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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

For More Information

National Association of Counties Award

 

Current Highlights

 
  • The next Outdoor Workshop for Student Photographers will be at Cypress Creek Natural Area on Sept. 26 [PDF]
  • Read the Summer 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]
  • Hot off the press and just in time for the New Year, the 2014 ERM Calendar [PDF]
  • Stay up to date on our projects with the Department's Monthly Status Reports. [LINK]