Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 110979
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File Number: 110979 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-520-11 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS FROM BISCAYNE BAY TRUST FUND Introduced: 4/28/2011
Requester: Department of Environmental Resources Management Cost: Final Action: 7/7/2011
Agenda Date: 7/7/2011 Agenda Item Number: 8D1E
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DISBURSEMENT OF $150,000 FROM THE BISCAYNE BAY ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT TRUST FUND TO CONDUCT PHASE 1 MANGROVE WETLANDS RESTORATION AT MATHESON HAMMOCK PARK THROUGH THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BISCAYNE BAY RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
Indexes: BISCAYNE BAY
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 7/7/2011 8D1E Adopted P

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 6/15/2011 3E Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Hearing no comments or questions, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented.

County Attorney 5/24/2011 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer 5/24/2011

County Manager 5/17/2011 Assigned County Attorney 7/7/2011
REPORT: DERM (Revised) - Abbie Schwaderer-Raurell assisted - Comm. Edmonson Sponsor

County Manager 5/10/2011 Assigned Sue Torriente 5/10/2011
REPORT: Item returned to ACM.

County Attorney 5/10/2011 Assigned County Manager's Office
REPORT: item returned for changes

County Attorney 5/6/2011 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer

County Manager 5/4/2011 Assigned County Attorney 6/7/2011
REPORT: DERM-PENDING COMMITTEE --ABBIE SCHWADERER--COMMISSIONER EDMONSON

County Manager 4/28/2011 Assigned Sue Torriente 4/28/2011

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DISBURSEMENT OF $150,000 FROM THE BISCAYNE BAY ENVIRONMENTAL ENHANCEMENT TRUST FUND TO CONDUCT PHASE 1 MANGROVE WETLANDS RESTORATION AT MATHESON HAMMOCK PARK THROUGH THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY BISCAYNE BAY RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM

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WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying memorandum, a copy of which is incorporated herein by reference,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board pursuant to Section 24-40 of the Code of Miami-Dade County authorizes the disbursement of funds not to exceed $150,000 from the Biscayne Bay Environmental Enhancement Trust Fund to conduct Phase 1 Mangrove Wetlands Restoration at Matheson Hammock Park through the Miami-Dade County Biscayne Bay Restoration and Enhancement Program.

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Date:

To: Honorable Joe A. Martinez, Chairman
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Alina Hudak
County Manager

Subject: Resolution Authorizing the Disbursement of $150,000 from
the Biscayne Bay Environmental Enhancement Trust Fund to
Conduct Phase 1 Mangrove Wetlands Restoration at Matheson
Hammock Park through the Miami-Dade County Biscayne Bay
Restoration and Enhancement Program

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners authorize the disbursement of $150,000 from the Biscayne Bay Environmental Enhancement Trust Fund (BBEETF) to conduct the initial phase of mangrove wetlands restoration at Matheson Hammock Park through the Miami-Dade County Biscayne Bay Restoration and Enhancement Program.

Scope
This Biscayne Bay disbursement request will benefit coastal areas of District 7.

Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
This resolution authorizes the disbursement of funds from the BBEETF for red mangrove restoration at Miami-Dade County’s Matheson Hammock Park. The BBEETF Ordinance, as codified in Section 24-40 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, allows BBEETF funds to be used for the restoration and enhancement of Biscayne Bay and its foreshore. Index Code: TFDE400010, Subobject: 22430, available balance: $615,000.

Track Record/Monitor
The Director of the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) will monitor the activities performed with the BBEETF funds.

MANAGER'S BACKGROUND
Background
As part of the Biscayne Bay Restoration and Enhancement Program, DERM conducts environmental restoration and enhancement activities throughout Biscayne Bay. These highly successful and popular projects are generally implemented on public lands and are assisted financially through various state and federal programs.

This disbursement request will provide funds for the Phase 1 tasks for the restoration of 15 acres of red mangrove wetlands at Matheson Hammock Park. Phase 1 project development tasks include program administration, outside funding requests and agreements, site evaluations, topographic and bathymetric surveys within Matheson Hammock Park, project permitting and construction contract document development. Phase 2 tasks include removing and grading of fill to wetlands elevation, performing site evaluations, removing exotic plant species and supplemental planting of native wetland species.

These restoration activities will be conducted by County staff and by outside contractors under a later competitive bidding process. These activities are consistent with the goals and intent of the BBEETF Ordinance as codified in Section 24-40 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.

I have received and considered the attached recommendation from the Director of DERM.


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Assistant County Manager

OTHER
Date: May 2, 2011

To: Alina T. Hudak
County Manager

From: Carlos Espinosa, PE, Director
Environmental Resources Management

Subject: Recommendation for Disbursement of $150,000 from the Biscayne
Bay Environmental Enhancement Trust Fund to Conduct Phase 1 Mangrove
Wetlands Restoration at Matheson Hammock Park through the Miami-Dade
County Biscayne Bay Restoration and Enhancement Program


Pursuant to Section 24-40 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, I am recommending the disbursement of $150,000 from the Biscayne Bay Environmental Enhancement Trust Fund (BBEETF) to conduct project development tasks for Mangrove Wetlands Restoration at Matheson Hammock Park through the County’s Biscayne Bay Restoration and Enhancement Program.

Biscayne Bay coastal wetland environments face many challenges and threats to their present and future health. These coastal wetlands have been impacted by placement of dredged fill and subsequent colonization by exotic and invasive plant species. The importance of coastal wetlands for shoreline stabilization, flood attenuation, water quality maintenance and habitat support has been well documented. This disbursement request will provide funds for Phase 1 project development.

Phase 1 project development tasks include program administration, outside funding requests and agreements, site evaluations, topographic and bathymetric surveys of potential restoration areas within Matheson Hammock Park, project permitting, and construction contract document development. Phase 2 project tasks will consist of restoration of wetland conditions (fill removal and grading to wetland elevation), site evaluations, establishing hydrologic connections to Biscayne Bay, removal of exotic plant species and supplemental planting with native wetland species.

These restoration activities will be conducted by County staff and by outside contractors under a later competitive bidding process. These activities are consistent with the goals and intent of the BBEETF Ordinance as codified in Section 24-40 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.

The $150,000 requested to be disbursed are encumbered BBEETF monies that were deposited into the BBEETF for the purpose of restoration and enhancement of Biscayne Bay and its foreshore. The proposed activities are consistent with the goals and intent of the Biscayne Bay Environmental Enhancement Trust Fund Ordinance as codified in Section 24-40 of the Code of Miami-Dade County.

Please contact me as needed at 305-372-6754.





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