Taylor County Board of Commissioners anticipates applying for a Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Program (GIP) Round 1 funding which is available in the amount of one-hundred-fifty million ($1,500,000) provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist the State of Florida with necessary expenses related to mitigation activities and projects in the Most Impacted Areas (MID) from the effects of the declared major Storm Events in 2016 and 2017. This funding will be administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) and can only be used for selected projects that are directly related to long-term mitigation. Applications are due no later than September 14, 2020. Applications will be ranked in a competitive process with additional amounts in subsequent years in similar competitive application cycles.
Taylor County intends to submit an application for the Steinhatchee Flooding Mitigation Project which will assist in alleviating ongoing flooding in the area and improve the resiliency of the community of Steinhatchee. The County anticipates requesting funding assistance in the amount of $1,710,000. This project has been selected due to the serious flooding Steinhatchee has faced in recent years resulting from coastal weather and heavy rain events. This program is intended to benefit residents in Low to Moderate Income (LMI) neighborhoods and applies primarily to those areas identified as Most Impacted and Distressed (MID) in the major disaster declarations of 2016 Hurricane Matthew and 2017 Hurricane Irma. The County has a 14 day public comment period from August 28, 2020 to September 11, 2020. All questions and comments will be posted on the County website at www.taylorcountygov.com. All questions and comments will also be submitted to FDEO with the grant application. Public comments as well as obtaining additional information may be made to Melody Cox, Grants Writer at 850-371-0377 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jami Evans at 850-838-3553 or at email@example.com. Mrs. Evans and Ms. Cox are available from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday to answer any questions or receive any public comment information. All documents related to the application as well as the completed application will be posted on the County website at www.taylorcountygov.com. Pursuant to the American with Disabilities Act, any persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the public comment period is asked to contact Jami Evans at 850-838-3553 by September 4, 2020 to enable the County to provide reasonable accommodations at no cost to the individual in need of the accommodation. Additional information about this program can be obtained at: https://floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/mitigation/general-infrastructure