DEP Celebrates 25 Years of Providing Access for All in Florida State Parks

July 27, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection begins a year-long, statewide celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Florida State Parks. Florida Governor Rick Scott recently proclaimed July 26 as ADA Awareness Day in Florida to honor the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking law. Parks across the […]

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DEP Provides $500,000 to Longboat Key for Beach Renourishment

July 27th, 2015 LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $500,000 in grant funding for a beach stabilization project that also provides recreational opportunities at the North Shore Public Beach Access to residents and visitors of the town of Longboat Key. “The department is committed to helping fund and implement […]

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DEP Provides More Than $4.4 Million for Oyster Project

July 27, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has signed an agreement to award $4.4 million to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to implement the Oyster Cultch Placement project, which will restore oyster beds in Apalachicola, Pensacola and St. Andrew bays. This award is part of the Natural Resource […]

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DEP Provides $785,000 for Panama City Water Improvement and Park

July 24, 2015 PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Today, Florida Department of Environmental Protection representatives and state and local elected officials attended a ribbon cutting for the Lisenby Avenue Stormwater Management Facility. Panama City received a $785,000 grant for the construction of the facility, which will improve water quality in St. Andrew Bay. Additional improvements include a new […]

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DEP Solicits Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program Grant Applications

July 24, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Beginning Aug. 3, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will accept fiscal year 2016-17 applications for the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FDRAP). FRDAP is a state-competitive grant program that provides financial assistance to local governmental entities for the development or acquisition of land for public outdoor recreation. Completed […]

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DEP’s Florida Costal Office Partners to Remove Marine Debris

July 24, 2015 KEY LARGO, Fla. – Florida Coastal Management Program’s newly created marine debris rapid response team enjoyed a big success with the recent removal of a derelict boat lift from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary waters. The 35-foot-long lift was impacting marine resources since settling on a seagrass bed just south of John […]

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DEP Hosts Silver Springs Restoration Plan Workshop

July 20, 2015 OCALA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting a public meeting on July 23 to discuss the water-quality restoration plan for Silver Springs. DEP representatives will review the draft restoration plan and provide an update of the identified nitrogen sources, proposed water-quality restoration projects and ongoing water-quality monitoring efforts. “The department […]

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GTM Research Reserve Completes Oyster Reef Relocation Project

July 17, 2015 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) partnered with the city of St. Augustine, Flagler College, Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves and volunteers to relocate oysters from a small area on Salt Run to create a non-motorized watercraft access at Sailboat Beach. The oysters were moved north and […]

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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Hosted Cleanup on Spoil Island

July 17, 2015 FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The Florida Coastal Office’s Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves (IRLAP) along with the Friends of the Spoil Islands hosted a cleanup of Spoil Island SL15 that resulted in more than 30 volunteers in canoes and kayaks removing 27 55-gallon garbage bags filled with trash and recyclables. SL15 is a designated conservation island set […]

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DEP Implements Nine Land and Water Conservation Fund Contracts

July 14, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has implemented nine Land and Water Conservation Fund contracts, totaling $1.8 million in federal funding to improve recreational opportunities in five counties. The department’s Land and Recreation Grants Section administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s […]

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Silver Springs State Park Infrastructure to be Improved

July 13, 2015 SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has committed $1,084,356 to remove septic tanks and install municipal sewer connections at Silver Springs State Park. This project will eliminate the potential for the park’s septic tanks to leach nutrient pollution – about 2,372 pounds of nitrogen annually – into groundwater […]

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First Lady Ann Scott Continues Summer Literacy Adventure

July 9, 2015 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Surrounded by the sparkling waters and abundant native wildlife of Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, First Lady Ann Scott made her second stop on the 2015 Summer Literacy Adventure yesterday. First Lady Scott read “I am a Manatee” by John Lithgow to students from area summer camps. […]

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Restoration of Upper Ocklawaha Basin Continues

July 10, 2015 TAVARES, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted a public meeting today to further the water quality restoration of five water bodies in the Upper Ocklawaha Basin: Lake Harris, Palatlakaha River, Trout Lake, Lake Yale and Lake Carlton. Representatives discussed pollutant sources and solicited local knowledge to verify information related […]

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