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Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

Safety Updates

Effective Feb. 6, 2021: It is now federal law that all persons on a tour boat, ferry or other RCP-provided watercraft within Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP) managed lands are required to wear a mask. RCP will comply with this order and continue efforts to provide for staff and visitor safety. Please review individual aquatic preserve and NERR pages for specific information for each location. As DEP reopens managed areas, the department will take measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During these phases of reopening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities.

Initially, approximately six managed areas will reopen remote access trails, and beaches and boat ramps at the research reserves. Islands, beaches and submerged lands within the aquatic preserves will open in a manner consistent with local ordinances. Please refer to your local government web pages to identify any local restrictions.

The following areas have been identified to reopen for day-use with limited risk to visitors and staff.


Trails & Remote Access

Boat & Kayak Launch

Beach Access

Millender Park, Eastpoint - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Yes Yes Yes (bay)
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Trails, Eastpoint (Cat Point, Scipio Creek Boardwalk, Rodrigue Tract, Unit 4, Cape St. George Island) Yes Yes (except Scipio Creek and Rodrigue Tract) Yes
Nick's Hole Parcel - St. George Island (ANERR) Yes Yes n/a
St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Trails (Heart and Deal Tracts) Yes Yes Yes
GTMNERR A1A Beach Access Points (middle and south lots only - north lot is closed for boardwalk repairs). - - Yes
Guana Lake Dam, boat ramp and hiking trails Yes Yes Yes
Shell Island Road (Rookery Bay) Yes Yes No

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection manages more than 4.9 million acres of submerged lands and coastal uplands in Florida.

Resilience and Coastal Protection oversees:

  • Forty-two aquatic preserves.
  • Three National Estuarine Research Reserves (Apalachicola in Eastpoint, GTM in St. Augustine and Rookery Bay in Naples)
  • Florida Coastal Management Program
  • Clean Boating Programs and Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
  • Florida Resilient Coastlines Program
  • Florida Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
  • Statewide Ecosystem Assessment of Coastal and Aquatic Resources Program (SEACAR)
  • Florida Coastal Access Guide
  • Outer Continental Shelf Program
  • Beach Field Services Program
  • Beach Management Funding Assistance Program
  • Beaches, Inlets and Ports Program
  • Coastal Construction Control Line Program
  • Coastal Engineering and Geology Group

Alex Reed, Director, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection

Alex Reed was appointed Director of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection in November 2019. The office has a multi-faceted approach to resilience, including coral reef protection, preservation of coastal and aquatic management areas, beach and inlet management, and the implementation of ecosystem restoration projects to prepare Florida’s coastal communities and state-managed lands from the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and future storms.

Alex has been with the department since 2009, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the Director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Alex earned a B.S. in geology from Florida State University.


Resilience and Coastal Protection Programs

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