes were excavated because of 'constant sand issues'

The project's consultant writes the homeowners wanted to create a more natural shape to the dune to stabilize the sand.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Beach renourishment: A necessary evil

Coming soon to our Manasota Key beaches: The Gulf of Mexico. Like it or not, if we don’t add more sand periodically, our beachfront homes and condos will fall into the Gulf. I’m not talking about any sea level changes or global warming here — just the normal course of shifting sands. I can’t say beach renourishment is good, but I understand it’s necessary because we built on migrating barrier islands. These islands aren’t stable. They never have been. The beaches will always be temporary.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - USACE, Jefferson County Ink CSRM Partnership Agreement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Galveston District and the Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 (DD7) are set to begin construction of the Port Arthur and Vicinity Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (CSRM).

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

TX - Big fish story: RGV Reef enters a major construction phase

Friends of RGV Reef has launched a major new phase of its artificial reefing project off South Padre Island, even as fishing boats reel in large numbers of red snapper the reef is already producing.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Sand can't come quick enough for homeowners

The sand so many Manasota Key beachfront homeowners have been waiting for may be on its way soon.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Holmes Beach continues trudge down treehouse path

One treehouse built in Holmes Beach in 2011 without a permit has led to four pending lawsuits spanning seven years.

Southeast
Advocacy

FL - As Seas Rise, a Florida Keys 'Ghost Forest' Makes A Last Stand

On a stretch of the Lower Keys, near an old borrow pit quarried during the construction of Big Pine, sea water and mud cover much of the rocky ground.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - County to consider steering tourist tax money toward Mote aquarium

As Mote seeks $20 million in public funds from Sarasota County for an aquarium at Nathan Benderson Park, the county could divert tax dollars from tourism promotion and arts programming.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Homeowners bulldozed part of dune in St. Augustine Beach due to “constant sand issue”

State permit shows DEP gave the homeowners permission to excavate 6 feet of dune in order to cope with "windblown material."

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

‘Make or break moment.’ Tampa Bay leaders hold climate change summit

The first Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition Leadership Summit kicked off Tuesday. Local officials were there, and so was Florida’s new Chief Resilience Officer.

Southeast
Property

FL - More Than a Dozen Florida Insurers Facing Ratings Downgrades

The rating agency responsible for assigning financial stability ratings (FSR) to more than 40 Florida domestic insurers has warned that several carriers will receive downgrades due to deteriorating conditions in the state’s property insurance market, and more than a dozen more could be downgraded in the next few months

Southeast
Waterways

FL - Florida shipyard’s truckable pushboats niche

As tugs and pushboats become larger and more complex, one sector of the industry is growing by staying small. The truckable towboat is having its moment and Marine Inland Fabricators (MIF) is happy to meet the growing demand.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

FL - Fences are blocking beach access on this part of Anna Maria Island. Blame the moon

Beachgoers and homeowners on Anna Maria Island beachfront property are clashing over rope fences that make it harder for visitors to walk along the beach.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

FL - Beach fight brings out worst on both sides

Retaliation, rather than reconciliation, has prevailed in the conflict over public beach access at N. Shell Road on Siesta Key.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

LA - Louisiana setting rules for island where pelicans nest

Louisiana is setting rules for a barrier island that's being restored to greatly increase the number of pelicans and other seabirds that can nest there.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Parish officials support states planned coastal spending

Few residents offered their thoughts on the spending plan for the state’s agency charged with restoring the coast and building storm protection.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - ‘They can persist:’ Nicholls growing rare species for coastal restoration

Since 2006, Nicholls Farm has become a haven to preserve native trees and other plants that have either disappeared from Louisiana or grow in areas threatened by coastal erosion.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - County readies for beach renourishment in 2020

Anna Maria Island’s beaches wouldn’t be so impressive without a little bit of help. The sandy shores people know and love in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach are the product of a noisy necessity: beach renourishment.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

FL - Red tide to be explored at Boca Grande conference

BOCA GRANDE — Only one water sample throughout Florida — 15 miles off Collier County’s Gulf coastline — has shown any signs of the toxic red tide algae in 2020. The counts may be low, but the subject, and the worries over red tide, have not dissolved from the public’s mind.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

FL - Fish farm proposed for Gulf of Mexico

A proposed fish farm, called the Velella Epsilon Project, that would be anchored in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 45 miles west of Sarasota Bay and slightly south, is under review.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Preparations Underway for Manasota Key Beach Renourishment

The preparation activities for the Manasota Key Beach Renourishment Project, to be conducted by Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD), are currently underway.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Marine Labs on the Water’s Edge Are Threatened by Climate Change

A marine laboratory 85 miles southwest of New Orleans was designed to be a fortress against extreme weather. But it might be defeated by climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
Fisheries

LA: Future of fish farming in federal waters at issue in court

The potential environmental and economic consequences posed by proposals for fish farming in federal waters dictate that Congress — not a federal agency — must decide how to regulate the industry, an attorney told a federal appeals court Monday.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

AZ- Snowbirds: Why are white pelicans wintering in Arizona?

American white pelicans breed in Canada and the upper Midwest, and they typically winter near the Gulf of Mexico and coastal Southern California. However, more of these enormous wetland birds are wintering in Arizona because of the state’s prime living conditions.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Two Lafourche restoration projects may move forward

Money to push two marsh restoration projects in Lafourche Parish may move forward at the end of the month.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion could create, save 47 square miles of land over 50 years

The massive proposed $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, a few miles downriver from New Orleans, could create or save from erosion as much as 47 square miles of land and wetlands in Barataria Bay over its first 50 years, new computer modeling shows.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

LA - Louisiana researchers tackle a changing Mississippi Delta

An effort to reconnect Louisiana wetlands to historical levels is taking place at Louisiana State University, where a 10,000-square-foot replica of the Mississippi Delta is now housed. Researchers are working to understand how man-made changes are impacting the Mississippi River and surrounding wetlands. Nexus Media News’ Josh Landis reports as part of our climate change series, "Peril & Promise."

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Off shore sand might start pumping mid-February on Manasota Key

Thanks to a permit delivered Christmas eve, residents of Manasota Key may see equipment for beach renourishment in about two weeks. Charlotte County Project Manager Matt Logan updated the Beaches and Shores Advisory Committee on the massive two-county project Thursday. Construction could begin in mid-February, Logan said.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - $75M allocated for comprehensive watershed study

Flood waters from a ditch running under FM 1416 in Newton County rush onto an abandoned property in Newton County Friday. Many residents of a Bon Wier neighborhood known as "The Hole" evacuated Thursday as rising waters quickly flooded the area, nearing entry levels at some elevated homes. Heavy rainfall and the opening of the dams at Toledo Bend have swelled the Sabine River, area creeks and ditches and is expected to rise further through the weekend. Photo taken Friday, March 30, 2018 Kim Brent/The Enterprise

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - Trouble in paradise: Siesta Key homeowners are blocking beach access

Private property owners cannot block access to public beach property, a Sarasota County government official said.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA: Do lawsuits seeking billions of dollars to repair Louisiana’s coast belong in federal court?

Local governments across south Louisiana are suing oil and gas companies over alleged damage to the state’s fragile coastline. Billions of dollars are at stake.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - From the BP Spill to a Disappearing Island: A Decade of Covering Climate and the Environment in Louisiana

What happens in Louisiana doesn’t stay in Louisiana. The state's role in the oil and gas industry impacts both global markets and global climate change. It’s also on the front line of climate change impacts due to sea level rise and is vulnerable to storm systems intensified by global warming. Here is a selection of photos from a decade of my coverage of environmental issues in Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Gulf Coast corals face catastrophe

Rice University-led study shows only rapid reduction of greenhouse gases will let banks thrive

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - CPRA Releases 2019 Year in Review Highlighting Agency Accomplishments in Coastal Protection and Restoration

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has released its 2019 Year in Review outlining the agency’s accomplishments in coastal protection and restoration.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Navarre Beach bed tax continues rising

NAVARRE BEACH — Every year from about October through February, Julie White scrawls ‘slow shoulder season’ on her check list.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Sarasota County, City battle over Lido Beach building plan

The plan to renourish the highly eroded Lido Key shoreline with sand dredged from Big Pass has faced years of court challenges primarily from opponents on Siesta Key. Now that the plan is slated to finally move forward, Sarasota County is balking at the request to use Ted Sperling on South Lido Key as a staging area for the project.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Manasota Key Beach residents decry cost of beach renourishment

Now that the Manasota Key Beach renourishment project is split in two, some residents may have to pay a heavier burden of the cost

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

AL: Orange Beach using Christmas trees for dune restoration

Are you looking to dispose of your Christmas tree in a unique way? The City of Orange Beach is asking residents to place their trees on the curb over the next week. Be sure you remove all of the decorations and lights before you leave it out for pickup.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Mississippi Coast cities, counties sue Army Corps over Bonnet Carré as new threat looms

Mississippi Coast localities and two associations have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mississippi River Commission to protect coastal waters from future damage caused by Mississippi River water pouring from the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - In win for Harvey victims, federal judge finds government liable for reservoir flooding

During Hurricane Harvey, thousands of properties behind two federally owned reservoirs flooded. On Tuesday, the United States Court of Federal Claims ruled that the government was liable for the flooding and that property owners are eligible for damages.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

FL - Walton opens new regional beach access

According to Jay Tusa, executive director for the Walton County Tourist Development Council, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dune Allen Regional Beach Access was just the start of a “really exciting time for Walton.”

Gulf of Mexico
Local

St. Lucie County will slap new taxes on some South Hutchinson Island property owners

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The county will impose new taxes on some South Hutchinson Island property owners to raise money for ongoing beach repairs.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Louisiana coastal authority releases $958 million spending plan

The Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority expects to spend $958 million during the fiscal year that begins July 1, the most of any year in the history of the state’s coastal program, according to the draft spending plan released Wednesday.

Southeast
Engineering

As Seas Rise, Florida Republicans Examine Ways To Adapt To Climate Change

Florida lawmakers are interested in addressing climate change. But they’re not setting any sort of renewable energy goals—which is something democrats have proposed in the past. Instead, the Republican-led majority is focusing on making the state more adaptable to rising sea levels.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

$958M coastal authority draft released for 2021; here's what projects that covers

A draft plan to spend $958 million in fiscal year 2021 on hurricane flood reduction and coastal restoration projects, with more than half the money coming from settlements related to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, was presented Wednesday to the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

Callan Marine launches 32” cutter dredge

Galveston, Texas, based dredging contractor Callan Marine recently launched the General MacArthur, one of the largest cutter suction dredges in the U.S. market, at the C&C Shipyard in Belle Chasse, La.

Southeast
Engineering

Project to remove Everglades’ roadbed ‘dam’ by 2022 gets green light

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has awarded a contract to remove 5.5 miles of an elevated Tamiami Trail roadbed long cited as a “dam” that impedes Everglades’ sheet flow.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Corps Offers Plan To Raise Nola Levees

According to a pair of reports released December 9 and published in the Federal Register December 13, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing spending about $3.2 billion on the New Orleans area’s Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) over the next 50 years to combat “consolidation, settlement, subsidence, sea level rise and new datum” which could otherwise render the system insufficient to protect against a 100-year storm (or one that has a 1 percent chance of striking the area in any given year). The Corps built the HSDRRS system, at a cost of more than $14 billion, after Hurricane Katrina flooded much of the greater New Orleans area in August 2005.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - Chevron Approves $5.7B Deepwater Gulf Of Mexico Oil Project

Chevron said on Thursday it had approved the development of a deepwater high-pressure oil project in the Gulf of Mexico, which will require US$5.7 billion investment for the initial development, in the industry’s first such deepwater high-pressure project to have reached a final investment decision (FID).

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - ‘Hotel houses’ draw ire of island residents

The city plans to discuss strategies for addressing problematic rental properties on St. Armands and Lido early next year.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

A Decade After Gulf Oil Spill, a New Wave of BP Lawsuits Hits Courts

A new wave of lawsuits against BP is hitting the federal courts nearly a decade after the Gulf oil spill.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Residents express sticker shock over Manasota sand project

It’s like buying a new car, when you expect one price, then sign the papers and learn the price is entirely different.

Southeast
Tourism

FL Opinion: Funding Visit Florida is not a budget priority for our state

Visit Florida touts a “return on investment” by taxpayers, but that hasn’t always been the case.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Sea Urchins To The Rescue: Florida Researchers Launch Breeding Program To Help Revive Ailing Reefs

Florida has an underappreciated secret weapon to help heal its ailing reefs: prickly sea urchins.

Gulf of Mexico
Local

Walton opens first new beach access in more than a decade

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to welcome the Dune Allen Regional Beach Access. The development is the first new regional beach access built in Walton County in more than a decade.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

Huckabee files Florida Bar complaint against customary use foe

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants attorney Daniel Uhlfelder to stop talking about him on social media while courts litigate customary use.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

LA - Jefferson Parish secures funding for 'living coastline' in Bucktown as work continues on boardwalk

Bucktown probably isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of coastal restoration. In fact, Lake Pontchartrain probably isn't either.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

What it'll take to raise New Orleans-area levees: $3.2 billion, 50-year plan, Corps says

PLANS TO RAISE LEVEES, FLOODWALLS: Corps proposes $3.2 billion in levee improvements, including projects to lift levees and floodwalls to higher elevations in order to keep the region protected from 100-year hurricanes through 2073.The Army Corps of Engineers has recommended a $3.2 billion, 50-year plan to elevate both the hurricane-protection levee systems on either side of the Mississippi River and several miles of river levees to keep pace with sinking soils and rising sea level.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

$226 Million in Projects Finalized for Deepwater Horizon Restoration in the Gulf

This is the largest dedication of oil spill settlement funds to restore fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and deep-sea coral habitat to date.

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Coastwide
Waterways

How many spaceports are too many?

There is no shortage of spaceports in the United States. When launch sites come to mind, one usually thinks of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and neighboring Kennedy Space Center, or perhaps Vandenberg Air Force Base in California or Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Perhaps, also, Spaceport America in New Mexico, the future home of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (see “An ‘operationally ready’ spaceport”, The Space Review, August 19, 2019)

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

Homeowners along Texas coast want the rest of us to help defend their risky choices

Owners of hurricane-prone properties are trying to pass the price of their high-risk choices onto all Texas property insurance holders this week, manipulating a little-observed corner of state politics while most of us are not paying attention.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

TX - Texas GLO Hosting Public Hearings For $4 Billion In Mitigation Funds

AUSTIN - The Texas General Land Office (GLO) will host three regional public hearings in Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley and Houston to seek input on the state's action plan detailing the distribution and eligible uses of $4,297,189,000 in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist eligible communities with mitigation projects.

Southeast
Advocacy

To save Everglades, guardians fight time - and climate

Grabbing a clump of vegetation to steady herself, Tiffany Troxler gingerly slides her feet along the makeshift boardwalk as she ventures out into the marsh. The boards sag, dipping her up to her knees in the tea-colored water.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

FL - Longboat Key beach bonds head to March ballot

All told, the beach project is expected to cost in the neighborhood of $45 million, though the town estimates needing to borrow a maximum of $34.5 million.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

Collier County beach renourishment project is almost finished

Beaches between Clam Pass and Park Shore South are filled with crews bringing in tons of sand.

Southeast
Science

She wants to connect people to coastal science

Carey Schafer’s graduate research finds her waist deep in Florida waters, covered in mud and battling mosquitoes.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

FL - New homes unique on Navarre Beach

The small Santa Rosa County island has had 134 single-family dwellings built there since 2012, reported Santa Rosa County.

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