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Governor vetoes more than $21 million for Sarasota-Manatee projects

The governor vetoed at least 20 funding requests from the two-county region.

Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed more than $21 million in state funding Monday for projects in Sarasota and Manatee counties aimed at everything from boosting water quality to expanding higher education offerings.

The governor vetoed at least 20 funding requests in the two-county region.

Water and science-related projects that were vetoed included:

  • $1.5 million — Mote Marine Laboratory STEM Education (HB 9239) (Senate Form 2366)
  • $1,220,000 — New College of Florida - Master in Data Science & Analytics
  • $950,000 — Manatee County Water Quality Improvement with Native Oysters and Clams (HB 3829) (Senate Form 1173)
  • $100,000 — Sarasota County Bee Ridge Water Reclamation Facility Recharge Wells (HB 2509) (Senate Form 1101)
  • $200,000 — Venice New Water Booster Station and System Improvements Including Emergency Interconnect
  • $142,000 — Longboat Key Assessment of Sea Level Rise and Recurring Storm Flooding Phase 3 and 4 (HB 3827) (Senate Form 2572)
  • $900,000 — Manatee County Palmetto Green Bridge Fishing Pier Replacement (HB 3831) (Senate Form 2443)