City scores $12 million in state funding

Funds will support three key infrastructure projects

Zephyrhills will receive more than $12 million in state funds for three infrastructure projects, according to the recently signed 2022-23 budget from Governor Ron DeSantis.

The project allocations include $6.6 million for improvements to the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, $3.5 million for Kossik Road and Fort King Road sewer and water main extension and $1.94 million on the South Avenue Extension to accommodate the National Guard Entrance Road.

The airport improvement funding is designated to cover the design and construction of a new terminal, taxiway and two new box hangars.

The funding for the Fort King and Kossik Road water and sewer project is Phase II of the three phase project to improve utility access in the north end of the city. The water project is set to improve the fire flow and water quality. The sewer project will allow the decommissioning of up to 400 existing septic systems.

The south Avenue extension will serve the incoming $25 million Florida National Guard facility that was approved by the governor last year. The National Guard selected a location just north of Sixth Avenue and South Avenue and the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The proposed site does not has improved access from Sixth Avenue.

“Receiving these appropriations helps to improve the infrastructure throughout the City of Zephyrhills in a multi-faceted approach,” said Billy Poe, City Manager for the City of Zephyrhills.

“Thank you to Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, Senator Danny Burgess, and Representative Randy Maggard for their continued support of the Zephyrhills community.

“Also, thank you to Governor Ron DeSantis for his support, and seeing the value in these infrastructural improvements in the City of Zephyrhills, as well as the entire Florida Legislature for getting these projects into the state budget.”

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