Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 21, 2015
April 21, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #20

West Coast Inland Navigation District FY 2016 Applications


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

Action Requested
  1. Adoption of Resolution R-15-045 approving the FY 2015-2016 applications to the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) and authorizing the submission of said applications.
  2. Authorization for the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners to sign any and all agreements with WCIND upon approval of said applications.
  3. Authorization for the County Administrator or his designee to sign extensions and new sub-agreements with those agencies that are not County departments.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 374 Florida Statutes, West Coast Inland Navigation District
Rule 66A-2 Florida Administrative Code
FS 125

Background Discussion
Manatee County is authorized by Rule 66A-2, Florida Administrative Code, to approve and administer waterway projects as a member of WCIND.  Rule 66A-2  F.A.C. also required the submission of applications no later than May 31st of each year.  The following funding categories have been established for WCIND projects: Law Enforcement; Navigation Improvement; Environmental Education; Boating Safety and Education; and Boating Recreation.

On March 5, 2015, Parks and Natural Resources informed those agencies and County Departments that were eligible that applications would be accepted until March 30th.  A total of 11 applications were received and meet the criteria.

Applications submitted:

Law Enforcement: Manatee County Sheriff Marine Patrol Unit ($71,722).

Navigation Improvement: City of Bradenton Beach Derelict Vessel Removal ($25,000); Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Derelict Vessel Removal ($75,000); Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Aids to Navigation ($75,000); Manatee County Public Safety Swim Buoys ($25,000).

Environmental Education: Sarasota Science Center What's in Your Water classes ($12,000).

Boating Safety and Education:  USCG Auxiliary Flotilla #84 Safety Patrols and Education ($3,000); Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue ($10,500); USCG  Auxiliary Flotilla #81 Boating Safety and Education ($1,500); USCG Auxiliary Flotilla #85 Educational Material, Equipment, and Supplies ($5,000).

Boating Recreation:  Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources  Coquina North Boat Ramp ($1,400,000).

The total request for WCIND funds is $1,703,722. An estimated $950,000 is projected to be available from the FY 2015-2016 millage beginning on October 1, 2015. The additional funds to meet the amount approved by the Board can be drawn from the Countywide Navigational Improvement Funds (CNIF) portion of Manatee County's WCIND funds.  The additional amount needed is $753,722.  As of April 4, 2015, there was $1,268,992.65 available in CNIF.

After these applications are submitted, WCIND will review and approve them at their September 2015 meeting and formal agreements will be executed.  At this same meeting, WCIND will approve and sign all amendments/extensions for those grantees that request a one-year extension which is allowed under Rule 66A-2 F.A.C.  There are also sub-agreements and amendments between the County and those grantees not associated with any County function. Since the BoCC usually signs these agreements  after the WCIND Chairman and the next WCIND meeting is not until November, there is a significant delay in doing any administrative work.

Staff recommends that:
  1. The Board adopt Resolution R-15-045 approving the FY 2015-2016 applications and authorizing staff to transmit them to WCIND;
  2. The BoCC Chairman be authorized to sign all grant agreements between WCIND and Manatee County for those approved applications prior to the September 2015 WCIND meeting; and
  3. The County Administrator or his designee be authorized to execute all sub-agreements and extension amendments between Manatee County and those approved agencies prior to the September 2015 meeting.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return executed Resolution R-15-045 to Maggie Marr (maggie.marr@mymanatee.org, x6052) for transmittal to WCIND.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  R-15-045.pdf
Attachment:  Navigation Improvement.pdf
Attachment:  Law Enforcement.pdf
Attachment:  Environmental Education.pdf
Attachment:  Boating Safety Education.pdf
Attachment:  Boating Recreation.pdf