The Monroe County Climate Change Committee acting as the Citizens Advisory Task Force voted last week to move a project forward for funding from an $85 million Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery being used for Hurricane Irma infrastructure and repair projects. The grant’s purpose is to repair damage to infrastructure while mitigating against future damage to make the community more resilient.
The proposed Monroe County project seeks $2.5 million to elevate a major roadway in the Big Pine Key Sands Subdivision and add stormwater drainage to mitigate against future flooding. The project seeks to repair and improve Father Tony Way, an access road in a low-lying subdivision that is subject to frequent and persistent flooding due to a variety of causes. The project goal is to elevate the roadway so residents can access their homes during storm and high tide events.
“The loss of any additional residential structures, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma's devastating blow to the housing stock, must be prevented,” said Helene Wetherington, Monroe County’s Director of Disaster Recovery. “Identifying viable stormwater management solutions, in the wake of increasing tropical storm activity and rising sea levels is an absolute priority for Monroe County.”
The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners will consider authorizing the grant application at the monthly board meeting on Aug. 21 at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. The meeting is open to the public. With the approval of the Board, the project will be submitted to the state before the Aug. 30 deadline.