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Management Plan Review Process Plans Under Review

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Florida Coastal Office (FCO) oversees the management of Florida's 41 Aquatic Preserves, three National Estuarine Research Reserves (Reserves), one National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Coastal Management Program, the Deepwater Horizon Response and Restoration Team and the Coral Reef Conservation Program. These protected areas comprise more than 4 million acres of the most valuable submerged lands and select coastal uplands in Florida. With public input, FCO developed a Program Overview (pdf - 4.29 MB) that provides the statewide perspective to our Aquatic Preserve Program.

FCO is now updating site specific management plans for its Aquatic Preserves and National Estuarine Research Reserves. Sites will be holding public meetings to receive input on the draft plans. The objectives of the meetings are to:

  • Inform the public about the history, purpose and scope of management plan development.
  • Present the draft management plan.
  • Solicit public input regarding issues and opportunities that are being or should be addressed in the management plan.

The management plan and the public comments are subsequently reviewed by an advisory committee.

With this input, the plan is further amended and finalized to be sent to the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC). After approval from ARC and all necessary changes are made, the plan is presented to the Governor and Cabinet for adoption.

If you are interested in receiving notices for public meetings or for other updates on management plan development, please subscribe through our DEP newsletters.

Guana Marsh Sunset

Last updated: July 24, 2017

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