Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 24, 2015
March 24, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #39

2015 Federal Legislative Agenda


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources
ext. 6001, charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org

Action Requested

Approval of 2015 Federal Legislative Priorities as presented.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
F.S. 125

Background Discussion
  • Each year in conjunction with staff and the Twenty-first Century Group, the Board of County Commissioners develops  a list of priorities for local projects, appropriations, and grants for partnering with federal agencies.
  • The 2015 legislative priorities calls for developing important support for significant improvements in bus route extensions, transit maintenance facilities and transfer shelter stations. 
  • Federal agency support is needed for the proposed expansion of 15th Street East between US 41 and University Parkway, which was voted by the Sarasota Manatee MPO as a high priority on its' Major Improvement Project Priorities for 2014.
  • Another federal initiative is the establishment of a regional local, state, federal, and private sector partnership for developing and enhancing the commercial fishing industry of the lower Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay region, and its component parts including scientific marine research, habitat protection and restoration, consumer education, and marketing for consumption and restaurant promotion of seafood products.    This initiative follows previous Commission priorities to support the commercial fishing and  seafood processing activities of our historic Cortez working waterfront and surrounding areas under the RESTORE Act.   This initiative also compliments the efforts on behalf of the Parks and Natural Resources Department in pursuing coastal habitat restoration at locations such as Emerson Point, Robinson Preserve, Perico Preserve, Neal Preserve, and Leffis Key and those public non-profit efforts also underway in conjunction with the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (FISH) at Cortez, the City of Holmes Beach at Grassy Point, and the Town of Longboat Key at Twin Sisters Key, all taking place within the watersheds of three national estuary program designations on our Southwest Florida coastal shores.
  • The specific legislative priorities and, where appropriate, requests for support in the form of congressional letters to federal granting agencies is attached.   Also included is background documentation for support of the environmental partnerships sought for greater Tampa and Sarasota Bay at the local, state, and federal level.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  2015 MC Fed Leg Priorities.pdf