Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - January 9, 2018
REVISED January 9, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

South Florida Museum Amended and Restated Agreement


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Presenter:  Elliott Falcione, Executive Director, CVB

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

Action Requested
Authorization for County Administrator to execute Amended and Restated Reimbursement Agreement with South Florida Museum for maintenance of manatees and/or traveling exhibits.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Code of Laws 2-29-25  Tourist Development Plan

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

Background Discussion
  • On October 1, 2011, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved a reimbursement agreement with South Florida Museum to reimburse the Museum for feeding, care, and maintenance of a "second manatee" other than the resident manatee (Snooty).
  • On October 1, 2014, the BCC amended and restated that reimbursement agreement to also allow reimbursement of traveling exhibits.
  • The reimbursement agreement included a stipulation that if the resident manatee were to no longer be housed and cared for at the Museum, the agreement would terminate within 30 days.
  • We are requesting to amend and restate the reimbursement agreement to remove language restricting the County's reimbursement of costs associated with a "second manatee."  This will allow us to reimburse the Museum for the feeding, care, and maintenance of any manatee that is housed at the Museum. 
  • We will keep the language that allows reimbursement of traveling exhibits.
  • We have also added language that allows reimbursement for "back-dated" costs incurred on or after July 1, 2017.
  • This change does not affect the original reimbursable amount being paid to the South Florida Museum - up to $30,000 per year for up to 8 years.  This agreement will terminate in 2026.
  • All funds involved are tourism taxes, not ad valorem taxes.

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

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Send 1 signed original to Monica Luff, CVB

Copy of approved agenda memo to Monica Luff, CVB, monica.luff@mymanatee.org, and Eva Galler, CVB,  eva.galler@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
1030002400 Other Civic Enterprises - CVB

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Up to $30,000 per year; terminating Sept 30, 2026

Attachment:  So Fla Museum Agree - amend-restated 2018.pdf
Attachment:  Co Atty Memo - So Fla Museum Agree 2018.pdf