Baldwin reaps federal millions; DI irked

Baldwin County could receive more than $20 million in federal aid for conservation projects — including $4 million to help repair a Gulf Shores fishing pier — while only half that figure was tabbed for projects in Mobile County, conservation officials revealed Thursday night.

None of the roughly $51 million that Alabama and its two coastal counties stand to reap from the Coast Impact Assistance Program was allotted to replenish the east end of Dauphin Island, even though the funds stem from federal compensation on offshore oil and gas drilling, and rigs are visible from island porches.

Baldwin County Commissioner Frank Burt, in the audience of about 40, praised the proposed use of money toward restoration of a 20-foot-wide, 1,500-foot-long fishing pier at Gulf State Park. The entire project could cost upwards of $15 million, State Lands officials have said.

Baldwin reaps federal millions; DI irked