Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 10, 2017
REVISED October 10, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #34

Perico-Robinson Connector Project Contract


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Charlie Hunsicker
Director, Parks and Natural Resources Department

Action Requested
Approve and authorize County Administrator to sign contractor agreement between Manatee County and  the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and adoption of Budget Resolution B-18-009 to appropriate $39,333 of unanticipated revenues from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Environmental Restoration, for a contribution for the Perico-Robinson Connector project for restoration expenditures and amending the annual budget for Manatee County for Fiscal Year 2018.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
F.S. 125

Background Discussion

Parks and Natural Resources is seeking to enter into a contractual agreement with the Tampa Bay Estuary program to facilitate receiving funding for preserve property and providing restoration services in return.

Manatee County recently acquired a land parcel between Perico and Robinson Preserves that is expected to act as a habitat corridor between these two properties. The approximately 4.5 acres project area to be restored is composed primarily of upland habitats but also include adjacent wetland habitats that have been severely degraded due to heavy incursion of nuisance and invasive vegetation. Prior to degradation, this area consisted of an ecotone between pine flatwoods and mangrove swamp, based on remnant native plants and review of soils maps and historical aerial imagery. Through decades of unchecked growth of nuisance and exotic species, the non-mangrove portions of the property have become dominated by Brazilian pepper trees (Schinus terebinthifolia) and Australian pine trees (Casuarina equisetifolia). Other invasive species have also been observed on the site. 

This project will remove the exotic species by cutting, stump-treating, piling, and removing or burning the biomass. In the wet season, after the initial exotic plants removal, the site will be replanted with a diverse assemblage of location appropriate native plants.

After the initial exotic species removal, a series of Habitat Establishment Period Adaptive Management (HEPAM) events will occur over the following 2 years. HEPAM events consist of vegetation control by selective herbicide application of hand removal to prevent regrowth of exotic species and exhaust the seed bank that has built up over decades of exotic species dominance. HEPAM events may also include opportunistic plantings to further establish desirable species based on changing site parameters.

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

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return 2 signed agreements and a copy of the approved Budget Resolution to Erin Struzzieri (x8062) in Parks & Natural Resources.  One signed agreement will be returned to Board Records upon receipt from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

Please send a copy of the approved Budget Resolution to budget@mymanatee.org, judy.moree@manateeclerk.com, and lori.stephens@manateeclerk.com.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$39,333 TBEP Grant/ Rev 173.9009619.3XXXXX/9000 Exp 173.9009619.5@/9100

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One time

Attachment:  2017_TBERF_Manatee_Perico-Robinson_Contract.pdf
Attachment:  B-18-009 Tampa Bay Estuary Program Grant.pdf
Attachment:  RLS Memo - Clague - 2017-0431.pdf