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As a result of concerns expressed by the State of Florida regarding possible effects from oil, gas, and mineral mining activities that result from the July 1983 lease sale in the offing of the southeastern United States, a 2-year physical oceanographic study has been initiated off the Florida east coast. The program is supported by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is administered by the Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) at the University of Southern Florida, St. Petersburg. With pun intended, the program is known as FACTS and is nestled both in time and space between the NOAA/ONR-supported Subtropical Atlantic Climate Study (STACS) to the south [Molinari, 1983] and the MMS-supported South Atlantic Bight (SAB) program to the north [Lee, 1983]. The area of interest is shown in Figure 1.