TALLAHASSEE -- Port Manatee is one of four state ports to receive a portion of $150 million in bond proceeds, approved by the Florida Cabinet and designed to finance projects through the Seaport Investment Program.
Port Manatee will get $6.4 million to reconstruct and rehabilitate berths 6 through 11 at the port. The money will be used for repairs to all five berths.
Port Everglades will receive the bulk of the money, receiving $34.5 million, to lengthen the existing Southport Turning Notch from 900-feet to 2,400-feet at the existing depth of 42-feet. This project will provide for a minimum of five additional berths.
Port Miami will receive $25 million for South Fisherman's Channel Dredge III.
The Florida Department of Transportation has programmed $150 million in projects to receive bond proceeds for fiscal year 2014, which will be issued by the Division of Bond Finance. Working directly with Florida seaports, FDOT has identified 16 projects to be funded under bond proceeds.
During the 2012 Legislative Session, the legislature passed and the governor signed State Bill 1998, directing another $10 million annually from the State Transportation Trust Fund -- beginning July 1, and for 30 years thereafter -- to secure bonds issued to finance projects at Florida ports through the Seaport Investment Program. All identified projects have been approved by Gov. Rick Scott and the 2013 Legislature.
Sen. Nelson works to delay insurance hikes
Sen. Bill Nelson has introduced legislation to delay FEMA's rate hikes to flood insurance set to go into effect Oct. 1.
"The current state of gridlock in Congress, caused by a small minority, has prevented us from getting much of anything passed," Nelson told Gov. Rick Scott in a letter Tuesday.
Nelson's legislation is designed to delay the federal Biggert-Waters Flood Reform Act of 2012, which was signed into law in July 2012.
If Nelson's legislation is not passed, Floridians will see major rate hikes to their flood insurance in coming months.
Thrift, consignment shop set to open Saturday
BRADENTON -- You Never Know LLC, Bradenton's newest thrift and consignment store, will hold its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
You Never Know LLC, 5527 Manatee Ave. W., will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. The thrift and consignment shop is offers antiques, tools, toys, furniture and housewares.
Backstreet Hair Designers to host grand re-opening
BRADENTON -- Backstreet Hair Designers is hosting a grand re-opening celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday
The hair salon recently moved to 5902 Manatee Ave. W. and will hold an open house Saturday evening. For information call 941-792-7134.
SMR farms named Tropicana grower of the year
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- SMR Farms has been selected as a Tropicana Grower of the Year for the 2012-2013 citrus harvesting season.
This is the fifth year in a row that SMR Farms has received this designation from Tropicana Products, Inc. The Grower of the Year award is based on fruit quality, load quality, fruit variety mix and agribusiness management. The management practices component of the award looks at harvesting methods, grove practices, labor programs and commitment to agricultural sustainability.
SMR Farms is partnering with Tropicana on a multi-year citrus fertilization project aimed at comparing traditional fertilizers with low-carbon-footprint products as part of Tropicana's global sustainability efforts.
Other growers receiving the award include Lykes Brothers, Inc., Sun Grown Citrus, Inc. and Sunny South Packing Co., Inc.
-- Herald staff reports