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South Cove Natural Area

 

South Cove Natural Area

Location
The South Cove Natural Area is located in downtown West Palm Beach, north of the Royal Park Bridge and adjacent to Flagler Drive. The boardwalk entrance is ¼ mile north of the intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Flagler Drive.

Project Description

  • Capped (covered and contained) muck sediments located in an existing anoxic (lacking-oxygen) dredged hole with over 150,000 cubic yards of sand.
  • Graded sand to wetland elevations, creating three intertidal red mangrove/saltmarsh cordgrass islands and submerged land suitable for seagrass.
  • Planted about 5,000 red mangroves and 40,000 saltmarsh cordgrass plants on the islands.
  • Stabilized the islands with more than 9,500 tons of limestone boulders.
  • Created over 6 acres of habitat to support local fisheries, wading and shorebirds, manatees, and sea turtles.
  • Constructed a 556-foot elevated boardwalk, observation deck and educational kiosk for public use.
  • Completed September 2012.

Project Partners
Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, Florida Inland Navigation District, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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Current Highlights and Upcoming Events

 
  • Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Closed
    The site is expected to be closed through July 8th for habitat restoration and prescribed burn preparation activities
  • Seacrest Scrub Natural Area Closed
    The site is expected to be closed from July 11th - July 22nd for habitat restoration and prescribed burn preparation activities
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon E-News
    Read the latest edition May 2016 for highlights on the Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, restoration projects, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • 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]
  • 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]