FLORIDA — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday his plans to award more than $404 million for 113 environmental projects across the state through the Resilient Florida Grant Program.

What You Need To Know

  • State grants of more than $404 million will go toward 113 environmental projects 

  • Several Central Florida and Tampa Bay area counties to receive funds

  • Projects aim to protect coastal and inland communities from flooding and storm surge

  • “State and local investment for resilience now totals more than $730 million,” statement says

The projects aim to protect coastal and inland communities from flooding and storm surge in 25 counties, including some Central Florida and Tampa Bay area counties.

The grant program allocated funds for several projects in Brevard and Pinellas counties, as well as projects in Hillsborough, Lake, Manatee, Orange, Pasco, and Polk counties. Tap here for the full list of Resilient Florida projects.

“Today’s record investment, as well as the projects included in the statewide plan for future funding, will strengthen our infrastructure to withstand the impacts of flooding and storm surge,” said DeSantis. “For the first time ever, Florida has a strategic coordination of statewide efforts to protect our coastal and inland infrastructure, and the dedicated funding to support these projects. This announcement is just the beginning. My administration will continue to support our communities’ resilience efforts across the state.”

After the grants projects awarded Tuesday, the “state and local investment for resilience totals more than $730 million,” the release stated.

The governor also included more than $640 million in this year’s budget to help state and local communities prepare for the effects of sea-level rise, storms, and flooding.

In December, DeSantis announced the state’s first Flooding Resilience Plan, which proposes 76 projects across the state totaling more than $270 million, subject to appropriation. Tap here for the list of Flood Resilience projects.