Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 8, 2016
REVISED March 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #14

Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Funding Agreement For Federal Fiscal Year 2016


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources Department
Ext. 6001, charlie.hunsicker@mymanatee.org

Action Requested

Authorization for the Chairman to execute the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Funding Agreement for FY 2016 between Manatee County and The City of Punta Gorda for County share funding of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP) in the amount of $5,000.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statute 125

Background Discussion
  • On January 15, 1995, Manatee County joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IV, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of  Environmental Protection, the South Florida Water Management District, the Department of Community Affairs, the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, Lee County, Charlotte County, Sarasota County, Hardee County, Polk County, DeSoto County, and Cities and Towns of Bartow, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Sanibel, Punta Gorda, Venice, North Port, Cape Coral, Winter Haven, Fort Myers Beach, and Arcadia to financially participate as non-federal sponsors of the CHNEP to prepare products and schedules under a work plan to develop a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the Charlotte Harbor Estuary and Watershed.  The Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council administered the personnel and contract management compliance requirements of the program up until October 1, 2014, when the host agency was changed to the City of Punta Gorda.
  • Manatee County's annual financial share to the program is $5,000 based upon portioned share between the members.  The $5,000 is budgeted each year under the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department and released under the annual funding agreement with the CHNEP through its new administrative entity, the City of Punta Gorda.
  • Manatee County's $5,000 share is dedicated to Outreach.
  • The 2016 Agreement and Scope of Work directly benefit Manatee County by environmental stewardship, wetland protection and restoration, community outreach and education activities to enhance fisheries and living resources, recreational management, tracking relevant legislation, letters of support as appropriate to legislators and policy makers, presenting the legislative Agenda to State and Federal Legislative Delegations through the CHNEP study area, and public involvement activities.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return two executed originals of agreement to Kay Rogers, Parks and Natural Resources Department, ext. 6043, kay.rogers@mymanatee.org, for transmittal to CHNEP.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$5,000 = $1,666 - 4010009500, $3,334 - 4600009501

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One time annually

Attachment:  dr_unexecuted Manatee Co Invoice Agreement FY 16.pdf
Attachment:  5 Draft CHNEP FY 17 Workplan.pdf