In the News
Jun 27 2012
Deborah Barfield Berry and Ledyard King (Florida Today)WASHINGTON – More than two years after the BP oil spill ravaged the Gulf Coast, lawmakers reached a deal Wednesday that could spend billions to boost the region’s economy and restore its environment.
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas would share the money under the deal, which would make the bipartisan RESTORE Act part of a transportation bill lawmakers are expected to approve later this week.
“We (got) everything we wanted for the Gulf, so that’s a huge win,’’ said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter, who helped negotiate the deal. “People recognize that that disaster was literally on our shores and had a huge negative impact there. ‘’
Jun 26 2012
It has been difficult watching the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby. My prayers and the prayers of the entire Southerland Family go out to the Florida families that have seen their communities devastated by the storm.
As we continue to assess the damage and begin our recovery, my staff and I are committed to helping in any way possible. We have compiled a list of important emergency contact information for the counties in Florida’s Second District that were most adversely impacted. Please do not hesitate to visit us in our Panama City or Tallahassee offices, or to call us in Washington. We’re here to serve you.
Representative Steve Southerland, II Contact Information
Washington, DC Office: 202-225-5235
Panama City, FL Office: 850-785-0812
840 W 11th Street, Suite 2250
Panama City, FL 32401
Tallahassee, FL Office: 850-561-3979
3116 Capital Circle NE, Suite 9
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Bay County Emergency Management
700 Highway 2300
Southport, FL 32409
Phone: (850) 248-6040
Fax: (850) 248-6059
20859 Central Avenue East, Room G-40
Blountstown, FL 32424
Dixie County Emergency Management
17600 SE Hwy US 19
Cross City, FL 32628
Phone: (352) 498-1240 ext. 2231
Fax: (352) 498-1244
Franklin County Emergency Management
28 Airport Road
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Phone: (850) 653-8977
Fax: (850) 653-3643
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Phone: (850) 229-9110
Fax: (850) 229-9115
Jefferson County Emergency Management
169 Industrial Park Blvd
Monticello, FL 32344
Phone: (850) 342-0211
Fax: (850) 342-0214
120 W. Main Street
Mayo, FL 32066
Leon County Emergency Management
535 Appleyard Dr
Tallahassee, FL 32304
Phone: (850) 488-5921
Fax: (850) 487-3770
10979 NW Spring Street
Bristol, FL 32321
Phone: (850) 643-2339
Fax: (850) 643-3499
Okaloosa County Emergency Management
90 College Boulevard East
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: (850) 651-7150
Fax: (850) 651-7170
617 Ontario Avenue SW, Suite 200
Live Oak, FL 32064
Taylor County Emergency Management
201 E Green St
Perry, FL 32347
Phone: (850) 838-3500 ext 7
Fax: (850) 838-3501
Wakulla County Emergency Management
15 Oak Street
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Director, Captain Joe Preston
752 Triple G Road
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Phone: (850) 892-8065
Jun 22 2012
Rep. Steve Southerland, IIAny Gulf Coast fisherman will be familiar with the gray triggerfish, a fish that is rarely targeted by commercial or recreational fishermen, but one that is prized for its delicious meat. In recent years, however, the gray triggerfish has become symptomatic of a fishery that is seriously out of balance.
Earlier this month, the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service shut down Florida’s gray triggerfish fishery due to a steady decline in landings. This marks the first gray triggerfish closure ever for the Gulf region.
Apr 26 2012
Ben Terris (National Journal)
One thing Rep. Steve Southerland has noticed since coming to Washington last year is that people in the halls of Congress don’t laugh nearly as much as those who visit his family business. Which is odd, given that his family owns a funeral home.
“Everyone here is so serious,” the Florida Republican said. “Sure it’s a serious subject matter, but no more serious than the subject matter we deal with at the funeral home. And you should hear the amount of laughing that goes on at our funeral home. Congress could learn something from that.”
Mar 26 2012
Valerie Garman (Panama City News Herald)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Young Jacob Glantzman from Wall, N.J., carried a sign Wednesday that posed an innocent question: “Jesus was a fisherman, why can’t I be?”
Jacob is part of the fifth generation of a fishing family, a tradition anglers from coastal states across the country gathered to protect on the lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.
Mar 24 2012
Tallahassee Democrat Opinion Article
Nearly two years ago, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, sparking an environmental disaster that touched every Gulf state.
BP is expected to pay between $5 billion and $21 billion in fines under the Clean Water Act. But as can be expected any time that much money is involved, there has been plenty of discussion over who should benefit.
Mar 20 2012
Rep. Steve Southerland, II
Growing up on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, there were always certain constants in the Southerland household. Among those were faith, family, and–of course–fishing.
As a child, I would climb into the family boat with my father and siblings and head for Panama City’s St. Andrew’s Pass and the deep waters just off the coast. After spending all day in the sun on a rocking boat reeling in fish, we looked forward to cleaning our catch and laying a few snappers on the grill for dinner.
KENRIC WARD (Sunshine State News)
Amid growing public disgust with partisan gridlock in Congress, a "No Budget, No Pay" bill will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday.
The measure would withhold congressional pay if members fail to pass spending bills and the budget on time, say sponsors Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn
TOM MCLAUGHLIN (Northwest Florida Daily News)
Without a roomful of people to occupy his time with questions and comments, U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland had a rare opportunity Wednesday morning to wax philosophical.
Southerland, R-Panama City, compared his job in Washington, D.C., to the one he had before being elected — director of a funeral home.
“I take a lot of kidding for it, but there’s a lot of commonality between working in Congress and working in the funeral business,” he said. “I believe I’ve been effective not in spite of being a funeral director, but because I’m a funeral director.”
VICKI NEEDHAM (The Hill)
A group of House Republican freshmen saved about $1.4 million from their office budgets last year and they want the money funneled to deficit reduction.
The eight freshmen sent a letter to Speaker John Boeher (R-Ohio) on Wednesday asking that the $1.435 million in savings be considered a "gift to reduce the debt held by the public."
"We believe this funding must be used immediately to address the fiscal emergency caused by our ever increasing national debt," they wrote.