Our Florida bays and estuaries are important coastal ecosystems, and they do a lot of good things when allowed to function naturally. How we treat the connections between the waters of these systems and the land around them largely determines how well both function in concert together. Shorelines are vulnerable to the erosive effects of waves in the water, and shoreline property owners have a number of different options available to them to address this problem. This website provides information about designs integrating natural plant and animal communities commonly referred to as “living shorelines” for property owners and managers around coastal Florida. Have a look – it’s not just seawalls anymore!
The purpose of the Florida Living Shorelines website is to make it easier for coastal property owners, public and private, to take a softer, more environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective approach to shoreline stabilization wherever needed and appropriate.
We want to show you how to use plants and other natural materials to help protect eroding shorelines from wave and storm damage in the bays and estuaries of coastal Florida. The techniques described on this site, referred to as living shoreline treatments, can be used in relatively low wave energy areas instead of traditional coastal armoring systems such as seawalls and bulkheads. They can also help enhance natural habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife – creating living, thriving shorelines instead of barriers to life!
We invite you to explore this site, and hope the information provided helps make it easy to take the softer approach.