At the direction of Governor DeSantis and to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people, DEP will close all Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection managed lands to the public effective Tuesday, March 24. This follows the cancellation of events and closure of state parks and National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERRs) facilities and education centers to the public earlier this month.
This closure includes state-owned uplands, such as beaches, islands, sand bars and emergent shoals within aquatic preserves. Vessel landings are strictly prohibited.
Unless closed by local or county order, state waters in aquatic preserves are open to recreational or commercial fishing and boating at this time, as long as adequate social distancing is observed.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to prioritize the welfare of our communities and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again to our NERRs and aquatic preserves as soon as possible.
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.
The office oversees:
Forty-one 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.
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