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Bonita Springs gets infrastructure grant

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Cary Barbor WGCU
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Gov. Ron DeSantis at Bonita Springs City Hall

The City of Bonita Springs received $16.9 million today to improve 2.5 miles of stormwater infrastructure along Terry St. east of Old 41. The work will repair system damage brought on by flooding from Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and should help reduce future flood damage.

The funds came through the Department of Economic Opportunity Community Development Block Grant program. Governor Ron DeSantis was on hand to present the award at Bonita Springs City Hall.

"These improvements with this money will help reduce future flood damage," said DeSantis. "It will ensure first responders can access residents in need during a storm, and will make sure the health of the Imperial River here in Bonita Springs does not severely degrade after a storm."

Gov. DeSantis went on to say that the grant will also help pay for a safe multi-use path connecting residents with schools and community areas. The city plans to select designers for the project in the spring. Construction would likely start in 2023, with no end date nailed down.

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