Marco Island will be the recipient of nearly $1.3M in grants from the State of Florida, enabling the city to fund three projects for the benefit of the island.
The projects approved are:
• Renovation of Fire-Rescue/EMS Facility ($250,000)
• Storm Water Master Plan Drainage Improvements ($299,140)
• Marco Shores Alternative Water Solution ($750,000)
Governor Rick Scott completed his review of the state budget on March 15 and made his veto decisions early without impacting the three submitted City of Marco Island projects that were recommended for funding by the Florida State Legislature.
This is only the second year that the City of Marco Island has been participating in the state grant process. In August 2014, at the city manager’s recommendation to city council, lobbyist Ron Book was hired to represent the City of Marco Island. Mr. Book, his team, the local Collier County State delegation, and city staff worked collaboratively to build upon the prior year’s success, when $1.5M was granted for the Renourishment of South Beach, $400,000 for Marco Shores Alternative Water Solution, and $100,000 for Storm Water Drainage Improvements.