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Mayor Announces Approval Of State Grant For Water Quality Testing (September 26, 2000)

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Mayor Jimmy Weekley announced today that the Florida Department of Community Affairs has approved the city’s grant request for $80,000 for additional testing of our nearshore waters.

DCA approved the funding for a staff person dedicated to full-time sampling and testing of nearshore waters and inland wells and storm drain systems, additional education initiatives in the community about what can be done to minimize threats to water quality, a contract with the Monroe County Health Department to conduct additional testing for fecal coliform, and a separate seagrass survey and water quality sampling for heavy metals.

The city will match the grant funding with $80,000 already dedicated for testing of sewer laterals.

“I am pleased that the state has recognized our need to conduct more thorough and frequent testing of our nearshore waters,” Mayor Weekley said.  “These funds, coupled with what we are already doing, will help us address our long-term water quality issues.”

“We are committed to solving our water quality problems.  The city government, business community and our citizens support our doing so,” the Mayor said.  “This is an example of the various  levels of government working in harmony to reach a goal.”   

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