House and Senate budget talks continue today but action over the weekend appeared to position at least key portions of Palm Beach County’s wish list for inclusion in the the final $80-billion state spending plan.
The Lake Worth Park of Commerce drew $2.5 million in budget deal-making, while $1 million was set aside for both the Norton Museum of Art and road resurfacing projects in the financially strapped Glades region.
A local environmental priority — state aid for the Chain of Lakes Blueway project –also looked set for the $286,900 sought by the county. Palm Beach Habilitation Center in Lake Worth is in line for $649,000 for roof repairs and water system work and Place of Hope foster care looks set for $200,000 in state assistance.
The city of Tequesta also was included for $300,000 in road work in budget agreements reached between House and Senate negotiators.
With a host of top statewide budget items still to be settled — along with such local projects as a big-ticket classroom building at Palm Beach State College — negotiations today may be handed over to budget chiefs Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, for further decision-making.