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Coastal Population 14,468,197 (coastal states summary - PDF)
COASTAL Hazards 53 billion-dollar disasters from 1980-2018
Coastline Miles 8,436 (length of shoreline report - PDF)

Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the natural environment, coastal commerce, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more.

This page profiles the coastal management organizations, federal and state, operating under the Coastal Zone Management Act and facts and figures about coastal management in Florida.

Funding: Florida Coastal Office and the National Estuarine Research Reserves

Fast Facts

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Flood Risk Populations

Forty-eight percent, or 1,212,569 people, live in the floodplain in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Visit Coastal County Snapshots to learn more about flood risk in coastal counties.

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Changing Lands

Almost 8,500 square miles of the state changed from 1993 to 2010, which is an area the size of New Jersey.

Use NOAA's coastal Land Cover Atlas and regional reports to see change along Florida's coast.

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Ocean Economics

Tourism and recreation is the largest employer among Florida’s ocean-dependent economic sectors.

There are six sectors that make up the oceans and Great Lakes economy. Read this report or visit NOAA’s coastal and ocean economics website to learn more.

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Coral Economics

Southeastern Florida’s reef track is 300 miles long and annually supports 61,000 jobs and contributes $5.7 billion in sales and income to the economy.

NOAA's Digital Coast provides data, tools, training, and information resources for Florida’s coastal management community. See how Digital Coast is being used in this state.

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