The City of Cape Canaveral will be applying for a grant via the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Disaster Recovery (DR) from Hurricanes Hermine (2016), Matthew (2016) and Irma (2017), through the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program. A total of $475,000,000 is being made available through a competitive application process for local governments located within the forty-eight (48) counties impacted by the previously named hurricanes. Eligible applicants can submit project applications for a minimum of $500,000 per application.
Projects will be in line with recommendations from the City’s Vulnerability Assessment. Examples of projects that could be funded include:
- Restoration of critical infrastructure
- Renourishment of protective coastal dune systems and state beaches
- Building or fortifying buildings that are essential to the health, safety and welfare of a community
- Rehabilitation or construction of stormwater management systems
- Improvements to drainage facilities
- Reconstruction of lift stations and sewage treatment plants
- Road repair and improvement and bridge strengthening
The City plans to pursue a solar project that further enhances the sustainability of the City’s Wastewater Reclamation Facility (WRF) as this is a critical facility and handles all of the City of Cape Canaveral’s sewage treatment needs. The goal is ensure the WRF can run on solar and associated battery systems in the event of a storm or loss of power.
A public comment period running from June 22, 2020 through July 6, 2020 (14 days) will be held for residents regarding this grant opportunity and how it can be utilized by the City. Comments on the proposed application may be submitted via email to: Zachary Eichholz, Sustainability Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brenda Defoe-Surprenant, City Planner (email@example.com).