The Florida Legislature approved a $74.5 billion state budget, spring training incentives that could lead to a Palm Beach Gardens stadium and another big elections overhaul before ending the annual session Friday, absent the chaotic, late-night finish that has marked recent years.
House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, had stressed harmony between the two chambers for months. And after some last-week-of-session turbulence, Friday stayed generally even-keeled.
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In the budget for Palm Beach County
- Everglades Restoration, $70 million.
- Palm Beach State College Loxahatchee Groves campus, $6.5 million.
- J.W. Corbett State Wildlife Management Area flood berm, $4 million.
- Loxahatchee River initiative, $1.3 million.
- Glades Utility Authority pipeline work, $1 million.
Palm Beach County sheriff’s prevention intervention, $1 million.
Riviera Beach drainage work: West 18-22 Street, $500,000.
- Riviera Beach West 6th Street drainage, $500,000.
- Lake Park drainage, $200,000.
BEACH RESTORATION PROJECTS
- Jupiter Carlin $ 2.5 million
- North Boca Raton $ 790,000
- Ocean Ridge $ 1.1 million
- Inlet Management $2 million
- Singer Island $ 550,000
- Coral Cove $ 150,000
LAKE WORTH LAGOON PROJECTS
- Monastery Artificial Reef, $150,000.
- Lake Park sea grass, $125,000.
- North Palm Beach Living Shoreline, $100,000.
- Monitoring and administration $ 100,000.
- Lake Okeechobee Torry Island master plan, $75,000.
Source: SB 1500, the state budget for 2013-14