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South Cove Natural Area


South Cove Natural Area

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

  • Read the latest edition of the Lake Worth Lagoon E-News [LINK]
  • Read the Fall 2015 edition of Environmental Times [PDF]
  • Become a Natural Area Youth Explorer by completing a Scavenger Hunt at a local natural area! [PDF]
  • Watch this touching footage on the Andrew "Red" Harris Artificial Reef deployed last week 1 mile offshore from the Jupiter Inlet [VIDEO]
  • 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]
  • Stay up to date on our projects with the Department's Monthly Status Reports. [LINK]