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Shoreline Enhancement and Restoration

What do our beaches mean to Palm Beach County? They continue to attract residents, visitors, and sea turtles to our shores. They protect our homes, our roads, and our parks from an unsettled sea. They are home to many species of native flora and fauna. But the beaches, by nature, are unstable. The beach along twenty seven miles of our forty-five mile coastline in Palm Beach County is slowly eroding away. Storm protection provided by the natural beach-dune system continues to be compromised by coastal development, an inevitable aspect of a growing community.

Together with local, state, and federal governments, Palm Beach County has been working to counter the trend through the Shoreline Protection Plan. Over the last ten years, 75 acres of dune and 17 miles of local beaches have been restored. The 19 projects encompass more than twenty miles of threatened coastline in areas with public access. Each project is designed to minimize environmental impact and restore natural habitat. Project funding is provided by specific federal appropriations, dedicated state grants, and local commitment.

County support for the Program includes ad-valorem funds and Tourism Development tax revenue. Where development has impinged on the natural ebb and flow of beach sand, erosion is likely to follow. Though there are no viable permanent solutions to coastal erosion, the restoration and maintenance of coastal areas through beach nourishment, dune restoration engineered structures, and inlet sand transfer provides for continued shore protection, recreation, and natural habitat. With continued intergovernmental cooperation and support, the Shoreline Protection Program will continue to provide a stable strategy for managing our unstable beaches.

Below are links to a few of Shoreline's past and current projects. Check back often as we update and add information about our other countywide projects.

Shoreline Protection Projects
Beach Nourishment
Inlet Management
Dune Restoration
 

 

 

Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Mosquito Control Update - Zika Virus
    While ERM's Mosquito Control Division is hard at work taking proactive steps to reducing mosquito popluations learn how you can protect yourself and reduce your exposure to mosquitoe-borne diseases. [PDF]
  • Running Wild - Cypress Creek Natural Area, Sat. February 6th
    Series of guided 3 to 10 mile trail runs through pine, cypress and coastal scrub habitats on some of the most scenic trails in Palm Beach County. [SCHEDULE]
  • Dark Sky Festival - Okeeheelee Nature Center, Sat. February 27th
    This free, fun-filled family event has many exciting and educational opportunities to experience and learn about the night sky. [LINK]
  • Site Closure - Sweetbay Natural Area, Palm Beach Gardens
    The natural area will not be accessible from Aviation Rd from Feb. 23, 2016 through Feb. 27, 2016 while work is done on the railroad crossing adjacent to the Beeline Highway.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits Events
    Series of guided adventures (including hiking, cycling, paddling, photography, and more) designed to introduce participants to the hidden eco-treasures in Palm Beach County's natural areas. [SCHEDULE]
  • Scavenger Hunts
    Are available at several natural areas for youngsters to complete to recieve their Natural Area Youth Explorer certificate. [PDF]
  • ERM's Status Reports
    Stay up to date on our projects with these monthly publications. [LINK]