Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:15 a.m. - January 10, 2017
REVISED January 10, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #13

Artificial Reef Grant Award from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director Manatee County Department of Parks and Natural Resources

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman of the Board to execute Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Grant Agreement No. 16141 in the amount of $60,000 for artificial reef construction, and adoption of Budget Resolution B-17-025 amending the Annual Budget of Manatee County, Florida, for Fiscal Year 2017.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125

Background Discussion

Manatee County has been awarded a grant through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in the amount of $60,000.00 to create an artificial reef complex in 38-42 feet of water in an area of sand bottom in the Gulf of Mexico.  This will provide additional opportunities for recreational fishing and diving off the coast of Manatee County. 

A 2010 economic impact study, headed by the University of Florida, showed that artificial reefs in Manatee County resulted in annual reef related impact of over $23,000,000 and 234 full or part-time jobs. 

Matching funds in the amount of $60,000 have already been budgeted.

Adoption of Budget Resolution B-17-025 is being requested.

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

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Contact Alan LaiHipp at extension 6008 or Lena Rapp at extension 6014 for pick up of two original signed copies for transmittal to FWC for their signature.  Copy of approved agenda to Jayne.roberts@mymanatee.org, budget@mymanatee.org, and judy.moree@manateeclerk.com

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$60,000 303.6081500

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One Time

Attachment:  FWC AGREEMENT.pdf
Attachment:  Response Memo to CAO Matter No. 2016-0851 dtd 12-6-16.pdf
Attachment:  B-17-025 Fl Fish Wildlife Cons Grant.pdf