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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

 
  • 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]
  • 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.
  • Running Wild - Frenchman's Forest Natural Area, Sat. March 5th
    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. [LINK]
  • 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]