Infrastructure Repair Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's (DEO) Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair Program was launched with $85,819,653 to fund infrastructure restoration and improvement projects in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program to address unmet disaster recovery needs related to damage from Hurricane Irma. Eligible counties, municipalities, water management districts and water authorities located in the areas that experienced Hurricane Irma storm damage are eligible to apply for funding.
Program guidelines will be made available at Rebuild Florida Infrastructure Repair along with the Request for Applications. Additionally, a recorded webinar is available. Interested parties may submit questions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agenda and Presentations
Public Commenting Period
The State of Florida has allocated $85 Million to the Infrastructure Repair and Mitigation Program funded through the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). The goal of the program is to repair damage to infrastructure while mitigating against future damage to make the community more resilient. Monroe County proposes applying for $2.5 Million to elevate Father Tony Way on Big Pine Key and to install a stormwater drainage system. The pilot project will prevent repetitive flooding and ensure continued access to the residential area. Hard copies may be obtained at the Gato Government Building, 1100 Simonton Street in Key West upon request.
Task Force Votes To Present Projects to BOCC
The Monroe County Climate Change Committee acting as the Citizens Advisory Task Force voted to move two projects forward for funding from an $85 million Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery being used for Hurricane Irma infrastructure and repair projects. The grant’s purpose is to repair damage to infrastructure while mitigating against future damage to make the community more resilient.
The proposed Monroe County project seeks $2.5 million to raise specified roadway segments in the Big Pine Key Sands Subdivision and add stormwater drainage. The project seeks to improve Father Tony Way, an access road in a low-lying subdivision that is subject to frequent and persistent flooding due to a variety of causes. The project goal is to keep the road open during storm and high tide events.
“The loss of any additional residential structures, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma's devastating blow to the housing stock, must be prevented,” said Helene Wetherington, Monroe County’s Director of Disaster Recovery. “Identifying viable stormwater management solutions, in the wake of increasing tropical storm activity and rising sea levels is an absolute priority for Monroe County.”
Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is also submitting a project to repair its Hurricane Irma damaged seawater reverse osmosis facility on Stock Island.
The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners will hear the project at the monthly board meeting on Aug. 21. The meeting is open to the public. With the approval of the Board, the project will be submitted to the state before the Aug. 30 deadline.
Rebuild Florida is a program of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, launched with federal CDBG-DR funding to help Florida’s long-term recovery from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma.