The Beaches, Inlets and Ports Program planning staff is charged with updating and maintaining the Strategic Beach Management Plan (SBMP)and assisting the coastal engineering and geology staff with establishing or updating the Inlet Management Plans (IMP) to address critical erosion along Florida’s coastline. When drafting the plans, coordination among local governments, state agencies, federal government and the private sector is a critical component to developing a comprehensive approach for addressing the critical erosion along Florida’s beaches. Planning staff also coordinates with federal agencies on ongoing beach and inlet projects, rule and policy development, and regional sediment management and training opportunities. Review of federally funded or conducted activities are reviewed for consistency with the Florida Coastal Management Program. Staff also participates with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to improve habitats in the Gulf, and share or learn about Florida’s coastal management activities.
Beach and inlet management activities and practices in Florida are governed by the Dennis L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act, Chapter 161, Florida Statutes (F.S.). In 1986, pursuant to Sections 161.101 and 161.161, F.S., the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Beaches and Shores (now the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Management) was charged with the responsibility to identify those beaches of the state that are critically eroding and develop and maintain a comprehensive long-term management plan for their restoration. The long-term management plan has several components to it that DEP implements, including the Strategic Beach Management Plan and inlet management plans. The other components to the long-term management plan include the critical erosion report, local government funding requests and the long-range budget plan. The funding requests and budget plan are handled through the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program.
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.