Presentation on theme: "Boot Key Boundary Amendment Proposed by The City of Marathon Acquisition and Restoration Council December 9 and 10, 2010 Presented by Muller and Associates,"— Presentation transcript:
Boot Key Boundary Amendment Proposed by The City of Marathon Acquisition and Restoration Council December 9 and 10, 2010 Presented by Muller and Associates, Inc.
Boot Key Highlights Renowned fall raptor migration site – average single-day counts of almost 800 raptors – FWC Wildlife Viewing Area – Important Bird Area Habitat for at least 21 imperiled species (3 state-listed animals, 12 state-listed plants) Tropical hardwood hammock (rockland hammock), coastal berm/beach dune (S2 rank)
Boot Key Highlights Adjacent to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Complements conservation/education/ historical facilities Adjacent to Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail Potential side-trip for the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Boundary Amendment Will allow 100% conservation ownership and management of island, after purchase of critical ownership (Yampol) Provide gateway to island for public access (essential since bridge was removed) City of Marathon will manage the island, in cooperation with FWC
CELCP NOAA Funding 50/50 cost share federal/state and local funding - Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP), administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Boot Key ranked sixth in the nation on the preliminary priority list of projects eligible for CELCP funding, well within the anticipated funding
CELCP NOAA Funding Florida’s guidelines - projects proposed for CELCP must be on the Florida Forever/Board of Trustees acquisition list. The City of Marathon worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Coastal Management Program to prepare the Boot Key application.