Manatee County announces stormwater informational meetings, website

Manatee County announces stormwater informational meetings, website
Posted on 10/10/2019

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Oct. 10, 2019) – Manatee County residents and business owners are invited to attend one of several informational meetings in October and November to get an overview of a proposed stormwater fee to address local flooding and water quality issues.

For many years, Manatee County residents have looked to County leaders for help with local flooding conditions and standing waters on roads after heavy rains. An extensive, efficient stormwater drainage system is the County’s best way to address local flooding. Environmental leaders say stormwater maintenance enhancements will also improve water quality conditions and help prevent harmful nutrients reaching water bodies to feed red tide and blue-green algae.

On Sept. 24 Commissions authorized a public outreach campaign this fall to educate Manatee County residents about the program and the proposed fee.

During the meetings County staff will go over the two proposed rates that Commissioners are considering and explain what funding will pay for. Under the first of two proposed rates, most homeowners would pay $58.16 annually and allow the County to double its stormwater maintenance efforts to address both water quantity and water quality. A proposed higher rate — $88.10 per year for most homeowners — would also improve efficiency and enable the County to improve the countywide system to address areas that flood most frequently. Those improvements will also improve water quality.

The stormwater fee would apply to all property owners in unincorporated Manatee County. Property owners can see what the proposed fees would be under either rate by visiting an online parcel lookup at www.mymanatee.org/stormwater. A related County website details how the County's stormwater program operates today.

Seven meetings are scheduled, one for each of the County's seven Commissioners. The schedule is as follows.

  • Commissioner Misty Servia's meeting will be held Friday, Oct. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. at South Manatee Branch Library, 6081 26th St. W., Bradenton
  • Commissioner Carol Whitmore's meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Palmetto Library, 923 Sixth Street W., Palmetto
  • Commissioner Priscilla Trace's meeting will be held Wed., Oct. 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton
  • Chairman Steve Jonsson's meeting will be held Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Manatee Utilities building, 4410 66th St. W., Bradenton
  • Commissioner Vanessa Baugh's meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Townhall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch
  • Commissioner Betsy Benac's meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Braden River Library, 4915 53rd Ave E., Bradenton
  • Commissioner Reggie Bellamy's meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 25 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto

For much of 2019 Commissioners have discussed the current stormwater program which helps reduce roadway flooding and improves local water quality by maintaining public stormwater pipes, ditches, canals, ponds and other structures that filter pollutants before stormwater reaches water bodies.

The County's proposed stormwater fee is similar to that imposed by Manatee County's municipalities and several neighboring counties.

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.