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WHO GETS BP MONEY? Elected officials from eight of Florida’s Panhandle counties met Aug. 31 with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on the proposed Senate bill Restore Act 2011, which provides a distribution of any revenues collected from BP from fines levied as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

“It was great for Senator Nelson to take the time to meet with us today and ensure those counties impacted by this tragedy have the resources to restore our communities,” said Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson.

As currently proposed, 75 percent of the money sent to Florida would be distributed directly to these eight impacted counties, allowing them to fund local environmental restoration and economic development projects.

In addition to Sen. Nelson and Commissioner Robinson, other elected officials in attendance were State Rep. Doug Broxson, Santa Rosa County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, Walton County Commissioner Cecilia Jones, Okaloosa County Commissioner Bill Roberts, Gulf County Commissioner Bill Williams, Destin Mayor Sam Seevers and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

PLETHORA OF CANDIDATES Supervisor of Elections David Stafford has been busy registering new candidates. During the last seven days of August, four candidates pre-filed.

Lumon May, Democrat, and Takia L. Berry, NPA, pre-filed yesterday for Escambia County Commissioner, District 3 for the 2012 General Election. Clorissti B. Mitchell, Democrat, pre-filed for ECUA, District 3, and Pamela Lynn Childers, Republican, pre-filed for Escambia County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Who’s next? We keep hearing that Ronnie McNesby wants to run against Sheriff David Morgan.