Press Release: Algae study with WCIND and UF

June 27, 2019

For immediate release:

Ft. Myers, FL — The Southwest Florida and Tampa Bay Marine Industries Associations are partnering with the West Coast Inland Navigation District to fund a study of the economic impacts of Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB) on businesses along Florida’s west coast. The year-long study is being conducted by University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences.

“We all know that solving Florida’s water quality issues are complex challenges requiring a massive cooperative effort to fix for future generations,” says Association President Hans Wilson. “There is also, however, the reality that local, mostly small businesses, have experienced a significant impact on their direct and indirect sales from the HAB. Virtually all of our members from boat dealer to marinas to service suppliers saw business plummet last summer. Putting real-life numbers on the economic impact the HAB has had will be an invaluable tool for our industry and local and state government moving forward.

“We want to thank both WCIND and The University of Florida for helping us make this study a reality. The study will begin as soon as final contracts are processed and signed.”

Below are excerpts from UF’s outline of the study.


Algal blooms occur when natural algae in lakes, rivers, and coastal zones are stimulated to grow out of control through natural processes or by elevated levels of nutrients in the water. Algal blooms that produce dangerous toxins that are detrimental to the plants, animals, people, and ecosystems in the affected areas are known as harmful algal blooms (HABs). Several types of naturally occurring HABs exist including those caused by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and the marine dinoflagellate Karenia brevis commonly known as “red tide”.

Study Objectives: This project generally aims to document the economic impacts of the 2017-2019 HABs in Southwestern Florida. Specifically, this project will address the following objectives through survey methods and regional economic analysis:

1. Identify the people, assets, and business activities at risk in the water-dependent communities affected by the 2017-2019 HABs in the Southwestern Florida counties of Monroe, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas.
2. Estimate the economic losses to commercial businesses resulting from the 2017-2019 HABs in Southwestern Florida.
3. Measure the economic impact of HABs on real property values in affected areas.
4. Determine how these economic impact estimates can be used to identify efficient and cost-effective management strategies for mitigating their impact on local water-based communities.

This project will focus on counties in Southwest Florida that experienced a HAB in between October 2017 and January 2019 and surrounding counties that comprise the functional economic areas. Assessment of the economic impacts of the 2018 blue-green algae event will focus on areas adjacent to the Caloosahatchee River estuary and assessment of the red-tide event will focus on affected coastal counties on the Gulf coast.”

For more information contact John Good. [email]John@swfmia.com[/email].

SWFMIA local government agenda items for the week of June 24, 2019

Lee County No Meetings

City of Cape Coral No Meetings

City of Fort Myers No Meetings

Town of Fort Myers Beach No Meetings

City of Sanibel No Meetings

City of Bonita Springs No Meetings

Village of Estero Wednesday the 26th @ 9:30am

No issues

Charlotte County Tuesday the 25th @ 9:00am

Vacancies

Harbour Heights Waterway Unitis seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through October 31, 2019

Northwest Port Charlotte Waterway Unitis seeking two members to fill vacant unexpired terms through October 31, 2019 and October 31, 2020

City of Punta Gorda No Meetings

Sarasota County No Meetings

City of North Port Tuesday the 25th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of Sarasota No Meetings

City of Venice Tuesday the 25th @ 9:00am

Discuss New Laws Relative to Shark Fishing (Holic)

https://venice.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=7322452&GUID=B4925E19-93FF-43D5-B603-58EC1CB310E8

Town of Longboat Key No Meetings

Manatee County No Meetings

City of Anna Maria Thursday the 27th @ 6:00pm

Web site is under construction

City of Bradenton Beach

Notice that new web site is coming soon

City of Bradenton Wednesday the 26th @ 8:30am

No issues

City of Holmes Beach No Meetings

Web site is under construction

City of Palmetto No Meetings

Hillsborough County No Meetings

City of Tampa Thursday the 27th @ 5:00pm

No issues

Pinellas County No Meetings

Town of Belleair No Meetings

City of Belleair Beach No Meetings

City of Belleair Bluffs No Meetings

City of Clearwater No Meetings

City of Gulfport No Meetings

City of Indian Rocks Beach No Meetings

Town of Indian Shores No Meetings

City of Largo No Meetings

City of Madeira Beach No Meetings

Town of Redington Beach No Meetings

Town of North Redington Beach No Meetings

Town of Redington Shores No Meetings

City of Oldsmar No Meetings

City of Safety Harbor No Meetings

City of Seminole Tuesday the 25th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of South Pasadena No Meetings

City of St. Pete Beach Tuesday the 25th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of St. Petersburg No Meetings

City of Tarpon Springs Tuesday the 25th @ 6:30pm

No issues

City of Treasure Island No Meetings

Pasco County No Meetings

City of New Port Richey No Meetings

City of Port Richey Tuesday the 25th @ 7:30pm

NO issues

Hernando County Tuesday the 25th @ 9:00am

No issues

Southwest Florida Water Management District Tuesday the 25th @ 9:00am

No issues

South Florida Water Management District No Meetings

WCIND No Meetings

SWFMIA local government agenda items for the week of June 10, 2019

Lee County No Meetings

City of Cape Coral Monday the 10th @ 4:30pm

Resolution 90-19 Award to Pavement Maintenance, LLC., the Saratoga Lake Park Shoreline Improvement project in the amount of $29,500; and award to Northeast Products and Services, Inc. the purchase of an Adaptive Kayak Launch in the amount of $38,600 for a total of $68,100 and approve a City controlled contingency of $3,950 ($2,950 for the Shoreline improvement and $1,000 for the Kayak Launch ) for a total project cost of $72,050 and authorize the City Manager or Designee to execute the contract, contract amendment, purchase order and any related documents for the project. The Grant #12-00653 Saratoga Lake Park Improvements project awarded by the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection Land and Water Conservation Fund Program for a maximum amount of $143,000 was accepted by Council via Resolution 60-16 on 5/9/16; Department: Parks and Recreation; Estimated dollar value: $72,050; (Government Capital Project Fund)

City of Fort Myers No Meetings

Town of Fort Myers Beach No Meetings

City of Sanibel No Meetings

City of Bonita Springs No Meetings

Village of Estero No Meetings

Charlotte County Tuesday the 11th @ 9:00am

Vacancies

Harbour Heights Waterway Unitis seeking one member to fill a vacant unexpired term through October 31, 2019.

Northwest Port Charlotte Waterway Unitis seeking two members to fill vacant unexpired terms through October 31, 2019 and October 31, 2020

19-208, Award, Pirate Harbor Dredging (Public Works)
  1. a) Approve Award of Bid #19-208, Pirate Harbor Dredging, to Brance Diversified, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, a total cost of$535,500. This is for the dredging of the Pirate Harbor Outer Channel and Seagrass Mitigation; and
  2. b) Approve Resolution and budget adjustment BA19-031 in the amount of $128,058.
Approve budget adjustment BA19-031 in the amount of $128,058 to provide additional funding.Budgeted in the Dredging Capital Maintenance Plan, as approved in the FY19 budget process as amended.Funding is supplied from the Pirate Harbor Waterway MSBU assessments.

WCIND Agenda, June 21, 2019

Discussion and direction on the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) agenda for the upcoming meeting on June 21, 2019

City of Punta Gorda No Meetings

No issues

Sarasota County No Meetings

City of North Port Tuesday the 11th @ 9:00am

No issues

City of Sarasota No Meetings

City of Venice Tuesday the 11th @ 9:00am

Samantha Tanaka, Sarasota Scullers: 2nd Annual Battle of the Bridges

Rowing Regatta in the City of Venice

Town of Longboat Key No Meetings

Manatee County No Meetings

City of Anna Maria Thursday the 13th @ 6:00pm

Web site is under construction no access to agendas

City of Bradenton Beach

New notice that new web site is coming soon

City of Bradenton Wednesday the 12th @ 8:30am

2020 Bradenton Area River Regatta: Memorandum of Understanding between ISM-USA, LLC and the City of Bradenton

City of Holmes Beach No Meetings

Web site is under construction

City of Palmetto No Meetings

Hillsborough County No Meetings

City of Tampa Thursday the 13th @ 6:00pm

No issues

Pinellas County No Meetings

Town of Belleair No Meetings

City of Belleair Beach No Meetings

City of Belleair Bluffs No Meetings

City of Clearwater No Meetings

City of Gulfport No Meetings

City of Indian Rocks Beach Tuesday the 11th @ 7:00pm

No issues

Town of Indian Shores Tuesday the 11th @ 5:00pm

Discussion on buoys. (Ref.:Pgs.11-28) at workshop starting at 2:00pm

City of Largo No Meetings

City of Madeira Beach Tuesday the 11th @ 6:00pm

Ordinance 2019-06, Amended Fees and Collections Procedures Manual and incorporate a Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fishing Fleet Discount –2nd Reading & Public Hearing – Linda Portal, Community Development Director & Other Department Directors

Memo – Fee Schedule CP1LP

Ord. 2019-06

Exhibit A-Fees & Collection Procedure Manual

Gulf of Mexico Fishing Fleet Discount CP1

Memo – Table Games – Fees

Town of Redington Beach No Meetings

Town of North Redington Beach Thursday the 13th @ 6:00pm

No issues

Town of Redington Shores Wednesday the 12th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of Oldsmar No Meetings

City of Safety Harbor No Meetings

City of Seminole Tuesday the 11th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of South Pasadena Tuesday the 11th @ 7:00pm

CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATION FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION FROM MARINE MAX (GULFPORT MARINA, LLC) FOR 6810 GULFPORT BOULEVARD SOUTH, SOUTH PASADENA, FLORIDA, 33707.

City of St. Pete Beach Tuesday the 11th @ 6:00pm

No issues

City of St. Petersburg No Meetings

City of Tarpon Springs Tuesday the 11th @ 6:30pm

No issues

City of Treasure Island No Meetings

Pasco County No Meetings

City of New Port Richey No Meetings

City of Port Richey Tuesday the 11th @ 7:30pm

No issues

Hernando County Tuesday the 11th @ 9:00am

Resolution Recognizing Port Authority for Significant Contribution Towards Ghost Ship Deployment at Bendickson Artificial Reef

Resolution Increasing Annual Non-Ad Valorem Assessment for Hernando Beach Boatlift Municipal Service Benefit Unit and Budget Resolution Recognizing Proceeds From Line of Credit for Hernando Beach Boatlift Improvement Project

Southwest Florida Water Management District No Meetings

South Florida Water Management District Thursday the 13th @ 9:00am

No issues

WCIND No Meetings