Escambia County gets resilience grant

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the state of Florida announced the award of over $404 million in grant funding for 113 environmental resilience projects across the state through the Resilient Florida Grant Program. The program will help prepare coastal and inland communities for the adverse impacts of flooding and storm surge. Escambia County was among the recipients, receiving $1,282,368 in grant funding.

The funding from the state of Florida will benefit multiple projects in Escambia County to protect communities from storm damage. Projects receiving funding include:

Surrey-Windsong Pond, Outfall and Rehabilitation
Ellyson Industrial Park Drainage Improvements
Oakfield Acres-Belle Mead Drainage Improvements
Frinchez Heights (Sabra, Erwin, Whitmire, Ernestine Area) Drainage Improvements

Each project will take approximately one year to complete. Including the local match associated with these projects, the approximate total cost is $2,864,736.

“The board and I would like to thank the state of Florida for the funding to complete these projects in some of our most vulnerable areas,” said District 1 Commissioner and Chairman Jeff Bergosh. “Flooding after a storm is a topic many of the citizens in our county are passionate about. Through this funding, we will continue to build Escambia County’s resilience to flooding and stormwater damage.”

For more information about current projects in Escambia County, visit