Facing a major primary challenge from former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown later this month, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., is bringing home federal projects to his North Florida district, including almost $7 million to the Lake City Gateway Airport.

Lawson announced on Monday that Lake City Gateway Airport was getting a $6.9 million federal grant.

“This grant will allow Lake City Gateway airport to grow, improve and provide essential transportation services to Lake City residents,” Lawson said. “Access to this new and improved airport will allow residents the opportunity to travel safely and comfortably. Airports are important to business, commerce, travel and more, and I am proud to help North Florida improve all of these areas through this rehabilitation grant.”

This marks the first time in a decade that the airport is getting a major renovation. According to Lawson’s office, the funds will be used to “continue to build on the progress made in the past, and ensure all equipment, technology and infrastructure is as up to date and safe as possible.”

Also on Monday, Lawson announced the the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will send $40,000 to help rural development in Havana. Last week, Lawson announced $137,400 in federal funds headed to Madison with sending $54,900 to the Madison Fire Department for new emergency response equipment and $82,500 to the Madison County Memorial Hospital. Earlier in the month, Lawson announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was sending $25,000 to help fight contamination at the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters Superfund Site in Jacksonville.

Lawson’s efforts seem to be paying off. Earlier this week, St. Pete Polls released a poll showing Lawson taking 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters while Brown gets 28 percent and 23 percent remain undecided. The poll of 445 likely Democratic primary voters was taken from August 11-12 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percent.

 

Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

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