Washington County was one of nine rural communities that will receive significant funding through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Specifically, Washington County is getting $3.482 million to construct roadway access, water improvements, fire protection, public parking improvements, and improvements to a railroad spur, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office announced in a news release on Oct. 6. 

“The infrastructure project is expected to produce 100 new full-time jobs,†the news release said. 

More than $8.7 million in total was awarded to the nine communities, which included $440,764 to Blountstown for street repaving and drainage improvements and $649,881 to Bristol for water line replacements.

DeSantis said four of the awarded areas are “actively recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Idalia.â€

“”Strategic investments like these help expand economic opportunities for families and strengthen our rural communities,†DeSantis said.