Friday, May 24, 2019
“Infrastructure development and maintenance are critical for rural communities to become more resilient,” said DeSantis. “We will continue to help these communities as they prepare for the future by utilizing every resource we have.”
In Osceola County, voters can approve or shoot down a one percent sales tax increase while Volusia County ponders a proposal which raises the sales tax one-half of one percent.
Democrats from the Sunshine State fired back, blaming the White House for not moving quickly enough to help the Panhandle and Puerto Rico. 
The overall project is important to Eustis Public Works Director Rick Gierok. “We are looking at $1.5 million,” he told Florida Daily. We need expertise.” To get that expertise, the city is hiring $40,750 worth of consultants to help them plan this latest phase of upgrades.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., showcased his “NIST Creation of Composite Standards Act” which has U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., as a cosponsor. Other backers include U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif. 
“Our waterways are the lifeblood of Florida,” said Southerland. “They are absolutely key to the health of our economy and to the high quality of life we enjoy. We urge the Legislature to give the same funding consideration to north Florida waterways like the St. Johns River as they have to building reservoirs and cleaning up the tributaries of South Florida." 
"This is America, this is Florida, and we’re letting our people live in those conditions? We’re letting our children suffer. We’re letting our children live in tents. It’s wrong."
Southerland, now the chairman of Stand Up North Florida which defines itself as a “grassroots coalition that was formed to advocate for equitable allocation of resources to the region,” spoke before the state Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government on Tuesday about the region’s economic and environmental needs.
The funds will be divided between Orlando and Sanford and Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.
The city is pledging to raise the extra money themselves and they are starting by going to Orange County for $6 million in tourist taxes. Mayor Steve Leary says, if you take a look at the renderings, you can’t help but be excited for the library.