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File #: 22-1077A    Version: 1
Type: Contract/Agreement Status: Regular Agenda
File created: 6/15/2022 Department: Parks and Conservation Resources
On agenda: 8/16/2022 Final action:
Title: Annual agreement with Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services by Environmental Lands Unit Deputies.
Attachments: 1. 15_22-1077A_OMB.CONTRACT.RVW-PCR-15-JUN-22-File ID 22-1077A-Agreement with PCSO for Environmental Lands Unit Deputies, 2. AATF - Environmental Lands.FY23.Contract.DRAFT in PDF, 3. Environmental Lands.FY23.Contract.DRAFT in Word, 4. Environmental Lands-FY23 Cost Worksheet

Subject:

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Annual agreement with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services by Environmental Lands Unit Deputies.

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Recommended Action:

Recommended Action

Approval of the annual agreement with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) for law enforcement services by the Environmental Lands Unit from October 1, 2022 through October 1, 2023.

 

                     The contract provides for two assigned Environmental Land Unit (ELU) deputies to patrol County preserves and parks at a cost of $332,342.00 per year including personnel, vehicle, operating and training expenses.

                     The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 expenditure of $332,342.00 is an increase of 7.56% from FY22 ($308,990.00).

                     ELU deputies are critical to deter poaching of wildlife and cultural artifacts from county environmental lands and assist park rangers upon reports of suspicious activities.

                     This partnership with PCSO has existed since FY01.

                     Costs for the services are appropriated within the PCSO budget with General Fund dollars ($250,784.00) and Utilities contributing ($81,558.00) for their portion of the Brooker Creek Reserve.

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Strategic Plan:

Practice Superior Environmental Stewardship
3.2 Preserve and manage environmental lands, beaches, parks and historical assets

 

Summary:

Summary

The proposed contract provides law enforcement services at environmentally sensitive lands, preserves and waterways, including but not limited to Brooker Creek and Weedon Island Preserves, and the waters in and around Fort De Soto Park and Shell Key Island, which encompass over 15,940 acres.  The contract period is October 1, 2022 through October 1, 2023 unless extended, terminated or modified by both parties.

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Background Information:

Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2001, the first year of the Environmental Lands Unit contract with the County, PCSO deputies have provided excellent security at the preserves, have shown sincere interest and have helped build community support.  They have greatly diminished the trespassing, illegal dumping and poaching activity on County park and preserve properties and work very effectively with Parks and Conservation Resources (PCR) staff.

 

Fiscal Impact:

This contract is an annual expenditure of $332,342.00 (an increase of 7.56% from FY22 ($308,990.00) and includes Utilities funding of $81,558.33 to secure their department’s portion of the Brooker Creek Preserve. This expenditure is not part of the Parks and Conservation Resources (PCR) budget but is included in the yearly appropriations to the Pinellas County Sheriff Office (PCSO) as part of the budget process. This contract is consistent with the FY23 Proposed Budget for PCR, PCSO and Utilities. No negative budgetary impacts anticipated.

 

Staff Member Responsible:

Paul Cozzie, Director, Parks and Conservation Resources

 

Partners:

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Pinellas County Utilities

 

Attachments:

FY23 Contract for Law Enforcement Services Environmental Lands Unit (PDF)
FY23 Contract for Law Enforcement Services Environmental Lands Unit (Word)
FY23 Environmental Lands Unit Law Enforcement Services Cost Worksheet