In 2017, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection launched the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, which has developed the Resilient Coastlines Program to address the challenges posed by rising sea levels. The Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection manages more than 4.5 million acres of submerged lands and coastal uplands, partners with local governments with jurisdiction over 825 miles of shoreline, and helps coordinate and plan various resource protection, beach management, and ecosystem restoration projects.
The program is funded by the Florida Coastal Management Program in partnership with NOAA, and by the governor and Florida Legislature. The Resilient Coastline Program promotes coordination across county, city, state, and federal government agencies, and has provided more than $5 million in grants to over 60 community projects, including vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans.
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