Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - November 27, 2018
November 27, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #37

Assumption of Ownership of the Palma Sola Boat Ramp


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources

Action Requested

Authorization to assume operational responsibility for the Palma Sola boat ramp facility beginning January 1, 2019.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

F.S. 125

Background Discussion

The Palma Sola Boat Ramp is a popular facility providing direct access for boaters into Palma Sola Bay. This facility was constructed by the City of Bradenton in 2008 under an agreement which called for the County to reimburse the City up to $70,565.00 for construction of the concrete boat ramp and dock and assume maintenance responsibilities for same.

Although an official transfer did not occur, County and City staff have worked together since 2008 to address operational issues associated with the facility including the unanticipated deposition of sand along this section of the shoreline. 

In 2010, the City of Bradenton added a second dock structure to the facility. 

The recommendation for the County to assume ownership of the facility will allow the Parks and Natural Resources Department to perform certain short-term modifications to improve the functionality of the facility in addition to initiating engineered planning for a comprehensive redesign to increase its' overall capacity and efficiency and to address issues that were not anticipated as part of the original design.

When completed, the newly engineered design will increase boaters' usability of the facility  in addition to minimizing continued maintenance efforts and expenses.

The need for additional boater access as the demand increases and the population of boaters expands, warrants the County to take on a higher level of responsibility and ensure safety.

The Mayor of the City of Bradenton has asked the County to move forward with the arrangement and in a letter dated November 1, 2018, the County Administrator indictaed that he would request to the BOCC that the County take over operational responsibility effective January 1, 2019.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please send approved agenda to Charlie Hunsicker at Charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Fund 117 General Fund Reserve

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Letter to Mayor Poston.pdf
Attachment:  Palma Sola Boat Ramp Agreement.pdf