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uniform warning flags for florida beaches
Uniform Warning FlagsforFlorida Beaches

FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

Develop a program to encourage

  • The display of uniform warning and safety flags at all public beaches where
    • Warning flags are displayed, and
    • Lifeguards are on duty
  • The placement of uniform notification signs that identify the meaning of the flags

ss. 380.276(2) & (3), Florida Statutes – Directs the Florida Coastal Management Program to:

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The program shall provide:

  • A standard size, shape, color, and definition for each warning and safety flag
  • Provide for the placement of legible, uniform notification signs in a conspicuous location, at all designated public access points
  • The flags incorporate a numerical designation to accommodate persons who are colorblind
  • That flags not specifically defined by the department must be identified by the entity displaying the flags in the posted notification
  • Guidelines for the periodic replacement of flags

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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

s. 380.276(4), Florida Statutes –

Also authorizes the establishment and operation of a program to encourage the display of uniform warning flags at all public beaches along the coast

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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

The department consulted:

  • The Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association
  • The United States Lifesaving Association, and
  • The International Lifesaving Federation
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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

The Florida system uses five flags and an interpretive sign that explains the meaning of each flag

The size and color of the flags are based on the system initially proposed by the International Lifesaving Federation

The flags are:

29.25”H x 39”W

(750mm) x (1000mm)

The signs are:

36”H x 30”W

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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

The DEP is authorized to adopt rules to implement the program

DEP has chosen a non-regulatory, incentive based approach

Flags and signs are provided FREE of charge to local governments that provide PUBLIC beach access

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FLORIDA

COASTAL

MANAGEMENT

PROGRAM

Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, MS 47, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

  • Local Government Responsibilities

The proper use of the flags –

  • Warning flags must monitored
  • Flags must be changed when the conditions warrant it
  • Signs installation –
  • Signs should be placed in a conspicuous location, at all designated public access points