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
The Beaches, Inlets and Ports
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) 245-8336.
April 14, 2016