Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $80 million in infrastructure projects for South Florida cities to help with flooding issues.
DeSantis made the announcement at a Friday morning press conference in Port Everglades, where he was joined by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle. Broward County Mayor Michael Udine and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
The money for the projects “will make a real difference to the people who live here,” DeSantis said.
Among the funds donated were $16 million for Broward County to help fund storm drainage improvements, $14 million for Hallandale Beach for sewer improvements, and $3.2 million for North Lauderdale. for the improvement of a stormwater pumping station.
The City of Miami received $40 million for two stormwater infrastructure projects while the City of Opa-locka received $7 million for flood protection projects.
DeSantis praised the state’s infrastructure and port decisions, including construction projects implemented during the pandemic.
The governor, who is up for re-election in November, made several stops in South Florida during January.
He spoke Wednesday at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus and at Broward Health on Jan. 3, first calling on the federal government to distribute more monoclonal antibody treatments, then demanding the treatments that were withdrawn after being deemed ineffective against the omicron variant.