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Florida State Parks Website Receives National Award

~Website wins National Association of Government Webmasters Members’ Choice Award~

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) newly redesigned Florida State Parks website, www.FloridaStateParks.org, recently received an award from the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW). The website, which was launched in early 2010, received the NAGW’s Members’ Choice Award for 2010 and also finished as a top three finalist for the Pinnacle Award. The website received high marks for being easy to navigate, visually appealing, informative and offering accessibility features.

“Winning the Members’ Choice award and being recognized amongst our government peers is a great honor,” said DEP Secretary Mimi Drew. “DEP staff worked countless hours to redesign and improve the look, functionality and content of the Florida State Parks website for the 2.5 million web users that visit the site annually. I am proud to see their hard work recognized.”

FloridaStateParks.org was redesigned by staff from DEP’s Office of External Affairs in conjunction with Florida State Parks. The in-house redesign saved the state of Florida more than $255,000. The new site features streamlined navigation, multiple accessibility features, beautiful park photos and abundant information, including featured deals and discounts and one tank adventures.

The NAGW Pinnacle Awards are given to local governments for website excellence. This year’s awards drew 39 entrants from across the country in four categories; three categories for cities and counties based on population and one state and non-governmental organization (NGO) category.

Judges reviewed websites based on team size, content, organization, design, function, accessibility, standards and interactivity. The Florida State Parks website was a top three finalist in the NGO category and was selected as the Members’ Choice Award winner through online voting by NAGW members.

About Florida State Parks
Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, the Florida State Park system has grown from eight to 160 parks in the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida’s natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Florida State Parks has been recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association as the nation’s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation’s best park service. For more information about Florida’s state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org

About NAGW
The National Association of Government Webmasters, Inc. is a non-profit association of local government webmasters focused specifically to the interests and concerns of local government webmasters. The organization provides a way for these webmasters to share knowledge, ideas and resources, and a way to meet and network with others who have similar positions. NAGW’s mission is primarily to serve its membership through the coordination of national conferences, enabling the networking of association members, and sharing other professional resources and information. The result is improved capacity to provide value across the web to local communities. For more information, visit www.nagw.org

Florida State Parks website

"Winning the Members’ Choice award and being recognized amongst our government peers is a great honor."

Mimi Drew
DEP Secretary



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