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Manatee Protection Plan

 

The objective of the Palm Beach County Manatee Protection Plan (MPP) is to improve overall protection for manatees while ensuring adequate public access to County waterways. Its primary goal is to establish guidelines and policies that direct new (or expanded) boating facilities to areas posing the least risk to manatees and away from areas of relatively high risk. Other goals include protecting manatee habitat, promoting boating safety, and increasing public awareness of the need to protect manatees and their habitat. The Palm Beach County MPP relies heavily on education and enforcement as a means of protecting manatees within the County and mitigating for the effects of new boat slips. The plan covers all estuarine waters and the portion of Lake Okeechobee within Palm Beach County.

The plan was approved by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners on August 21, 2007. Municipalities are encouraged to adopt the plan as part of their Comprehensive Land Use Plans.

Technical Resources

 

Current Highlights

 
  • The date has been set for Dark Sky Fest - February 21, 2015. For more information visit [LINK]
  • Operation Clean Sweep is a mobile pesticide collection program offering free pick up of the first 500 lbs for farms, nurseries, pest control companies, and golf courses. Visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website for more information. [LINK]
  • See what changes are proposed for the PBC Wellfield Protection Zones [LINK]
  • Read the Fall Edition of Environmental Times [PDF]
  • Check out our new Palm Beach County Natural Areas Guide and plan your next visit [PDF]
  • Learn about natural beaches and wrack lines in this video from Audubon Florida [VIDEO]
  • Stay up to date on our projects with the Department's Monthly Status Reports. [LINK]