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.