The Florida Coastal Office coordinates the protection of the state’s natural, cultural and economic coastal resources. DEP manages more than 4 million acres of submerged lands and coastal uplands. With support from NOAA, the Florida Coastal Office manages the Florida Coastal Management Program, 41 aquatic preserves, three National Estuarine Research Reserves, the Florida Coral Reef Conservation Program, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Kevin Claridge is the director of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office. During his almost 20-year tenure with the state of Florida, he has led resource management, restoration and regulatory efforts across the state and represented Florida in many state, regional and national partnerships. He has administered coastal management, air, waste, water facility, environmental resource and mine reclamation programs.
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.