LAKELAND, Fla. (WWSB) - A state program distributing federal money to shore up local infrastructure awarded $148 million to 20 projects around Florida, it was announced Friday.
At a news conference in Lakeland, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the allocations from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program.
The program, administered by DEO, allows local governments to develop large-scale infrastructure projects to make communities more resilient to future disasters.
Among the projects are three along the Suncoast:
⦁ City of Arcadia ($4,823,579) – To widen a stormwater tributary to provide additional storage during storm events to better control flood volume.
⦁ DeSoto County ($3,757,012) – To replace decaying drainage system infrastructure to significantly increase service life and reduce the possibility of flooding.
⦁ DeSoto County ($3,273,575) – To repair a bridge used as an evacuation route during storms.
“This transformational mitigation funding will go a long way in helping Florida’s communities invest in their futures through critical infrastructure improvements,” said DeSantis.
The funds are allocated to the state through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation program formed in response to presidentially declared disasters in 2016 and 2017.
DEO also funded the following projects:
⦁ Broward County ($6,250,000) – To construct an interconnect between the Broward County Reuse Facility and the City of Pompano Beach’s OASIS Reuse facility.
⦁ City of Avon Park ($670,623) – To improve the existing potable water system through replacement of asbestos pipes with PVC piping, adding additional bore to improve water pressure, and install an upgraded chlorine system.
⦁ City of Doral ($1,000,000) - To reduce the frequency and severity of stormwater flooding by providing a positive-gravity drainage outfall discharging into the NW 58th Street canal.
⦁ City of Fort Lauderdale ($10,500,000) – To replace aging and undersized stormwater infrastructure with new infrastructure systems that help with neighborhood flooding issues and provide better water quality treatment prior to releasing into the intracoastal waterway.
⦁ City of Key West ($3,099,159) – To install tide valves at 40 stormwater outfall points of discharge to address saltwater flooding of roadways, sidewalks, and low-lying properties caused by high tides.
⦁ City of Key West ($6,336,165) – To design and construct a pump-assist injection well to address flooding in a low-lying area that collects significant runoff.
⦁ City of Lakeland ($42,986,390) – To establish a multi-component project in partnership with Bonnet Springs Park which focuses on increasing flood storage capacity to the drainage basin by improving the stormwater infrastructure and watershed quality.
⦁ City of Lauderhill ($3,125,215) – To complete water and sewer line improvement projects.
⦁ City of Miami ($13,497,843) – To retrofit portions of the existing seawall, construct new sea wall sections, and other coastal resiliency improvements.
⦁ City of Miami ($1,216,963) – To implement roadway resiliency improvements to NW 17th Street, between NW 27th Avenue and NW 32nd Avenue. Improvements include the installation of a drainage system, exfiltration trench, storm inlets, accessibility ramps, and swales.
⦁ City of North Miami Beach ($6,000,000) – To implement system-wide improvements to the sewer collection system that protects public health and natural water resources.
⦁ City of North Miami Beach ($11,700,000) - To enhance the water transmission and distribution system to improve water quality, fire flow capacity, reliability, and resiliency.
⦁ City of Orlando ($2,850,000) – To develop six resiliency hubs that will provide services to low- and moderate-income communities in the recovery phase of a disaster.
⦁ City of Sebring ($2,605,428) – To complete fire protection resiliency, water quality, and water conservation infrastructure improvements.
⦁ City of Sebring ($3,515,580) – To harden facilities that are part of the cities sanitary sewer collection system.
⦁ City of West Palm Beach ($16,764,610) – To build resilient seawalls, improve stormwater quality, and develop living shorelines, pedestrian hardscaping, and native landscaping.
⦁ Osceola County ($4,689,320) – To modify and adapt existing drainage elements to substantially reduce repetitive flooding.
With a total allocation of $475,000,000, the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program will provide two additional rounds of funding in the future to communities designated by HUD or the state as Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) by Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, and Irma. Individuals who would like to receive updates about future mitigation funding opportunities may sign up here.
Rebuild Florida uses federal funding for Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from the devastating impacts of natural disasters. For more information, visit RebuildFlorida.gov.