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Longboat Key receives $3 million for sewer main replacement

The funding will aid in covering costs for the portion of the project running under Sarasota Bay.

A new wastewater pipeline under Sarasota Bay is a step closer to its funding needs after receiving $3 million in federal grants for the project.

The project is one of two that is working to replace the town of Longboat Key's sewer main after a break occurred in June 2020, spilling millions of gallons of effluent in Manatee County.

The other project focuses on relining the mainland portion of the pipe and is nearly complete.

When the town will receive the funding into its budget is still unknown, but depending on when and how the funds are received, the design-phase portion of the project under the bay could be completed sooner than anticipated.

The town said the $3 million it received matched its request when it applied for federal funds. The appropriation follows approval of the 2023 Omnibus budget approved by Congress in December.