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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Florida Job Growth Grant Fund $2 million grant awarded

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Pictured: St. Pete Beach Fire Rescue Chief Jim Kilpatrick, Planning Manager Wesley Wright, Director of Community Development Michelle Gonzalez, Commissioner Melinda Pletcher, Governor Ron DeSantis, City Clerk Amber LaRowe, Commissioner Mark Grill, Al Johnson - Mayor of St. Pete Beach, Chief Operations Officer Jennifer McMahon, City Manager Alex Rey, and Assistant City Manager Vincent Tenaglia

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is awarding $2 million in Florida Job Growth Grant Funds to the City of St. Pete Beach. This funding will be used to finalize the overhaul of the City’s wastewater system to restore capacity for hotel and lodging expansion.

“The Governor’s announcement today allows us to fund phase II of the sanitary sewer expansion project – an upgrade of our master pump station that will allow anticipated new flows to exit the island for treatment.  The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is a highly competitive program specifically targeting infrastructure improvements that facilitate economic development and job creation.  Our project was a great fit based on the extent of redevelopment and development activity we are anticipating.” Vince Tenaglia, Assistant City Manager of St. Pete Beach shared after the Press Conference today.  

Key Points on this Project and Award:  

  • City has aggressively tackled its aging infrastructure  
    • 2016 consultant report concluded the sewer system was surcharged and could not accept new flows  
    • Development moratorium was therefore declared and has been in place since  
  • The sanitary sewer expansion project will lift the moratorium  
    • Project is therefore vital to economic development and job creation for the #1 ranked beach destination in the US  
  • The project includes two phases  
    • $16m phase I is underway to provide collection system capacity  
    • $4m phase II is needed to upgrade the master pump station to send the additional flows off the island for treatment  
      • The request for $2m will allow the City to fund the project  


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