Apr 1, 2011 10:06 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (AP) - Federal officials heard recommendations from people along the Alabama coast on how to spend money dedicated to rehabilitating the Gulf Coast from the effects of the massive oil spill.
Officials held a meeting at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort Thursday night and listened to suggestions, which included restoring oyster reefs and controlling storm water
Other suggestions included building new commercial fishing docks and finding work for fishermen who can't fish.
A recurring theme from the audience was the notion that many of the Gulf's problems are caused by activities far inland,
Bryon Griffith, a member of the Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, suggested that the attempt to recover from the spill presents an opportunity to address long-standing problems
in the region.