WATCH: Gov. Ron DeSantis holds news conference in Panama City Beach


PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla, (WMBB) — Governor Ron DeSantis & Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Dane Eagle held a news conference in Panama City Beach on Thursday.

Governor DeSantis announced that more than $111 Million will be awarded through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program for infrastructure repairs to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The program, administered by DEO, is designed to provide funding for local governments to strategically rebuild and harden infrastructure in order to prevent or reduce losses from future disasters.

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The $111 Million was split between 22 areas including 19 million dollars going to the Millville area to replace sewer ling and Callaway to fix lift stations.

Governor DeSantis says $21 Million will be coming to Panama City Beach to fund the Outfall Project.

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The Outfall Project would help to drain water out into the Gulf from neighbors like the Lillwater area that are prone to major flooding.

DEO is awarding communities funding for the following 22 projects through the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program:

  • Bay County ($1,324,601) – to fill and replace an existing stormwater drainage culvert.
  • City of Apalachicola ($3,862,869) – to rehabilitate damaged stormwater infrastructure.
  • City of Callaway ($2,883,000) – to rehabilitate existing wastewater infrastructure to address increased inflow and infiltration caused by Hurricane Michael deforestation.
  • City of Chipley ($2,916,119) – to improve the stormwater drainage system around the city.
  • City of Cottondale ($4,347,351) – to expand the capacity of the Caney Stormwater Pond.
  • City of Lynn Haven ($5,250,000) – to rehabilitate water, sewer, and stormwater lines along West 10th Street, as well as repave roads in the impacted area.
  • City of Marianna ($11,181,000) – to conduct a citywide wastewater transmission system restoration and repair project focusing on inflow and infiltration.
  • City of Mexico Beach ($5,025,000) – to dredge sand from the Gulf of Mexico and re-nourish the beachfront.
  • City of Panama City ($18,986,552) – to replace damaged sanitary sewer lines, damaged stormwater lines, and damaged water lines.
  • City of Panama City Beach ($21,330,720) – to combine outfall pipes and redirect them from the beachfront out into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • City of Parker ($763,454) – to install and replace manholes, lift stations and other stormwater infrastructure.
  • City of Port St. Joe ($9,799,572) – to complete repairs to sanitary sewer collection pipelines, repair manholes, and service laterals.
  • City of Springfield ($3,132,798) – to clear and build a retention pond on a portion of city land.
  • City of Wewahitchka ($884,085) – to repair or replace water lines damaged by Hurricane Michael.
  • Gadsden County ($2,500,000) – to replace the main emergency medical services facility in Quincy damaged by Hurricane Michael.
  • Gulf County ($7,012,869) – to lower reliance on coastal water by upgrading water system transmission lines, constructing a booster station, and other improvements.
  • Jackson County ($1,379,372) – to replace the roof of Jackson County Correctional Facility that has significant water damage.
  • Town of Esto ($826,000) – to revamp culverts and spillways and repave roads to alleviate flooding.
  • Town of Malone ($2,037,335) – to rehabilitate the town volunteer fire station.
  • Town of Noma ($752,705) – to rehabilitate lift stations, the wastewater treatment plant, and sewer line.
  • Town of Sneads ($4,945,146) – to construct new drainage piping, new roadside ditches, a stormwater management facility, and other stormwater improvements.
  • Wakulla County ($375,597) – to move control panels for three lift stations up to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mandated height of 21 feet along with a six-foot chain-link fence.

The Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program will provide an additional round of funding in the future for communities designated by HUD or the state as Most Impacted and Distressed by Hurricane Michael. Individuals who would like to receive updates about future funding opportunities may sign up here.

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