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DEP Maps Out Beach Access

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UPDATE: The URL for the Beach Access Map has been shortened to fdep.maps.arcgis.com.

Florida has 825 miles of sandy coastline, but it may not feel that way if you don't know where to find public access in between the privately-owned properties.

The Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Management Program aims to make beach access easier with a web-based map and mobile app. The DEP sent a press release to reporters with a link to the map, which allows you to click on a red dot and find a path to the water. You'll find directions, plus information about whether there is parking and bathrooms.

Unfortunately, right now there's no easy way for people to get to the website. "I think that's something we're going to have to work on," Rebecca Prado, the administrator of the Coastal Management Program, said.

Finding the mobile app is a bit complicated, but doable. Download the "Explorer for ArcGIS" app from iTunes or Android Market and then search for Florida Beach Access Guide.

"The ability for our residents and visitors alike to have convenient access to our amazing beaches is so important to our economy and our local businesses, so we went forward and created the app," Prado said.

She said an accessible web page would be coming soon.