Gov. Rick Scott (FL) announced that the more than $880,000 of grant money would be awarded to the City of Fernandina Beach through the Rural Infrastructure Fund late last week. The money has been allocated to develop and construct a new general aviation terminal building at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport.
According to the award letter signed by Julie A. Dennis, Director of the Division of Community Development for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), “The grant will be used to cover Phase 2 costs of Engineering and Design Service; Mobilization and Grading; Utilities; Stormwater System; and a public access road for the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport Project.”
In addition to supporting regional employment growth, the new terminal aims to fulfill a vision by the city to promote interest in aviation careers among local students, as classrooms and conference rooms to be used for education will be included in the plans for the new terminal.
The fund is in place to help with planning preparation and financing of infrastructure projects in rural communities in the state. DEO, with Gov. Scott, reviews requests that will result in job creation, capital investment and strengthening and diversification of rural economies, like Nassau County.