Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday awarded just over $6.5 million for infrastructure projects in Ocala, Ormond Beach and Haines City.
The largest amount, $4.75 million, was awarded to Marion County to complete work at the Florida Crossroads Commerce Park in Ocala.
Another $1.6 million will be used for an access road at the Ormond Beach Airport Business Park, and $200,000 will go toward repairing a rail spur to help manufacturers in Haines City.
The money came from the state’s Job Growth Grant Fund, which DeSantis has discretion to use for regional infrastructure and job-training programs.
In 2018, the Ocala commerce park received $5 million from the fund for water, sewer and road projects. This year’s state budget includes $75 million for the fund.
DeSantis has requested $100 million for the fund in the 2024-2025 fiscal year, which will start July 1. Lawmakers will consider that request during the legislative session that will start in January.
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