Funding for Florida's critically eroded beaches is managed by the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. The program provides and manages grants to local governments (up to 75 percent of project costs) for planning and implementing beach and inlet management projects on the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, or Straits of Florida to protect upland structures and infrastructure, provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species, provide recreational opportunities, and support local economies through tourism. Contact: Hanna Tillotson, 850-245-7540, Beaches_Funding@FloridaDEP.gov. Learn more about Funding Eligibility.
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. The program evaluates beach erosion problems throughout the state seeking viable solutions. The program is authorized by Section 161.101, Florida Statutes , and rules of Chapter 62B-36, F.A.C.
The Beach Funding Program proposes amendments to Chapter 62B-36, F.A.C., as a result of changes made in 2019, as codified in Chapter 2019-122, Laws of Florida, House Bill 325. Those changes revise the criteria that the Department must consider in determining and assigning annual funding priorities for beach and inlet management and erosion control projects, and revising reporting requirements for managing the state's comprehensive long-term beach management plan. The Rule is proposed to go into effect July 1, 2020. View overview on Rules in Development page. Track this Rule in the Florida Administrative Register.
The first public workshop to discuss the project ranking methodology was held on Dec. 11, 2019, in Tallahassee.
Workshop materials including draft rule language, beach and inlet project ranking trials, presentation, webinar recording, and comments submitted.
June 2020 Update
Rule amendment documents including rule language, beach and inlet project ranking trials, summary of comments received and Department response, draft guidance document, and alternative scoring methodology overview document
Financial assistance in an amount up to 50% of beach projects and 75% of inlet project costs is available to Florida's local governments, including county and municipal governments, community development districts and special taxing districts. Eligible activities include:
beach restoration and nourishment activities
project design and engineering studies
environmental studies and monitoring
inlet management planning
inlet sand transfer
beach and inlet protection activities
other beach erosion prevention related activities consistent with the adopted Strategic Beach Management Plan
Since 1998, the Florida Legislature has dedicated more than $882 million of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund, Land Acquisition Trust Fund, and General Revenue for beach management. Of this, nearly $109 million was appropriated specifically for hurricane recovery projects. The funds are cost-shared 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 funding has resulted in the restoration and subsequent maintenance of more than 229.7 miles, or 55%, of the state’s 419.6 miles of critically eroded beaches.
Beach Funding Resources
For program documents, such as Beach Management Plans, legislative funding requests and budget plans, project fund tracking, financial summary reports, see Beaches Funding Documents website.
For reports on the various audits of the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program see the Beaches Funding Audits website.
For more information on beaches and inlets, including permitting, critical coastal erosion, coastal construction control line, coastal engineering, hydrology and geology, and coastal and shoreline data, please see the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection's Beaches Program website.
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