“Miami Beach faces a daunting challenge from sea level rise over the next 20 years and beyond,” Mayor Dan Gelber said. “These funds will help us better prepare our infrastructure for what is projected to be an additional 10 inches to 1.4 feet of higher sea levels during that period over levels recorded in 2000.”
Governor Ron DeSantis announced grants totaling $75 million to 30 Florida jurisdictions through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Critical Facility Hardening Program. Miami Beach received the largest amount of grant funding.
The grant money will be used to harden the city’s water booster stations and sewer pump stations and is intended to increase the resilience of facilities that serve a public safety purpose in the community.
“A significant failure of one of these systems could result in a discharge of raw sewage,” Commissioner Mark Samuelian said. “Such an event could have devastating consequences for the city as well as the millions of people who visit Miami Beach each year from all over the world.”
According to a press release from the City of Miami Beach, construction on the City’s projects is expected to begin in 2022. They are:
Sewer Pump Stations:
- Sewer Pump Station 1 (Jefferson Avenue) - $700,000
- Sewer Pump Station 28 (West 28 Street) - $5,000,000
- Sewer Pump Station 29 (Indian Creek/63 Street) - $2,200,000
- Normandy Isles Water Booster Station - $550,000
- 25 Street Water Booster Station - $800,000
- 41 Street Water Booster Station - $900,000
- Belle Isle Water Booster Station – $2,400,000
- Terminal Island Water Booster Station - $1,200,000
- 75 Street Water Booster Station - $800,000