"The St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve is one of the best investments ever made by the state of Florida. Whether it's as a buffer to hurricanes' impacts, a producer of commercial and recreational fisheries, or an ecotourism magnet, the preserve is the investment that keeps on giving generation after generation." - Gary Maidhof, former Citrus County Development Services Director
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.