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FL - University of Florida, City of Palatka Receive Money for Disaster Mitigation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -$20 million is being allocated by the state to mitigate disasters, and some of that money is coming to North Central Florida.

The University of Florida will receive $195,300 from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program. The money will be used to develop a flood mitigation plan identifying at-risk critical infrastructure and vulnerable communities.

The city of Palatka is getting $385,000 dollars to develop an infiltration and inflow mitigation plan.

Florida received the money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation program formed in response to the 2016 to 2017 presidentially declared disasters.

“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 Governor DeSantis. “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.”

DEO is awarding the following entities funding through the Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program:

Atlantic Council of the United States, Inc. ($1,110,235) – to create a strategy for a resilience hub, a community-serving facility designed to support residents, educate the public, distribute resources, coordinate communications, and stage government services.

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