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About Beaches Funding

Funding for beaches is managed by the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program. The program provides and manages grants to local governments for the planning and implementation of beach and inlet management projects to protect upland structures and infrastructure, to provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species, to provide recreational opportunities and to support local economies through tourism.

Recognizing the importance of the state's beaches, the Florida Legislature in 1986 adopted a posture of protecting and restoring the state's beaches through a comprehensive beach management planning program. The program evaluates beach erosion problems throughout the state seeking viable solutions. The program is authorized by Section 161.101, Florida Statutes, and rules of Chapter 62B-36, F.A.C.


Financial assistance in an amount up to 50 percent of project costs is available to Florida's local governments, including county and municipal governments, community development districts and special taxing districts. Eligible activities include:

  • beach restoration and nourishment activities
  • project design and engineering studies
  • environmental studies and monitoring
  • inlet management planning
  • inlet sand transfer
  • dune restoration
  • beach and inlet protection activities
  • other beach erosion prevention related activities consistent with the adopted Strategic Beach Management Plan

Projects must be accessible to the public, located on the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean or Straits of Florida as well as within an area listed as critically eroded, and be consistent with the state’s Strategic Beach Management Plan.

How to Apply

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Beach Restoration Progress

Between 1998 and 2016, the Florida Legislature dedicated a portion of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Trust Fund for beach management, appropriating a total of $626.6 million to cost-share with local governments on local and federally authorized projects, with each level of government contributing about one-third of the cost of the entire program. This has resulted in the restoration and subsequent maintenance of over 227.8 miles, or nearly 56 percent, of the state’s 407.3 miles of critically eroded beaches.

Beach Funding Resources

  • For program documents, such as Beach Management Plans, legislative funding requests and budget plans, project fund tracking, financial summary reports, see Beaches Funding Documents website.
  • For reports on the various audits of the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program see the Beaches Funding Audits website.
  • For more information on beaches and inlets, including permitting, critical coastal erosion, coastal construction control line, coastal engineering, hydrology and geology, and coastal and shoreline data, please see the Division of Water Resource Management's Beaches Program website.

Contact Us

Please see Beaches Funding Contacts webpage for program contact information. The Beach Management Funding Assistance Program staff can be contacted by email at


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