Manatee Protection Plans - MPPs



What is a Manatee Protection Plan (MPP)?

An MPP is a county specific management plan developed, approved and used by federal, state and local governments to ensure the long term protection of manatees and their habitat within what is defined as the County boundaries.

In October 1989, the Florida Governor and Cabinet directed local governments in 13 "Key" counties to develop MPPs. This directive was eventually required by Florida Statute in 2002. These plans are used by FWC and the regulatory agencies when reviewing permit applications for new or expanding boat facilities.

As of 2007, all 13 “Key” counties have FWC-approved MPPs, which include: Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Collier, Duval, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. Counties that were not designated as “Key” counties by the Governor and Cabinet may want to consider developing an MPP in order to facilitate the review of boat facility development in their counties. 

FWC Approved MPPs

Electronic copies of MPPs are available for download below. Additional information may be available on the County websites. 

County MPP

Year Approved or

Last Revision

FWC Approval Letter

Brevard Adobe PDF (1.3 MB) 2003 Brevard Letter Adobe PDF (78 kb)
Broward Adobe PDF (2.6 MB) 2007 Broward Letter Adobe PDF (2 MB)
Charlotte Adobe PDF (13.4 MB) 2017 Charlotte Letter Adobe PDF (64 kb)
Citrus Adobe PDF (6.3 MB) 1997 Letter is Not Available
City of Jacksonville (Duval) Adobe PDF (10.3 MB) 2018 Duval Letter Adobe PDF (0.1 MB)
Clay Adobe PDF (4.2 MB) 2006 Clay Letter Adobe PDF (9.5 MB)
Collier Adobe PDF (4.3 MB) 1995 Collier Letter Adobe PDF (56 kb)
Flagler Adobe PDF (3.7 MB) 2016 Flagler Letter Adobe PDF (0.3 MB)
Indian River Adobe PDF (2.3 MB)  2004 Indian River Letter Adobe PDF (71 kb)
Lee Adobe PDF (5.9 MB) 2004 Lee Letter Adobe PDF (97 kb)
Martin Adobe PDF (11.5 MB) 2002 Martin Letter Adobe PDF (64 kb)
Miami-Dade Adobe PDF (2.3 MB) 1995 Miami-Dade Letter Adobe PDF (52 kb)
Palm Beach Adobe PDF (12.7 MB) 2007 Palm Beach Letter Adobe PDF (0.1 MB)
Sarasota Adobe PDF (9.1 MB) 2011 Sarasota Letter Adobe PDF (62 kb)
St. Lucie Adobe PDF (2.9 MB) 2002 St. Lucie Letter Adobe PDF (78 kb)
Volusia Adobe PDF (4.8 MB)  2005 Volusia Letter Adobe PDF (1.0 MB)


Resources for MPPs

A Handbook for Developing and Revising Manatee Protection Plans in Florida  Adobe PDF (106Kb)

FWC August 2000 Boat Facility Siting Guide Adobe PDF (70Kb)

Recommendations to Improve Boating Safety and Manatee Protection for Florida Waterways (1989 Governor and Cabinet Recommendations) Adobe PDF (4.6MB)


If you need additional information regarding MPPs, contact staff in the FWC Imperiled Species Management Section at


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