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About Beaches and Coastal Systems (BCS)

"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

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. 

The Coastal 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 beaches.  

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.

The 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) 245-8336.

Last updated: April 14, 2016

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