FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2012
DEP LAUNCHES FINAL PHASE OF ONLINE BEACH ACCESS GUIDE
~Finding your ideal Florida beach just got easier~
A peek through greenery at Bahia Honda State Park provides a glimpse of the clear Florida Keys waters.
TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Coastal Management Program today announced the launch of the third and final phase of its coastal access guide. The interactive website now allows users to locate beach access points and additional information such as restrooms, picnic tables and lifeguard availability statewide.
The most recent phase completes the guide and covers 10 coastal counties, from Hernando to Monroe, on Southwest Florida’s coast. The first phase, launched in February, included data for the panhandle region, encompassing 13 Gulf Coast counties spanning from Escambia to Citrus. The second phase went live in May and included information about the 12 coastal counties along the Atlantic Ocean from Nassau to Miami-Dade.
“Summer is a great time to get out and enjoy Florida's coastlines, and our completed Beach Access Guide allows Floridians and visitors to find that perfect beach,” said Danny Clayton, Program Administrator of DEP’s Florida Coastal Management Program. “The online guide provides information on beach access points and amenities, maps and area information and everything needed connect with Florida’s most defining natural resource – our coast.”
The guide also provides a list of amenities at each access point, a list of state parks, paddling trails, and points of interest along with a county overview.