Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #26

Geraldson's Farm Lease Termination


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Presenter:  Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources

Contact: Debbie Voorhees, Contracts Manager, Parks and Natural Resources, ext. 6013

Action Requested
Execution of the Notice of Termination of the Geraldson's Farm Lease between Florida West Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. (FWCRC&DC, aka Lessee) and Manatee County.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
FS 125

Background Discussion

On May 19, 2009, the Board of County Commissioners approved the execution of the Geraldson's Farm Lease with FWCRC&DC to operate and manage Geraldson’s Farm until September 30, 2024 (see attached).

Geraldson's Farm provides for community supported agriculture with individual subscriptions sold to provide seasonal produce, and environmental education programs, as per Exhibit B of the Lease Agreement.

Since May 2017 several non-conformance issues have been discussed with the Lessee. To date, most of these issues have not been addressed and the Property has deteriorated. 

A Request for Legal Services was submitted to the County Attorney's Office to provide a termination letter and draft related documents to the Lessee due to non-conformance of the contract terms and conditions.

The Lessee was unable to cure the default items; therefore, as per Section 18 c., "Termination for default by Lessee," Section 19 a., "Lessee's failure to comply with any term, provision, (etc.) of this Agreement," and 19 b., "Lessee's failure to fulfill the Program within the time provided...", Parks and Natural Resources recommends the termination of this Agreement.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Deputy County Attorney Geoffrey Nichols provided the Termination Letter to be signed by the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Debbie Voorhees, Parks and Natural Resources Contracts Manager, will pick up the original, signed Termination Letter. 

Any other related information can be e-mailed to:  debbie.voorhees@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Notice of Termination.pdf
Attachment:  2009 Geraldson Farm Lease.pdf
Attachment:  Geraldson's Farm CAO email, demand letter, and termination letter.pdf