Manatee County to request federal funds for transportation, affordable housing

Federal funding for major transportation projects is the top priority for Manatee County commissioners as they prepare for their annual lobbying trip to Washington DC to meet with national legislators.

Manatee County commissioners discussed a draft of their legislative priorities last week and will vote on the final list at their April 12 meeting. Commissioners and county staff are scheduled to travel to DC in May, but dates are still in discussion.

Funding for the Fort Hamer Road expansion project headlines the list, which also includes efforts to secure federal funds to build and operate a transitional housing facility for homeless veterans, increase funding for affordable housing, and reclassify manatees as endangered species.

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