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Beach Management Funding Assistance (BMFA) Program  

(Formerly the Beach Erosion Control Program - BECP)

"To develop and implement a long term regional proactive beach management program for the state of Florida"

Recognizing the importance of the state's beaches, the Florida Legislature in 1986 adopted a posture of protecting and restoring the state's beaches through a comprehensive beach management planning program. Under the program, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Restoration Assistance evaluates beach erosion problems throughout the state seeking viable solutions. The primary vehicle for implementing the beach management planning recommendations is the Florida Beach Management Funding Assistance Program, which is a program established for the purpose of working in concert with local, state and federal governmental entities to achieve the protection, preservation and restoration of the coastal sandy beach resources of the state. Under the program, financial assistance in an amount up to 50 percent of project costs is available to Florida's county and municipal governments, community development districts, or special taxing districts for shore protection and preservation activities located on the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, or Straits of Florida.

Eligible activities include beach restoration and nourishment activities, project design and engineering studies, environmental studies and monitoring, inlet management planning, inlet sand transfer, dune restoration and protection activities, and other beach erosion prevention related activities consistent with the adopted Strategic Beach Management Plan. The program is authorized by Section 161.101, Florida Statutes. Since 1998, when the Legislature dedicated a portion of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund for beach management, $626.6 million has been appropriated to cost-share with local governments on local and federally authorized projects, with each level of government contributing about one-third of the cost of the entire program. This has resulted in the restoration and subsequent maintenance of over 227.8 miles, or nearly 56%, of the state’s 407.3 miles of critically eroded beaches.

FY2018-2019 Beach Management Program Funding Assistance Information

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Restoration Assistance was accepting funding requests from Florida Local Governments for the FY2018-2019 Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. The application deadline is August 1, 2017. 

Please contact Beaches_Funding@dep.state.fl.us or the Project Manager for your county if you have any questions or need further information.

Once all materials for requesting assistance are completed, you can submit a funding request package via FTP through this website.


Program Audits

Why Restore Eroded Beaches?

Funding Assistance Program Information

Track Project Funding

Submit Funding Request Package

View Funding Requests

Project Managers

BMFA Documents

Critical Coastal Erosion

Staff Contacts

Would you like to view rules and regulations regarding beach restoration?

Chapter 62B-36, Florida Administrative Code
Beach Erosion Control Assistance Program

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Chapter 161, Florida Statutes
Beach and Shore Preservation

Last updated: June 09, 2017

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