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Brevard County Loses Millions in State Funding After Governor’s Vetoes

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Governor Ron DeSantis has exercised his veto power to eliminate several key projects that were slated for Brevard County from the FY 2024-25 state budget. These projects, aimed at improving the county’s infrastructure and environment, were filed by local legislators. The vetos did not come with explanation from the Governor’s office.

List of Vetoed Projects and Their Legislators:

  1. Brevard County Eau Gallie NE Environmental Dredging and Interstitial Water Treatment
    • Purpose: This project aimed to enhance environmental quality by dredging and treating interstitial waters in the Eau Gallie area.
    • Filed by: Rep. Thad Altman and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,500,000
  2. Brevard County Indian River Lagoon Quick Connects to Sewer
    • Purpose: Intended to provide quick sewer connections to reduce pollution in the Indian River Lagoon.
    • Filed by: Rep. Thad Altman and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $450,000
  3. Brevard County Merritt Island Canal Dredging
    • Purpose: Aimed at improving water flow and reducing flooding risks by dredging the Merritt Island canals.
    • Filed by: Rep. Tyler Sirois
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,500,000
  4. Brevard County Merritt Island Lift Stations Replacement
    • Purpose: To replace outdated lift stations, ensuring more reliable sewage management.
    • Filed by: Rep. Tyler Sirois and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,000,000
  5. Brevard County Merritt Island Sewer and Manhole Lining Phase 2
    • Purpose: To line sewers and manholes, preventing leaks and contamination.
    • Filed by: Rep. Thad Altman and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,000,000
  6. Brevard County Port St John Regional Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 2
    • Purpose: To upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, enhancing its capacity and efficiency.
    • Filed by: Sen. Tom Wright
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,250,000
  7. Cocoa Beach Gravity Sewer Rehabilitation
    • Purpose: To rehabilitate gravity sewers in Cocoa Beach, preventing overflows and environmental damage.
    • Filed by: Rep. Tyler Sirois and Sen. Tom Wright
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,000,000
  8. Cocoa City Septic to Sewer Conversion for 88 Homes
    • Purpose: To convert 88 homes from septic to sewer systems, reducing environmental hazards.
    • Filed by: Rep. Thad Altman and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $4,000,000
  9. Melbourne Lead and Copper Service Line Replacement
    • Purpose: To replace old lead and copper service lines, ensuring safer drinking water.
    • Filed by: Rep. Thad Altman and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $250,000
  10. Satellite Beach – Grand Canal and Finger Canals Muck Dredging
    • Purpose: To dredge muck from the Grand Canal and finger canals in Satellite Beach, improving water quality.
    • Filed by: Rep. Tyler Sirois and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $3,000,000
  11. Rockledge Advanced Water Treatment Phase 1
    • Purpose: To advance water treatment facilities in Rockledge, ensuring cleaner and safer water.
    • Filed by: Rep. Thad Altman and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $2,500,000
  12. Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center Renovation
    • Purpose: To renovate the Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center, providing improved community facilities.
    • Filed by: Rep. Tyler Sirois and Sen. Debbie Mayfield
    • Vetoed Amount: $1,750,000

Other Major Vetoes Affecting Brevard County:

  1. Ellis Road Widening Project Pre-construction Activities
    • Purpose: This project was intended to improve traffic flow and safety by widening Ellis Road.
    • Filed by: Rep. Randy Fine
    • Vetoed Amount: $4,230,568
  2. Brevard County SW Public Safety Complex and Emergency Operations Center
    • Purpose: To enhance emergency response capabilities with a new public safety complex.
    • Filed by: Rep. Tyler Sirois
    • Vetoed Amount: $588,000

Statewide Implications of Vetoes:

Governor DeSantis signed a $116.5 billion state budget but vetoed $510.9 million in local projects. The vetoes included significant cuts to environmental and conservation initiatives, as well as educational programs.

The entire veto list is below.

FY_2024-25_Veto_List

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