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CPF Requests

FY22 Community Project Funding Requests

1.Everglades City Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Recipient: Everglades City
  • Location: 102 Copeland Ave N. Everglades City, FL 34139
  • Amount: $6 million
  • Justification: The City's existing wastewater treatment facility is damaged, malfunctioning, at the end of its useful life, and overall is in very poor condition. The lack of redundancy, advanced level of corrosion, undersized and inoperative equipment could at any moment result in a complete and catastrophic failure of wastewater treatment capability and potentially a wastewater spill into the Everglades National Park. The facility needs a complete replacement of all systems to guarantee compliance with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Rules. The facility is located adjacent to the environmentally sensitive Ten Thousand Islands, Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve. The project consists of constructing a new treatment facility and demolishing the existing facility.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

2.Chokoloskee Master Pump Station

  • Recipient: Everglades City
  • Location: 102 Copeland Ave N. Everglades City, FL 34139
  • Amount: $1 million
  • Justification: The existing Master 1 & 2 pump station collects and re-pumps 100% of the wastewater from Chokoloskee Island. This pump station pumps directly into the City's wastewater treatment facility. The pump station is located within feet of the Chokoloskee Bay and Everglades National Park, and only a few feet above the mean high water line. The pump station is in poor condition with advanced levels of corrosion in most mechanical and electrical systems, and with valves that are not operational. A failure of this pump station would result in a large wastewater spill to the surrounding sovereign waters of the State. Similarly, the surge water level experienced during hurricane storms can flood and cause a complete failure of the pump station. This project consists of replacing the pump station by installing a new wet well, mechanical, and electrical equipment. The new systems will be installed at a higher elevation and will be more resilient to corrosion, high surge water levels, and capable of pumping increased flow rates.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

3.Miami-Dade County Septic to Sewer Laterals

  • Recipient: Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Location: 111 NW First Street Miami, FL 33128
  • Amount: $750,000
  • Justification: The scope of this project will include the installation of public sewer laterals for residential properties abutting the sanitary sewer system. The laterals will be installed to incentivize private property owners to connect to the sanitary sewer system by reducing their costs to connect. The project will install laterals for up to 100 homes, which will be prioritized by parcel vulnerability to rising groundwater and a demonstration of a commitment by the property owner to connect to the sanitary sewer system. Installations would take place in the Doral and Sweetwater communities, within the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department's sewer service area.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

4.Miami-Dade County Safe Drinking Water Project

  • Recipient: Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Location: 111 NW First Street Miami, FL 33128
  • Amount: $1 million
  • Justification: The project will include the design, construction, and management to extend water mains and connect up to 50 homes to the public water supply to replace contaminated private wells. The purpose is to provide safe drinking water to properties with contamination from PFAS, agricultural byproducts, and other substances.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

5.Collier County Sidewalk Project

  • Recipient: Collier County, Florida
  • Location: 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112-5746
  • Amount: $987,000
  • Justification: This project is part of the comprehensive sidewalk plan for the southern area of the Immokalee Community. Phase 1 and 2 were completed in 2018 and 2021. The project consists of 6-foot-wide concrete sidewalks on both sides of each roadway, as well as drainage improvements associated with the sidewalks. This phase will further the goal to provide an interconnected sidewalk network to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in this pedestrian-centric community.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

6.Clewiston Ventura Avenue Street Repair

  • Recipient: City of Clewiston, Florida
  • Location: 115 W. Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida 33440
  • Amount: $999,858
  • Justification: The City of Clewiston, Florida is seeking a Congressional Appropriation in the amount of $999,857.68 to provide funding to address the overall condition, safety and multimodal transportation utility of key arterial portions of Ventura Avenue. This is a critical transportation need for an important collector street strategically located near the City's geographical center in the downtown core area.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

7.Hendry County Wastewater Infrastructure

  • Recipient: Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
  • Location: 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935
  • Amount: $300,000
  • Justification: This request is for funding of the construction and construction engineering inspection (CEI) services for a force main to and from Airglades Airport to the City of Clewiston's existing wastewater treatment plant. This project would progress the last piece of a multi‐year, multi‐agency, multi‐million dollar investment that will spur economic development opportunities at Airglades Airport and the surrounding area. Additionally, the force main improvement project will protect public health and the regional environment by redirecting waste loads from the airport and additional developments to a higher‐level wastewater treatment facility in Clewiston and also decommissioning the Airglades Airport wastewater treatment plant.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

8.Hendry County Harlem Academy Upgrades

  • Recipient: Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
  • Location: 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935
  • Amount: $300,000
  • Justification: Hendry County needsfunds to assist in the rehabilitation and improvement of the Harlem Academy in order to provide services to the Harlem community at large. Improving the facility will create a draw for prospective businesses to come in and create a safe space in the community to offer services such as childcare, health and wellness and youth development. This facility would be a benefit not only to the community of Harlem but also utilized and appreciated by the surrounding areas.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

9.Hendry County Cold Storage Facility

  • Recipient: Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
  • Location: 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935
  • Amount: $48,000
  • Justification: This project would be a major benefit for the county which currently has no climate‐ controlled storage facilities to receive, stage, or deliver emergency supplies. The need for this type of storage at the EOC was best highlighted during Hurricane Irma when the county had to enter into an agreement with a local storage facility to stage food and water during the recovery process. The lack of climate control reduces the shelf life of all emergency supplies. Most recently during COVID 19 logistic operations, the EOC had to stage medical PPE, supplies and food in EOC hallways and breakout rooms before they could ultimately be delivered to final destination.The lack of climate control storage reduces the shelf life of PPE and medical supplies.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER

10.FIU

  • Recipient: Florida International University
  • Location: 11200 SW 8 Street Miami, FL 33199
  • Amount: $567,283
  • Justification: FIU will establish a uniquely capable observation system – the Aquarius Coral Reef Observatory - to monitor ocean temperature, water clarity, water chemistry, and ocean acidification. After the backbone of this system is in place, the monitoring station can be upgraded to include instrumentation for more advanced analyses, like using genetic fingerprinting to search for larvae of endangered species and sophisticated chemical sensors to sniff for signs of pollution events upstream in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The Aquarius undersea laboratory already provides some of the necessary infrastructure to support a next generation automated data collection system that could supply continuous, real-time scientific data and sound and video streams. In addition to being incredibly valuable to scientists around the world, K-12 students will have access to datasets that can be manipulated to build higher-level analysis skills and video and audio streams to better understand complex ecological relationships between organisms.
  • CERTIFICATION LETTER