The Dept. of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday two Key Largo neighborhood flood mitigation projects for more than $5 million in funding have been included in the state’s first-ever Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise and Resilience Plan being presented to the legislature for their approval this upcoming session. The projects, located in the Twins Lakes and Stillwright Point communities, primarily consist of road elevation and associated stormwater management. Each neighborhood is experiencing severe and persistent flooding from King Tides, rain, and storm surge.
Monroe County submitted six applications. The smaller project applications may be included in a second round of federal funding later.
“We are appreciative the two highest priority projects are listed on the state’s plan for the full amount that the county requested,” said Monroe County Legislative Director Lisa Tennyson. “This plan shows the state is taking sea-level rise and resiliency very seriously.”
Twin Lakes is a part of the demonstration project which has been underway for the past five years and Stillwright Point is a project that was developed under the county’s road elevation study, spearheaded by Chief Resilience Officer Rhonda Haag and Director of Roads and Bridges Judy Clarke.