Money for Gardens storm shelter, Glades roads clear early hurdles

Jan 18, 2018
  • By Kenya Woodard
  • Post Capital Correspondent

Bills that would provide millions of dollars for several projects in Palm Beach County on advanced out of two House appropriations subcommittees on Thursday.

“It was a successful week for Palm Beach County,” said Rebecca de la Rosa, the county’s legislative affairs director via email. “I am appreciative of the collaboration between the Palm Beach County Delegation.”

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A bill (HB 3179), sponsored by Rep. Joe Abruzzo, D-Boynton Beach, that requests $1 million for resurfacing streets in Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay passed out of Appropriation’s Transportation and Tourism Subcommittee.

The committee also approved a request for $750,000 to upgrade Palm Beach Gardens’ City Hall to handle emergency operations following storms and hurricanes. The expansion will make the city hall more of an asset in those situations, said Mat Forrest, a lobbyist for the city.

The money will be combined with a $7 million local match from Palm Beach Gardens to upgrade the building, Rep. Rick Roth, R-West Palm Beach, told subcommittee members.

Meanwhile, the Ag and Natural Resources Subcommittee approved three capital projects for Riviera Beach: $1.2 million for stormwater improvement, $1.5 million to upgrade the city’s water treatment plant and $3.5 million for road improvements on Avenue H.

Other appropriation bills that advanced out of the transportation subcommittee subcommittees this week are: