Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #40

FY 2020 Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership Funding Agreement


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

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman to execute the Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership (formerly the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program - CHNEP) Funding Agreement for FY 2020 between Manatee County and the City of Punta Gorda for County share of funding in the amount of $5,000.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes Chapter 125

Background Discussion

On January 15, 1995, Manatee County joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the South Florida Water Management District, the Department of Community Affairs, the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Peace  River Manasota Water Supply Authority, Lee County, Charlotte County, Sarasota County, Hardee County, Polk County, Desoto County and the cities of and towns of Bartow, Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Punta Gorda, Venice, Cape Coral, Winter Haven, Ft. Myers Beach, and Arcadia to financially participate as non-federal sponsors of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (now known as the Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership) to prepare products and schedules under a work plan to develop a comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the Charlotte Harbor Estuary and Watershed.  The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council administered the personnel and contract management compliance requirements of he program until October 1, 2014, when the host agency was changed to the City of Punta Gorda.

Manatee County's annual financial share to the program is $5,000 based on portioned share between the members.  The $5,000 is budgeted each year in the Parks & Natural Resources budget and released under the annual funding agreement with CHNEP through the City of Punta Gorda.

The FY 2020 Agreement and scope of work directly benefit Manatee County by environmental stewardship, wetland protection and restoration, community outreach and education activities to enhance fisheries and living resources, recreational management, tracking relevant legislation, letters of support as appropriate to legislators and policy makers, presenting the legislative agenda to State and Federal Legislative Delegations through the CHNEP study area, and public involvement activities.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Return two executed originals of the agreement to Jayne Roberts, Parks & Natural Resources, for transmittal to the Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$5,000 = $1,666 - 401.0009500 (Watershed) and $3,334 - 460.0009501 (Stormwater)

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One-time annually

Attachment:  CHNEP FY20 Funding Agreement.pdf
Attachment:  CHNEP FY20_Work_Plan_Approved_9.20.19.pdf