Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 21, 2013
May 21, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #23

National Park Service Management Agreement for Riverview Pointe


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Natural Resources

Action Requested
Motion to retroactively approve the agreement with the National Park Service for management activities at Riverview Pointe Preserve and to authorize the County Administrator to execute same.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125

Background Discussion

The National Park Service (NPS) operates and administers De Soto National Memorial located immediately adjacent to the county-owned Riverview Pointe Preserve.  In 1999, Manatee County and the NPS determined that development aid and operation of Riverview Pointe in conjunction with operations and activities of the DeSoto National Memorial would be mutually beneficial.  On March 22, 1999, the County and NPS entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which allowed the NPS access to the Riverview Pointe property to perform certain management functions including conducting interpretive programs, exotic species control, archaeological studies and other activities.  A renewal of the agreement was done on February 19, 2008, with a five year termination date.  In 2012, the County and the NPS concurred that this agreement should be renewed in the best interest of both parties.

The County Attorney's office reviewed the agreement and concluded that "it lacked certain basic terms advisable for any agreement, and it contained an erroneous factual reference to the status of the Diocese of Venice."   Changes were made after discussions with the NPS and the agreement was signed by Scott Pardue, De Soto National Memorial Superintendent. 

The County Administrator signed the agreement on January 29, 2013. Staff has since learned that the approval needs to be ratified by the Board and the requested action completes this task. 

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  RLS 12-310.pdf
Attachment:  NPSagreement.pdf