Section A: Impact of Growth in the Coastal Zone

Population growth and development have many implications for Florida’s coastal areas. This issue is important because as the population continues to rise and the demand for development, infrastructure, and services increases, there could be environmental and economic impacts. Population increase exerts additional pressure on natural resource consumption. People must be fed, housed, and clothed; as population increases, the demand for food and materials increases. The intensifying use of land and resources could at some point exceed the carrying capacity and render the natural resources useless or depleted. This could result in economic hardship. The primary concerns addressed in this issue are the impacts of population growth, patterns of development, sufficiency of infrastructure, and economic impacts.

Impacts of Population Growth

Patterns of Development

Sufficiency of Infrastructure

Economic Impacts