Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 19, 2015
REVISED May 19, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #32

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Amended and Restated Interlocal Agreement


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Rob Brown, Parks & Natural Resources Department, X1870 rob.brown@mymanatee.org

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman of the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners to execute the Tampa Bay Estuary Program Interlocal Agreement.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
F.S. 125

Background Discussion

The Tampa Bay National Estuary Program was established in 1991 to assist the Tampa Bay area in developing a comprehensive plan to restore and protect Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program was created by Interlocal Agreement dated February 27, 1998, and is governed by a Policy Board and advised by a Management Board.

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program is part of a national network of twenty-eight (28) National Estuary Programs established under the Federal Clean Water Act and administered nationally by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program partners, along with USEPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, have developed and adopted a Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP) for Tampa Bay, known as Charting the Course, dated December 1996, updated in May 2006, and amended in February 2013.

The CCMP presents goals for the improvement of Water & Sediment Quality, Bay Habitats, Fish & Wildlife, Spill Prevention & Response, Dredging & Dredged Material Management, Invasive Species, Public Education and Involvement, and Climate Change, which will be reexamined at least once every five (5) years and updated as appropriate.

This Agreement amends and restates the Prior Interlocal Agreement in its entirety and, once executed, will be governed solely by this Agreement.

The primary purpose for this Agreement update is to reflect the Policy Board’s approval to change the funding contributions from each member according to Schedules 1 and 2 in Exhibit A. These schedules reflect the desire of the funding entities to contribute to the Tampa Bay Environmental Restoration Fund (TBERF) to support additional projects and CCMP implementations.

The term of this Agreement is perpetual, however, it will be subject to review by the Policy Board every five (5) years from the effective date.

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

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Return executed copy of the Agreement to Rob Brown, PNRD, for submittal to TBEP.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
2015/2016 - $32,217

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Recurring based on Schedule 1 & 2, Appendix A, in the Agreement

Attachment:  Interlocal Agreement FINAL FOR EXECUTION.pdf
Attachment:  TBEP ILA (WEC Comments).pdf
Attachment:  TBEP ILA WEC.pdf