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Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Highlights


SCORP Cover 2013Outdoor Recreation in Florida

The Department of Environmental Protection is directed by the Florida Legislature to cooperate with state and federal agencies, private organizations, and commercial and industrial interests in the promotion of a state outdoor recreation program. Florida’s outdoor recreation program is a diverse, connected and balanced system of outdoor recreational resources, facilities and programs.


Because of the State's phenomenal growth, providers of outdoor recreation facilities and services continue to be pressured to meet expanding demand. A fixed supply of land, water, shoreline areas, and cultural resources suitable for public use combined with fiscal constraints present public land managers with difficult decisions. State government must exercise a leadership role in coordinating the effective use of Florida’s recreation resources. But recognizing that the State alone cannot provide the volume or variety in types of leisure pursuits that will be needed by its present and future populations, the Legislature has given the Department of Environmental Protection specific responsibility to develop and execute a comprehensive, multipurpose outdoor recreation plan with the assistance of other public recreation land managers.

The Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is the state’s official document regarding outdoor recreation planning. The plan is a requirement for Florida’s participation in Land and Water Conservation (LWCF) program. Outdoor Recreation in Florida – 2013 is the tenth edition written in accordance with Florida Statute 375.021.

Florida’s Outdoor Recreation Inventory
The Florida Outdoor Recreation Inventory (FORI) is a comprehensive inventory of existing outdoor resources and facilities in Florida. It provides details of parks, recreation areas, open spaces and other outdoor sites in the state including federal, state, regional, county and municipal governments, commercial enterprises, non-profit organizations and clubs. The database consists of more than 13,000 records and is maintained by the Department to assist with the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

If you have trouble opening the documents or would like a paper copy please email outdoor.recreation@dep.state.fl.us or call (850) 245-3051.

2018-2023 SCORP – Work is already underway on the next plan!

If you are a public provider of outdoor recreation in Florida, you can help shape the plan by taking this opinion survey. Thank you!

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2013 SCORP Work Group Documents and Meeting Information

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Last updated: October 03, 2016


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