Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 5, 2015
May 5, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #33

ORDINANCE 15-18 Amending Sec. 2-29-27 of the Manatee County Code of Ordinances to amend the County's Tourist Development Plan


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Presenter:  Elliott Falcione, Executive Director, CVB  x5913

Contact:  Monica Luff, Sr. Admin. Spec., CVB   x5913

Action Requested
Adopt Ordinance 15-18.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Manatee Code of Laws 2-29-27 Tourist Development Plan

F.S.S. 125.0104  Authorized uses of Resort Tax Funds

Background Discussion
  • Amendments to the Tourist Development Plan include:
    • Changes to the funding of maintenance and capital improvements of County-owned beach park facilities:
      • Maintenance: up to $750,000 per year.  Currently 575K of the "beach penny" is allocated for beach maintenance initiatives and the remaining funds are reserved for beach renourishment.  With beach renourishment costs increasing, this change would shift the 575K to the other eligible pennies within the 5 cents currently levied, in order to increase available funding for future beach maintenance projects.  Freeing these monies will now allow the entire "beach penny" to be used solely for beach renourishment (not beach maintenance).   The remaining 175K will be used for additional beach maintenance due to the increase in visitors to our area beaches and in order to handle our peak holidays during the summer season. These re-allocated maintenance funds will free non-resort tax county funds to pay for additional lifeguards to extend the hours the lifeguards man the beach during certain times of the year.
      • Capital Improvements: up to $200,000 per year to anticipate and allow for future county-owned beach related projects.
    • Authorizing the use of Tourist Development Tax Proceeds to fund remodeling, repair, and improvement of the:
      • South Florida Museum - up to $200,000 per year for 5 years, with matching funds from the Museum.
      • Florida Maritime Museum - up to $181,000, one time expenditure, with matching funds from the Museum.
      • Anna Maria Island Historical Museum - up to $25,000, one time expenditure, with matching funds from the Museum.
      • Grassy Point Park (City of Holmes Beach) - up to $100,000, one time expenditure, with matching funds from the City of Holmes Beach.
      • Gulf Front Park (City of Anna Maria) - up to $77,000, one time expenditure, with matching funds from the City of Anna Maria.
  • Public Hearing ad was placed in the local newspaper on April 24, 2015.
  • TDC unanimously recommended approval of amendments to the Tourist Development Plan at their regularly scheduled meetings on February 23, 2015, and April 20, 2015.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other

Ordinance 15-18 prepared by the CAO.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Copy of signed Ordinance 15-18 to Monica Luff at CVB

Copy of approved agenda memo to monica.luff@bacvb.com

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  PH Notice - Ord 15-18.pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance 15-18.pdf