Dune/Coastal Vegetation Permits
Native salt-resistant vegetation helps to preserve and enhance dunes and beachfront property. Florida statutes protect native salt-resistant vegetation, protected plant species, and vegetation which shields endangered nesting marine turtles from lights landward of the beach. Removal or relocation of native dune or coastal scrub vegetation requires a DEP permit. In particular, sea amaranth, sea oats and sea grapes are protected by state law. Trimming of sea grapes, saw palmetto, and other native dune species may be exempt from DEP permitting if done according to strict guidelines. Coastal Systems International, Inc. has experienced biologists and permit specialists on staff who can assist the individual property owner or developer to properly plan and obtain authorization for vegetation trimming, removal, or relocation with DEP representatives and local agency staff.
Coastal Systems interprets the rules and acts as an agent between the respective regulatory agency and the property owner to determine what type of permit will be required or if the proposed project is exempt from permitting. Our knowledge and experience facilitates creative design and efficient processing of the permit application.