Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 4, 2017
April 4, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #7

Gopher Tortoise Day - April 10, 2017


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Board of County Commissioners

Action Requested

Adopt Proclamation designating April 10, 2017, as "Gopher Tortoise Day" in Manatee County, Florida.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Parks and Natural Resources
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Background Discussion

April 10 was officially adopted by the Gopher Tortoise Council as Gopher Tortoise Day! In Florida.  Gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 counties and are frequently encountered in neighborhoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida’s public parks and forests. The goal of Gopher Tortoise Day is to increase awareness and appreciation for these long-lived, gentle reptiles.

Gopher tortoises are considered a keystone species because they dig burrows that provide shelter for 360 other species of wildlife, called “commensals.” These commensal species include the gopher frog, Florida mouse, eastern indigo snake, and hundreds of invertebrates like beetles and crickets. Without the gopher tortoise, many of these species would not exist.

Manatee County's Parks and Natural Resources Department will be hosting several free educational events throughout the preserve systems to celebrate and raise awareness about this animal.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send a copy after adoption to melissa.nell@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Gopher Tortoise Day Proclamation.pdf