Florida Coastal Management Program Hosts Inaugural 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
"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
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
For questions about the FCMP, please contact
Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail
Florida tourism is a $60 billion dollar industry, and heritage tourism, in particular, has become an important source of revenue for the state. In an effort to revitalize coastal tourism in Florida's Panhandle following the 2010 oil spill,
the Florida Department of State's Bureau of Archaeological Research was awarded Florida Coastal Management Program funds to create the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail in Gulf waters off Pensacola, Destin, Panama City and Port St. Joe. This shipwreck trail initiative addresses the current national focus of improving communities' ability to recover from coastal disasters and promoting responsible visitation to, and management of, their valuable historical resources. Visitors and residents alike may participate on the trail through the interactive trail web page, social networking platform, and by obtaining the official trail Passport.
Creating the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail involved a multi-pronged approach consisting of conducting historical research, gathering videographic and photographic data, soliciting local community participation and collaborating on graphic design for the trail sites.
Twelve shipwrecks were selected based on input from Gulf Coast communities, dive shop owners and charter boat captains. Trail visitors are provided with an interpretation of each site related to a ship's career, date of sinking, dimensions, location, depth of water and structural features. These ship biographies are featured in both the Passport and on the webpage.
To learn more about the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail please contact Dr. Roger Smith at
Building Coastal Stewardship at the Barrier Island Sanctuary
Barrier Island Sanctuary (BIS) Management and Education Center, jointly operated by the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) and Brevard County's
Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, is the public focal point for
Brevard's fragile barrier island habitats and the
Archie Carr National
Wildlife Refuge with its globally important sea turtle populations.
The STC was awarded funds in 2010 from the Florida Coastal Management Program to carry out four main functions at the BIS:
- Develop and implement the innovative
Eco-Explorer Camp for kids. The camps enable children to experience the Indian River Lagoon in the field, and learn about dune and aquatic habitats and related wildlife.
- Conduct Community Coastal Stewardship Workshops for residents and tourists on topics designed to promote coastal habitat stewardship. These
events bring in experts to discuss how residents and visitors can live in harmony with sea turtles by managing oceanfront lighting
and planting native vegetation to stabilize dunes and create coastal habitats.
- Develop, produce and distribute "stewardship kits" to schools and learning institutions in Brevard County. The kits are designed to reach a broad range of ages and venues
to further develop an understanding of, and connections to, barrier island ecology.
- Support the 2010 and 2011 'Tour de Turtles', a popular online educational program based on the real-time satellite tracking of sea turtles nesting in Florida and the Caribbean. Three sea turtles were tagged and tracked from the BIS during the annual July launch, with numerous visitors observing the release. Interested persons in Florida and around the country can follow the annual sea turtle migration at Tour de Turtles, an interactive website spotlighting sea turtles and the threats they face.
Timucuan Trail Paddling Guide
The Public Trust
Environmental Legal Institute, in partnership with the City of
Jacksonville, was awarded FCMP funds of $20,250 in FY 2009-2010 to
Timucuan Trail Waterway Guide,
a paddling guide featuring the waterways surrounding the Florida Sea
Islands - small, barrier islands located between the Nassau River
St. Johns River. These unique islands
are bordered by expanses of pristine, undeveloped property and
protected natural vistas, which allow paddlers to visit diverse
habitats, including the sea islands, ocean, marshes and estuarine
backwaters where they can experience the "real Florida".
The waterway Guide is a detailed waterproof blueways map that
shows kayak landings and channel markers, and includes information
on depth markings, paddle distances, parking, and ecological and
historic resources. The
Guide promotes the use and appreciation of the unique Florida Sea
Islands, which provide critical habitat for fish, especially
spawning and juvenile fish, and nesting grounds for wildlife and
water birds. Dozens of
rare and protected species inhabit the paddling trail, including the
Atlantic sturgeon, American loggerhead,
bald eagle, least tern, brown pelican,
wood stork and manatees.The
Timucuan Trail Waterway Guide
can be downloaded free from the website.
Archaeological Mapping, Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park
Florida, coastal archaeological sites are seriously threatened
by heavy winds, storms, tidal scouring, and by human forces -
looting and vandalism. The
Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park (CHPSP), located on
Florida's southwest coast, contains more than 100 recorded
archaeological sites that are at risk from these resource
management challenges. In response to continual damage, Florida Department of
State's Bureau of Archaeological Research systematically mapped
the physical features of significant, at risk archaeological
sites in the CHPSP.
Using FY 07-08 CZM funds, the CHPSP
archaeological mapping project began with
Sword Point (located west of the Caloosahatchee River). CZM funds in two subsequent years allowed for mapping of
Pine Island II, which was recorded by Frank Cushing in the late
Glover Bight (located east of Sword Point), and Bumblebee
and Penny's Mounds, located along the East Wall of Charlotte
Harbor. The result
of the CZM-funded mapping project is an atlas of 43 sites from
the CHPSP. The atlas
will facilitate land managers and law enforcement staff in
monitoring and protecting the sites, assist archaeologists in
reconstructing the cultural history of the region and serve
scientists in assessing shoreline erosion and inventorying
For more information on the CHPSP mapping project, please
contact Mary Glowacki, Bureau of Archaeological Research at