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AI- 3442   4. E. 7.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 06/27/2012  
Consider a request for proposals to lease the Packery Channel Nature Preserve Park Visitors Center to develop and operate a wildlife rescue and rehabi
Submitted By: Elsa Saenz, Purchasing Department
Department: Purchasing Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider making a finding for the method of procurement (request for proposals) to lease the Packery Channel Nature Preserve Park Visitors Center to develop and operate a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation/environmental education facility; authorize the Purchasing Agent to publish a notice; and adopt an order delegating evaluation authority to a committee
BACKGROUND
This project will create an opportunity for a third party to operate a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility at the existing Visitors Center located at the Packery Channel Nature Preserve Park. The project will also involve utilizing the Visitors Center for environmental/conservation education purposes. The third party will operate the environmental education/ecotourism component of the project independent of the Nueces County Coastal Parks Department. This visitor destination site will also integrate with the theme of the existing Packery Channel Nature Preserve Park. The wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility will provide emergency care and serve as a temporary holding facility until the animal(s) can be transported to facilities such as, but not limited to, the Animal Recues Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas, Texas or Texas State Aquarium. This facility will also provide long term care for a limited number of animals such as birds. The ARK and Texas State Aquarium currently function as state-of-the-art facilities for sea turtle, dolphin, and bird rescue and rehabilitation; however, these facilities have a limited scope relative to the long-term rehabilitation of some bird species. Therefore, the proposed Visitors Center facility will supplement the needs of these local wildlife rehabilitation facilities by providing long-term care that will focus on the rehabilitation and ultimate release of these birds.
DISCUSSION
The existing Visitors Center will be retrofitted at the third party’s sole expense to accommodate a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation/environmental education facility which will be open to the public.

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Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
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Attachments
Order for the Vistor Center

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