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Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Center Brings Increased Attendance

The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve has experienced an 87 percent increase in visitors this July compared to July 2011. In recent months, staff members have seen an abundance of new guests enter the research reserve’s nature center, which was completed in February 2011 and sits at the foot of the bridge to St. George […]

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Fishing and cycling on the bridge to Pigeon Key. (photo by John Moran/2006)

Florida’s State Parks and Trails Welcome 24.9 Million Visitors

Nearly 25 million people visited state park and trail properties in fiscal 2011, according to attendance figures recently compiled by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service. State parks received about 700,000 more visitors in the last year than in the previous year, totaling more than 21.1 million visitors. Additionally, more than 3.8 million people […]

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Department Expands Access to Statewide Rulemaking Through Webinars, Online Discussion Forum

As part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s ongoing efforts to increase transparency in rulemaking, the state is hosting webinars and an online discussion forum where citizens can engage directly with staff on the development of a statewide Environmental Resource Permit (ERP). The final workshop will take place on Thursday, Aug. 16.   For the […]

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Florida Brownfields Program Brings $388 Million in Capital Investment in 2012

This week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released its Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program Annual Report for fiscal year 2011-12, which highlights job creation efforts and projects new capital investment of $388 million to date in 2012. The Florida Brownfields Program facilitates redevelopment and job creation by empowering communities, local governments and other stakeholders to […]

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DEP to Make $1 Million Investment in Silver Springs Restoration Efforts

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continued its efforts to restore Silver Springs by committing $1 million to water quality improvement projects. “In the last two years, with the support of Governor Rick Scott, Senator Charlie Dean and the rest of the Florida Legislature, we have directed $10.4 million to restoration – more than double […]

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DEP Florida Green Lodging Program and Audubon International Launch Partnership

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program today re-designated Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in partnership with Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program, in Marco Island.   During the ceremony, Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa was presented with a designation certificate. Speakers for the ceremony included the Department’s South […]

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Enjoy Florida State Parks and Trails This Summer

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service and VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, today launched the State Parks component of the Share a Little Sunshine campaign. The new campaign encourages Florida residents to invite friends and family to experience …the Real Florida (SM) by visiting its 160 state parks and […]

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Florida State Parks Celebrate July as Park and Recreation Month

Governor Rick Scott, along with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service and the Florida Recreation and Park Association, proclaimed July as Park and Recreation Month. Floridians and visitors alike are encouraged to spend time outdoors at one of Florida’s 171 managed lands, which include state parks, state trails and historic sites. The […]

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State to Invest Nearly $1 Million in Santa Fe River Basin Restoration Effort

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced today its commitment of up to $900,000 to fund the efforts to restore the Santa Fe River and its associated springs. In coordination with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Suwannee River Partnership, the Suwannee River Water Management District will use this additional funding […]

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Florida Moving Forward with Plan to Improve Water Quality in America’s Everglades

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today received notification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the permit and associated projects the Department submitted on June 6, 2012, satisfy all of  EPA’s previous objections and are sufficient to achieve the stringent water quality requirements for the Everglades. This action paves the way for the Department […]

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