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Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's lead agency for environmental management and stewardship, is one of the more diverse agencies in state government - protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.

The department is focusing on six strategic goals to help achieve this vision:

  • Focus taxpayer resources on projects that provide a direct benefit to the environment and local communities.
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  • Partner with communities and businesses to protect natural resources and promote economic growth.
  • Improve the quality of natural resources through long-term planning, restoration and maintenance.
  • Empower employees to solve problems through innovation and efficiency.
  • Proactively communicate a clear and consistent message both internally and externally.
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DEP Invests $5.4 Million in Local Recreational Projects

Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced that it will invest more than $5.4 million in 110 recreational development projects in local communities around the state through its Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP). This competitive grant program provides state funds to develop lands for public outdoor recreational use, such as building or renovating sports facilities or playgrounds.

“The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is committed to funding projects that directly benefit natural resources and local communities,” said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. “This grant funding will support projects such as athletic fields, picnic facilities, fishing piers and playgrounds – projects that provide taxpayers additional recreational opportunities.”

Through the end of November, the department is presenting ceremonial checks to municipalities and counties across the state. For a complete list of this year’s grant recipients and their projects, click here.

Since 2013, FRDAP has invested more than $8.6 million in 174 projects to improve local recreational facilities across the state. Eligible applicants include municipal and county governments and other authorized entities with the legal responsibility to provide public outdoor recreation.

View the full press release for more information.


Last updated: November 23, 2015

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