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Building Near the Beach?
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map to see if your project will require a Coastal
Construction Control Line (CCCL) permit.
Self-Certification for CCCL Field Permits
An ESSA self-certification process is now available on
FDEP’s Business Portal for special events, beach cleaning,
and minor construction and activities seaward of the coastal
construction control line. For instructions on how to
register on FDEP’s Business Portal and apply for a CCCL
field permit using the ESSA self-certification process, see
Self-Certification for CCCL Field Permit Guidance document.
"To protect, restore, and manage
Florida's coastal system"
No other state and very few countries can boast such an abundance of
high quality beaches. The 825 miles of sandy coastline fronting the
Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico or the Straits of Florida are one of
Florida’s most valuable natural resources. Florida’s beaches are
deserving of this status because they serve several important functions,
each being vital to maintaining the health of Florida’s economy and
Get more information pertaining to the length of sandy coastline.
The coastal sandy beach system is home to several species
of plants and animals that are dependent upon the beaches, dunes
and near shore waters for all or part of their lives. For
example, beaches are used by resident and migratory shorebirds
for resting, foraging and nesting and during the summer months,
marine turtles come ashore to nest on the beach. There are over
30 animals considered rare within the state that inhabit the
beach and adjacent habitats. These plants and animals are
adapted to living in the beach’s harsh environment of salt
spray, shifting and infertile sand, bright sunlight, and storms.
Beaches are also heavily used by humans. Florida’s beaches have
attracted 14 million people to the state, 75% of which live
within ten miles of the coast (State of the Coast Report, 1996).
Both tourists and residents come to the beaches to relax and
enjoy the sights and sounds of its natural beauty. Others visit
the beaches and nearby waters to engage in boating, fishing,
diving, and other recreations. Florida's beaches are an integral
part of the state's economy, attracting tourists from around the
world. Beach tourism generates about $15 billion a year to the
state’s economy (State of the Coast Report, 1996).
The beach and dune system is our first line of defense against
storms because it acts as a buffer between the storm waves and
coastal development. During hurricanes, storm waves encounter
the beach and dunes before crashing into upland structures. When
this happens, the sand making up the beach and dune system may
be temporarily lost to the offshore bar system absorbing energy
and reducing the damage suffered by structures.
In order to protect, preserve, and manage Florida’s valuable
sandy beaches and adjacent and coastal system, the Legislature
adopted the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act, contained in
Parts I and II of
Chapter 161, Florida Statutes. The Act provides three
interrelated programs administered by the Department of
Environmental Protection which work in concert to accomplish the
task, those programs are: the Coastal Construction Control Line
Program, the Beach Management Funding Assistance Program, and the
Beaches, Inlets and Ports Program.
Construction Control Line (CCCL) Program
processes CCCL permits to protect the beach and dune system from
imprudent upland construction that could weaken, damage or destroy
the integrity of the beach and dune system.
The Beach Management
Funding Assistance (BMFA) Program
reviews funding applications and provides funding assistance for
beach restoration projects and inlet management projects to
restore the coastal system and address critically eroded
The Beaches, Inlets
and Ports (BIP) Program
processes joint coastal permits (JCP’s) and environmental resource
permits (ERP’s) for beach restoration projects, erosion control
structures, piers, deep water ports and coastal inlets. The BIP
program also reviews coastal data for quality control and provides
strategic planning for beach and inlet management activities.
Engineering, Hydrology and Geology (EHG) Program
provides the necessary research and analysis to support the
regulatory and beach management programs with science-based
decisions. The coastal engineering staff models shoreline
changes, determines erosion rates and areas of critical erosion,
and conducts regional offshore sand searches.
In order to provide necessary
data and analysis
to support the regulatory and beach management programs described
above, beaches staff performs regional surveys, reviews regional
and project surveys and provides engineering and environmental
analysis of the state’s sandy beach shoreline. Additionally, a
coastal GIS database has been developed and is maintained.
Explore this website for more information on Beaches
and Coastal Systems, or call our office at (850)