Applications: Crab Island

Crab Island is a large submerged sandbar within Gulf Islands National Seashore, located north of the Destin Bridge in Choctawhatchee Bay. During the summer recreation season, hundreds of boaters congregate daily at the island.

In July 2018 and updated with County Ordinance 20-03, Okaloosa County passed Ordinance 1819, authorizing commercial operations in the area under certain conditions. Due to the unique nature of Crab Island being located in national seashore waters over state-held submerged waters, commercial operations require authorization from the local government as well as the park service.

In accordance with Okaloosa County Ordinance 18-19 and 20-03 park service regulations, Commercial Use Authorizations and Okaloosa County, licenses must be obtained prior to operating a business at Crab Island.

How to Apply:

Interested parties should complete the application below. The completed application and listed additional documentation may be emailed to the park's business administor, Richard Devenney, at e-mail us or it can be mailed to the address below.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
ATTN: Commercial Services
1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Additionally, a CUA application fee of $100 is due at the time of application. This is payable on-line at


Crab Island

Applications are now being accepted for commercial operations within the area known as Crab Island, located north of the Destin Bridge in Choctawhatchee Bay.

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Last updated: March 21, 2022

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