The Waterfronts Florida Program offers help to coastal local governments in Florida to revitalize their working waterfronts by providing resources and technical assistance for planning.
The Waterfronts Florida Partnership Program was created by the Florida Coastal Management Program in 1997 to address the physical and economic decline of traditional working waterfront areas. Since 1997, a total of 24 communities have received designation as Waterfronts Florida Partnership Communities. Most recently in June 2009, two new communities were designated: Fort Myers and the community of Millville in Panama City. You may use the contact information on the right side of this page to obtain information on how to participate in the program.
During the designation process, a community receives intensive technical assistance from the Department of Economic Opportunity, resulting in a new or refined community-designed vision plan (special area management plan) to guide the revitalization of the community's designated waterfront area. During the first phase of designation, a community establishes its Waterfronts Florida Partnership, prepares a community-designed vision plan to guide the revitalization of the traditional working waterfront area, and begins implementation of the vision plan, as appropriate.
The visioning process and resulting document identify the community's issues and plans for addressing the following priority areas:
- Public access to the waterfront area
- Hazard mitigation
- Environmental and cultural resource protection
- Enhancement of the viable traditional economy or economic restructuring, as feasible
During the second phase, the community continues to implement its vision plan, focusing on incorporating its vision into the comprehensive plan and undertaking priority projects that will further its efforts to revitalize and preserve the working waterfront. The public dialogue and the partnerships developed with state agencies, private organizations and other Waterfronts Florida communities across the State enables a designated community to identify proactive solutions to address community concerns and to implement them.
The Waterfronts Florida Program is managed by the Florida Department of Economic opportunity and funded in the past in part by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To read more about the Florida Coastal Management Program, visit the Department of Environmental Protection's website.
Section 342.201, Florida Statutes - Waterfronts Florida Program
Visit the community web pages below to find out more about the local Partnership Programs, such as contact information, community website links, maps, and documents and studies. The Designated Communities Map shows the location of designated Waterfronts Florida Communities.
Waterfronts Florida Best Practices Guidebooks