Frankel Grant To Help Expand Environmental Preserve

Vice Mayor Mike Napoleone, Mayor Anne Gerwig, Congresswoman Lois Frankel and Councilman John McGovern with a big check reflecting the cost of the expansion project.

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-District 22) visited Wellington Village Hall on Thursday, Jan. 25 to announce a new federal grant through the Inflation Reduction Act that will allow the Village of Wellington to plant 700 trees and expand the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat.

The federal grant of $747,500 was matched by the village, for a total of $1,495,000 toward the preserve expansion, which will serve as another green space for the community to gather, fit with hiking trails, a wildlife observation structure, equestrian trails and an educational nature center.

The project will also address invasive species, provide flood protection and improve community water quality. These new facilities will be incorporated into the larger village-owned preserve, with the trails on the site connecting to the existing trails.

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