The Florida Beaches HCP seeks to preserve the unique and precious wildlife and natural resources of Florida's coastline. Florida's beaches are important to many user groups, from commercial fishers to wildlife watchers to the millions of vacationers that visit the state each year. Florida's coast is a major source of economic prosperity for the state, but it is also home to many rare species and fragile, dynamic ecosystems. Preserving these species and their habitats will ensure not only the fulfillment of our responsibility as stewards of the state's natural resources, but also the continued economic importance of and the quality of life on the coast for future generations of residents and visitors to the state.
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The mission of this project is to aid the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems in obtaining an Incidental Take Permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This will be accomplished by developing a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will minimize and mitigate the take of federally listed species resulting from activities permitted through FDEP's Coastal Construction Control Line Program. The HCP will enable FDEP to fulfill its statutory responsibilities under Florida law and the Federal Endangered Species Act.
Biological Goal and Objectives
The Biological Goal of the Florida Beaches HCP is to implement a statewide conservation strategy that sustains the basic life history traits and ecology of all covered species within the Plan Area and supports the conservation goals of Federal recovery plans and state management plans for those species.
Four primary biological objectives extend from this goal. They are as follows:
1. Maintain and, where possible, improve the quality, quantity and function of habitat for all covered species within the Plan Area.
2. Minimize impacts resulting from CCCL-permitted activities.
3. Adequately mitigate impacts resulting from CCCL-permitted activities to ensure a net conservation benefit for all covered species.
4. Ensure the long-term persistence of covered species within the Plan Area in consideration of large-scale environmental changes, such as sea level rise