In the News: Budget conference: Everglades City scores $13M for emergency center

Everglades City, Florida USA - January 26, 2017: Colorful welcome sign to the small rural city located in the Florida Everglades.Everglades City, Florida just secured $13 million for a new emergency operations center and fire station. The House and Senate agreed to the seven-figure expense as part of negotiations on the Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development budget. That’s one of the biggest line items in the budget that will go to a specific facility serving a region. Funding for the location will come from nonrecurring general revenue.

Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. local government law attorney in Florida, Zachary W. Lombardo, speaks about this accomplishment:

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Zachary W. Lombardo, Esq.

“Being allocated $13 million for an emergency operations center in the Everglades is a testament to hard earned trust, the hard work of City Council and staff, and a commitment by the City to the people that have called the Western Everglades their home for generations.

It has been a huge honor to help Woodward, Pires & Lombardo, P.A. represent the City of Everglades City over the years, and there have been many incredible moments. But, nothing compares to the honor of working to do my small part, along with City staff and the City’s elected and appointed officials to help reestablish trust between the City, Collier County, and the State of Florida.

Thank you to Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and Representative Lauren Melo for your unfailing support! Thank you to Mayor Howie Grimm for your perseverance and dedication.

Thank you to the Collier County Commissioners and staff, County Manager Amy Patterson, Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, and Fire Chief Sapp for your support. I look forward to bringing this allocation to reality.” –Zach Lombardo, Esq.

For more information, see: Budget conference: Everglades City scores $13M for emergency center, Florida Politics, April 28, 2023

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