Florida Pocket Ranger App Now Has Beach Information

The app now has information on about 2,000 beaches and 171 parks and trails.

By Samantha Shavell
|  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013  |  Updated 6:47 PM EDT
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Information on Florida's beaches is now available on the Pocket Ranger app for smartphones.

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The Florida Pocket Ranger phone application, which gives users information about state parks and trails, has been updated to include information about Florida's public beaches, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday.

The app now has information on about 2,000 beaches and 171 parks and trails.

"More than 70,000 people have downloaded the Florida Pocket Ranger mobile app for their I-phone or Android phones," Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione said in a statement. "We are pleased to offer them additional information about beaches where they may enjoy Florida's famous sunshine and natural resources."

The coastal section of the app is divided into three regions - Panhandle, Atlantic coast and southwest Florida coast. It gives a list of beach access points in each county and the amenities each access point offers, including boardwalks, parking, restrooms, picnic pavilions and boat ramps.

Some of the safety measures included in the app are news, advisories, weather alerts, a translation of Florida's beach flag colors and a "Good to Know" button that links to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration surf zone forecast, rip current information and the department's hurricane information page.

The free app is available by searching "Official Florida State Parks" on iTunes and Android Market.

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