Manatee asks Gov. Scott to support $5M in project

skennedy@bradenton.comMay 16, 2014 

MANATEE -- Manatee County officials say they hope Gov. Rick Scott will support nearly $5 million worth of local projects under final consideration as part of his review of the $77 billion state budget.

"I am writing to call your attention to and request your support for several funding allocations that are important to our community," wrote Manatee County Commission Chairman Larry Bustle in a letter dated May 14.

The letter listed projects important to the area, including:

• A $2 million appropriation for the Anna Maria Island/Cortez groin replacement and Coquina Beach renourishment.

• A substantial state increase toward the State Housing Initiatives Partnership funding, this year including $1.3 million for Manatee County and $233,000 for Bradenton.

• A $1 million appropriation for the Manatee County Southwest Water Reclamation Facility Class IV recharge well off 66th Street West and 53rd Avenue West.

The letter also thanked Secretary Ananth Prasad of the Florida Department of Transportation for helping advance plans for a new interchange at University Parkway and Interstate 75.

Area legislators said they are pushing for the local projects.

"We're advocating as hard as we can," said state Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton.

"I hope he'll be supportive of it. I haven't gotten any indication he wouldn't be," said state Rep. Greg Steube, R-Bradenton.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.

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