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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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Statewide Ecosystem Assessment of Coastal and Aquatic Resources Pilot Begins


The Florida Coastal Office will implement and pilot the Statewide Ecosystem Assessment of Coastal and Aquatic Resources (SEACAR) project within the state's specially designated areas. SEACAR will inform and develop planning and restoration tools through a collaborative process involving assessment teams comprised of local, state and federal natural resource managers, data providers, researchers and partners. These assessment team members will guide the project, establish indicators that best assess the status of our aquatic resources and develop public friendly product formats that are usable for science based management. Current knowledge of coastal processes and scientific data obtained from inventory and monitoring programs around the state will be used to identify these ecological indicators and assist in the analysis of ecosystem status and trends.

SEACAR which began in summer 2016, is a five-year project funded through the Florida Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To learn more, participate as a member of an assessment team or to receive updates on SEACAR, please contact coastal.resources@dep.state.fl.us or visit our website.

Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve

Rainbow Springs Aquatic Preserve
"Our springs have been referred to as "liquid bowls of light." When you visit Rainbow Springs you never leave unchanged..." Jeff Sowards, Aquatic Preserve Manager.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Grant Program Accepting Applications

Coastal communities encouraged to apply for coastal hazards resilience small grants

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) in collaboration with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is seeking proposals for the Coastal Community Projects Small Grants.  Local governments, municipalities, tribes and regional councils/commissions within Florida's 23 counties along the Gulf of Mexico who have completed the Community Resilience Index or other similar vulnerability assessment are eligible to apply. Interested communities should submit a proposal detailing their needs and how grant funds would help address the identified needs through the implementation of resilience actions. Grant applications are accepted in electronic format only and must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on December 9, 2016. For more details and to apply, click here.


Last updated: October 11, 2017

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