Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 21, 2016
REVISED - June 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #42

Letter of Support for Acquisition of Orange Hammock Ranch as conservation area

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Mark Simpson, Water Division Manager, x-5258

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chair to sign letter of support for the acquisition of the Orange Hammock Ranch property in Sarasota County for conservation and water quality improvements. The property will be acquired in a joint effort by Sarasota County, the city of North Port, The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Letter of Support

Background Discussion

The Orange Hammock Property is located in southeastern Sarasota County within the limits of the City of North Port. The property is undeveloped and abuts the western boundary of the RV Griffin Reserve owned by the SWFWMD and managed by the PRMRWSA for multiple uses including Reservoir #2 and ASR Wellfield. The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is facilitating a collaborative process of agencies for the purchase of the property, including Sarasota County, City of North Port, and SWFWMD.

The eastern 1/3 of the Orange Hammock Property, that abuts the RV Griffin Reserve, is a natural water drainage feature that was altered in the past to improve pasture. The features could be restored and improved and used as mitigation for future water supply development on the adjacent RV Griffin property. It would also result in improved quality of the water that drains through this area and flows into the City of North Port canal system that supplements their water supply.

At the June 1, 2016, meeting of the PRMRWSA Board of Directors, Chair Constance remarked that a presentation on this endeavor was made to the Charlotte County BCC and the Board voted to send a letter of support for the project. He said he understood that similar letters of support have been sent from Sarasota County and the City of North Port. He asked that the other members (DeSoto, Manatee) take it back to their Boards for consideration of a producing letter of support to show regional support. The presentation to the PRMRWSA Board of Directors is attached.

There is no financial commitment for either Manatee County or the PRMRWSA with this show of support.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Transmit letter of support to Christine P. Johnson, President, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and provide copy to Mark Simpson, Utilities Department.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Orange Hammock Ranch presentation_060116.pdf
Attachment:  BCC letter of support for Orange Hammock Ranch draft 061516.pdf