Sunday, June 20, 2021
The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee received more than  2,000 Member Designated Project Requests, and all four of Crist’s requested projects were approved for full funding, totaling nearly $25 million for Pinellas.
The funding for the five projects was requested by Demings as part of the new “Member Designated projects” initiative, often called earmarks, which allows members of Congress to advocate for specific project funding for important needs within their districts.
Funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance program will provide reimbursements to Bay County, the Florida Department of Corrections and the Family of God Baptist Church.
Last week, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sec. Marcia Fudge announced that five communities, including one in the Sunshine State, have received a combined $160 million to redevelop severely distressed housing and spur comprehensive revitalization under the federal Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.
U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Val Demings, D-Fla., Scott Franklin, R-Fla., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Bill Posey, R-Fla., Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Michael Waltz R-Fla., signed the letter. 
During storm events, the sanitary sewer system needs to continue circulation to prevent being overwhelmed by any increased volume from floodwaters. Installing emergency bypass pumps will mitigate sanitary sewer flooding and surcharging, allowing lift station pump operations to be maintained even without an external power supply.
The grant, provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will specifically fund the installation of a runway vertical guidance system and runway rehabilitation.
The Liberty City Rising Act “would improve safety standards for public housing complexes located in high-crime areas, such as Miami’s Liberty City and Overtown,” Rubio’s office noted.
The letter also requests an answer as to why HUD’s Uniform Physical Condition Standards have not been appropriately applied to these properties.