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Phase 2 Naples Red Bay Tide Septic Tank Mitigation

Recipient: City of Naples

Location: 380 Riverside Cross, Naples, FL 34102

Amount of Request: $5 Million

Details: Phase 2 Septic to Sewer project will eliminate 285 failing septic tanks by constructing a central sanitary sewer system as part of the City of Naples Advanced Wastewater Treatment facility. This project would help remove nutrients from surface water discharges to Naples Bay that is nutrient impaired. When these nutrients go into the water it creates red tide that contributes to harmful algal blooms. These harmful nutrients have adverse impacts on marine life, human life, small businesses and taxpayers.

Final Certification


Examining the influence of discharges on coastal ecosystems health and Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) dynamics

Recipient: Florida Gulf Coast University

Location: 10501 FGCU Blvd. S, Fort Myers, FL 33965

Amount of Request: $440 Thousand

Details: This project would be conducted by Florida Gulf Coast University’s research department. They will conduct an intensive study of the effects of Caloosahatchee River discharges on coastal water quality and benthic (bottom) habitats, including impacts of harmful algal blooms (red tide and blue-green algae), nutrient loading, and low salinity on local fishes, sponges, and shellfish.  This study is a new approach, with particular emphasis on local artificial reef structures and natural hard bottom habitats that are both significant fishing grounds for recreational, charter and commercial fishermen. Our approach will include hydrodynamic modeling coupled with benthic nutrient flux estimates and water surveys focused on both biological (fishes, shellfishes and HABs) and chemical (nutrients and HAB toxins) aspects of the ecosystem. This integrated approach will better characterize the effects of these discharges on offshore resources, will better identify maximum nutrient loading goals (TMDLs) that can be targeted by managers, and will help scientists, managers understand the synergistic impacts of salinity fluctuations, nutrient loading, and water column and benthic ecosystem responses to these abiotic drivers. This proposed project will not only be of benefit to stakeholders that utilize these coastal resources (fishing, diving), but will provide excellent experiential learning opportunities for our students and will generate valuable data to assess the resiliency of our coastal ecosystems to harmful discharges from the Caloosahatchee and related harmful algal bloom impacts.

Final Certification


Fort Myers Water Treatment Expansion Plan

Recipient: City of Fort Myers

Location: 2200 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Amount of Request: $2.5 Million

Details: The City is requesting $2,500,000 to expand its water treatment plant capacity. An RFQ solicitation is currently active for selection of a design consultant. Once funded, the design will be able to be completed in FY 23. The city is currently constructing three raw water production wells and associated raw water transmission mains to support sustained growth above projections, which is anticipated to continue. The water treatment plant expansion is needed to process the raw water and supports the City’s efforts to have a resilient and sustainable utility system.

Final Certification


Sanibel Slough Dredge and Water Quality Improvement Project

Recipient: City of Sanibel
Location: 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957

Amount of Request: $1 Million

Details: The Sanibel Slough is located in the City of Sanibel, Florida. The waterbody was identified by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as impaired due to its nutrient load and elevated trophic state. For the purpose of developing a total maximum daily load (TMDL), the Sanibel Slough was subdivided into two basins, Sanibel Slough West, and Sanibel Slough East in accordance with the existing weir structures that control water releases from the Slough to the surrounding coastal waters.  Individual total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) were developed in 2017 for each basin.  The Sanibel Watershed Management Plan identifies areas of the Sanibel Slough East that require dredging to maintain the slough’s capacity to contain stormwater for a 25-year storm event as required by City's National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit. Dredging also serves to remove silt that retains dissolved nitrates, phosphorus, and solids from the slough. The nutrient load contained within the silt layer is resuspended when disturbed during storm events and may be released into Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve, San Carlos Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico during discharge events. The proposed project removes silt from the Sanibel Slough East and increases stormwater capacity in the slough thereby reducing potential flood impacts to surrounding residential properties. It also removes nutrient loads in the slough that effect the water quality within the Caloosahatchee estuary and the Gulf of Mexico.  The City of Sanibel is requesting $1 million for the design, permitting, and dredging for the Sanibel Slough Dredge and Water Quality Improvement Project.

Final Certification


Clean Waters Marco Island

Recipient: City of Marco Island

Location: 50 Bald Eagle Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145

Amount of Request: $325 Thousand

Details: Marco Island is a beach community in the Gulf of Mexico.  This Southwest Florida location has over 6 miles of beaches and an extensive canal system.  It’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, exciting marine life and fishing. Clean waterways are the lifeblood for its economy and quality of life.  Pollution is affecting the water and marine ecosystem. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection placed Marco Island’s waterbodies on the State’s Verified List of Impaired Water. If corrective actions are not immediately taken, Marco Island’s community and livelihood will fail. Marco Island needs greater enforcement of its City Code Ordinances to stem nutrient pollutants and other harmful material from entering the waterways. With over 100 miles of man-made canals on the Island, Marco Island Code Enforcement requires additional resources to make water-based Code enforcement possible. Officers currently rely on the community to report many of the violations; a tactic that is unreliable and provides limited scale.  Funding from this project would purchase an equipped vessel that provides access through Marco Island’s extensive canal system.  A truck supplements water patrols, with overland inspections of new home construction, lawn fertilization and maintenance. Improved access to properties across Marco Island would help accelerate discovery, remediation of violations and ultimately change harmful behavior.

Final Certification


Terminal Expansion, Phase II--Gates Expansion

Recipient: Lee County Port Authority

Location: 11000 Terminal Access Rd Ste 8671, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Amount of Request: $50 Million

Details: Terminal Expansion Phase II – Gates Expansion at Concourse E is planned to be a new concourse providing 14 additional gates. The addition of 14 additional gates is necessary to meet projected demand according to the draft RSW Master Plan that is still ongoing. Concourse E will also include ramp and taxiways, ticketing, baggage claim, security screening, an overhead walkway to the parking garage, and associated arrival and departure level roadway improvements. In March of 2022, the Lee County Port Authority Board gave consensus to proceed with the development of Concourse E to satisfy the need for gates and to meet the expected passenger growth. Not only does the Concourse E project add airline gates, terminal space, security screening checkpoint lanes, chiller plant upgrades and a remote loading dock expansion, it improves the baggage handling system, provides additional roadway terminal curb lanes and frontage, enhances roadway efficiency and pedestrian/passenger safety by adding 3 pedestrian bridges, and provides a safer aircraft taxi environment.  The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is a major economic engine for our region.  The State of Florida determined in 2018 that RSW provided more than $8.4 billion in annual economic benefit.  RSW has experienced significant growth over the past 2 years and that is expected to continue based on aviation demand forecasts.  The Terminal Expansion Phase II Gates Expansion project is a good use of taxpayer funds as it will add more capacity to the airport, allow for more flight activity, more competition, new entrants, and sustainable airline pricing. Additionally, the State of Florida determined that for every dollar invested in aviation development projects, the State realized a $1.72 return on investment.

Final Certification


Reclaimed Water Transmission Main, Caloosahatchee River Crossing

Recipient: City of Cape Coral

Location: 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33990

Amount Requested: $1 Million

Details: The project generally consists of a reclaimed water transmission main beginning at the City of Cape Coral’s Everest Water Reclamation Facility and extending east along Everest Parkway to Horton Park and then a horizontal directional drill approximately 100 feet below the Caloosahatchee River to a point of interconnection with the City of Fort Myers transmission main from their South Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility.  The project will require approximately 7,300 linear feet of 24-inch diameter ductile iron pipeline construction from the Everest Water Reclamation Facility to Horton Park and approximately 7,500 linear feet of 24” diameter Fusible PVC pipe for the horizontal directional drill beneath the Caloosahatchee River.  The project also includes various upgrades to the Everest Water Reclamation Facility to enable the City of Cape Coral’s reclaimed water supply system to receive up to 12 million gallons per day of reclaimed water from the City of Fort Myers. 

The upland portion of the project will begin construction in March 2022 and bids for the horizontal directional drill section are due on April 12, 2022. Both phases of the Project are shovel ready and will be completed by late Spring 2023.

Final Disclosure


Community At-Risk Youth Program Facilities Upgrade

Recipient: City of Fort Myers

Location: 2200 2nd St, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Amount of Request: $2.4 Million

Details: This money will be allocated expand the Shady Oaks Community Center in east Fort Myers, FL to include a multi-purpose field which includes lighting, viewing stands, concession stands, bathrooms, improved parking, and evaluation of drainage. This funding will also provide upgrades to building and facilities including: site preparation, permitting, field materials, laser grading, sprigging, drainage, parking lot improvements, and prefabricated buildings. The Center was recently occupied by the City’s Police Athletic League (PAL) for their Teen/Athletic Program, and the PAL programs and facilities represent the primary opportunity for after school activities for tutoring, mentorship and organized athletic programs for the youth in the area.

Final Disclosure

The Great Dunbar Initiative - Phase 1 Cleveland Avenue

Recipient: Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers

Location: 4224 Renaissance Preserve Way, Fort Myers, FL 33916

Amount of Request: $5 Million

Details: This project would create more affordable housing along Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers (HACFM) along with the City of Fort Myers (CFM) is working to physically replace 199 distressed public housing units with 465 new housing units.  The first phase of replacement housing will be constructed on Cleveland Avenue, and later on in Phase 2-4 additional units will be constructed on the existing Southward Village site.  All 465 replacement housing units will be in newly constructed buildings that are well-designed, energy-efficient, mixed-income, sustainable, and accessible.

As a result of the Covid19 pandemic and associated supply chain issues, there has been a significant increases in construction costs.  Since applying for the HUD Choice Neighborhood grant funding in December 2020, Phase 1 construction costs have increased from $25,116,820 to nearly $32,000,000.  By providing the requested $5,000,000 you will assist with filling the financing gap these soaring prices have created. This is a shovel ready project, with construction scheduled to begin in November 2022 and will result in 92 housing units being added to the region’s affordable housing inventory.  Affordable housing provides regional economic growth, increased employment opportunities, improved access to pursue education, improved standard of living and can improve the overall health of our county. 

The HACFM has made a strategic land acquisition to launch Phase 1. The Phase 1 site (3621 Cleveland Ave Fort Myers 33901) is currently a vacant car lot and located in a low-poverty neighborhood approximately 2 miles from the Southward Village site. The Phase 1 Cleveland Ave site has a 31% poverty rate, a walkscore of 72 (very walkable), and strong transit options. Building on this parcel will help to maintain lower poverty rates and building densities on the existing SWV site.  Phase 1 is a mixed-income family phase including 92 housing units as well as commercial retail space and resident amenities along Cleveland Avenue.  At the completion of construction, citizens will enjoy a marketable neighborhood, improving the quality of life for existing residents while appealing to new residents who wish to live in a residential neighborhood with easy access to jobs and amenities in downtown Fort Myers. 

Final Disclosure


Housing Choice Vouchers

Recipient: Lee County Housing Authority

Location: 14170 Warner Circle, NW, North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Amount of Request: 0

Details: The Lee County Housing Authority is attempting to increase the supply of available housing assistance for households facing significant housing insecurity.

Final Disclosure


City of Bonita Springs water acquisition

Recipient: City of Bonita Springs

Location: 9101 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Amount of Request: $5 Million

Details: This project will help to reduce or eliminate stormwater flooding impacts. Recent and previous stormwater studies identified potential large parcel land acquisitions located throughout the City that can be used for stormwater retention. Additionally, there are numerous single-family neighborhoods constructed over the last 40 years that are located within FEMA identified floodways. These residential neighborhoods have encountered numerous repetitive loss events that keep homeowners out of their homes for 3 to 4 weeks. This significantly delays the re-construction process. 

Final Disclosure