3/18/24 - Action Needed for $425k Storm Drain Project Funding

Earlier this year, I requested an $800,000 appropriation from the legislature to fund upcoming phases of our storm drain projects.

 

Unfortunately, the legislature greenlit only $425,000. Our dedicated lobbyist fought tooth and nail to preserve as much funding as possible, but now it's in the hands of the Governor for approval.

 

Here's where you come in. Can I ask you to spare a moment and send the following letter to State Budget Director Chris Spencer (chris.spencer@laspbs.state.fl.us), Environmental Policy Coordinator Kimberly Cramer (kim.cramer@laspbs.state.fl.us), and Erin Riley (erin.riley@laspbs.state.fl.us)?

 

The louder our community's voice, the stronger our chance of securing the necessary funding. Your support truly matters in making a difference.

Thank you for being such fantastic neighbors!

 

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Dear Governor DeSantis, Mr. Spencer, Ms. Cramer, and Ms. Riley;

 

I write to you as a concerned resident of Biscayne Park, urgently requesting your support for the funding allocated in appropriation 1732A for the Biscayne Park Storm Drain Installation Phases IB, II, and III (HF 1271, SF 1178) in the amount of $425,000.00. While our initial request was for $800,000, we are grateful for every penny that can be allocated towards this vital project.

 

Biscayne Park, a community comprising approximately 3,000 residents within less than 1 square mile in Miami-Dade County, is consistently plagued by flooding issues. Unlike our neighboring areas, our municipality is entirely residentially zoned and lacks the necessary tax base to fund comprehensive stormwater mitigation initiatives.

 

During significant rainfall events, many of our roads become impassable, and numerous residents experience flooding in their yards. Compounding this issue is the fact that we rely entirely on septic systems; flooding in yards poses a significant risk of overwhelming these systems, potentially leading to environmental hazards for Biscayne Bay, located just a short distance away down the canal forming part of our border.

 

The proposed appropriation would enable us to advance the next three phases of a six-phase project aimed at installing storm drains in the most flood-prone areas. These drains are essential for managing floodwaters during major events. Already, we have witnessed the benefits of phase IA, with included areas experiencing improved drainage, thus mitigating the severity of flooding events. Our aim is to implement the remaining phases over the coming years, and state funding is critical to achieving this goal.

 

I implore you to lend your support to this crucial appropriations request. By investing in our storm drain installation project, you will not only alleviate the immediate flooding issues faced by our community but also contribute to the long-term resilience and sustainability of Biscayne Park.

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for your anticipated support.

 

Sincerely, [Your Name] Resident of Biscayne Park