In order to ensure transparency, Members are required to post Community Project Funding requests and associated certifications of no financial interest on their house.gov websites at the time the request is made to the Committee. The information posted must include the proposed recipient, the address of the recipient, the amount of the request, an explanation of the request, including purpose, and a justification for why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds, and the Member’s signed certification letter stating there is no financial interest in the project. Information about Community Project Funding requests submitted by my office can be found below.

NSU Center for Collaborative Research Cyber Security Request

Project Name: Center for Collaborative Research Cyber Security
Request Amount: $2,500,000
Intended Recipient: Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): Nova Southeastern University (NSU) has requested $2,500,000 to purchase and implement the equipment and infrastructure needed for high-performance computing capabilities and NIST 800-171 compliance. NIST 800-171 is a codification of the security requirements that are applicable to certain DoD contracts, including research contracts and grants. These security requirements must be followed by non-Federal contractors, such as NSU, in order to store, process, or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information on their computer system as part of the DoD research contracts and grants. NSU has recently reaffirmed and expanded its commitment to research by building one of the largest and most advanced research facilities in Florida, the NSU Center for Collaborative Research (“CCR”) on its Davie campus. More than 200 research projects are currently underway at NSU, including studies on Gulf War Syndrome, cardiovascular disease, anti-cancer therapies, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism, coral reef restoration, stem cells, disorders that cause blindness, wildlife DNA forensics, and more. The development of a NIST 800-171 compliant, high-performance computing facility at NSU will allow the University to increase and expand upon its current grants and research activities and open the door to additional grants from the DoD, which require NIST 800-171 compliance, representing a significant economic infusion to the local economy. Such a facility would not only draw premier faculty and researchers to NSU and South Florida, but also raise the overall academic profile of the University and increase NSU’s ability to recruit the nation’s elite students.

HIRE-Ability Request

Project Name: HIRE-Ability: WorkForce Development and Training for Adults with IDD
Request Amount: $1,504,329
Intended Recipient: Jewish Community Centers of South Broward, David Posnack Jewish Community Center 
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328 
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The Jewish Community Centers of South Broward, David Posnack Jewish Community Center has requested $1,504,329 to increase community-based employment opportunities for individuals with IDD by creating a micro-business that employs individuals with IDD and encouraging, partnering with, and educating local businesses in Broward County about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. The micro-business will be a food truck that will serve to equip adults with IDD with employability skills and job opportunities as well as inclusion and community partnership. When comparing Florida to other states, despite reporting the highest percentage of people with IDD who are receiving services (86%), Florida is one of the lowest performing states when it comes to integrated employment. HIRE-Ability is an opportunity for Florida to improve and properly train and support individuals with IDD in meaningful, community-based work setting a new standard for providing quality employment training for disabled adults. Further, community-based employment is the desirable outcome for this population because it increases our skilled worker population, promotes inclusion, peer interaction, and self-worth.

Molecular Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in South Florida Request

Project Name: Molecular Surveillance of Infectious Diseases in South Florida
Request Amount: $500,000
Intended Recipient: University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 1600 NW 10th Ave., Miami, FL 33136
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The University of Miami has requested $500,000 to purchase a molecular sequencing platform to expand the capacity for the molecular surveillance of infectious diseases in Florida. The Univeristy would establish a NextSeq 1000 molecular sequencing platform with the ability to increase the capacity for SARS-CoV-2 genome characterization by 400 samples per week. The information will be deposited in GISAID, which is the global SARS-CoV-2 database that informs vaccine manufacturers and healthcare agencies of the emergence of new viral variants. Molecular surveillance is the most effective way to monitor for the emergence of new viral variants in a population. However, the extent of molecular surveillance in Florida is severely limited and, as a result, Florida is vulnerable to the threats posed by new COVID-19 variants that may have resistance to current vaccines and/or have increased disease potential. To expand capacity for molecular surveillance of infectious diseases such as Zika, COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases that impact the South Florida community. Funds would expand the capacity for molecular surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 variants that would provide an early warning system to alert to the presence of new variants of concern in the population. Furthermore, molecular surveillance platforms can readily be re-aligned to identify threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases including HIV-1, Zika, and other mosquito borne agents.

Breast and Cervical Screening and Cancer Program Request

Project Name: Promise Fund of Florida Breast and Cervical Screening and Cancer Program
Request Amount: $900,100
Intended Recipient: Promise Fund of Florida 
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 317-301, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The Promise Fund of Florida has requested $900,100 to expand mammography, ultrasound, and cervical health services at the Promise Fund’s Women’s Health Centers in additional federally qualified health centers in South Florida. This program aligns closely with the goal of the federal government’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative to increase access to cancer care and early detection for all Americans. Any uninsured Broward County resident at 200% or below the federal poverty level is eligible to receive screenings and diagnostics at Promise Fund’s new center at Broward Community and Family Health Center, in Hollywood. Patients from all 4 medical Broward Community and Family Health Center will have the opportunity for access to life-saving mammography and cervical health services. Florida ranks last for the number of women under 65 in the United States who are insured, which substantially reduces access to care. The Promise Fund of Florida Breast and Cervical Screening and Cancer Program will provide access to 2,500 crucial early detection screenings and diagnostics with the goal to reduce mortality from late-stage breast and cervical cancer. Treatment options and the chance of survival decreases dramatically if cancer is detected late. The Promise Fund’s inaugural center, located at FoundCare in West Palm Beach, has already provided over 1,000 screening per year with 6 cancers found to date. The Promise Fund is creating a replicable Continuum of Care Model consisting of a multi-lingual, culturally-diverse Patient Navigator Network focused on health equity and providing patient-centered navigation removing barriers for timely cancer screenings, diagnostics, and treatment. Data shows that after the implementation of the first Promise Fund Women’s Health Center, the screening rates jumped almost five-fold.

Creating 3D Zones Request

Project Name: Creating 3D Zones
Request Amount: $525,000
Intended Recipient: Broward County Public Schools
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 600 NE 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): Broward County Public Schools has requested $525,000 to support program expansion, professional development, and acquisition of technological equipment (computers, 3D printers, software, etc.). The purpose of this project is to provide pathways in visual art and design to strengthen spatial reasoning and STEM success. The project will enhance Innovative Learning Labs at several existing middle schools while also expanding to provide a continuum of experiences integrating 3D tools and an effective curriculum to numerous new elementary and secondary schools. The project deliberately includes instruction in spatial thinking (the ability to visualize and rotate a 3D object based on a 2D representation) extended to the arts classroom. Research has shown that spatial thinking is often a limiting factor to success in mathematics and retention in STEM, especially among students typically underrepresented in STEM fields such as females and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color). Increasing the availability of these programs and providing state-of-the-art resources and instruction, as proposed by this project, will open opportunities for these students underrepresented in STEM fields, as well as students simply lacking access to these resources. This is a good use of taxpayer dollars because Fine Arts integration with STEM+Computer-Science (STEM+CS) provides students with the skills that have demonstrated success in improving mathematics and STEM self-efficacy and subsequent performance. As we work to strengthen our place in the current global economy, we need students entering the workforce with experience in both imagining and creating through the combination of visual arts and computer science, as it gives them an inventive and competitive edge.

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Request

Project Name: US Army Battlefield Exercise and Combat Related Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research
Request Amount: $1,700,000
Intended Recipient: The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 1095 NW 14th Terrace, Miami, FL 33136
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds): The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis has requested $1,700,000 to conduct research and develop new treatments and therapies and treatments for those who have sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. According to the Department of Defense's Spinal Cord Injury Research Program Factsheet, "from 2001 to 2009 there were 5,928 new spinal cord injuries reported in the military, and the rate of injury was nearly eight times that of the US general population." In addition, more than 1.5 million Americans each year will sustain a traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injury.  

The Miami Project combines basic research efforts to better protect and repair the nervous system with clinical and rehabilitation research aimed at improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury. Through additional investment in new and innovative research programs, the long-term results and effects will yield significant cost savings through reduced healthcare costs for our veterans suffering from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Breakthroughs in these research areas could also result in long-lasting functional recovery for our military personnel, veterans, and civilian population.

Davie Body-Worn Camera Request

Project Name: Town of Davie Police Department - Body-Worn Camera Program
Request Amount: $800,000
Intended Recipient: Town of Davie
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 1230 S Nob Hill Road, Davie, FL 33324
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: The Town of Davie has requested $800,000 to begin a body-worn cameras (BWC) pilot program for the Town of Davie Police Department. The Town of Davie Police Department is an award-winning department that recently received its 5th consecutive re-accreditation achieving the coveted Excelsior Award from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. This funding will enable them to purchase equipment, information technology storage, and training for officers and support staff. The benefits of this pilot program include increased transparency and accountability, firsthand evidence of interactions between the police and the public, helping to protect officers and the public against false accusations, claims of misconduct, etc., and assisting in speeding up trials and court proceedings.

FIU Coastal Subsurface Monitoring Request

Project Name: Florida International University: Coastal Subsurface Water Table and Saltwater Intrusion Monitoring Systems
Request Amount: $11,000,000
Intended Recipient: Florida International University
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 11200 SW 8 Street , Miami, FL 33199
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: Florida International University has requested $11,000,000 to establish new pilot coastal subsurface monitoring systems in cities vulnerable to evolving near-shore subsurface water and saltwater risks to infrastructure.  These would establish current conditions, document change as sea levels rise, and provide early warning of changing subsurface conditions that permit coastal managers, utilities, municipalities, and building officials to plan, adapt, and avoid potentially catastrophic infrastructure failures.  The funding is anticipated to be spent determining the optimal sites for monitoring system installation, clearing the sites for buried utility conflicts, obtaining necessary permits, purchasing monitoring equipment, installing the systems, providing for cloud-based monitoring, providing system maintenance, conducting data analysis, and supporting sharing of results with building officials, and municipal, coastal, and utility managers.

Nova Southeastern University SCTLD Research Request

Project Name: Nova Southeastern University: Coastal Ecosystems Disease Etiology, Remediation, and Restoration for Community Ecological and Economic Health
Request Amount: $3,840,650
Intended Recipient: Nova Southeastern University
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 3301 College Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: Nova Southeastern University has requested $3,840,650 to deploy the research resources across the scientific disciplines required to quickly address disease etiology of SCTLD (stony coral tissue loss disease), develop informed management strategies, and robustly implement remedial actions and reef restoration in the field.  The funding objective is to provide immediate answers to currently unknown questions about SCTLD, other coral reef issues, and appropriate actions within the one-year project period.

Hollywood Drinking Water Upgrades Request

Project Name: Hollywood: Membrane Softening Drinking Water Upgrades
Request Amount: $3,790,000
Intended Recipient: City of Hollywood
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: The City of Hollywood has requested $3,790,000 to replace all seven (7) 2 million gallons per day (MGD) capacity Membrane Softening (MS) trains at the water treatment plant, which are past their useful life. The existing membranes will be replaced with a newer and advanced 2 stage MS system that is more energy efficient and reliable than the existing system. As a part of the replacement program, electronic operations and cyber security will also be enhanced.

Southwest Ranches Water Quality Project Request

Project Name: Hollywood: Membrane Softening Drinking Water Upgrades
Request Amount: $600,000
Intended Recipient: Town of Southwest Ranches
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 13400 Griffin Road, Southwest Ranches, FL 33330
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: The Town of Southwest Ranches has requested $600,000 to reduce stormwater staging on both Griffin Road and Dykes Road, and to significantly improve water quality by reducing the amount of nutrients that get introduced into the primary and secondary canals. The dredging of a secondary canal system and filter marsh wetland area will allow the Town to recapture stormwater and route it into the designated marsh filter areas. In doing so, nutrient rich stormwater will be biologically treated by the wetland plantings. The biological removal of excessive nutrient loadings is completely carbon and energy free and is a prime example of green infrastructure. The treated water will significantly reduce the development of algal blooms that are detrimental to various aquatic species. As an additional benefit, the compensatory storage added by dredging of the canal and marsh filter areas will reduce stormwater staging. The reduction in stormwater staging will increase the Town’s resilience to sea level rise and climate change.

Sunrise – Intermodal Public Transfer Station Request

Project Name: City of Sunrise: Intermodal Public Transfer Station
Request Amount: $2,500,000
Intended Recipient: City of Sunrise
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 10770 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, FL 33351
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: The City of Sunrise has requested $2,500,000 for the construction of an Intermodal Public Transfer Station which will include a minimum of 500 parking spaces and will facilitate multiple modes of transportation through the incorporation of bicycle rentals and/or racks, scooter rentals, electric charging stations, and community bus stops facilitating and creating a resilient sustainable environment in accordance with the City’s Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) goals. The Intermodal Public Transfer Station will create alternative transportation opportunities while increasing connectivity of existing transportation systems and reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Broward MPO – Multimodal Improvements Request

Project Name: Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization: University Drive Multimodal Improvements Project
Request Amount: $5,000,000
Intended Recipient: Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 100 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. 
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: The Broward MPO has requested $5,000,000 to provide multimodal improvements to meet the needs of people who travel along University Drive between North of Johnson Street to South of Stirling Street within the Cities of Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and the Town of Davie. This project will provide 10’ multi-modal facilities on both sides of the roadway that provides a physical separation from vehicular traffic. These multimodal facilities will include pavement markings and signage to clearly delineate a 4’ bike lane adjacent to a 6’ sidewalk. This project also includes pedestrian and roadway lighting upgrades throughout the entire corridor, pedestrian audible count-down signals as well as updated ADA accommodations to enhance visibility and safety. Transit improvements along this corridor include the construction of new bus pads and the installation of new bus shelters.

Feeding South Florida Request

Project Name: Feeding South Florida – Mobile Market and Kitchen
Request Amount: $2,000,000
Intended Recipient: Feeding South Florida
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 2501 Southwest 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: Feeding South Florida has requested $2,000,000 for a mobile market and kitchen which will make free and low-cost healthy and nutritious foods available to low-income South Florida families living in areas with limited access to healthy foods - or food deserts. The Kitchen component will provide healthy prepared meals onsite. Mobile pantries bring free food and groceries to your community. Unlike traditional food pantries where you go to them, mobile pantry trucks go to you. They usually have a schedule and visit a community once a week or once a month. South Florida families will receive pre-packed grocery boxes full of healthy foods or shop farmers' market-style and choose their own groceries. Mobile markets will usually have meat, fruits and veggies, dairy, bread, and ingredients for easy meals. Some may also have personal care items like laundry detergent or soap. Both the market and the kitchen will be deployed as a resource to families impacted by emergencies and natural disasters.

Hallandale Beach EV Bus Facility Request

Project Name: Hallandale Beach: EV Bus Transit and Charging Facility
Request Amount: $1,461,000
Intended Recipient: The City of Hallandale Beach
Full Street Address of the Intended Recipient: 400 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
Signed Financial Disclosure Letter
Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds)
: The City of Hallandale Beach has requested $1,461,000 for the construction of an all-Electric Bus Fleet and EV Transit Parking and Charging Facility, which in addition to the positive impact to the environment, will provide an opportunity to reduce health impacts resulting from transportation pollution within the Community. Funding will facilitate site improvements which will serve as a transit parking and charging station. The electric fleet is slated to be in circulation in FY2023-2024. The Electric Bus Transit and Charging Facility is key to the success of the new electric bus fleet.

Fiscal Year 2022 Community Project Funding Requests