FLORIDA Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he plans to award more $404 million to 113 environmental projects in the state through the Resilient Florida Grant Program.
What you need to know
- 113 environmental projects will be funded by state grants totaling more than $404 Million
- Funds will be awarded to several counties in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay Area.
- These projects aim to protect coastal and in-land communities from flooding and storm surge
- Statement says that state and local investments in resilience now amount to more than $730million
The projects will protect coastal and inland communities from storm surge and flooding in 25 counties, which includes some Central Florida counties and Tampa Bay area counties.
The grant program provided funds for projects in Pinellas and Brevard counties as well as projects within Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee and Orange counties. Click here to see the complete list of Resilient Florida Projects.
Todays record investment, as well as the projects included in the statewide plan for future funding, will strengthen our infrastructure to withstand the impacts of flooding and storm surge, said DeSantis. Florida now has a coordinated strategy of state efforts to protect its coastal and inland infrastructure. This is the first time this has ever been done. This announcement is just the start. My administration will continue supporting resilience efforts in the state’s communities.
The release stated that Tuesday’s grants projects will result in more than $730 million in state and local investments for resilience.
To help the state and localities prepare for the effects storms, sea-level rise and flooding, Governor Bill Clinton also included $640 Million in this years budget.
In December, DeSantis announced the states first Flooding Resilience Plan, which proposes 76 projects across the state totaling more than $270 million, subject to appropriation. Click here to see a list of Flood Resilience Projects.