Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - February 13, 2018
February 13, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #32

FY 2018 Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Funding Agreement


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman to execute the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Funding Agreement for FY 2018 between Manatee County and the City of Punta Gorda for County share of funding in the amount of $5,000.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
FS 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 (SWFWMD), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), 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 Manasota Water Supply Authority, Lee County, Charlotte County, Sarasota County, Hardee County, Polk County, Desoto County, and the cities and towns of Bartow, Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers, Sanibel, Punta Gorda, Venice, North Port, Cape Coral, Winter Haven, Ft. Myers Beach, and Arcadia to financially participate as non-federal sponsors of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHMEP) 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 the 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 the CHNEP through the City of Punta Gorda.

The FY 2018 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 (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Return two executed originals of the agreement to Jayne Roberts, Parks & Natural Resources Department, for transmittal to the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.

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

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One-time annually

Attachment:  CHNEP Funding Agreement FY 18.pdf
Attachment:  Amended CHNEP FY 18 Workplan.pdf