Community Project Funding Requests

Rep. Deutch has submitted funding requests for important community projects in FL-22 to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 and up to 15 projects for fiscal year 2023 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Deutch has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects he has requested.

 

Projects Requested for FY23

Listed below are the projects Congressman Deutch has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee.

Note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project sponsor.

Project Sponsor: Broward County, Florida
Project Name: North Andrews Avenue Bridge Repair Project

Location: 100 S. Andrews Avenue, 8th Floor Main Library, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because the North Andrews Avenue Bridge is crossed by an average of 25,000 vehicles daily.  The North Andrews Avenue Bridge Repair Project will restore the structural sufficiency and long-term durability of the bridge to ensure safety for the travelling public, prevent the environmental impact of bridge debris falling into waterways and reduce harmful emissions by preventing traffic detours.

Requested Amount: $3,901,121.20

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Project Name: Arterial Traffic Project for Davie Blvd

Location: 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because this project will provide Automated Transportation Management System infrastructure along the Davie Boulevard corridor, which will assist with monitoring and managing real time traffic. The monitoring and management will be from the co-located traffic management center which both Broward County Traffic Engineering Division and FDOT partner together to ensure traffic is moving as efficiently as possible.

Requested Amount: $1,848,761

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Project Name: Lyons Road Pedestrian Mobility Safety Project

Location: 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

The funding would be used for pedestrian safety lighting from Atlantic Blvd to the Sawgrass Expressway.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because The Lyons Road Pedestrian and Mobility Safety Project is a regional artery for the local and surrounding communities.  The project creates multi-model and equitable use of this high volume, car-centric transportation route and will have a positive impact in decreasing a historical pattern of pedestrian accidents with five pedestrian fatalities in the past ten years.  These types of improvements are the key to changing travel patterns, which is an important component of addressing the climate impacts, associated with car travel.

Requested Amount: $3,900,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Project Name: University Drive Safe Streets Project

Location: 100 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

The project will improve safety for all users of the road, help create healthier communities by provided active transportation choices, and enhance the economic vitality of the corridor.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because this corridor is a Florida Department of Transportation owned facility located in the city of Coral Springs.  This project will provide multimodal improvements to meet the needs of the people who travel along this corridor, regardless of the mode of their choice.  The project will provide street buffered bicycle lanes and the reconstruction of old and decaying sidewalks.  The project includes intersection pedestrian lighting upgrades, pedestrian audible countdown signals, as well as updated ADA accommodations to enhance visibility and safety.  Transit improvements along this corridor include the installation of new bus shelters.  Furthermore, the project includes new hurricane proof mast arms to support traffic lights and resurfacing the entire corridor with updated signage and pavement markings.

Requested Amount: $5,000,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Boca Raton
Project Name: Restoration of Rosemary Ridge Environmentally Sensitive Land

Location: 201 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33432

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because the restoration of environmentally sensitive lands is critical to preserving native plant species that protect the habitat for birds and small animals including the gopher tortoise, which is considered a threatened wildlife species and is protected by Florida State law.  In addition to protecting the animals and their habitats, the restoration projects in this preserve will provide environmental education and passive recreation for residents and visitors as well as opportunities for scientific research.  The construction of a walking nature path, educational kiosk, parking area and signage will be added.

Requested Amount: $350,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Coral Springs
Project Name: Creation of Nature Trail

Location: 9500 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will create an elevated, wooden walking path through the existing 6.15 acres of wet hammock within Kiwanis Park.  The creation of a nature trail, which will not disrupt existing native Florida trees or natural vegetation, will serve as a location for nature enthusiasts to experience environmental and wildlife education.  The path will be constructed with all- natural materials and offer additional outdoor activity space for youth programming and activities.

Requested Amount: $1,500,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Coral Springs
Project Name: Everglades Greenway Loop

Location: 9500 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because the development of an Everglades Greenway Loop will serve as an enhanced multi-use space that will open the beauty and uniqueness of the local environment while improving walkability and safe biking in the City of Coral Springs.  The project will offer an inclusive, safe and sustainable public space that connects people to their environment and each other to create a healthy, equitable and dynamic community.  Funds will be used to create a portion of a 10-mile greenway loop that connects the Florida Everglades to the Cities of Coral Springs and Parkland.

Requested Amount: $1,000,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Deerfield Beach
Project Name: Deerfield Beach FEC Railway Fencing

Location: 150 NE 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will support the installation of fencing and columns along the Florida East Coast (FEC) railway on Dixie Highway, from SE 10th Street to Sample Road, to mitigate railway accidents and fatalities.

Requested Amount: $2,600,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Wilton Manors, FL
Project Name: Wilton Manors Stormwater Improvement Project

Location: 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because as sea level rise continues to unleash its devastating effects on developed land, along with frequent and intense weather events in South Florida, aging underground facilities become strained and must be updated for proper functionality.  In particular, Wilton Manors’ storm sewer system pipes drain to the Middle River, which surrounds the City, through outfall openings at the water’s edge and can become inundated to the point where rising tides cause water from the river to backup and overflow into roadways through storm drain inlets.  Daily high tides in combination with rain events, as well as king tide events without additional rain, are particularly problematic.

Requested Amount: $1,000,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Eagles’ Haven Wellness Center
Project Name: Eagles’ Haven Wellness Center

Location: 4200 N. University Drive, Sunrise, FL 33351

The funding would be used for the Eagles’ Haven community center which offers wellness services, case management, trauma education and crisis intervention to the Parkland community.  Community members can call or drop into the center 7 days a week, free of charge.  The Eagles’ Haven Navigators provide clinical assessment and crisis support to all clients while also linking families to any needed social or therapeutic service in the community.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because the Eagles’ Haven community center provide support to anyone impacted by the Parkland shooting.

Requested Amount: $1,056,925

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: NOVA Southeastern University
Project Name: NOVA Southeastern University Mobile Education Center

Location: 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

The funding would used to develop a Mobile Innovation Center that would reduce barriers to access and increase awareness among underrepresented communities of the career opportunities that exist. It will also provide training in these areas.  Because it is mobile, issues of transportation and access are reduced.  Industry partners will provide input on the high-demand skills and on the training to be developed.  The Mobile Innovation Center staff also will help link training participants to available jobs.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because the project would benefit the public by offering training and educational opportunities in the use of “next generation” emerging technologies not normally taught in traditional computer science/IT programs. According to aggregated data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), the technology sector is the fastest growing market within the United States. As of 2018, the tech industry employed over 11.8 million workers in the U.S., with an estimated annual increased growth of 2.3% or 260,000 new jobs. It is important to have a skilled workforce able to meet the demand for this skilled labor.

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Stand with Parkland – The National Association of Families for Safe Schools
Project Name: Funding the Implementation and/or Creation of an Advanced Threat Response Platform for Law Enforcement, Fire Services and Local Education Agencies Project

Location: 5944 Coral Ridge Drive, #273, Coral Springs, FL 33076

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will equip approximately local governments with an advanced threat response platform for both fire and police services.  This program allows those who need help to communicate directly with first responders headed to an incident scene.

Requested Amount: $500,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: University of Miami
Project Name: Molecular Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in South Florida

Location: 1600 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

The funding would be used to expand the capacity for the molecular surveillance of infectious diseases in Florida.  The funding would be used to establish a NextSeq 1000 molecular sequencing platform with the ability to increase the capacity for SARS-CoV-2 genome characterization by 400 samples per week.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because infectious disease represents an existential threat to citizens and residents of Florida and of other states.  Mitigating against these threats is in the national interest.  SARS-CoV-2 has had dire economic and health impact on the population and pathogen surveillance programs will reduce the impact of infectious disease on the economy and the well-being of U.S. citizens.

Requested Amount: $500,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Wahoo Bay Park
Project Name: Wahoo Bay Park Resiliency Expansion

Location: 2700 N. Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33062

This project is a good use of taxpayer funds because it will support the design and construction of resilient infrastructures for Wahoo Bay Park.  This marine life park is dedicated to promoting beneficial environmental strategies that restore natural habitat while fostering coastline protection.

Requested Amount: $801,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: YMCA of South Palm Beach County
Project Name: Expansion of Early Learning Center & Enhancement of the Special Population Center to include Safety & Accessibility Updates to the Youth Locker Rooms

Location: 6631 Palmetto Circle South, Boca Raton, FL 33433

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because the project will renovate the existing space at the YMCA used for special population programs and services – “Chase’s Place” – and purchase new adaptive equipment for children to learn and explore their world through sports, games and educational activities.

Requested Amount: $1,250,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Projects Requested for FY22

Listed below are the projects Congressman Deutch has submitted to the House Appropriations Committee.

Note: The projects are listed in alphabetical order by project sponsor.

Project Sponsor: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS)
Project Name: Expansion & Enhancement of BCPS Peer Mentoring Programs         

Location: 600 SE Third Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301

The funding would be used for expanding the successful BCPS peer mentoring programs, Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders (MTL) and Latinos in Action (LIA), to more than two dozen additional schools across the District, while also supporting the implementation of several new and innovative program.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because enhancements at the more than four dozen schools where these programs are already in place. In addition to creating civic-minded citizens who care about the growth of their schools and communities, MTL and LIA offer an innovative approach to addressing the concerns raised by the pandemic. These critical programs promote success in education through building bonds between students based around shared experiences and backgrounds. Students essentially carry on a tradition of nurturing the educational development and success of their fellow students, many of whom share similar backgrounds and situations, while also encouraging them to meet and exceed their potential in high school, college and beyond. At a time when it is critical to respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs, these peer mentoring and student outreach programs would directly support those efforts and their success can serve as a model for other school districts in Florida and across the nation.

Requested Amount: $500,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Broward Sheriff’s Office
Project Name: Broward County Mental Health Diversion Project

Location: 2601 West Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

The funding would be used for a sustainable and comprehensive program to divert individuals with behavioral health, specifically mental health issues, from jail and the criminal justice system being jointly developed by Broward County State Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, the Circuit Court of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, the Broward Bar Association and others.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because this mental health diversion project is key to BSO’s efforts to provide a real alternative to incarceration for the mentally ill and is part of a comprehensive and on-going action plan to reduce the jail population and to increase mental health programming and services to at risk individuals.   The community project funding will provide BSO the ability to more quickly staff the pretrial diversion needs of this innovative project.

Requested Amount: $562,385

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Cities of Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, & Oakland Park
Project Name: Water Infrastructure Improvements Programs

Location: City of Oakland Park: 3650 NE 12 Ave, Oakland Park, FL 33334; City of Fort Lauderdale: 100 N Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; and City of Wilton Manors: 2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33304

The funding would be used to upgrade, improve and make more efficient portions of their wastewater systems that provide connectivity between their respective systems to deal with sea level rise, rising temperatures and extreme weather.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because frequent and intense weather events in South Florida have created a strain on aging underground facilities. In particular, the cities’ sanitary sewer systems can become inundated through Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) where surface water flows into sanitary manhole lids and groundwater infiltrates wastewater transmission lines through pipeline cracks and breaks. Inundated systems can overflow into roadways and storm drains, and ultimately to the Middle River. The project will create a more direct and efficient transmission of wastewater from the cities to the G.T. Lohmeyer Wastewater Treatment Plant and is a critical element of resiliency in preserving system integrity and protecting natural resources. This impacts recreational activities and quality of life, and can have a negative impact on wildlife habitat. The joint project will increase the resilience of the three cities’ wastewater infrastructure and reduce the likelihood of broken pipes and wastewater leakage into the Middle River.

Requested Amount: $900,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Boca Raton
Project Name: Sanborn Square Renovation Project        

Location: 201 West Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, Florida 33432

The funding would be used for renovation of a downtown gathering square that serves as a free speech zone and open park space and is located across from the visitor’s center and historic town hall.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because this project would benefit not only City residents, but many of the tourists and visitors to Boca Raton. Because the park has high visibility along Federal Highway in the heart of downtown, it is a convenient location to host special events, gatherings, and free speech demonstrations. Its proximity to local bus routes, a visitor’s center, the downtown library and the Brightline train station necessitate a redesigned, safe, secure space.  The historically significant  project is a critical element for the continuation of community gatherings in our free speech zone, for events, and for outdoor activities. The 40-year-old park is in need of safety and aesthetic renovations to meet the demand for security and safety requirements that are now necessary for public events and outdoor activities.

Requested Amount: $285,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Coral Springs
Project Name: Stormwater Drainage

Location: 9500 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, FL 33065

The funding would be used to provide more storage for stormwater run-off which re-establishes swale storage and conveyance in the neighborhood to eliminate standing water and provides flood mitigation for up to a 100-year three day storm event.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because a stormwater system with more storage within the basins to alleviate potential flooding and allowing for more stormwater to percolate into the ground water will improve safety and health for the surrounding area and residents. This project will help prevent flooding during storms and hurricanes which are common to the South Florida area. During the past 5 years in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Gordon and numerous storms, the City has had to close 150 roads to traffic and provide assistance to residents in 15 neighborhoods, where the installation of these drainage improvements would obviate in the future.

Requested Amount: $400,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: City of Deerfield Beach
Project Name: Security Technology Enhancements        

Location: 150 NE 2nd Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

The funding would be used to install a security measure known as a gunfire location, alert and analysis service to help fight our war on crime. Based on crime analysis, the City will be targeting a 4-square mile coverage area where there has been a significant spike in crime and shots fired incidents. Once a gunshot is detected, the solution calculates the position where the gun was fired and sends the data to a central server accessible by the Police Department.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because with this project a dispatcher or commander in a control center will be equipped with the exact location, number of rounds fired, and number of shooters involved, and type of explosion.  With greater knowledge of the situation’s severity and scope, first responders arrive at the scene faster and are better prepared to protect their personal safety, attend to victims, and more efficiently manage the crime scene. The result is preemptive intelligence for better safety and appropriate dispatch of resources and improved preservation and collection of physical evidence.

Requested Amount: $595,000

Signed Disclosure Letter


Project Sponsor: City of Pompano Beach
Project Name: Dixie Highway Corridor Improvements

Location: 100 West Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The funding would be used to construct and install fencing and columns along the FEC railroad track on Dixie Highway from Atlantic Boulevard to Sample Road, approximately two miles between the cities of Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. The proposed project seeks to increase public safety by deterring activity that would result in dangerous encounters with oncoming trains.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because Dixie Highway is an arterial road in Pompano Beach that is frequented by pedestrians. The railroad tracks, within City limits, are exposed and are within proximity to residential neighborhoods and area schools. Consequently, the City has seen a rise in pedestrian accidents and deaths from trains, including children. Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and many surrounding communities will benefit from the safety improvements stemming from this project.

Requested Amount: $600,000

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: Covenant House Florida
Project Name: The Independent Living- Workforce Readiness Program

Location: 733 Breakers Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

The funding would be used to enhance the reach and breadth of the Independent Living- Workforce Readiness Program in Central and South Florida, by serving a minimum of 200 youth experiencing homelessness and grow partnerships with local businesses to provide internships, apprenticeships, and employment to our youth.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because youth experiencing homelessness leave the streets and will recieve critical safety net services — food, shelter, critical aid, safety, counseling, education, and training. Homeless youth enter age-appropriate work-based learning opportunities (paid and unpaid positions), with local Employer Partners to help them transition to career opportunities or employment. This project with Covenant House Florida will strengthen linkages between the business community, nonprofits, schools and post-secondary institutions in Central and South Florida.

Requested Amount: $300,000

Signed Disclosure Letter


P
roject Sponsor: Rales Jewish Family Services
Project Name: Telemental Health Program to Improve Mental Well-Being

Location: 21300 Ruth & Baron Coleman Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33428

The funding would be used to provide Telemental Health services to residents of Palm Beach County via phone and virtual teleconference by licensed clinicians for residents across Palm Beach County to address mental illness and substance use with a goal of promoting emotional well-being to ensure self-sufficiency of individuals impacted by the socio-economic and emotional trauma impacts of the pandemic.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because mental illness is the number one cause of workplace disability, accounting for 30% of disability claims and 70% of total disability costs. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among those aged 10-34. Mental Health of America ranked Florida 48th nationwide on access to mental health care. The study specifically noted that 633,000 Florida adults with mental illness and 116,000 youth with depression had unmet treatment needs. And despite these unmet needs, Florida’s per capita funding for behavioral health, as compared to the rest of the nation, ranks in the bottom. A partnership between the DHHS and JFS, utilizing taxpayer resources, will directly serve the community with necessary mental health services. The Telemental Health program will provide trauma-informed clinical care by licensed clinicians to improve client well-being and emotional stability.

Requested Amount: $385,848

Signed Disclosure Letter

 

Project Sponsor: United Way of Broward County
Project Name: Broward County Suicide Prevention Coalition      

Location: 1300 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

The funding would be used to decrease the number of suicides in Broward County through the implementation of multiple prevention strategies among a population of focus targeting males ages 40 to 64 and youth ages 12 to 20 — both populations of focus are inclusive of veterans, LGBT+, and homeless individuals.

This is a good use of taxpayer funds because a limited number of suicide prevention programs exist in Broward County. Based on the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the CDC Preventing Suicide Technical Package, other recommended initiatives would include reducing stigma and prejudice; a well-implemented public awareness campaign; responsible media and messaging; provider, health care practitioner, and gatekeeper training and screening; easier access to mental health care, and reduced access to lethal means.

Requested Amount: $646,762

Signed Disclosure Letter