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 Environmental Planning


​Environmental Planning focuses on three areas of responsibility that protect the county’s natural resources – environmental planning, policy, and projects.

This includes comprehensive plan and land use matters, policy development and ordinance amendments, major coastal initiatives such as beach nourishment and restoration projects, and wildlife conservation planning such as the Manatee Protection Plan and Sea Turtle Protection, along with other wide-ranging environmental initiatives.


 Sea Turtle

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 Recent Study


County Staff recently completed a coastal assessment of the Manasota Key shoreline (Sharky's Pier to the Charlotte County line).

Manasota Key Erosion Assessment Report


 ​Manasota Key Erosion


 Beach Nourishment FAQs.pdfBeach Nourishment FAQs

County staff recently conducted three public meetings to share information and obtain public input on a possible beach nourishment project for Manasota Key. A video of the Dec. 7, 2016, workshop and a copy of the slide set are available below.

 Workshop Videos



Workshop presentation

Manasota Workshop Presentation.pdfManasota Workshop Presentation



 Black Skimmers

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 Photo by: Keri Ferenc Nelson

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