Governor Unveils Infrastructure Funding Boost, Beach Fortification Plan

Published Date: April 27, 2024

Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced investments to bolster Florida’s hurricane defenses, focusing on infrastructure, beach fortification, and homeowner support. The Resilient Florida Grant Program is a key component, providing grants to enhance coastal and inland communities’ resilience against flooding and hurricanes.

 

The Governor emphasized the importance of strong infrastructure in protecting against future hurricanes. $100 million in funding for the Resilient Florida Program was highlighted, appropriated in Senate Bill 1638, and signed earlier in the month. This funding aims to harden coastal infrastructure and enhance community preparedness.

 

Since its establishment in 2021, the Resilient Florida Program has allocated $1.8 billion towards over 320 grants for vulnerability assessments and 351 resilience projects. The Florida Department of Transportation has also contributed significantly, supporting over $3.8 billion for bridge reconstruction and $1.1 billion for coastal seaports since 2019.

 

To further strengthen coastal defenses, $50 million will be allocated in the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 budget for beach nourishment projects. Governor DeSantis highlighted that this investment will bring Florida’s total dedicated funds for beach nourishment to over $550 million since 2019, emphasizing the state’s commitment to protecting its coastlines.

 

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Original Article by FCN Staff Writer-Florida Construction News

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