Eligible uses of funds include: public infrastructure for industrial or commercial sites; access and availability of broadband Internet service; improvements to inadequate infrastructure that has resulted in regulatory action; upgrades to or development of public tourism infrastructure; and planning and preparation for infrastructure.
Rubio, along with U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-SD. and colleagues also expressed concerns regarding a Request For Information released by the U.S. Department of Defense that contradicts the successful market-driven strategy for 5G deployment and development.
The declaration includes public assistance for all categories in Escambia County and public assistance Category B (emergency protective measures) for Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington Counties. The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) remains in close contact with FEMA to help additional counties receive the declaration for full public assistance.
More than half of the funds--$16.6 million--will go to Washington County for “permanent repairs to hurricane-damaged roadways including resurfacing, embankment washout repairs, shoulder re-works and ditch cleaning.”