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Mayor Announces Approval Of Three Grants To City (June 9, 2000)

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Mayor Jimmy Weekley’s office announced today the approval of three grants to the city of Key West for enhanced boating safety and accessibility and for landscaping improvements.

Two matching grants, funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission under its boating improvement program, will provide for construction of a boat ramp at 11th Street and for extension of the launch ramp and dock at City Marina at the Garrison Bight.

The $44,000 approved for the 11th Street project will be matched by the county to complete the total cost of the project.  $56,000 was approved for the City Marina project.  The city will provide $4,000 in engineering services and  $16,000 in cash to complete the $76,000 total cost of the project at Garrison Bight.

“I am pleased that these two projects that contribute to both boating accessibility and safety have been approved,” Mayor Weekley said.  “They will benefit both residents who use our waterways and our visitors.”

The South Florida Community-Urban Resources Partnership program approved $22,262 for the White Street Landscape Enhancement Project.  Last year SFCURP approved a similar landscaping project for Bahama Village which will be set in motion this summer.

The White Street project involves the planting of appropriate palm trees, small native trees and colorful shrubs on existing green strips and in appropriate cutouts along both sides of the White Street business and residential corridor between Eaton Street and Atlantic Boulevard.  Plantings will also occur along the block of Atlantic between White Street and Steven Avenue on the Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park side.  Work on that project will begin later this year.  The city’s match for the project will consist of landscaping department labor and equipment to install the plants that will be purchased with the SFCURP funds.

Commissioner Jeremy Anthony, whose district encompasses most of the project area, applauded the funding.  “This is the beginning of the first substantial project to improve White Street,” Anthony said.  “The city will be working to create other long-term projects that will benefit this neighborhood on several levels.”  

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