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, Guana Tolomato Matanzas 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 for the effects of sea level rise, coastal flooding, erosion and storms.
Alex has been with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection since 2009, serving in a variety of roles and most recently as the director of the Division of Water Resource Management. Alex earned a bachelor of science in geology from Florida State University.
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.