WASHINGTON Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) today released a list of the appropriations requests he made to the House Appropriations Committee for projects in Southwest Florida.
Mack submitted the following appropriations requests on behalf of Southwest Florida:
- Naples to Big Marco Pass ($1.4 million requested): The Naples to Big Marco Pass, also known as the Gordon River Pass in Collier County, supports the commercial fishing, stone crab harvesting, sport fishing and tourism industries. The Pass also supports the County's marinas and is used by residential boaters. Typically, the Pass is dredged every four or five years. It was last dredged in 2002 and needs to be dredged this year because shoaling diminishes the water depth in the channel. The project was requested on behalf of Collier County.
- Gasparilla Islands Segment ($1.4 million requested): There are three sections to the Lee County shore protection project (Captiva, Gasparilla, and Estero Islands) which were authorized as federal shore protection projects. Lee County advanced the Gasparilla section, which was completed in the Spring of 2007. The funding will allow for the reimbursement of the federal share to the County for the Gasparilla beach renourishment project. The project was requested on behalf of Lee County.
- Charlotte County Regional Reclaimed Water System ($500,000 requested): The requested funding for this project would be utilized to design and construct a regional reclaimed water infrastructure system. The project was requested on behalf of Charlotte County.
- Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Southwest Florida ($1 million requested): This project would provide for maintenance dredging in four areas of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GICW). The areas in need of maintenance dredging include the mouth of Caloosahatchee River (Miserable Mile in Lee County) and the Boca Grande Bayou area (Miller's Marina in Lee County) of the GICW. The project was requested on behalf of Lee County.
- Interstate 75/Collier Boulevard/SR 84 Interchange Improvements ($3 million requested): The current interchange serves the east Naples area, Golden Gate City and Marco Island, and is the closest interchange from the east to the City of Naples. The requested funding would be utilized for capacity improvements at the Interstate 75/Collier Boulevard/SR 84 Interchange and will improve traffic flow in the region. The project was requested on behalf of Collier County.
- Lee County Wastewater Improvement ($2 million requested): Lee County is working to upgrade the remaining segments of the county that operate on individual septic systems with a county-wide Septic Tank Replacement Program, which will connect the remainder of the county with sanitary sewer. This will not only reduce the county's demand on fresh water supply for potable needs, but also improve the water quality of Caloosahatchee River and the surrounding Gulf. The project was requested on behalf of Lee County.
- Emergency Services Technology, Collier County ($1 million requested): The Collier County Emergency Services Center plans to acquire public safety technology equipment, including cabling, telecommunications devices, monitors, dispatch centers and antennas. The project was requested on behalf of Collier County.
- FGCU Law Enforcement and Public Safety ($350,000 requested): This project would provide funding for a specialized study and program in criminal forensics integral to the work of the Institute for Forensic Excellence and the Weapons and Equipment Research Institute at Florida Gulf Coastal University (FGCU). The project centers on the development of tools for training and processing crime scenes. The project was requested on behalf of Florida Gulf Coast University.
- FGCU Impact of Freshwater Flow into Coastal Waters ($350,000 requested): FGCU's Coastal Watershed Institute will use the funding to address the impacts associated with changes in freshwater flows into coastal waters. This project is geared toward students learning about future management of fragile ecosystems. The project was requested by Florida Gulf Coast University.
Source; Office of Congressman Connie Mack