State Award Key West Over $9 Million for Stormwater Improvements
On Friday Governor Ron DeSantis announced the award of more than $9 million to the City of Key West through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) 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.
Key West is on of 15 communities to receive the award of nearly $150 million statewide to ensure stormwater resiliency.
The award provides Key West with $6.3 million to design and construct a pump-assist injection well at the intersection of Fogarty Avenue and 3rd St. to address flooding in a low-lying area that collects significant runoff.
Another $3 million will go to installing tide valves at 40 stormwater outfall points of discharge to address saltwater flooding of roadways, sidewalks, and low-lying properties caused by high tides.
“This funding allows the City of Key West to continue to improve our infrastructure,” said Interim City Manager Patti McLauchlin, “improving our resiliency to storms as well as sea level rise.”
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 formed in response to the 2016 to 2017 presidentially declared disasters.
Other communities receiving such awards include North Miami Beach, Broward County and Lakeland.