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Gov. DeSantis says nearly $100 million awarded to communities impacted by Hurricane Irma

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Posted at 2:53 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 14:53:45-05

KEY LARGO, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis says nearly $100 million has been given to communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The governor's office said the money was awarded to 24 communities, including Lee County, as part of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program.

The funds are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program, according to the governor's office.

The program gives local governments the ability to improve and restore infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irma, the governor's office said.

“Governor DeSantis has challenged our Department with ensuring Hurricane Irma-impacted communities across the state can access the resources necessary to help them rebuild and enhance their resiliency,” said Dane Eagle, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity. “The Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Program is one way we can help these communities recover as we continue to make our state more resilient to future storms.”

The following communities will be awarded funding through the program:

City of Bonita Springs ($2,958,297) – to increase storage pond drainage capacity.

  • City of Cocoa Beach ($3,332,323) – to repair underground sanitary sewers by slip-lining damaged areas.
  • City of Edgewater ($14,697,665) – to improve the G-2 and G-11 canals which flooded during Hurricane Irma.
  • City of Fellsmere ($4,068,300) – to increase the accessibility to the City’s water plant.
  • City of Florida City ($16,668,544) – to convert a stormwater canal to a culvert system.
  • City of Gainesville ($512,073) – to improve a creek bed which has a high risk of erosion.
  • City of Hallandale Beach ($2,813,471) – to increase the capacity for a lift station and force main to be more resilient.
  • City of Hollywood ($3,435,000) – to repair and replace wastewater infrastructure.
  • City of Key West ($3,563,054) – to improve an existing sewage force main bridge crossing.
  • City of Key West ($1,376,270) – to install stormwater infrastructure to alleviate future damage to residential areas.
  • City of Kissimmee ($3,400,000) – to repair stormwater facilities in order to prevent flooding in residential neighborhoods.
  • City of Miami Gardens ($1,701,380) – to improve stormwater infrastructure and roadways in Vista Verde.
  • City of North Port ($1,150,000) – to improve inflow and infiltration wastewater collection systems.
  • City of North Port ($650,440) – to install permanent generators for lift stations.
  • City of Palatka ($1,537,633) – to make flood and drainage improvements in service areas across the City.
  • City of South Bay ($2,080,000) – to build a larger, more resilient community center that serves as an emergency shelter.
  • City of Sweetwater ($1,500,000) – to install a stormwater system and stormwater pump station.
  • Collier County ($602,786.32) – to improve drainage systems to mitigation future flooding.
  • Columbia County ($3,614,118.75) – to add elevation, paving, and drain controls to prevent future flooding in the community.
  • Columbia County ($4,762,257.50) – to elevate, pave, and install drainage swales and culverts to prevent repetitive flooding.
  • Flagler County ($517,368) – to improve a drainage canal to be more resilient to future storms.
  • Fort Pierce Utilities Authority ($3,792,768) – to reconstruct a damaged sewer connection system.
  • Hendry County ($1,635,610) – to improve conveyance and pumping capacity to move stormwater to a larger detention area.
  • Lee County ($2,718,577) – to replace sidewalks and roadside drainage systems damaged by the storm.
  • Lee County ($732,540) – to clear five canals of vegetation debris and sediment.
  • Lee County ($678,566) – to replace the pedestrian bridge and Richmond Avenue over Able Canal and Lehigh Acres.
  • Monroe County ($8,181,489) – to install a stormwater collection, treatment, and disposal system designed to assist neighborhoods with repetitive flooding.
  • Monroe County ($1,353,986) – to assist the city of Key Largo mitigate the potential of destroyed or heavily damaged homes from future storm surge during a storm event.
  • Monroe County ($2,194,599) – to prevent flooding and sea level rise and maintain better water quality.
  • Orange County ($2,506,371) – to install preventative flooding measures to protect the landlocked Orlo Vista neighborhood.

Town of Cross City ($994,622.59)– to install curb inlets and drainage pipe to allow positive drainage in low-lying are