Flagler County Responds to $19.3 Million in Government Funding for Local Projects | palm coast

Flagler County has made its wishes known to its legislative delegation — Senator/Travis Hutson and President-Elect Paul Renner’s Representative — and its three funding priorities are set to receive millions, pending Governor Ron DeSantis’ budget approval. .

“As members of the Flagler County Legislative Delegation, Senator Travis Hutson and I are very optimistic that the requested local project funding will remain intact through the 2022-23 state budget,” said Renner said. “Thank you to the local leaders who have supported our efforts to ensure that our community remains the best place to live, work, visit and raise a family.”

If the Governor signs without a veto per article, the following will be funded for a total of $19.3 million: The Barrier Island Septic to Sewer Conversion Project will receive $8 million ($1.6 million more than requested, which will allow the county to expand the initial scope of work); the Florida Agricultural Museum expansion project will receive $4.5 million; and Flagler Central Commerce Parkway will receive $6.8 million.

“This is fabulous news for the people of Flagler County,” said county commission chairman Joe Mullins. “Senator Hutson and Rep. Renner have done a great job fighting for us. Tens of millions of dollars will enter our riding instead of going elsewhere.

Septic conversion

The $8 million septic tank to sewer conversion project is a big step towards eliminating septic tank pollution on the barrier island. It will provide a layer of “storm resistance” for area residents to protect them from future weather events.

The project will include the construction of an extension of the main sewage line along the A1A trunk road to the MalaCompra road, the Hammock community center and ultimately Marineland. This backbone will allow residential neighborhoods and businesses to connect to the system, making the conversion complete.

“We can’t thank Rep. Renner and Senator Hutson enough,” County Commission Vice Chairman Greg Hansen said. “The results of their work mean that we will be able to extend the sewer almost the full length of the A1A national road on the barrier island.”

agricultural museum

The Florida Agricultural Museum expansion project could receive $4.5 million for its proposed visitor center as part of the museum’s multi-phase expansion plan to develop its potential as an educational facility. teaching and research. Once updated, the facility will preserve agricultural history and enhance the future of the industry, while providing an entertaining experience as visitors are guided through more than 400 years of history, including the influence on Florida agriculture of Timucua Indians, Spaniards, early settlers, plantations. , and agro-industrial sites.

An additional $2 million grant may be available this fiscal year to help fund the museum’s proposed pioneer village.

“It’s wonderful to know that there will be additional grant opportunities for them,” said County Administrator Heidi Petito. “Flagler County fought to have the agriculture museum moved here years ago, and we really want to see it grow into all that it can be.”

Commerce Walk

Flagler Central Commerce Parkway – commonly referred to simply as Commerce Parkway (per Wendy’s) – is on track to receive $6.8 million. The City of Bunnell and Flagler County legislative priority claims totaled $11.8 million.

“They (Hutson and Renner) asked if we would be willing to combine the request,” Flagler County Legislative Liaison Holly Albanese said. “Of course we were. That’s a lot of money for this very important project.

The 1.7 mile expansion of this road will connect State Road 100 and US 1 to unlock more than 1,000 acres of property for government, industrial and residential development. Design work has been completed and building permits obtained. The financing of the construction is the only obstacle to the completion of the project.

“I’m proud to have worked alongside President-Elect Renner to bring those dollars back to Flagler,” Hutson said. “Although we are still under veto, we are in an excellent position to receive funding that will help our county. This money will make a huge difference to our community.

Flagler County’s political priorities also performed well overall. The only disappointment is that the funding was not directed to the public library building grant program in which Flagler County had been ranked No. 1 for six consecutive years.

Below is the outcome of the remaining policy priorities:

  1. Protect and increase funding for the State of Florida’s Transportation Disadvantaged Program – $60.4 million statewide is earmarked for this program.
  2. Supporting Affordable and Reliable High-Speed ​​Internet Across Florida – $400 million identified as unserved.
  3. Increase support for the Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP) and Small County Outreach Programs (SCOP) grant programs to help small counties pave roads from farm to market – SCRAP funding increased from $10 million to $47 million .7 million and the SCOP went from $27 million to $115 million.
  4. Increase Support for Septic-to-Sewer Grant Programs to Accelerate Conversion on Flagler County’s Barrier Island – $10 million allocated for upgrade incentive program.
  5. Increase Florida 9-1-1 fee revenue to enable transition to next-generation 9-1-1 services with implementation of IP (Internet Protocol) call routing and regional mapping – currently unknown .
  6. Maintain the status quo of short-term vacation rental legislation – House and Senate bills that would have disrupted this have been withdrawn.
  7. Keep supporting Home Rule – successful.

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