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Some of the more obvious ideas that have come up so far, Mathews said, include: tackling rising coastal insurance costs; restoring the beaches; keeping tourists and consumers informed about the conditions of the beaches and the safety of seafood; rebuilding oyster reefs and helping the seafood industry recover.
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The Gov. Bob Riley appointed commission plans to write a report by Dec. 15 with ideas on how the state should spend billions of dollars that it could receive from federal fines levied against BP PLC, which owned the oil well. The commission won actually decide how to spend the money, but it will present hundreds of suggestions from the community, Mathews said.
so it good that the region as a whole is talking and coming up with ideas.
Comments from the crowd ranged from questions about how the money would be disbursed, to what would happen if Alabama doesn get any of the money; from whether Alabama would promote environmentally friendly "green" rebuilding, to what can be done about bacteria in the water.
She likened the work of the commission to what she and the leaders of her four biggest competing real estate firms in South Baldwin County did in the first couple of weeks after the spill began. They met together and then met with BP to talk about what needed to be done to help all of them.
The Wednesday night meeting, held at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway, was not as emotional as a Monday meeting in Orange Beach or a Tuesday meeting in Bayou La Batre, according to some who attended all of them. That could be because the attendees livelihoods weren as directly impacted by the spill as those in the communities southward.
Andrews)Col. Army Corps of Engineers, points to a portion of a display story board as he talks with facilitator Jamie Miller, right, as Lt. Col Daren Payne (cq), far left, and Russ Lea, a member of the Environmental subcomittee, far right, listen during the final of three public meetings of the Coastal Recovery Commission of Alabama at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center Nov. 10, 2010 in Spanish Fort, Ala.
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About 100 people attended the Causeway meeting, compared to about 150 in Bayou La Batre and 300 in Orange Beach.
"We as a region need to speak with one voice and not fight each other," said Ricky Mathews, director of the Coastal Recovery Commission of Alabama and publisher of the Press Register. "We may be fighting other states, and fighting Washington."
Alabama coastal communities must unite to recover
"When this is all over, we compete all over again. That good and healthy for us," she said. "But I don know how any of us five would have survived if we didn come together. The time for us as a community to talk is now."
"Some communities have a lot more negative impact from this spill than others," said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones. "But the city of Mobile as well as all cities around us are all affected."
SPANISH FORT, Ala. Wrapping up three nights of public meetings seeking input on how Alabama Gulf Coast can rebound from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the head of the governor commission to map out that recovery said Wednesday that residents must be united, and added that he has a feeling that they are.
said the commission provides a "tremendous opportunity" to come up with ways to help the entire region.
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