Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - July 25, 2017
REVISED July 25, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #58

RESTORE Act - Manatee County Direct Component Multi Year Implementation Plan


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Nan Summers, Grants Coordinator, x6052

Charlie Hunsicker, Director, x6001

Action Requested

Authorize Chairman to sign the transmittal letter conveying the Manatee County Direct Component Multi Year Implementation Plan for local expenditures under the RESTORE Act.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Federal RESTORE Act

Background Discussion

Manatee County has been allocated $6.3 million for Direct Component funds over fifteen years.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury requires proposed plans to be submitted in 5-year increments.

A slate of projects proposed for the first portion of funding was presented to the Board during a public work session held January 31, 2017.  Direction to staff at the work session was to proceed developing public engagement presentations for those projects.

The required 45 day comment period has been successfully completed.  This meeting will share those results and request Board approval to submit the plan to the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  The projects are:

  1. Robinson Preserve Restoration: Transform 150 acres of fallow farmland previously overtaken by invasive exotic plans into a masterwork of environmental stewardship, including restoring natural habits with passive use recreational amenities and a state-of-the-art educational facility nestled in a canopy of trees.
  2. Natural Resources Workforce Development: Create a pilot workforce development program over five years that delivers each enrollee more than 400 hours of job-relevant classroom training and 3,000 hours of on-the-job training in a variety of disciplines including: fire management, invasive species management, visitor services, and spatial data management.
  3. Coastal Watershed Program: Assess improvements needed for fourteen areas of the county developed before drainage systems protected creeks, rivers and bays to meet current standards for floods, drainage and water quality projection.
  4. Florida Maritime Museum Facility Enhancement: Preserve and share the maritime heritage of the Historic Fishing Village of Cortez through expanding the capacity of the Folk School program by improving the historic Pillsbury Boat Shop, an auxiliary building and Lake Minnie dock, pump and aeration system.
  5. Gulf Shellfish Institute Sea Farm to Table: Conduct applied research through a planning grant to identify and prioritize key industry issues that increase the production of clams, oysters, and scallops, restore local shellfish populations, and increase the supply of sustainably produced high quality seafood.

Public engagement included a wide range of vehicles, beginning with a press conference featuring live demonstrations that was extensively covered by print, electronic, and broadcast media outlets. A new website was created with interactive maps, project descriptions, surveys, and comment options. Six videos were produced and shared on the website, social media, and to groups during live presentations.

Comments were overwhelmingly positive and total people reached exceeded 72,000.

Next steps: Upon approval, this initial slate of projects will be submitted to the Department of the Treasury. Upon its approval, each project will be submitted separately with a detailed description and will receive an individual notice of award when it passes rigorous review.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Return letter to Nan Summers in Parks & Natural Resources Department.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Letter.pdf
Attachment:  Narrative.pdf
Attachment:  Map.pdf
Attachment:  Matrix.pdf