Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 9, 2014
REVISED September 9, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #88

Bennett Park Waterpark Proposal


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

Action Requested
Approval for staff to proceed under a competitive proposal for construction, operation, and maintenance of a waterpark on County owned property at Bennett Park.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statute 125

Background Discussion
  • Manatee County has received a proposal from the Central Economic Development Center, Inc., a 501c3 corporation of Manatee County, Florida, to construct a water adventure park to be incorporated within County owned property at Bennett Park.  Proposal attached.
  • While the majority of lands at Bennett Park were acquired with grants from the Florida Communities Trust (FCT) and subject to improvements authorized under a state approved management plan, approximately 20.1 acres of park property was acquired in fee by Manatee County without grant support.  This 20 acre parcel can readily accommodate a water adventure park as proposed.  Site map attached.
  • While many active recreational activities have been discussed in the years leading up to and following the construction of Bennett Park for these 20 acres in question, it is the opinion of the Parks and Natural Resources Department that a water adventure park represents the "highest and best" recreational use for this parcel.
  • Because there may be other interested parties willing to compete to provide similar facilities and comply with similar contractual conditions, staff recommends that the Board proceed under a competitive proposal process.  This process will involve a solicitation of request for proposals from any and all interested parties for detailed assessment.  Staff will accept a goal to bring back a recommendation to the Board by December 2014 for award of the responsive and responsible proposal.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Bennett Park Site Map 04-22-10.pdf
Attachment:  Bennett Park Waterpark Proposal.pdf