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FL - Pinellas County Awarded $992000 From Statewide Grant To Develop Countywide Flood Mitigation Action

It is expected to be used to cover costs of ongoing work.

Pinellas County will receive $992,000 to fund the creation of a countywide flood mitigation action plan, awarded by the state of Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Pinellas County plans to use the funding to cover costs of ongoing work to assess and reduce the county's vulnerability to flooding. This work will use advanced data and tools to analyze potential exposure of community assets and create strategies for mitigation. It will also recommend actions for community planning and outreach.

"We are very pleased to receive this federal funding from the state, which will have a significant impact on our efforts to make the county more resilient to flooding," said Pinellas County Sustainability and Resiliency Coordinator Hank Hodde. "As one of Florida's most vulnerable counties, with water on three sides, it's critical that we continue to make progress in these efforts."

Four other Tampa Bay area municipalities and organizations also received funding as part of the state grant, which was announced January 8 by Gov. Ron DeSantis:

  • City of St. Petersburg ($900,626) – to develop a comprehensive seawall mitigation strategy to address sea level rise.
  • City of Tampa ($500,000) – to develop a coastal resiliency action plan to evaluate state, local, and regional requirements.

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