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DEP doles out nearly $3 million in water grants

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently awarded nearly $3 million for six stormwater projects to communities across Florida, it announced in a Friday news release. “Funded through annual appropriations from the Florida Legislature, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) grants support projects designed to improve water quality in  impaired springs, rivers, lakes and estuaries, which need help meeting Florida’s stringent water-quality standards,” the release said. “The department is eager to partner with communities to improve water quality in coastal estuaries,” said Drew…

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South St. Pete CRA citizens’ committee asked to weigh in on proposed design changes

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Members of the citizen advisory board to the South St. Pete community redevelopment area will have a chance to weigh in on design standards governing the appearance of homes in the area. They’ll also have an opportunity to comment on the way financial grants are awarded in the area. Both items are on the group’s Jan. 10 agenda. Among the proposed design changes is a reduction in the number of windows required in a home, as well as the elimination…

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Wal-Mart awards $580K to 14 Florida nonprofits

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Wal-Mart announced Thursday that 14 Florida nonprofits will get a combined $580,000 in grants from the retailer. The grants ranged from $25,000 to $90,000 for each organization for projects ranging from an all-access playground i wall n Brevard County to a STEM education program in Naples. The list also included bay-area nonprofit Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, which will get a $25,000 grant for a nutrition program for its low- to moderate-income participants. Wal-Mart’s North Florida regional general manager Jeff…

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