Phase I Florida's Ocean and Coastal Economies Report

Judith T. Kildow Dr, National Ocean Economic Program


Florida faces a long list of challenges and activities that dominate the Florida coastal landscape. These activities require monitoring, and management to ensure that the shores of Florida can sustain the pressures and deliver the amenities and goods the public seeks. To date, however, except for site, time, and function-specific studies, there has not been consistent time series information reflecting the value of the coast and ocean to the state of Florida, and even less information about how these values have changed over time. Likewise, there continues to be a need for better understanding of the state’s economic dependence on these natural resources. Uncovering the depth of Florida’s relationships to the ocean and its economy is the purpose of this report.