Rep. Jennifer Webb filed a trio of bills this week aimed at improving infrastructure on St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island.
If approved, it would pay for sewer Inspection after the construction of a new sanitary sewer force main under and adjacent to Gulf Blvd., along what Webb’s request describes as “the City’s trafficked beach-front hotel district.”
The project would also reduce or eliminate potential for sanitary sewer overflows, something that has been in problem in both St. Pete Beach and St. Pete in recent years. The city is under a sanitary sewer moratorium to avoid overflows.
It would replace more than half the city’s total roadway surfaces with new asphalt.
The last (HB 2425) is an appropriations request for $1.3 million that would pay for “city wide curb and roadway improvements to include 115th Ave Roadway Improvement and for the Dolphin Drive Curbing and Roadway Improvement which are “shovel ready.”
The project would improve curbs throughout Treasure Island and alleviate areas where standing water accumulates after rain events. It’s aimed at improving stormwater drainage.
All of the bills and their associated appropriations requests are for non-recurring funds.
It won’t be clear how likely funds are to be distributed until the Legislature starts its budget process during the 2020 Legislative Session in January. Lawmakers file a flurry of local funding bills, many of which get weeded out in the process. Those approved are sometimes done so at lower levels than previously requested.
All three now have a lobbyist fighting on their behalf, which could improve chances of securing funds. Suskey Consulting is working with both cities on lobbying efforts this year.