Intergovernmental Affairs and RESTORE Act



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 Sheree Keeler, Director
 Intergovernmental Affairs and RESTORE Act
 (850) 926-0919
 [email protected]

                     WakullaCARES Program           

 
Wakulla County small businesses and individuals that may have been impacted by COVID-19, could be eligible to receive financial assistance through the WakullaCARES program.   The County will begin accepting applications beginning at 9:00a.m. on September 15, 2020, and the application period will close at 5:00p.m. on November 15, 2020, unless otherwise extended or funds are earlier exhausted.   Funds will be made available on a first come, first served basis for those applicants having a properly completed application and meeting all applicable eligibility criteria.
The application packages and details on each grant program will be available beginning September 4, 2020 on the WakullaCARES portal at: www.wakullacares.comApplying for funding will be easy through the WakullaCARES portal.  

 

Assistance with the Community Rapid Response and Small Business Interruption Grant Applications

To make the process even more convenient and user friendly, beginning September 4, 2020, Assistance with the Community Rapid Response and Small Business Interruption Grant Applications will be available.     See the schedule below for the locations, date and times when the WakullaCARES Outreach Coordinator will be available.    Please contact the WakullaCARES Outreach Coordinator with questions about the programs or to make an appointment for assistance with your application at: 

[email protected]  or at (850) 666-3583.

To comply with CDC guidelines and recommendations for COVID-19, please call to schedule an appointment for assistance with your application.  Due to limited space at some locations and compliance with CDC guidelines applicants may be required to wait outside or in their cars for their appointment time to limit the number of individuals in the reception areas.   Walk-ins are welcome but individuals having an appointment will be given priority.   Please note that every effort will be made to provide timely assistance to everyone at each location, by e-mail or by phone.   

Schedule for Tuesday September 8, 2020 – Friday September 11, 2020

This schedule is modified to accommodate the Labor Day Holiday.

 

LOCATION

ADDRESS

TIME

Tuesday

Sopchoppy

Historic Sopchoppy School Building, 159 Yellow Jacket Rd., Sopchoppy, Florida 32358

9:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday

St. Marks

City Hall, 788 Port Leon Drive, St. Marks, Florida 32355

9:00am-2:00pm

Thursday

Crawfordville

Wakulla County Administrative Building, 3093 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida 32327

9:00am-2:00pm

Friday

Panacea

Panacea Women’s Club, 115 Otter Lake Road, Panacea, Florida 32346

9:00am-2:00pm

 

Schedule for September 14, 2020 – October 2, 2020

A new schedule for October will released no later than September 30, 2020

 

LOCATION

ADDRESS

TIME

Monday

Sopchoppy

Historic Sopchoppy School Building, 159 Yellow Jacket Rd., Sopchoppy, Florida 32358

9:00am-2:00pm

Tuesday

Crawfordville

Wakulla County Administrative Building, 3093 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida 32327

9:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday

St. Marks

City Hall, 788 Port Leon Drive, St. Marks, Florida 32355

9:00am-2:00pm

Thursday

Crawfordville

Wakulla County Administrative Building, 3093 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, Florida 32327

9:00am-2:00pm

Friday

Panacea

Panacea Women’s Club, 115 Otter Lake Road, Panacea, Florida 32346

9:00am-2:00pm

 

Please note the County is also working on an agreement with CareerSource Capital Region to provide training and possible job internships with local businesses for our residents impacted by COVID-19.    

Wakulla County has partnered with the Integrity Group and Nabors, Giblin and Nickerson law firm to develop and implement the WakullaCARES programs to provide financial relief and assistance to our small businesses and citizens.    


The Intergovernmental Affairs Department serves as the liaison and the point of contact for information, programs and initiatives relating to:
  • Adopted Infrastructure Plan
  • BP Oil Spill: RESTORE Act, Triumph Gulf Coast, NRDA Projects
  • Bike Trails
  • Economic Development  
  • Federal and State Programs and Grants
  • Federal and State Legislative Affairs

ADOPTED INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN (AIP):  The County adopted an Infrastructure Plan in 2012 and updated it in 2017, in an effort to bring together in one cohesive document an inventory of primarily County owned and operated facilities, property and infrastructure projects.  The projects range from new initiatives to improvements and repairs and maintenance to existing resources.  The AIP provides a road map for committing funds and resources on projects that will best serve the citizens of Wakulla County and to enhance the experience of our visitors. 

BP OIL SPILL OF 2012:  On April 20, 2010, an unprecedented event occurred when the Deepwater Horizon mobile drilling unit exploded, caught fire, and eventually sank in the Gulf of Mexico.  This tragic event killed 11, injured 17 workers and released massive amounts of oil, natural gas and other substances from BP’s Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico.   The five Gulf Coast State (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida) immediately suffered from the environmental and economic damages of this event.  In 2016, a settlement was finally reached between BP and US Justice Department on the civil and criminal fines levied against BP. 

BIKE TRAILS:  The County developed a masterplan for Bike Trails, Sidewalks and Kayak/Canoeing paddling trails throughout the County to connect Wakulla cities and communities as well as Leon, Franklin, Jefferson and Taylor county. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:  The County’s point of contact for current information, County initiatives and regional planning.  The Director of Intergovernmental Affairs also attends state, regional and local partners and stakeholder meetings.   

FEDERAL AND STATE PROGRAMS AND GRANTS:  Federal and state laws, policy and programs have a tremendous impact on local government’s funding, resources, programs and policies.  The Office of Intergovernmal Affairs serves as a liaison between County offices and state agencies regarding new and changing state and federal policies and program, including grant opportunities specifically for local government programs and services.

FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS:  Each year bills are filed and passed that directly influence and impact local government programs and services.   The Intergovernmental Affairs identifies and monitors legislation that could have an impact on local government and works with County and State leadership on support or opposition of proposed legislation.  Annually in preparation for the upcoming legislative season, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs develops a list of recommended County legislative priorities for funding and initiatives to support or oppose.  Approval of the priorities establishes the framework for pursing federal and/or state funding and other legislative policy actions.