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DEP launces new app to identify Florida beach accesses and amenities

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Love Florida’s beaches? There’s an app for that.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program is introducing the “Florida Beach Access Guide”- a web-based map that is also available as a mobile app.

“Getting outdoors to enjoy Florida’s beaches is now more convenient,” says a statement from the DEP.

This interactive guide enables beachgoers to locate every public beach access point and associated amenities throughout Florida.

“More than 2,000 public beach access points along Florida’s coasts are pinpointed with this mobile app and interactive map,” said Rebecca Prado, program administrator of the Florida Coastal Management Program. “Features include location, amenities and driving directions, enabling users to explore more of Florida’s coastline by identifying beaches that meet their interests.”

The Guide is divided into three regions – Panhandle, Atlantic Coast, and Southwest Florida Coast. Detailed information about each access point, amenities such as parking, ADA accessibility, showers, picnic areas, boardwalks, trails, camping sites, fees and driving directions are provided. Info on fishing piers and coastal accesses within state parks is also provided.

The web-based guide and map can be accessed by a browser through this link. For mobile access, the free app is on iTunes or by downloading the Explorer for ArcGIS, then search for “Florida Beach Access Guide.”

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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