Welcome to the new home of www.floridawateraccess.org.

We have recently moved, and some of our content has been rearranged. If you cannot find content you have previously bookmarked or linked to, contact Rhett Register at h.register@ufl.edu.

Accessing Florida’s Coast:

Coastal communities face a difficult challenge: enjoying their waterfronts and waterways without destroying them.

It is a task that is complicated by rapid population growth, an increase in recreational boating and other water-related activity, declining natural environments, and coastal and marine resources that are, in many cases, overburdened. If coastal communities are to remain sustainable, all residents, visitors, policy makers, and regulators need new methods and information sources to address pressing issues.

Florida Sea Grant works to achieve an acceptable balance through science-based research and extension. This section of our website provides information about rights and responsibilities related to the three main types of water access in Florida. Choose a type of access to get started!

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Working Waterfronts

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Water Access Resources


Geospatial Training


Funded Projects



Faculty and Staff

Tom Ankersen
Specialist, Legal
Holly Abeels
Extension Agent

Brevard County
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Betty Staugler
Extension Agent

Charlotte County
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