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Duluth’s $13.5M coastline rehab request included in Walz’s bonding proposal

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ST. PAUL, MN -- Duluth's request for $13.5 million to repair the city's damaged coastline has been included in the governor's most recent bonding proposal.

Wednesday morning, Governor Tim Walz (D-MN) unveiled his final bonding package proposal for public safety and asset preservation related projects across Minnesota.

If approved, the $13.5 million in state dollars would be used to repair Duluth's Brighton Beach, Lakewalk, seawall area behind the DECC, among other projects.

City leaders recently named securing the money as their top 2020 legislative priority.

We talked with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson to get her reaction and plans for the bond.

She says while the nearly 14 million dollars is helpful the total cost of the repairs will be more than 50 million dollars.

Larson says the city will match the 13 and a half million from the state the rest will come from various state and federal agencies. Such as FEMA and Homeland Security.

Overall she says this money will be a huge help for the future of the shoreline.

"The projects are really important because of course everything kind of hinges on the shoreline maintaining stability. So once our shoreline starts going, there goes the lake walk, and potentially quite a domino effect of what can happen." Said Larson.

It's important to note that the bonding bill is still in the proposal stage.

That means its still subject to change between now and the end of session in May so, while this is good news for Duluth there's no guarantee the money will be coming our way.

Briggs LeSavage

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