It's now been a little over three years since the BP Oil Spill, where an explosion destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, claiming 11 lives and discharging 4.9 million barrels of oil into the ocean.
The payout for this incident continues and will for a long time to come with what's called the Restore Act.
"The money that is coming down to the five states - the five gulf states - are criminal penalties and what's going on right now is there is a trial in Louisiana," said Betsy Barfield.
Barfield is a county commissioner for Jefferson County. She represents them on the Gulf Consortium - a group of 23 Florida coastal counties impacted by the BP oil spill seeking money for the disaster.
"It's been very very interesting. You have a lot of ego in the room and you have a lot of people concerned about the money that's coming down," she said.
Barfield said the BP money is broken down into three pots. The first pot of money is guaranteed to the county - which could be between 2.6 and 10 million dollars.
However, they still have to put a plan in place to apply for it.
Pots two and three are eligible for Jefferson as well, but are open to all five states and counties affected and will be competitive. No money has been awarded yet and must be used properly.
"Any of the projects have to have a tie to the gulf," Barfield said.
Those projects include things involving the economy, ecosystem and tourism. Right now the Gulf Consortium is compiling comments from their group and public input, which will be sent back to the U.S. Treasury.
For more information, call the Jefferson County Commission office and ask for Commissioner Barfield.