Beach Management Funding Assistance
(Formerly the Beach Erosion Control Program - BECP)
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 Resource Management 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, $541.6 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 226.7 miles, or nearly 57%, of the state’s
critically eroded beaches.
FY2014-2015 Beach Management Program Funding Assistance Information
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division
of Water Resource Management is accepting funding requests from
Florida Local Governments for the FY2014-2015 Beach Management
Funding Assistance Program. The application deadline was
September 12, 2013.
The program announcement letter and example applications can be found
below. Note that beach and inlet projects will require separate
applications, as the Department anticipates the adoption of the updated
program rule 62B-36, Florida Administrative Code, prior to the
application deadline. The “Ranking Methodology” document will
be updated as soon as the rule goes into effect August 5, 2013.
Please contact the
Project Manager for your county
if you have any questions or need further information.
Once all of your materials for requesting assistance have been
completed, you can submit a funding request
package via FTP through this website.
Restore Eroded Beaches?
Funding Assistance Program Information
Track Project Funding
Submit Funding Request Package
View Funding Requests
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161, Florida Statutes
Beach and Shore Preservation