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Communities impacted by Hurricane Irma awarded nearly $100 million

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $100 million has been awarded to 24 Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.

This is through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program. The program will help communities fun infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by disasters.

Multiple Southwest Florida communities will benefit from this award, according to the governor.

Here is how much each community in Southwest Florida is getting:

  • City of Bonita Springs ($2,958,297) – to increase storage pond drainage capacity.
  • City of North Port ($1,150,000) – to improve inflow and infiltration wastewater collection systems.
  • City of North Port ($650,440) – to install permanent generators for lift stations.
  • Collier County ($602,786.32) – to improve drainage systems to mitigate future flooding.
  • Hendry County ($1,635,610) – to improve conveyance and pumping capacity to move stormwater to a larger detention area.
  • Lee County ($2,718,577) – to replace sidewalks and roadside drainage systems damaged by the storm.
  • Lee County ($732,540) – to clear five canals of vegetation debris and sediment.
  • Lee County ($678,566) – to replace the pedestrian bridge and Richmond Avenue over Able Canal and Lehigh Acres.

The funds are allocated through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster program. Governor DeSantis confirmed the Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program provides local governments t