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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
FLORIDA KEYS
Budget includes wastewater money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott approved $50 million in funding for Florida Keys wastewater projects, as part of the $77 billion state budget Scott signed Monday.

In 2007, the state Legislature appropriated $200 million in wastewater and stormwater funding to the Keys, but the Keys did not receive the first $50 million until two years ago.

This year's funding plan calls for Marathon and Key Largo to receive the bulk of the money, getting roughly $17 million each. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and the county would split $5 million. Islamorada would receive $7 million. Key West would receive about $3 million, and Key Colony Beach would receive $1 million.

Scott's budget also included $2.2 million for Lower Keys Medical Center and for the Guidance Care Center of the Florida Keys, said Keys State Rep. Holly Raschein, R-Key Largo.