U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez recently announced the securing of $13.9 million in federal funds for three projects in Monroe County.
Of the projects, water improvement in Key West received the most funding at $6 million. Gimenez said it’ll help protect and improve the near shore waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
A project in Key Largo’s Twin Lakes subdivision to address flooding garnered $5.4 million. Gimenez said residents are often the ones who carry the largest burden during natural disasters.
“This important funding will help the Twin Lakes Subdivision ensure the long-term viability of the neighborhood by bolstering the subdivision’s ability to clear roads, put flood mitigation protocols in place, power can be quickly restored and ensure residents are kept safe during episodes of flooding,” Gimenez said.
Key West Housing Authority received $2.5 million to replace an aging transformer and generator, all while helping maintain necessary functions at the Senior Citizen Plaza in the event of a blackout.
“Due to the location of Key West in the Caribbean Sea, the island is subject to a volatile and uncertain weather pattern, especially during the Hurricane Season. This project will directly benefit nearly 200 low-income senior families,” Gimenez said.
In total, Gimenez said he secured $23.7 million for Florida’s 26th Congressional District, which covers Monroe County and the southwest portion of Miami-Dade County.