Why the golf course at Riva has had to deal with Hurricane Irma
When Hurricane Irma first made landfall in the Caribbean, golf course developer Riviera Golf Course didn’t have enough money to make repairs or buy out all of the holes in the course.
But that’s all about to change thanks to a new bill signed by President Donald Trump that would give the Trump administration $250 million to help pay for hurricane-proofing and other projects in the Gulf Coast region.
The Trump administration will allocate $250m to help shore up Riva golf courses in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Trump’s proposal would allocate $500 million for hurricane relief projects and $250mn for rebuilding, according to a report from the House Committee on Appropriations, which is headed by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).
“This is a good investment for our economy, our nation and the taxpayers,” Henslinger said in a statement.
“The Trump administration is working diligently to make the Gulf and Caribbean safer by funding and rebuilding our coastlines and providing critical support to businesses and workers in the region.”
The Trump Administration has been spending millions of dollars to help the country rebuild and reopen roads, power grids, schools, and more.
The administration has also invested in the flood-ravaged Florida Keys region to restore access to the tourism industry and help protect critical natural resources, like coral reefs and mangroves.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA are among the agencies responsible for providing the federal assistance.
The Department of Defense is also helping to shore up and protect infrastructure in the hurricane-ravged Florida Keys.
Riviera is one of the nation’s top-ranked golf courses, and it has been a beneficiary of federal assistance from the Trump Administration since Hurricane Irma made landfall.
The company has received hundreds of millions of federal dollars in storm relief funds over the years, and Trump signed an order last month authorizing $150 million to aid in the rebuilding of the golf facility.
Rivieras chief financial officer told Recode in a conference call Tuesday that he expects to receive the new $250mm from the Department of Treasury, and he expects that the Trump government will use the funds for the rebuilding and rebuilding of other areas in the state.
Riviers $250million to help save Riva The Riviera golf project sits on an isolated piece of land on the Florida Keys, a vast swath of sand and coral reefs that are key to tourism and wildlife.
It was one of four major golf courses on the island that were affected by Irma, and some golfers have said that the damage from the hurricane has been irreparable.
Riviere has already spent millions rebuilding the golf area, and Riviera’s CEO told Recovr on Tuesday that the company is working with other golf courses to help repair and rebuild roads and infrastructure.
“We will continue to invest to help ensure that we can be a great place for our customers and residents to enjoy their vacation, whether they’re golfing or driving a golf cart,” Riviera CEO Doug Riehl said.
Riviehl told Recova that Riviera has a “high degree of confidence” that its golf course will be able to withstand the next hurricane.
Riveria said the company has spent $2.5 billion in hurricane relief funds and that it is “actively planning for the future,” including making the upgrades to the golf facilities.
Riviels board of directors has already said that they are prepared to contribute more than $5 billion to help its customers, including $2 billion for hurricane assistance.
Rivia has spent nearly $3 billion to repair and expand its golf courses infrastructure in recent years.
The $250bn would be allocated by the Trump Treasury to help make repairs to the island, as well as the repair of roads and other infrastructure in Rivierias southernmost territory, including in Manatee County.
The money will be allocated for projects including repairs to roads, bridges, power lines, levees, and flood barriers.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also will help Riviera with hurricane-response plans.