Funding for beaches is managed by the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. The program provides and manages grants to local governments for the planning and implementation of beach and inlet management projects to protect upland structures and infrastructure, to provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species, to provide recreational opportunities and to support local economies through tourism.
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 management and erosion control projects and revising certain statutory provisions that the Department must consider with respect to managing inlets.
A public workshop was held on Dec. 11, 2019 in Tallahassee. Workshop materials included below:
Financial assistance in an amount up to 50 percent of 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
Projects must be accessible to the public, located on the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean or Straits of Florida as well as within an area listed as critically eroded, and be consistent with the state’s Strategic Beach Management Plan.
Between 1998 and 2016, the Florida Legislature dedicated a portion of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund for beach management, appropriating a total of $626.6 million to cost-share 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 has resulted in the restoration and subsequent maintenance of over 227.8 miles, or nearly 56 percent, of the state’s 407.3 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 Division of Water Resource Management's Beaches Program website.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.