Public Meeting to Claim Funds from BP Oil Spill

The City is asking for your help claiming some of the $6 billion that the oil giant BP has been ordered to pay various entities along the Gulf Coast.

The money is in connection with the Deepwater Horizon spill that happened nearly three years ago.

A public meeting was held Wednesday evening at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development on South Staples. City leaders are asking for ideas on projects that would help to stimulate business growth.

Although there were no spills or animals covered in oil along our beaches, experts said there was a noticeable drop in tourism at the time.

"There's five different categories, and economic development is just one of the categories," said Pete Anaya, Director of City Planning. Honestly, we're looking to restore the water quality in the Gulf as much as we can."

Anaya said possible ideas may include sand dune protection and beach restoration, though at this point, there is no definitive word on just how much money this area could actually receive from BP.

The meeting at the Economic Development Center runs until 7:30 p.m.


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