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Office of the Director - State Lands

What to know Before the Next Hurricane Season

Marinas on leased state-owned land can be damaged or destroyed during hurricane season. As a sovereignty submerged lands leaseholder, you may be entitled to financial relief from lease fees if you are affected by a hurricane. When a hurricane makes landfall in Florida, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issues an Emergency Final Order for a specific time frame and area. This emergency order is to help Floridians recover from hurricane damage and provides relief from some regulatory requirements and allows for credits and waivers for certain fees.

History of State Lands

In 1855, the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund was created as an agency of the Florida government. In 1841, the U.S. government had granted each state in the union 500,000 acres. Combined with the land received as a result of the Swamp and Overflowed Lands Act of 1850, the Trustees had more than 21 million acres under its control. Since then, Florida has worked to protect and conserve natural resources.

History of Florida's Conservation Efforts: Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever

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