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About the Coastal Management Program

The Florida Coastal Management Program is based on a network of agencies implementing 24 statutes that protect and enhance the state's natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. The goal of the program is to coordinate local, state and federal agency activities using existing laws to ensure that Florida's coast is as valuable to future generations as it is today. Florida's Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for directing the implementation of the state-wide coastal management program.

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Florida Coastal Management Program Hosts Inaugural Meeting

A speaker addresses the marine debris panel at the FCMP meeting.

The Inaugural Meeting of the Florida Coastal Management Program (FCMP) held May 3 4, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla., brought together over 100 stakeholders from local, state and federal governments, non-governmental organizations and the public. The FCMP Annual Meeting built momentum, broadened awareness of FCMP activities and engaged stakeholders to spur routine and regular coordination on coastal issues, to offer opportunities to partners and to enhance support of Florida's coastal communities and economic, natural and historical resources.

The FCMP is a network of state agencies implementing 24 statutes that protect and enhance the state's natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. Florida's Department of Environmental Protection is responsible for directing the implementation of the statewide coastal management program.

At the meeting, stakeholders were provided an overview of the FCMP's successes during the past five years and a look into the program's goals for the next five years. FCMP initiatives discussed include: community resiliency, estuarine habitat restoration, coordinated coral and hard-bottom ecosystem mapping, monitoring and management, special area management planning, marine debris and Coastal Partnership Initiative projects. The first day of the meeting showcased successes from the five-year Coastal Zone Management Act funded projects that were coming to a close including Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's planning for community resilience guides for local governments, management planning for aquatic preserves and long-term restoration planning for Northeast Florida. The second day of the meeting opened with an overview of marine debris projects, including long-term aquaculture debris removal and the newly developing statewide marine debris reduction planning efforts. Local governments also provided lessons learned from some Cedar Cove restoration efforts done by the City of Crystal River and discussed Santa Rosa County's abilities to leverage funding to revitalize Bagdad Mill Park. The meeting ended with a look to the program's future of proposed projects and opportunities to come.

"It is in the state and national interest to protect, maintain and develop coastal resources through coordinated management, and management of the state's coastal zone requires a highly coordinated effort among state, regional and local entities," said Becky Prado, Deputy Director of the Florida Coastal Office. "More than ever, partnerships are growing around coastal issues statewide, and FCMP is at the center of these partnerships to help guide action."

Sponsors of the meeting included Coastal States Organization, Estero Bay Buddies, Friends of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves, Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Friends of Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve, Friends of Rookery Bay and the Aquatic Preserve Society.

For more information about the meeting, please visit www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/fcmp_annual_ meeting_2016.htm. For questions about the FCMP, please contact FCMPmail@dep.state.fl.us.

Last updated: July 29, 2016


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