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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 1:30 p.m - December 11, 2012
December 11, 2012 Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #42


Subject
RESTORE Act

Briefings
None

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Natural Resources

Action Requested

Report only, no action required. 



Enabling/Regulating Authority
RESTORE Act of 2012

Background Discussion

With the passage of the "Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012" (RESTORE Act) opportunities for meaningful efforts to revitalize and buffer Gulf of Mexico waters and resources from the harmful effects of potential oil spills are now possible.  The legislation provides for a distribution formula of administrative and civil penalties assessed under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act by parties responsible for the spill to the states and their respective jurisdictions with a coastline contiguous to the Gulf of Mexico.

These penalties can be used by the affected counties along the Gulf of Mexico including Manatee County for a wide range of projects under the  following categories: Restoration, creation, and/or protection of natural resources; Mitigation for natural resource damages or losses, Implementation of National Estuary program management plans; Workforce development and job creation; Infrastructure projects benefiting the economy or ecological resources (ports); Coastal flood protection, Planning assistance; Promotion of tourism and seafood consumption.

Projects may be considered as having either a local or regional impact.  There is community consensus that not all project proposals can be fully or partially funded with the limited funds allocated to Manatee County under the Act. The Board of County Commissioners will hold meetings for community input on local project proposals meeting any of the eligibility categories stated above.

Staff recommends that the following Guiding Principles be approved as they relate to project proposals:

1.  Projects provide positive environmental, economic. or societal benefits

2. Projects are consistent with local government comprehensive plans

3. Projects incorporate other funding partners to further leverage grant resources as possible

4. Projects related to promotion of tourism are based upon water dependent activities

5. No project will be able to encumber all of the grant funds allocated to individual categories

Staff also recommends that the attached information including the RESTORE Act Interest form be published on the Manatee County web site for informational purposes.

This will be brought back to the Board for final action at the December 18 meeting.

  



County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records
NA

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
NA

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
NA


Attachment:  RESTORE Act_flyer_application_2012.pdf
Attachment:  Understanding the Restore Act.pdf