Rep. Demings advances funding for projects in Ocoee, Windermere

Funds will go toward Ocoee's Lakefront Park project and Windermere's Safe Route to School project.

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  • | 12:33 p.m. July 19, 2021
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Funding for 10 community projects in Rep. Val Demings’ district is advancing after passing the House Appropriations Committee, and two of them are in Ocoee and Windermere.

“I am excited to announce that we have successfully obtained committee approval for major investments to Central Florida’s public safety, education, job training, affordable housing and infrastructure services,” Demings said.

Ocoee will be receiving $361,075 for its Lakefront Park restroom/concession building. The park is a crucial step in renovating and revitalizing the city’s downtown area, and funding will help ensure that the park’s public services can fully support bot special events and day-to-day traffic.

“The city of Ocoee is pleased our Lakefront Park restroom/concession building project will be included in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies’ Community Project Funding,” Ocoee Mayor Rusty Johnson said. “The $361,075 in funding assistance will allow the city to continue our efforts in implementing the Downtown Master Plan and redeveloping Lakefront Park. The restroom/concession building will provide necessary support facilities to serve our public whether they attend one of our large special events or simply visiting the park or boating on Starke Lake.”

Windermere will receive $760,000 for the first phase of its Safe Route to School project. The funding will support projects that support multimodal transportation within the town. The focus of Phase One is to ensure that students at Windermere Elementary can directly and safely access the school, as well as allowing residents to safely use the pathways.

“I would like to thank Representative Demings for her tireless efforts on behalf of the town of Windermere,” said Windermere Mayor Jim O’Brien. “The funding for Windermere’s Safe Route to School Project Phase One will ensure that our children have a safe and healthy route to school daily. Additionally, the project benefits the entire West Orange community by enhancing the walkability of town and providing enhanced safety and accessibility for all citizens.”

Demings said she will continue to advocate for crucial funding for Florida’s 10th congressional district until it has passed Congress and been signed by the president.


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