Coastal Barrier Island Management in Florida

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by George P. Schmahl, Dep of Natural Resources, United States,
Douglas W. Heatwole, Dep of Natural Resources, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Barrier Islands: Process and Management

Abstract: Coastal barriers in Florida have experienced the brunt of the state's rapid population growth. Excessive development of these environmentally sensitive areas has destroyed coastal resources, endangered lives and property due to hurricanes, and resulted in wasteful public spending for support of infrastructure, disaster relief, and post-disaster redevelopment. After years of uncontrolled growth, Florida has initiated a series of management measures in the past decade aimed at limiting growth and development in vulnerable coastal areas and encouraging sound coastal planning. This paper outlines Florida's major coastal management programs and assesses their impact on reducing overdevelopment on barrier islands.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Barrier islands | Hurricanes and typhoons | Coastal environment | Environmental issues | Population projection | North America | Florida | United States

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