DEP Expands Online Beach guide

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Coastal Management Program today announced the launch of the second phase of its coastal access guide. The interactive website allows users to locate beach access points and additional information such as restroom location, amenities and lifeguard availability. The first phase, launched in February, included data for the panhandle region, encompassing 13 Gulf Coast counties spanning from Escambia to Citrus. With the launch of the second phase, the 12 coastal counties along the Atlantic Ocean from Nassau to Miami-Dade are now included.

“Florida’s coastlines are home to more than just white sandy beaches; they also include many of Florida’s cultural, historic and natural resources, “said Danny Clayton, Program Administrator of DEP’s Florida Coastal Management Program. “This online tool provides visitors with information about beach access points and amenities, maps, directions, and area information to ensure our citizens and visitors find plenty of opportunities to connect with Florida’s most defining natural resource – our coast.”

The guide also provides directions, a list of amenities at each access point and a list of state parks, paddling trails, points of interest and a county overview. Once completed, the guide will include locations of public beach access points in coastal counties throughout the state.

Information about Southwest Florida will be added to the website in the coming months.

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