Welcome to the Southern Coastal Watershed

The sandy coastal beaches of the Gulf of Mexico attract many vacationing visitors. As part of these coastal beaches, the Southern Coastal watershed stretches 60 miles along the southern part of central Florida’s gulf coast.

The sand dunes behind Venice Beach.

Visitors to the watershed will encounter the culture of Sarasota’s art community, the shark teeth-covered beaches of Venice and the fish-filled waters of Charlotte Harbor. In between these locations are some of Florida’s most productive estuaries, wetlands, coastal streams and meandering canal systems.

Let’s start with the map of the area