|Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 4, 2013|
Agenda Item #18
West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND)
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Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Natural Resources
A. Authorization for the Chairman to execute a letter to WCIND approving the use of WCIND, Countywide Navigation Improvement Funds (CNIF) for:
1. Maintenance dredging of Flamingo Cay channel in the amount of $15,000.
2. Dredging of portions of the Manatee River from I-75 to just west of Ft. Hamer in the amount of $900,000.
B. Authorization for WCIND to conduct a feasibility study of various navigational access channels within Bradenton Beach using regional funds and not to exceed $10,000.
Chapter 374 Florida Statutes, West Coast Inland Navigation District
Rule 66-A Florida Administrative Code
WCIND has conducted bathymetric surveys of Flamingo Cay and portions of the Manatee River as directed by the Board of County Commissioners. In both cases, dredging is recommended:
1. Flamingo Cay: An estimated 50 cubic yards needs to be removed from the channel. The estimated costs for dredging and project management is $15,000.
2. Manatee River: An estimated 17,000 cubic yards of material needs to be removed from the area of I-75 to just west of Ft. Hamer. The estimated cost for dredging, containment, and project management is $900,000.
3. The Board on behalf of the City of Bradenton Beach requested that WCIND conduct bathymetric surveys on the navigational channel serving the Coquina North boat ramp as well as the access channel which parallels the shoreline between the Coquina North boat ramp and the Bridge Street pier. The completed bathymetric surveys identified areas requiring some amount of dredging to improve navigability. In the case of the access channel, there are challenging issues regarding potentially significant impacts to protected seagrasses and limited navigational routes that will require strategic analysis prior to permit application. For this reason, WCIND is recommending that a feasibility study be conducted using regional funds to examine this system of navigational travel ways and determine the extent of potential resource mitigation which may be required. The use of regional funding is justified due to the study's consistency with previously completed feasibility reports. WCIND's Waterway Development Program rules do not allow for pre-construction costs such as permitting when using local WCIND funds. The feasibility study will provide valuable data, not currently available, than can be used during the permitting application process. The study will also establish a precedent for future similar situations involving protected resources and historical usage.
County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)
Explanation of Other
Instructions to Board Records
Email signed letter to Maggie.email@example.com as soon as possible to be forwarded to WCIND for June 7, 2013 meeting
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