Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council

Gulf Coast officials are worried that their communities won't get their fair share of Alabama's $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft says members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have some unanswered questions about the settlement.

The plan would give the council control over $599 million, but about half of that spending would still require federal approval.

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The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council is gathering in Mobile to discuss the region's future after the BP oil spill.

Gov. Robert Bentley's office says he will be on hand for the meeting Friday afternoon.

A statement from Bentley's office says the council is officially beginning its work of long-term restoration from the spill.

The panel will decide how to spend fine money paid by BP.