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FL - Tampa Bay area cities, counties awarded $3.8M for disaster prep, resiliency

Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity has given nearly $20 million to 37 counties, municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations through its Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program.

The program provides funding to develop or enhance plans to withstand future disasters. Through Rebuild Florida, local governments and municipalities have access to resources to bolster their community’s resilience to future disasters.

In Tampa Bay, the following entities received funds:

  • 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
  • City of Winter Haven ($179,375) – to develop a multijurisdictional dark fiber network plan
  • City of Winter Haven ($500,000) – to develop a flood mitigation, future development, land use, multimodal transportation and funding plan
  • Pasco County ($754,870) – to develop a vulnerability assessment to identify at-risk and critical infrastructure subject to natural disasters and provide adaptive and mitigation strategies.
  • Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners ($992,000) – to develop a countywide flood mitigation action plan

“The resiliency of the state of Florida remains a top priority for my administration as we approach the two-year anniversary of my executive order to achieve more now for Florida’s environment,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis in a statement. “I’m pleased to build on our environmental achievements with this first-of-its-kind, mitigation program that will provide Florida’s communities the opportunity to become more resilient to future storms.”

Besides the local entities, these other Florida organizationswere awarded through the fund.

See article.