Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces $150 million for infrastructure improvements

Funding to help communities prepare for hurricanes

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LAKELAND, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday held a news conference in Lakeland to announce financial awards for infrastructure improvements in Florida communities.

DeSantis was be joined at Bonnet Springs Park by Dane Eagle, executive director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, to talk about the nearly $150 million being doled out by the state.

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The governor rattled off a long list of areas across the state getting millions of dollars to build “more resilient infrastructure,” including $2.8 million coming to Orlando and another $4.7 million for Osceola County. The goal of this money is two-fold; helping communities recover from past hurricanes and better preparing them for future storms.

“This is important to make sure this infrastructure happens,’ Eagle said. “The Office of Longterm Resiliency, which is within DEO, our goal is to not only make sure that you’re rebuilding from past storms but really looking ahead to that next storm. We all know as Floridians it’s going to happen again. So, we got to make sure we’re more resilient.”

The governor said this $150 million announcement marked nearly $500 million in infrastructure spending and that there would be more money coming.

“Both my initiatives for Resilient Florida and then what the legislature is working on, we’re going to have a steady stream of money to be able to deal with resiliency and different infrastructure needs,” DeSantis said.

Following the infrastructure announcement, DeSantis touted Florida economic recovery while deriding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its continued reluctance to allow cruises to sail again.

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