The Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association was organized in 1957 at a meeting of 37 local government and university leaders concerned about the growing problem of beach erosion that had virtually destroyed important resort beaches such as Miami Beach. They recognized that erosion was a statewide problem that couldn't be handled by individual cities and counties alone. The first acts of the newly created FSBPA were to persuade the 1957 Legislature to get the State of Florida involved in beach preservation. Two landmark bills were passed to:
  • create the State Department of Beaches and Shores.
  • establish a research wave tank at the University of Florida.
Since then, FSBPA has spearheaded virtually every important component of Florida's beach preservation program. Thanks largely to FSBPA's efforts, Florida leads the nation in beach preservation. Over 200 miles of beaches have been nourished. More projects are planned. On one hand, we function as a "league of cities and counties" on beach and coastal issues. Most coastal cities and counties are members. This gives us a respected voice on beach matters in Florida. On the other hand, FSBPA represents hundreds of private citizens concerned about beach preservation. We provide these citizens with a forum, access, and timely information. This public-private partnership is vital for preserving Florida's beaches. How FSBPA Functions:
  • Providing information to the Florida Legislature and Congress on beach preservation issues and funding.
  • Working with local, state, and federal agencies to promote effective beach management.
  • Through publications and conferences, educating public officials and the general public on the best ways to deal with beach erosion.

FSBPA is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit entity with offices in Tallahassee.

Learn More: FSBPA Board of Directors & Staff