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Gov. DeSantis vetoes $4 million appropriation for Cape reservoir transmission main

By Staff | Jun 15, 2024

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed a $4 million grant appropriation for the Cape Coral Northeast Reservoir Water Transmission Main and Regional Water Supply Project.

City spokesperson Melissa Mickey said the request was for an additional $4 million in funding.

“We have already received some grant funding for the project, and we anticipate to apply for additional grant funding as the project continues to progress,” she said Friday. “The city has already received approximately $7.6 million in grant funding for the project.”

Mickey said it is important to note that this year DeSantis invested billions of dollars in Florida’s water quality, Everglades Restoration, the environment, and natural resources, as well as environmental cleanup programs.

The budget includes $3.1 billion for Florida’s water quality and supply.

DeSantis’ Focus on Florida’s Future Budget for fiscal year 2024-2025 is $116.5 billion, which includes reserves that sit at 14.6% of the budget.

DeSantis issued $949.6 million in line-item vetoes, which resulted in putting the putting state’s reserves at $17.0 billion.

The governor’s vetoed budget items for Lee County also include:

• Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District – Natural Sinkhole Preservation Project Phase II, $2 million

• SR 82 Traffic Safety Improvements for Benchmark Avenue, $2,673,775

• Bonita Beach Road Improvements for Vanderbilt Road to Hickory Drive, $2 million

• City of Bonita Springs – Goodwin Street Stormwater Drainage and Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project, $1.3 million

• YMCA of Fort Myers Facility Hardening and Improvements Project, $500,000

• Fort Myers Fire Station 18, $1.5 million

• South Trail Fire & Rescue District Station #65, $3.25 million