Feeling the squeeze: Florida Sea Grant provides multiple tools to help coastal communities balance competing demands for water access

If coastal communities are to remain sustainable, residents, visitors, policy makers, and regulators need new methods and information sources to harmonize the growing demand for access to their beaches and waterways. Researchers and extension specialists at Florida Sea Grant are making that challenge a priority.

To speed or not to speed?

Recreational boating is a primary way residents and tourists use Florida’s estuarine resources. The state has more than 1 million registered recreational boats, an average of about 1 boat for every 17 residents. As recreational boating soars in popularity, so does the pressure on Florida’s coastal communities for public infrastructure, increased boater access, and more…