Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 7, 2013
REVISED May 7, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

Supplemental funding for Warner's Bayou Boat Ramp


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Natural Resources Department

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman to request additional funding in the amount of $121,000  from the West Coast Inland Navigation District for the Warner's Bayou boat ramp improvement project.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Chapter 374 Florida Statutes, West Coast Inland Navigation District

Rule 66A-2 Florida Administrative Code

Background Discussion

On September 10, 2010, Manatee County entered into an agreement with the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) for improvements to the Warner's Bayou boat ramp (Project M-228C).  Total funding for the project was $728,600- $364,300 from WCIND and  $364,300 from the Florida Boating Improvement Program  (FBIP) Fund.  Proposed work included reconstruction and upgrades to the boat ramp, docks, seawalls, parking lot, restrooms and improved lighting.

The initial assessment of the seawall was that it would not need replacing, however after the coffer dam was installed and the area around the ramp dewatered, several structural issues with the wall were revealed.  As confirmation, a section of the wall actually failed shortly thereafter. (See attached pictures) Even though it was not originally planned, a complete replacement of the aged seawall was the only option. This decision was reached based on the fact that the deterioration of the wall would present a threat to public safety and if not replaced in a timely fashion it would have represented a more challenging hazard.

This added an additional $121,000 to the cost of the project. Under the Boating Recreation category, the County is required to provide a 100% match.  THe match of $121,000 will be the value of the existing land. In consultation with the Executive Director of WCIND, staff has been informed that based on this information a funding request for emergency repairs "over budget" is in order.  This request will be approved by the WCIND Board at their next meeting on June 7, 2013. The funds will be taken from the County's Countywide Navigation Improvement Fund which has an estimated balance of approximately $2,000,000  

Staff is recommending that the Chairman be authorized to request $121,000 from WCIND for emergency repairs over budget for the Warner's Bayou Project. Staff further recommends that the Chairman be authorized to execute a contract with WCIND if necessary.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please forward executed letter to Maggie Marr, Natural Resources Department (mail to maggie.marr@mymanatee.org) for transmittal to WCIND. 

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$121,000-one time request

Attachment:  M-228Crequest.pdf
Attachment:  Warners_seawall.pdf