Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - December 17, 2013
REVISED December 17, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #24

Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks & Natural Resources Department, x 6001, charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org

Holly Greening, Executive Director, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, 727-893-2765, hgreening@tbep.org

Action Requested

Authorize Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to participate in the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund by making a contribution of $75,000, and adopt Budget Resolution B-14-020 amending the annual budget of Manatee County, Florida, for FY 2014.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
F.S. 125

Background Discussion
  • The Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF)  is a competitive grants program with the goal of funding projects which restore and protect Tampa Bay and its watershed, including Manatee County.
  • Partnerships between the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and national non-profit organizations encourage local and national contributors from public and private sectors to participate.
  • As of September 2013, cooperative agreement funds from SWFWMD (up to $350,000) and the Mosaic Company Foundation ($175,000) have been secured for the 2014 TBERF, and Hillsborough County will be requesting Board approval of $100,000 from their phosphate severance fund account later this fall.
  • Manatee County proposes a contribution plan similar to Hillsborough County, drawing down $75,000 from the County phosphate severance fund to be used as a cash contribution to TBERF for FY 2014/2015.  We propose to participate in the program on a one year trial basis (non-recurring) to measure the "return on investment" in the form of matching grant awards back to Manatee County through the grant year.  If this program proves beneficial for the County in accomplishing it's goals for environmental restoration and educational opportunities for Duette Preserve and growth County wide, we will bring back a recommendation for FY 2015/2016 to create a continuing and recurring program. 
  • At the present time there is a $4.8 million balance in the phosphate severance fund, after FY 2014 budgeted expenditures of $2.7 million.  One-time environmental projects in the Lake Manatee watershed at Duette Preserve in the amount of approximately $400,000 leaves an unencumbered balance of $4.4 million to be requested for future one-time expenditures and support for staff salaries.  Deposits into the phosphate severance trust fund in 2013 totaled $811,260.
  • Manatee County's contribution of $75,000, when combined with contributions from the Mosaic Company Foundation in the amount of  $175,000, and Hillsborough County contributions of $100,000, would allow full use of matching SWFWMD Cooperative Funds offered to TBERF in the amount of $350,000 for grant awards starting in spring 2014.  Manatee County would be eligible to apply for grant funds, as are all funders. 
  • Request for Proposals for the 2014 Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund competitive grant program will be issued in early 2014, with project selection and funding available in May 2014.  Local governments, agencies, NGOs, and private entities are eligible to receive funds.  Eligible projects include habitat restoration and protection, environmental education, water quality improvement, fish and wildlife enhancement, and applied research.  It is anticipated that Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will apply for grants to support hydrological restoration goals at Duette Preserve, which will protect water quality and quantity of waters feeding the Lake Manatee Reservoir, and environmental education grants to develop informal public education programming and support internships to offer such programming to the residents of Manatee County.
  • Contributions to the first year of the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (2013) were provided by the Southwest Florida Water Management District Cooperative Funds ($350,000), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ($350,000), the Mosaic Company Foundation ($175,000), and Hillsborough County ($100,000).
  • Nine projects were selected for full or partial funding in 2013, with each proposal required to have a dollar-for-dollar match, further leveraging the impact of the grant funds.
  • Adoption of Budget Resolution B-14-020 is being requested to place the funds in the Parks and Natural Resources account key to forward the contribution to the TBERF.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Provide one executed copy to Kay Rogers, Parks & Natural Resources Department, ext. 6043, kay.rogers@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
120-0990002 Phosphate Severance Fund

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Resolution B-14-020.pdf
Attachment:  TBERF Overview.pdf