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DEP reorganization eliminates model beaches bureau, critics say

Bulldozers work a beach sand replacement project at Panama City Beach in 2011. Photo by Lisa Armbruster, beach management consultant

A Florida Department of Environmental Protection divisional reorganization that includes eliminating a bureau dealing with beach issues is coming under fire.

Florida's has 825 miles of sandy coastline, contributing $15 billion a year to the state's economy from beach tourism, according to DEP. 

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