Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - March 20, 2018
March 20, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #29

Artificial Reef Construction Funding Donation from Coastal Conservation Association Florida


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Kristin Erickson, Environmental Specialist/Artificial Reef Coordinator, x 6011

Action Requested

Acceptance of $25,000 donation from Coastal Conservation Association Florida and Building Conservation Trust for use toward construction costs of the Larry Borden Artificial Reef project, and adoption of Budget Resolution B-18-050 amending the Annual Budget of Manatee County, FL, for FY 2018.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125
Ordinance 11-12 and Resolution 11-058

Background Discussion

In 2015 the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department received State and Federal permits to create the Larry Borden artificial reef, a 40-acre site located 7 nautical miles due west of Longboat Pass.  In 2017 the Parks and Natural Resources Department conducted an initial artificial reef construction project at the reef.

The project, which placed approximately 1,500 tons of large limestone boulders at two locations within the permitted area, was funded by a $60,000 Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) grant and $115,000 General Fund monies.

On December 12, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners accepted another $60,000 grant from FWC for a second deployment of limestone for the project scheduled for this summer.

The Coastal Conservation Association of Florida and the Building Conservation Trust wish to contribute $25,000 to supplement the County’s upcoming reef construction project. This generous donation will result in savings on contractor mobilization and maximize the amount of reef materials deployed while augmenting the total area of quality reef habitat for marine fish, crustaceans, and encrusting organisms that are naturally restricted to relatively scarce areas of sea bottom that have suitable substrate for colonization.

Additionally, this donation provides materials which enhance recreational fishing and diving opportunities in area waters and stimulates sectors of the local economy tied to these activities. 

Adoption of Budget Resolution B-18-050 is requested.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please send copy approved agenda to Kristin Erickson, kristin.erickson@mymanatee.org, Luz McQuiston, luz.mcquiston@mymanatee.org, and budget@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$25,000 303.6081501

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
one time $25,000 donation

Attachment:  CCA Support Letter_Manatee Co. Borden Reef.pdf
Attachment:  B-18-050 03.20.18 Coastal Cons Assoc Grant.pdf