PANAMA CITY — Northwest Florida is a winner in the 2017 state legislative session, according to Sen. George Gainer, Republican from Panama City.

Projects throughout District 2, which covers Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Walton and Washington counties, were included in the budget.

Gainer worked to secure $300 million, all of which will come to the eight counties in Northwest Florida most impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Money from the Gulf Coast Economic Corridor Act will be used for projects and programs that will help transform the area economy.

The legislature also funded $50 million to preserve Florida’s beaches. Of that money, $4.6 million will go to the Panama City Beaches shore protection project.

These budget items are subject to review and approval by Gov. Rick Scott: 

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Joint Agency In-Water Strike Team at Florida State University, Panama City — $1,000,000
Public Safety Administration Building in Marianna — $350,000
Jackson County Computer Aided Dispatch Update — $150,000 




K-8 school in Marianna to replace three older schools (year one funding) — $19,059,808
Northwest Florida State College building renovation — $2,741,149
Expansion of welding program at Okaloosa Technical College — $150,000
Northwest Florida State College utilities plant upgrade — $3,000,000
Chipola College Civil & Industrial Engineering Program — $200,000
Chipola College underground utilities — $526,541
Gulf Coast State College STEM building — $5,000,000 




Port of Panama City: infrastructure improvements — $7,500,000
Port of Panama City: dredging — $2,000,000
Walton County CR 30A intermodal transportation — $1,960,000
Memorial Field in Bonifay improvements — $800,000
Relocation of historic Gulfview Hotel in Fort Walton Beach — $300,000
PJ Adams Parkway in Okaloosa County widening — $1,750,000
City of DeFuniak Springs County Road 280A — $1,500,000
City of Freeport Cultural Center — $100,000
Project 79 Washington County/Holmes County Corridor — $1,000,000 



Building Homes for Heroes — $1,000,000