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Governor Bentley signs new law to restore Gulf Coast Park

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GULF SHORES, AL -

Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 231 Tuesday, which promises improvements at Gulf State Park, including a lodge and meeting facility that will help attract more visitors.

Improvements to Gulf State Park are part of a series of proposed Gulf Coast restoration projects.

Funding for the projects will come from the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration process.

The projects were negotiated with BP and Alabama's federal and state partners as part of the ongoing recovery from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Approximately $85.5 million in NRDA funding is allocated for Gulf State Park enhancements.

From that total, roughly $58 million is set aside for the lodge and meeting facility.

More than $27 million is allocated for a series of environmental improvements throughout the park.

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