May 04, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $150 Million in Awards for Resilient Infrastructure

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that more than $148 million has been awarded to communities through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. 

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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that more than $148 million has been awarded to communities through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. 

The program is administered by DEO and will assist local governments to develop large-scale infrastructure projects to make communities more resilient to future disasters, including storm water improvements.

“My administration remains committed to providing the resources necessary for Florida communities to build back stronger and be more resilient to future storms,” said Gov. DeSantis, reported the state of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity website. “This transformational mitigation funding will go a long way in helping Florida’s communities invest in their futures through critical infrastructure improvements.”

The funds are allocated to the state through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) program, reported the state of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity website.

Some of the projects receiving funding through the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program are:

  • Widening a storm water tributary to provide additional storage during storm events to better control flood volume in the city of Arcadia;
  • Reducing the frequency and severity of storm water flooding in the city of Doral by providing a positive-gravity drainage outfall discharging into the NW 58th Street canal;
  • Replacing aging and undersized storm water infrastructure in the city of Fort Lauderdale with new infrastructure systems that help with neighborhood flooding issues and provide better water quality treatment prior to releasing into the intracoastal waterway;
  • Installing tide valves at 40 storm water outfall points of discharge in the city of Key West to address saltwater flooding of roadways, sidewalks, and low-lying properties caused by high tides;
  • Retrofitting portions of existing seawall, construct new sea wall sections, and other coastal resiliency improvements in Miami;
  • And implementing roadway resiliency improvements to NW 17th Street, between NW 27th Avenue and NW 32nd Avenue in Miami. Improvements include the installation of a drainage system, exfiltration trench, storm inlets, accessibility ramps, and swales.

The Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program allocated a total of $475 million for aforementioned projects and more. The program will also 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 can sign up here. 

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