State budget vote includes $2.75 million for Navarre Beach renourishment

Legislators on Friday are expected to approve Florida’s budget, and Santa Rosa County is set to receive partial funding for some requests, including $2.75 million for Navarre Beach renourishment.

District schools are also in line for an $8.2 million increase, according to a press release distributed Thursday evening by Senator Don Gaetz.

Among other requests, Santa Rosa County Commissioners this spring had requested $6.1 million for Navarre Beach renourishment and $8.8 million for Whiting Aviation Park, which has been earmarked to receive $1.5 million.

Gaetz, chairman of the Senate education appropriations, said the budget for Santa Rosa County District schools will increase from $172.7 million to $181 million – a 4.77 percent rise.

“In 2016, Northwest Florida public schools will have more operating funds than at any time in the state’s history,” Gaetz stated in the release.

There’s also good news for other local projects. Groundbreaking for the new $505 million three-mile span linking Gulf Breeze and Pensacola could take place next year. Additionally, $688,173 has been allocated for Riverwalk Park in Milton, and Santa Rosa County is on tap to receive $310,016 for a disaster preparedness radio system.

 After state legislators approve the budget Governor Rick Scott has until June 30 to sign or veto any expenditure.

Read the full story in the June 25 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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