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“Why the $30M cybersecurity grants announcement matters at SWFL event”

Speaking in a vintage Sanibel constructing scarred by Hurricane Ian, Florida’s lieutenant governor visited the island Wednesday to announce $30 million in cybersecurity funding.

The still-Hurricane-Ian-battered Sanibel Community House hosted Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez’s announcement of the brand new state program: Florida’s Local Government Cybersecurity Grant Program.

She was joined by Sanibel Mayor Richard Johnson, Florida Department of Management Services Secretary Pedro Allende, Lee County Property Appraiser Matt Caldwell, and state Rep. Mike Giallombardo.

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The still-Hurricane-Ian-battered Sanibel Community House hosted the announcement of $30 million in funding to improve cybersecurity. Some of that money will go to the City of Sanibel and the Lee County Property Appraiser's office, said Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez.

The cash will help after natural disasters like Hurricane Ian

Before she outlined the brand new program, Nuñez acknowledged Hurricane Ian’s one-year mark, a “very difficult moment for therefore many individuals in Southwest Florida,” she said. “Gov. DeSantis and I remember full well right after the storm tore through Southwest Florida, the devastation we witnessed. Businesses were upended, homes were destroyed, and tragically, too many Floridians lost their lives. But what we did see, and what encouraged us, was the resilience, the courage, the generosity of so many Floridians,” Nuñez said.

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