TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that the City of Sarasota has secured at $10 million that will go toward multiple infrastructure projects.
The funding will “allow the city to raise Van Wezel Way,” a roadway prone to flooding, and help the water flow and quality in Hog Creek, the governor said.
DeSantis said the improvements aim to reduce flooding and mitigate red tide.
“It will also improve the shoreline at Bay Park to protect the area from erosion and damage caused by flooding, and so that will also serve effectively as a barrier for surrounding communities against the effects of storm on the coast,” DeSantis said.
“Today’s announcement is 10 million dollars, it’s going to do wonders for this community not only for resiliency for future storms, but (what) the economic and cultural impact of this shoreline, and the raising on Van Wezel Way, the restoration of Hog Creek is going to do for this area is going to be monumental for generations to come,” Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle said.