Crestview councilman represents North Okaloosa for oil spill recovery

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 01:18 PM.

The RESTORE Act requires each county to form an advisory committee that represents areas including government, education, tourism, the environment and economic development, according to the U.S. Treasury.

"The intent of the RESTORE Act funds is to put the Gulf Coast back where it was before the oil spill," Gordon said.

As a professional in the heating ventilation and air conditioning industry, he knows firsthand the disaster’s impact.

"I saw several HVAC companies close and some drastically downsized," Gordon said. "In my company, it was the worst few years in our 30 (plus) year history, as it was also compounded by the real estate bubble."

Many area HVAC services depended on condominiums in Destin and other shoreline areas that tourists occupy seasonally. Following the spill, when condos didn't fill up, HVAC services went elsewhere, Gordon said. 

Addressing the widespread need of recovery funding is important, he said.

"The proper and responsible application of the settlement monies is absolutely critical and I look forward to getting started," Gordon said.

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