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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) has announced the availability of $150,000,000 in the first round of funding for the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Grant Program 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) has announced the availability of $150,000,000 in the first round of funding for the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Grant Program to fund mitigation projects in impacted communities. The City of Lake Worth Beach is interested in applying for eleven (11) Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program grants totaling $78.2 million (M) for the following City projects:

The 6th Avenue South Circuit Hardening and Voltage Conversion project ($23.9M) which includes the replacement of all overhead circuitry, poles, transformers, hardware and insulators with hurricane rated equipment capable of withstanding winds up to 145 mph. In addition, the existing overloaded 4kV distribution system will be upgraded to a 26kV distribution system providing for future load growth. The 6th Ave Circuitry is extremely important as it provides the electrical service area power to cool, heat, and run their homes, in addition to powering the City’s critical Master Lift Station.  System upgrades will help further mitigate power losses due to hurricanes in the service area allowing these customers to have resilient energy access before, during, and after a major storm event.

The 6th Avenue Substation project ($3.8M) involves the improvement and replacement of the existing 6th Avenue Substation, which is the sole source of power to the critical 6th Ave Circuitry. The proposed upgrades will further harden the electrical system against impacts from catastrophic storm events.

The 7th Avenue South Circuit Hardening and Voltage Conversion project ($5.2M) which includes the replacement of all overhead circuitry, poles, transformers, hardware and insulators with hurricane rated equipment capable of withstanding winds up to 145 mph The existing overloaded 4kV distribution system will be upgraded to a 26kV distribution system providing for operational flexibility and future load growth. The 7th Ave Circuitry is extremely important as it provides the electrical service area power to cool, heat, and run their homes, in addition to providing power to many of the businesses located in the Park of Commerce district.  This project will assist in mitigating future damages and power outages due to powerful storms like hurricanes.

The 7th Avenue Substation project ($2.0M) involves the improvement and replacement of the existing 7th Avenue Substation, which is the sole source of power to the critical 7th Ave Circuitry. The proposed upgrades will further harden the electrical system against impacts from catastrophic storm events. 

The Beach Tie-Line Replacement project ($1.5M) which includes replacement of the existing 60’s era submersible marine cable which crosses the Inter-coastal Waterway, riser poles and switch gear with  hurricane rated equipment.  The Beach Tie-Line is the only electrical point of connection from the mainland to the City’s facilities on the adjacent island. This project will assist in mitigating future damages and power outages due to powerful storms like hurricanes 

The 1W05 Phase 1 and 2 Circuit Hardening project ($4.8M) includes the replacement of all overhead circuitry, poles, transformers, hardware and insulators with hurricane rated equipment capable of withstanding winds up to 145 mph. The existing overloaded 4kV distribution system will be upgraded to a 26kV distribution system providing for operational flexibility and future load growth. System upgrades will help further mitigate power losses due to hurricanes in the 1W05 service area allowing these customers to have resilient energy access before, during, and after a major storm event.

The 1W13 Phase 2 and 3 Circuit Hardening project ($7.3M) which includes the replacement of all overhead circuitry, poles, transformers, hardware and insulators with hurricane rated equipment capable of withstanding winds up to 145 mph. The existing overloaded 4kV distribution system will be upgraded to a 26kV distribution system providing for operational flexibility and future load growth. System upgrades will help further mitigate power losses due to hurricanes in the 1W13 service area allowing these customers to have resilient energy access before, during, and after a major storm event.

The Electrical System Operations Center Relocation project ($0.6M) involves the relocation of the City’s electric utility system operations center to space in the City’s Water Treatment Plant to strengthen the communities coordinated response and mitigate future hurricane wind damage to the center.

The 138 kV Tie-Line project ($23.1M) consists of the installation of a new, underground 138 kV tie-line from the FPL power grid. This project will provide the existing utility with a redundant power source to supply continuous and reliable energy access to all its customers in case of outages due to high power demand or unforeseen circumstances such as hurricane related damages at the power plant.

Sanitary Collection System Improvement project ($4.3M) involves the repair, lining or improvement of approximately 130,000 linear feet of 8- and 10- and 12-inch gravity pipelines throughout the City to reduce significant stormwater inflow and infiltration that occurs during significant storm events.  This project will improve the utilities resilience from large wet storm events that can overwhelm the collection, pumping and treatment system.

Stormwater System and Outfall improvements project ($1.7M) at Wellesley Drive and 18thAvenue.  This project will improve the community’s resilience to significant rainfall and storm events and improve stormwater conditions during seasonal high tides in the area.

The City is seeking 100% FDEO grant funding for these projects, as these are unfunded needs the City has that are a necessary element of the City’s storm mitigation strategy.  The public is invited to provide comments on the above project and grant opportunity until September 13, 2020.  Please provide your comments or submit a request for a copy of the grant application to Paul Nicholas at pnicholas@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

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