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Saving our Beaches
FWF is engaged in a plan to develop coastal policies which will preserve storm-prone coastal and floodplain properties which buffer the built environment. Moreover, it will save taxpayer dollars by reducing exposure to storm damage, save the lives of our citizens and their property, and increase protection and restoration of coastal habitats.
This effort seeks to further reduce residents’ debt exposure and the subsidies that encourage irresponsible coastal development in environmentally-sensitive areas. Additionally, we strive to create a more favorable environment for private insurers, including reinsurance entities. FWF has been a leader among environmental groups on these issues due to our concern that subsidized insurance and reinsurance costs incentivize development in sensitive areas, further compounding Florida’s already sizable hurricane and flood risk exposure.
Sea Turtle Protection
FWF is working with conservation allies to promote conservation of sea turtle nesting beaches along Florida’s coasts. We successfully got the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to agree to require sea turtle conservation considerations in the issuance of federal flood insurance and are working with reinsurance companies to highlight the value of barrier islands, natural features and wetlands to buffer and protect built environments.
Following the successful relocation of threatened and endangered sea turtle nests along the Gulf Coast to oil-free habitats on Florida’s Atlantic coast, FWF continues to partner with the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation to protect marine turtle nesting beaches. FWF promotes implementation of the Florida Beaches Habitat Conservation Plan and has initiated a comprehensive reevaluation of the state’s Coastal Construction Control Line Program. FWF is also working to reduce sea turtle mortalities associated with long-lining and trawling.
FWF successfully engaged in litigation at the state and
federal levels which resulted in the requirement that shrimp trawlers employ sea turtle excluder devices. FWF also supports efforts to eliminate non-selective fishing gear to reduce impacts to sea turtles and other marine species.
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