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Baywalk funds flowing from Legislature

May 01, 2019

There could be some good news for Baywalk, the planned 5.7-mile pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly promenade that will hug Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. The Florida Legislature included $300,000 for the project in its 2019-2020 budget, said Elena Bondarenko, Downtown Development Authority team leader for government relations.

“It’s pretty great,” she said. “It’s now a matter of not getting vetoed” by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.


“The City of Miami has a $5 million ask for stormwater mitigation funds, and the city manager has been up [in Tallahassee],” said Ken Russell, authority chair and Miami commissioner.


If the city’s appeal is successful, some of the money could be diverted to Baywalk. The walkway’s future, and funding efforts, should be tied to sustainability, Mr. Russell has said. “The front message has to be resiliency, and we have to use the right vocabulary.”


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