NOAA 2003-R908
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aja Sae-Kung
6/27/03
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NOAA AWARDS OVER $2.8 MILLION
TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has received a $2.8 million grant from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to continue support for the Florida Coastal Zone Management Program. NOAA is an agency of the Commerce Department.

This NOAA grant will be used to assist in the development and implementation of programs created under the Florida Coastal Zone Management Program. The cooperative agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and NOAA will continue efforts to work with local communities to preserve important sand dunes, restore shoreline and estuary habitats, protect endangered sea turtles, and prevent and mitigate for beach erosion throughout the state. The grant will also be used to enhance public access and revitalize coastal communities.

“Florida’s world renowned sandy white beaches draw millions of visitors to our state annually,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary David B. Struhs. “By revitalizing waterfronts, reducing coastal hazards and providing public access to coastal resources, we are protecting the enormous environmental and economic value of our coastal communities.”

“With this grant NOAA actively supports and helps create programs that reinforce the Bush Administration’s commitment to the environment in Florida,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

The Coastal Management Program is a federal-state partnership dedicated to comprehensive management of the nation’s coastal resources, ensuring their protection for future generations while balancing competing national economic, cultural and environmental interests. The Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP) is authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 and administered at the federal level by the Coastal Programs Division (CPD) within NOAA.

So far this year, NOAA has awarded more than 186 grants totaling $65 million to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for 33 years.

The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.