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0801 Chronicle week in review: D.A.B. Constructors crisis, a death at Hunter Springs Park, still a buyers market for homes and still noisy on the river

On Monday, D.A.B. Constructors announced they were closing its business doors in Inglis over a dispute with Florida Department of Transportation, leaving its 400 employees suddenly out of a job. D.A.B. is/was the company that has been working on the U.S. 19 road-widening project in Homosassa, which is still miles...
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Wooten to FDOT: Keep us in the loop

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Josh Wooten on Thursday asked for and got assurance from a top state transportation official that Citrus will be kept in the loop on when work will restart on the stalled road widening projects on U.S. 19 through Crystal River and Homosassa. “As you...
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State: Up to 3 months before U.S. 19 work restarts

U.S. 19 construction should pick up again in about two or three months following an Inglis company’s decision to abandon state highway projects and shut its doors. D.A.B. Constructors Inc. formally notified the Florida Department of Transportation late Wednesday afternoon that it was walking away from six road projects totaling $250 million in contracts, state Rep. Ralph Massullo said.
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• (Re Tuesday, July 27’s front-page story, “Road building firm closing,” “D.A.B. Constructors, which is in charge of US 19 widening, stops all work”): We citizens of Citrus County are outraged at the D.A.B. shutdown; also outraged that all five county commissioners received thousands of dollars in contributions from D.A.B. (Page A6). County, state and federal government should all be held responsible for these kinds of good-ol’-boy acts, and don’t go with bids that will cause us to wonder how it can be stopped. Something has to be done. Shame, shame on you, county commissioners.
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Florida ports to get $250 million in coronavirus relief aid

Florida’s ports will be getting $250 million in state and federal funds to help speed their economic recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday. The money is coming in through the federal American Rescue Plan President Biden signed in March and its Coronavirus State...
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D.A.B. unfinished projects in Citrus County

Here is the status of each Citrus County road project left abandoned by the abrupt closing of D.A.B. Constructors Inc. of Inglis:. • Project: Resurface all or parts of 159 residential streets. • Contract amount: $3.4 million. • Amount paid: $652,766. •Started: October 2020. •Contract completion date: June 7, 2021.
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Florida Governor: Economic Recovery Fund for Ports

Governor DeSantis Announces $250 Million to Support Economic Recovery for Florida Ports. CAPE CANAVERAL, Tallahassee, FL (STL.News) Governor Ron DeSantis announced $250 million in funding for Florida’s ports to assist in recovery from decreased revenue in 2020, and to invest in infrastructure at Florida’s ports. Florida’s ports generate an economic impact of $117.6 billion and support 900,000 jobs.
Gainesville, FLGainesville.com

Gainesville Regional Airport unveils 15,200-square-foot expansion

In just two weeks, frequent and infrequent fliers out of Gainesville Regional Airport will have a little more elbow room while waiting for their flights. Airport officials gathered Thursday afternoon to unveil a new terminal. The 15,200-square-foot expansion to the building added two new boarding bridges, 322 gate seats and...
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Ron DeSantis, DOT Announce $250 Million in Federal Funds for Port Stimulus Relief Allocation

On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Sec. Kevin Thibault announced allocation plans for the $250 million in COVID-related financial relief for Florida’s seaports, spreading economic relief across the state’s 15 seaports. “This much needed financial infusion will help ensure Florida’s ports continue to deliver necessities...
Santa Rosa County, FLwuwf.org

State to Buy Garcon Point Bridge, Permanently Cut Tolls

In Milton this morning, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced plans to permanently lower the tolls on the Garcon Point Bridge, and also to purchase and transfer ownership of it to the state. “This is a great day, governor,” state Sen. Doug Broxson as he and other members of the Northwest...