Local projects in running for state grants

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County commissioners have finally decided on a list of projects to send to the state for the second round of RESTORE Grant funding.

The county will be vying against 13 other counties for $57 million, said David Garcia, county administrator. It is difficult to say whether Cameron County’s chances at receiving a fair amount of funding are high, but Garcia said he is optimistic.

“This is a new process for everyone, but we are hopeful. We’ve been doing our due diligence in talking about the projects with the best chance,” Garcia said.

Two projects are on the bucket list for the second round of funding. The first is improvements for E.K. Atwood Park, and the second is a Bahia Grande visitor center.

The grant money would ease the cost of renovations at E.K. Atwood Park. Improvements include new bathroom and shower facilities, new pavilions, expanded parking and improvements to RV areas and areas for events, according to Cameron County Parks and Recreation.

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