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Three rural North Florida communities are getting millions of dollars in infrastructure grants

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks in front of Grumpy's Diner on Main in Madison, FL
The Florida Channel
Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks in front of Grumpy's Diner on Main in Madison to announce $11 million in infrastructure grants to three rural communities.

Three communities in rural North Florida received nearly $11 million in infrastructure grants on Monday.

“We've seen when we do certain things like provide some foundational infrastructure, a lot of times you're able to see opportunities develop,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said while announcing the grants during a news conference outside Grumpy's Diner on Main in Madison.

Through the Community Development Block Grant program, Suwannee County will receive $5 million for a new multi-use building. Palatka, in Putnam County, will get $5 million to widen paths and sidewalks in the downtown commercial area.

From another program, the Rural Infrastructure Fund, Madison County received $300,000 to engineer and design water and sewer infrastructure in Greenville. Palatka will also draw $340,000 to expand a lift station and extend services to a business park.

“The things that we're able to pay for with this type of money, we cannot afford in our rural counties without state help,” said Rep. Chuck Brannan, a Macclenny Republican whose district includes Columbia, Baker, Suwannee and Hamilton counties and part of Alachua County.