Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #30

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Funding Agreement For Federal Fiscal Year 2015


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources Department
Ext. 6001

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman to execute the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Funding Agreement for FY 2015 between Manatee County and The City of Punta Gorda for County share funding of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) in the amount of $5,000.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 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, Lee County, Charlotte County, Sarasota County, Hardee County, Polk County, Desoto County, Cities and Towns of Bartow, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Punta Gorda, Venice, North Port, Cape Coral, Winter Haven, Fort Myers Beach, and Arcadia to financially participate as non-federal sponsors of the CHNEP to prepare products and schedules under a work plan to develop a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the Charlotte Harbor Estuary and Watershed.  The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council administered the personnel and contract management compliance requirements of the program up 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 upon portioned share between the members.  $5,000 is budgeted each year under the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and released under the annual funding agreement with the CHNEP through its new administrative entity, the City of Punta Gorda.
  • Manatee County's $5,000 share is dedicated to Outreach.
  • The 2015 Agreement and Scope of Work directly benefit Manatee County by environmental stewardship, wetlands restoration, community outreach and education activities to enhance fisheries and living resources, recreational management, tracking relevant legislation, letter of support as appropriate to legislators and policy makers, presenting the legislative Agenda to State and Federal Legislative Delegations through the CHNEP study area, 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
Please return two executed originals of agreement to Kay Rogers, Parks and Natural Resources Department, for transmittal to CHNEP.  Ext. 6043, kay.rogers@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$5,000 = $1,666 - 4010009500, $3,334 - 4600009501

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One time annually

Attachment:  CHNEP Funding Agreement FY 2015.pdf
Attachment:  CHNEP 2015 Workplan.pdf