The Florida Legislature's special session is drawing to a close, and now that the House and the Senate have reached an agreement on healthcare funding for the needy, attention is now turning to smaller budget items.
Lawmakers have reached an agreement on several projects in the Manatee-Sarasota area, both for entirely new developments and for improvements to existing projects.
Manasota Goodwill will receive $600,000 for a pilot employee training program for the developmentally disabled.
Mote Marine Laboratory will also receive $600,000, down from $1 million, for infrastructure expansion.
The city of Bradenton is getting $500,000, reduced from $1 million, for a tournament sports facility, which will be developed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County is getting $500,000 in nonrecurring funds.
Manatee Glens will receive $300,000 to fund its Graduate Medical Education residency program in psychiatry.
Port Manatee will receive $300,000 for security improvements.
The city of Palmetto will receive $250,000 for a Palmetto Bay Park girls softball field.
The South Florida Museum will get $250,000 for its Backyard Universe project, which will use both indoor and outdoor facilities to teach children ages 3 through 8 about science, technology, engineering and math.
The Modern Pentathlon will receive $250,000; and IMG Academy will get $50,000 and for unspecified projects.