Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

After Announcing $514 Million in Additional Funding for Expedited Rehabilitation, Diaz-Balart Participates in Herbert Hoover Dike Tour

Aug 15, 2018
Press Release

CLEWISTON ­­– Today, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) participated in an on-site briefing and tour of the Herbert Hoover Dike led by the U.S. Army Corps with Congressman Francis Rooney, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Cissy Proctor, and Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner. Diaz-Balart, Rooney, Proctor, and Gardner received an update on the progress of the Dike’s expedited rehabilitation project. Last month, Diaz-Balart and Rooney announced $514 million in additional funding to support the expedited rehabilitation project. These funds are part of the $141 billion supplemental funding package that Diaz-Balart helped to secure with his Appropriations colleagues after the 2017 hurricane season and wildfires.  

“As founder and co-chair of the Everglades Caucus and a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I have worked tirelessly to successfully secure the necessary funding to keep the Dike’s rehabilitation on track. The Dike is critical to the communities that surround Lake Okeechobee as well as to our local ecosystem and expediting its completion has been the number one priority for counties throughout Southern Florida. These additional funds for the Dike will do just that, and I am proud to be here today to see first-hand how the Army Corps will utilize these funds to achieve this. I will continue to work with Congressman Francis Rooney, Congressman Tom Rooney, Senator Marco Rubio, and OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to ensure the expedited rehabilitation has the necessary federal support for its completion. I thank Governor Rick Scott, FL DEO Director Cissy Proctor, Colonel Jason Kirk, and Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner for their steadfast commitment to the Dike. Local support is critical, and we are fortunate to have them on our side.”

Photos should be attributed to the Office of Congressman Diaz-Balart.


Diaz-Balart participates in a briefing of the Herbert Hoover Dike’s expedited rehabilitation progress with Army Corps Jacksonville District Commander and District Engineer Colonel Jason Kirk.


Diaz-Balart discusses Herbert Hoover Dike funding with Rep. Francis Rooney and Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner.


Diaz-Balart highlights importance of additional funding with Colonel Kirk, Rep. Rooney, Mayor Gardner, and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Director Cissy Proctor.

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