City Awarded Nearly $15M in Grant Funding for Resilience Projects

Published on April 23, 2021

Seawall in Miami

The City of Miami has been awarded nearly $15 million in State-administered grant funds to pay for high-impact resilience projects that reduce risks from natural disasters and hazards, as well as their effects on human life and property. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the grant award last Friday, with the City of Miami receiving nearly 10% of the $150 million total awarded to cities across Florida for the purpose of developing resilient infrastructure projects. Notably, the new funds follow a similar grant award to the City of $12.8 million, announced in February.

“These dollars allow the City of Miami to go above and beyond for our residents,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Miamians have sacrificed a lot in order to preserve the future of this town and we owe it to them to provide the utmost quality of life and that means building a Miami that lasts Forever.”

Miami’s Office of Grants Administration applied for the grant funding last year, working with several City departments to complete the rigorous application process, which included presentations to State officials, tours of project sites and more. The City of Miami will invest the newly awarded grant money into the following resilient infrastructure projects, which are located in low-to-moderate income areas and are important components of Miami’s overall commitment to climate resilience and adaptation:

Jose Marti Park ($13,497,843): Retrofit portions of existing seawall, construct new seawall and living shoreline sections, and other coastal nature-based resiliency improvements. These activities are part of the adaptive redesign of the Jose Marti Park, which will increase the resilience of the Park - and the East Little Havana neighborhood that surrounds it - against flooding, natural hazards and climate change.

Street Improvements on NW 17 Street between 27th Avenue and 37thAvenue ($1,216,963): Implement roadway resiliency improvements to NW 17th Street, between NW 27th Avenue and NW 32nd Avenue. Improvements include the installation of a drainage system, exfiltration trench, storm inlets, accessibility ramps, and swales. This project is critical to prevent local flooding, land erosion and pollution.

The nearly $15 million in new grant funding was awarded to the City of Miami by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) through its Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. The funds were previously allocated to the state through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Mitigation  program (CDBG-MIT), formed in response to the 2016 to 2017 presidentially declared disasters. Before securing this latest CDBG-MIT grant award last week, the City secured another $12.88 million in CDBG-MIT funds, also for hardening critical facilities, including police and fire-rescue stations and a new resilience hub at Charles Hadley Park.