A $250,000 state grant for making the USS Orleck a floating museum at a downtown Jacksonville pier has been lost after Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to block $175 million in local grants that state lawmakers approved last month.
The state grant would have helped close the funding gap for setting up a permanent dock for the USS Orleck.
Politico reported that a senior administration official said DeSantis had constitutional concerns that the pot of money for grants, which is part of the 2022-23 budget, was set up in a way that violates the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.
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