State legislators approved new funding for these South Florida projects

Florida legislators approved $300,000 for safety improvements to Card Sound Road, shown hear in a photo from July 30, 2019.

State lawmakers on Friday approved the dispersal of $175 million for more than 200 local projects across the state, including more than 50 in South Florida.

The proposals receiving “Local Support Grants” were culled from nearly 1,000 requests submitted by legislators. The grant money was included in the state budget.

Some of the projects approved Friday by the Joint Legislative Budget Commission are similar to ones vetoed by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this summer, when he slashed more than $3 billion from the budget.

Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City, the vice chairman of the commission, said about 90 of the projects proposed were excluded from consideration “in deference to the governor” because they were considered to be the same as projects DeSantis had vetoed.

No grant funding was recommended for projects that were identical, Trumbull said.

Here are the local projects that were approved.


Agape Village Health Center, $450,000, Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera, R-Coral Gables

Aventura Roadway Drainage Improvement with Seawall Repair, $350,000, Joe Geller, D-Aventura, and Bryan Avila, R-Miami Springs

Bay Harbor Islands Relief Bridge Structural Repairs, $250,000, Rep. Anthony Rodriguez, R-Miami

Card Sound Road Safety Improvement Project, $300,000, Rep. James Vernon Mooney Jr., R-Islamorada

Curriculum Development for Here’s Help Plumbing Skills Program — Training Those in Residential and Substance Treatment, $85,000, Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin, R-Miami-Dade

Cutler Bay Wetland Restoration Project, $350,000, Busatta Cabrera

Deering Estate Foundation’s Field Study Research Center Phase 2, $300,000, Rep. Vance Aloupis Jr., R-Miami

Doral Pedestrian Bridge, $500,000, Rep. David Borrero, R-Sweetwater

EDUCARE: Recruit, Retain, & Graduate Job-Ready Healthcare Workforce for South Florida, $388,000, Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami

FIU First-Generation Pre-Law Program, $75,000, Rep. Anika Omphroy, D-Lauderdale Lakes

Florida Martin Luther King Jr. Institute For Nonviolence, $1,640,524, Rep. James Bush, D-Miami

FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park Renovations, $250,000, Rep. Josie Tomkow, R-Polk City

HHA Elderly Affordable Housing — Hoffman Gardens Phase II, $500,000, Avila.

Hialeah — Southeast Hialeah Sewer Main and Pump Station Revitalization — Basins 001, 002, 003, $1 million, Avila

Hialeah — Southeast Hialeah Sewer Main Revitalization — Basins 006, 007, 050, 051, and 052, $1 million, Avila

JCS Delivers: Grocery Deliveries for Low Income Seniors, $100,000, Fernandez-Barquin

King Carter Youth Foundation, $359,476, Bush

LHANC Elderly Personal Care, Referral, and Information Service, $500,000, Busatta Cabrera

MCOM Reading & Enrichment Center Building Project, $213,000, Duran

Miami Beach Community Health Center — Improving Population Health, $490,000, Duran

Miami Beach Water Mains Replacement, $450,000, Rep. Michael Grieco, D-Miami Beach

Miami Lakes — NW 59th Avenue Roadway Extension and Redevelopment Bridge Project, $3 million, Avila

Miami Lakes Royal Oaks Third and Fourth Additional Drainage Improvement Project, $912,410, Rep. Tom Fabricio, R-Miami Lakes

Miami-Dade County Water Facility Security Improvements, $100,000, Fernandez-Barquin

Miami-Dade Homeless Trust Social Enterprise Academy, $250,000, Avila

North Miami Septic Tank to Sanitary Sewer Conversion — Phase 2, $200,000, Rep. Christopher Benjamin, D-Miami Gardens

Outpatient Burn Center, $750,000, Rep. Alex Rizo, R-Hialeah

Pinecrest Stormwater Drainage Basin C100-A-E-2, $300,000, Rep. Kevin Chambliss, D-Homestead

Preservation of Historical Cuban Exile Materials, $500,000, Avila

Village of Key Biscayne Older Adult Programs, $90,000, Duran

Wellness Program for Aging Adults with Developmental Disabilities, $175,000, Rep. John Snyder, R-Stuart


Broward College Law Enforcement Academy Modular Unit, $534,442, Rep. Michael Gottlieb, D-Davie

Broward Community and Family Health Colon Cancer Screened for Life Initiative, $241,500, Rep. Marie Woodson, D-Hollywood

City of Hollywood Police Technology Enhancement, $380,000, Woodson

City of Lighthouse Point Design Engineering Services and Permitting for the Replacement of 2 Bridges, $250,000, Rep. Chip LaMarca, R-Lighthouse Point

Cooper City Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation Project, $400,000, Gottlieb

Dania Beach SW 34 Terrace Drainage Project, $300,000, Geller

Deerfield Beach Historic Butler House Rehabilitation, $275,000, Gottlieb

Fort Lauderdale — Flood Protection Seawalls Replacement Southeast Isles, $500,000, Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach

Foundation of Sickle Cell Disease Research Expansion Initiative, $250,000, Rep. Fentrice Driskell, D-Tampa

Jack & Jill Center — Economic Empowerment for Working Families, $500,000, Rep. Fred Hawkins, R-St. Cloud

Junior Achievement of South Florida Youth Workforce Program, $313,141, Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, D-Parkland

Margate Stormwater Infrastructure Rehabilitation, $200,000, Hunschofsky

Parkland Flooding Mitigation, $200,000, Hunschofsky

Police Athletic League of Hollywood Support, $250,000, Woodson

Pompano Beach Riverside Safety and Resilience Project, $500,000, LaMarca

Seven on Seventh, $500,000, LaMarca

South Broward Drainage District Rehabilitation of Triple 96’‘ Metal Drainage Culverts, $262,500, Rep. Robin Bartleman, D-Weston

Southwest Ranches Luray Road and Holatee Trail Drainage Improvements, $150,000, Bartleman

Tamarac Stormwater Culvert Headwalls Improvement Project Phase 7, $400,000, Rep. Dan Daley, D-Sunrise

Veterans Access Clinic at Nova Southeastern University, $1 million, Rep. Fiona McFarland, R-Sarasota

Women’s and Children’s SUD Treatment Program: Commercial Kitchen Renovation/Construction, $300,000, Rodriguez


Islamorada Village Council Chambers/Public Works Facility, $375,000, Mooney

Monroe County Children’s Primary Care Center, $200,000, Mooney