Waves of cash flowed into Baldwin County after the BP oil spill. Six years later almost all of the cities and towns have been paid for damages from that terrible summer in 2010.
Orange Beach reached a $15 million settlement earlier this week, the largest so far in the county. The mayor says the money will be used on roads and bridges.
Gulf Shores settled two years after the disaster for $6.5 million. That money went into the city’s reserve fund.
Last year, Fairhope settled for $1.8 million – that money going into the bank.
The tally for Foley, $875,000 that was used to pay down high-interest debt.
Magnolia Springs received $70,000 which the town will use on road paving projects.
Summerdale received $43,000 – with that money going into the cities general fund.
Robertsdale put their $40,000 settlement in savings.
In theory, all of the communities would be eligible for some kind of monetary settlement in what was called the epicenter of the economic disaster but that is not the case. Perdido Beach, Silverhill and Loxley received no money. They were either ineligible or never submitted a claim.
Only the city of daphne remains in litigation.
Baldwin County received $11.5 million. The county commission kept $4.3 million to be used for economic development and savings. The county board of education received $5.4 million. The remaining $1.8 million was dispersed among 23 other county agencies.
The cities of Elberta, Spanish Fort and Bay Minette did not respond to our requests by our news deadline.