As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, I am committed to ensuring that every citizen and every business negatively affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are made whole. While the stories have dropped from the headlines,
I am well aware that real struggles continue, and I am determined to ensure every legitimate claim gets paid and every community is
Even for those of you who have accepted final payment from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF), I know that does not mean your challenges are over. Many Floridians are facing economic challenges today, that's why I launched
Your Money Matter$, a financial education initiative that aims to teach Floridians of all ages how to
make the most out of their money, and for small businesses how to strengthen and grow their enterprises.
My Department has been involved from the beginning and understands that oil spill victims are not asking for a handout, only what they are due. When that happens,
only then can we declare an end to the oil spill.
Florida Laws related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
The Legislature has considered several bills relating to the oil spill, the
following statutes are a result of their work.
Florida Statute 288.8011
Abstract: 288.8011 Gulf Coast Economic Corridor; legislative
intent. The Legislature intends to provide a long-term source of
funding for efforts of economic recovery and enhancement in the Gulf
Coast region. The Legislature finds that it is important to help
businesses, individuals, and local governments in the Gulf Coast
Florida Statute 288.8013
Abstract: 288.8013 Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc.; Recovery Fund;
creation; investment. Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., may receive, hold,
invest, and administer the Recovery Fund in support of this act.
(6) The Auditor General shall conduct an audit of the Recovery Fund
and Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., annually. Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc.,
shall provide to the Auditor General any detail or supplemental data
Florida Statute 288.8018
Abstract: 218.39 shall include funds related to the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill for any year in which a local government entity
receives or expends funds related to the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill, including any funds under s. 11.45, of a local government
entity’s funds related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to
evaluate the local government entity’s performance in administering
laws, policies, and procedures governing the expenditure of funds
related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in an ...
Florida Statute 377.43
Abstract: 377.43 Disbursement of funds received for damages
caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. —(1) For purposes of this
section, the term “Disproportionally Affected County” means Bay
County, Escambia County, Franklin County, Gulf County, Okaloosa
County, Santa Rosa County, Walton County, or Wakulla County.
(d) Initiatives to expand and diversify the economies of any county
other than a Disproportionally Affected County.