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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Manatee Room, Fourth Floor 9:00 a.m. - February 17, 2015
February 17, 2015 - Special Meeting - Joint Session with Longboat Key Town Commission
Agenda Item #1


Subject
Joint Permit Application No. SAJ-2014-00606(SP-MEP)-Longboat Pass Maintenance Dredging

Briefings
None

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources, ext. 6001
charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org

Action Requested

For the Manatee County Board of Commissioners:
Authorize Chairman to sign letter to US Army Corps of Engineers regarding Joint Permit Application No. SAJ-2014-00606(SP-MEP)-Longboat Pass Maintenance Dredging.

For the Town of Longboat Key:
Authorize execution of correspondence to US Army Corps of Engineers regarding Joint Permit Application No. SAJ-2014-00606(SP-MEP)-Longboat Pass Maintenance Dredging.



Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes 125



Background Discussion
  • Longboat Pass has been previously permitted and dredged on several occasions dating back to 1951 and became a federally authorized navigation project in 1977.  Since then it has been dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1977, 1982, 1985, and 1991. The last dredging event took place in 1997.  The sand from these events has generally been placed along the Gulf-front shorelines of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.  All environmental effects from this ongoing maintenance project have been assessed and mitigated for under previous County and Town actions.
  • This project is a continuation of an authorized, and previously constructed, dredging and sand placement project, which is of mutual benefit for both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key.  There have been no observed impacts from these activities that have not been otherwise mitigated, and there is no reason for preparation of an EIS in order to continue these activities.  The applicants do not believe that this project warrants preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  • The proposed project is for periodic maintenance of the federally authorized navigation channel, with sand placement on the southern end of Anna Maria Island and northern end of Longboat Key.  These beaches have been permitted and constructed in the past, and as a result, all potential impacts to natural resources have been mitigated and monitored.  No additional impacts are anticipated.
  • Dredging of the federally authorized navigation channel within Longboat Pass is not anticipated to negatively impact navigation. Dredging of the federally authorized channel within Longboat Pass is not expected to impact recreational use of the pass.  The project is not expected to cause any additional impacts to interior waterways and shoals near Jewfish Key.


County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records
Provide two signed originals to Kay Rogers, Parks and Natural Resources, ext. 6043, kay.rogers@mymanatee.org.  One original will be transmitted to the Town of Longboat Key.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
N/A

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
N/A


Attachment:  Joint Meeting LBK MC 02-11-15R.pdf
Attachment:  document2014-10-30-124559.pdf
Attachment:  WCINDLongboatPassDredging7Oct2014.pdf
Attachment:  02-11-15 Email.pdf
Attachment:  Power Point Slides.pdf