Doral seeks dollars for drainage project from Tallahassee

Doral’s noted flooding problem is at the forefront of city leaders’ minds as they eye state dollars in the upcoming legislative session in Tallahassee.

Funds for stormwater drainage projects top Doral’s legislative agenda as state lawmakers prepare for the opening of this year’s 60-day session on Tuesday. The City Council held a workshop Wednesday with its prominent lobbyist, Ron Book, to discuss expectations. In a memo sent to the council before the workshop, Book and his staff noted the city’s big-ticket request to fund drainage projects.

“We have submitted the City’s funding request for the Citywide Stormwater Improvements Project, for $1,000,000, which will provide improvements to existing stormwater drainage infrastructure throughout the City’s public roadways,” the memo reads.

Drainage is a longstanding issue in Doral, where several stretches of roads in neighborhoods and large thoroughfares flood easily during typical South Florida storms.

Recently, the public works department completed a prioritized list of recommended projects throughout the city that is estimated to cost a total of about $7 million. These recommendations will be presented to the council this month.

On Wednesday, Book said he felt good about the city’s chances of securing the stormwater money, as well as the city’s application for grant money to help fund a cultural center.

“Are we optimistic about your water project? Yes,” he said. “Am I optimistic about your cultural facilities project? Yes.”

Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz said she was pleased with Book’s presentation.

“I think we need to focus on issues that are within reach, like stormwater funds,” she said.

Book told the council that Doral, as well as Miami-Dade County, has a “powerful” delegation of lawmakers.

State lawmakers that represent districts that include Doral are all Republicans: Rep. Carlos Trujillo, Rep. Michael Bileca, Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. and Sen. Rene Garcia.