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About Sebastian Inlet District

Sebastian Inlet is a premier fishing, boating, and surfing destination on Florida’s East coast, offering a host of other recreational activities for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers.  The inlet supports one of the most rich and biologically diverse estuaries in North America and is situated between Brevard and Indian River counties .  The inlet is vital not only to the ecological health of the Indian River Lagoon, but it is also an important economic engine for local communities in the region as one of only five navigable channels that connect the Indian River Lagoon to the Atlantic Ocean.

Created as an independent special taxing district in 1919 by special act of the Florida State Legislature, the Sebastian Inlet District was chartered to maintain the navigational channel between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon.  The Sebastian Inlet District is responsible for bypassing sand that migrates into the inlet system to downdrift beaches per the Florida Beach & Shore Preservation Act, and conducts periodic dredging, channel maintenance, sand bypass and beach renourishment projects.  Other critical functions include erosion control, emergency beach and dune repair, shoreline stabilization and inlet infrastructure maintenance, public safety in navigation, and environmental monitoring and protection.  The Sebastian Inlet District routinely works with marine scientists to conduct biological monitoring of the critically important habitats surrounding the inlet that support a broad range of different species.  

Governed by a 5-member elected Commission, the Sebastian Inlet District works in coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Sebastian Inlet State Park officials and other local, state and federal agencies. 

Important Documents

Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Goals and Objectives2023 Economic Analysis of the Sebastian Inlet District Dredged Material  Management Area (DMMA) Operations PlanSebastian Inlet District Boundary MapSebastian Inlet District CharterAdopted 2023 Sebastian Inlet Management Plan 

Financial Documents and Links

Fiscal Year 2023-2024 BudgetFiscal Year 2022-2023 BudgetFiscal Year 2021-2022 BudgetFiscal Year 2020-2021 BudgetFiscal Year 2019-2020 BudgetFiscal Year 2023 Audited Financial StatementsFiscal Year 2022 Audited Financial StatementsFiscal Year 2021 Audited Financial StatementsFiscal Year 2020 Audited Financial StatementsFiscal Year 2019 Audited Financial StatementsFiscal Year 2018 Audited Financial Statements

Visit the Florida Department of Financial Services

Florida Commission on Ethics - Code of Ethics

Florida Statutes

Florida Beach & Shore Preservation Act, ss. 161.142

Florida Uniform Special District Accountability Act