City to receive almost $55 million in state money

The largest share of the money, $25 million, will support expanding transportation access west of the railroad tracks.

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  • | 5:05 a.m. June 21, 2023
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Palm Coast will receive $54.55 million in state appropriations this year.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the state's $116.5 billion budget on June 15, approving multiple allocations for Palm Coast and vetoing one: A $5 million allocation to build a new Fire Station 22. A $5 million allocation for a different fire station, Station 26, survived the governor's veto pen.

The major areas of state investment, according to a city government news release, include:

  • Economic Expansion: $25 million to expand transportation access to land within Palm Coast's boundaries west of the railroad tracks near Matanzas Woods Parkway, including roads, bridges and utilities.
  • Transportation Improvements: $23.3 million for projects across the city, including $18.3 million for the second phase of the Old Kings Road North Widening Project. The expansion to four lanes began in 2009 and is Palm Coast's highest-ranked transportation project. The first phase ended in 2021. Another $4.5 million will support safety improvements on Belle Terre Parkway, while $500,000 will fund a traffic study of the Old Kings Road South corridor.
  • Public Safety Enhancements: $5 million to fund the construction of a new Fire State 26 in the Seminole Woods area. 
  • Flood Protection Upgrades: $1.25 million to replace a flood control structure south of Belle Terre Parkway and Whiteview Parkway with a new, more advanced weir that meets upgraded specifications.

"These state appropriations represent a significant milestone for our city," Mayor David Alfin said, according to the news release. "They will enable us to address critical infrastructure requirements, begin expansion into the western boundaries of the city, protect our citizens with increased flood protection, enhance public safety, and strengthen our community bonds. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our dedicated representatives, especially House Speaker Renner, Sen. Hutson, and Gov. DeSantis for recognizing the importance of Palm Coast's growth and well-being."


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