Boca Raton has been awarded more than $1.3 million in state Resilient Florida grants to help pay for projects that protect against rising sea levels.
A $700,000 grant went to the Lake Wyman restoration and improvement program that includes mangrove habitat restoration and shoreline stabilization, among many other improvements.
A $627,500 grant was awarded to a stormwater infrastructure project in the Old Floresta neighborhood, west of City Hall. That project is part of the city’s Innovative Sustainable Infrastructure Program to improve water and sewer pipes.
The state grants, announced by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Feb. 6, total $275 million, with $180 million going to South Florida cities that are most impacted by rising seas. Additional grants will be made later this year.
In 2021, DeSantis announced he would spend $1 billion in state money to help cities and towns adapt to sea level rise.
The city also received a $300,000 grant on Feb. 1 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create a plan to reach a goal of no severe traffic injuries or deaths in the city as part of the national Vision Zero program.
The City Council unanimously approved a resolution on Oct. 25 that designates Boca as a “Vision Zero city” and directed staff to create a plan to achieve that goal.

— Mary Hladky

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