Ron DeSantis Announces $3.5 Million for Lake Butler

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced more than $3.5 million is headed to Lake Butler to help the wastewater collection and the city’s pumping system.

The funds come through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program.

“My administration is dedicated to supporting projects that improve infrastructure, increase hurricane preparedness and elevate our rural communities,” said DeSantis on Friday. “This investment in Lake Butler will benefit the entire community’s residents, businesses and surrounding natural resources.”

“The program, administered by DEO, allows local governments to develop large-scale infrastructure projects to make communities more resilient to future disasters. In the City of Lake Butler, this multi-year and multi-phased wastewater collection system repair and replacement will improve and harden a master pump station, wastewater force main and provide emergency generators for six pump stations,” the governor’s office noted. “The proposed improvements to these critical facilities will help ensure that the sanitary sewer collection system and pumping system remain fully operational during severe weather events, natural disasters and prevent future wastewater spills. Roughly 1,785 residents of Lake Butler will benefit from these projects.”

DEO Sec. Dane Eagle also weighed in on the funds on Friday.

“Making investments in Florida’s infrastructure helps prepare communities like Lake Butler for unpredictable disasters,” said Eagle. “I am proud to stand with Governor DeSantis as he continues to ensure a resilient future for our state and future generations.”

Kevin Derby
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