For Immediate Release
January 5, 2015
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Miami Lakes, FL- Working with our State Senator Rene Garcia, Representatives Jose Oliva and Manny Diaz. Jr. through the legislative process, the Town has requested funding from the State.
This fiscal year, the Town will apply for four different projects, requesting a total amount of $3.75M:
The West Lakes Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding for over 2,722 Miami Lakes residents living in West Lakes. All localized flooding will be virtually eliminated once the project is complete. The proposed system has the potential to prevent an estimated $36,000,000 in private property structural and content damages by increasing storm water management capacity. Thanks to the State Legislature, the Town received $300,000 towards Phase A-1 (completed) and $300,000 for Phase A-2. The Town is requesting an additional $300,000 towards this critical infrastructure project.
Many of the drainage canals throughout the Town were built decades ago and have experienced significant bank erosion due to natural processes. Erosion is widespread, occurring near private properties, Town land and roadways, compromising the structural integrity. Through the FY13-14 legislative appropriations process, the Town received $1,000,000 in grant funds for the first phase of the Canal Bank Stabilization Program. The Town is requesting and additional $1,000,000 to complete the project to benefit a total market value of over $36 million of tax-payers’ private property.
The Lake Sarah, Adela, Hilda, Mary and Suzy Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding for 622 homes. The total estimated cost of construction is $1.8M; The Town is requesting $1,800,000 to complete this vital project.
The Town was recently awarded FDOT grant funds to partially fund a third phase of the Greenways and Trails Master Plan. The Town is requesting $400,000 to complete Phase IV (along NW 77th Court, which unites both sides of the Town), which may be requested through FDOT, to deliver miles of connected greenways within the Town.
In collaboration with Senator Garcia and State Representatives Oliva and Diaz, Jr., the Town continues to optimize both residential and business taxpayer dollars by leveraging resources through grant funding and the legislative process