Can I create a sandy “beach” on my lakeshore?

FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection) has found that fabricating sandy beaches on lakeshores which are naturally vegetated in Florida causes adverse effects on lake health, such as increased pollutant run-off causing algal blooms and adverse effects on lake inhabitants (fish, shellfish, etc). A dredge and fill permit from DEP is needed to create a sandy lakeshore, as well an ERP (Environmental Resource Permit) from the local Water Management District (SWFWMD).

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1. Can I use herbicide/clear vegetation from my lakeshore?
2. Can I create a sandy “beach” on my lakeshore?
3. Where can I get plants for my lakeshore?
4. Are there alligators in my lake or pond? Are they dangerous?
5. What should I do if I see injured/deceased wildlife?
6. Do I need a license to fish in our lakes?
7. What is Florida-Friendly Landscaping?
8. Why/How can I conserve water on my property?
9. What do I do if I witness dumping into a lake, river, or drain?
10. Are there rules on tree planting, removal, and maintenance?