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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

 
  • Hungryland Slough Natural Area - REOPENED
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative Grant Program
    Now accepting applications for FY 2017. Deadline to submit is August 15, 2016. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve - UPDATE
    The Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to erm-natural@co.palm-beach.fl.us,or can be provided at the May 26, 2016 Public Hearing and Open House. Click on the link for time and location. [LINK]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunrise Hike, May 7th 6:30am
    Join us for a guided hike through Cypress Creek Natural Area in Jupiter. For more details and to reserve your spot, click on the link to the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Firewalk, The Spark of Life, May 24th 5:30pm
    Join us at Sweetbay Natural Area in Palm Beach Gardens for this guided hike. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Namaste, Yoga in the Natural Areas, May 25th 6:30pm
    Join us at Yamato Scrub Natural Area in Boca Raton for this unique experience. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Lake Worth Lagoon Fishing Challenge, June 1st - 30th
    Interested in helping collect valuable fisheries information while getting a chance to win a prize? If so, you'll want to participate in this free fishing event. Visit the web page for details. [LINK]
  • Running Wild, June 4th 7:00am
    Run with ERM at Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area will cover approximately 10 miles and take participants through a variety of habitats on a combination of hardened and primitive trails. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Photography Workshop, June 10th 6:00pm
    Take part in a guided photography tour of Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Sunset Paddle, June 15th 5:30pm
    Come paddle with ERM staff to Fullerton Island in Jupiter as the sun sets over this recently restored 12 acre maritime hammock island with newly created seagrass and mangrove habitat. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Growing Up Wild, Connecting Kids to Nature, June 18th 9:00am
    ERM staff will lead you and your child on a guided walk through the woods at Royal Palm Beach Pines Natural Area highlighting points of interest associated with "Birds in Your Backyard" followed by an arts and crafts project each child can take home. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Adventure Awaits - Bike and Hike, June 25th 8:00am
    Discover the trails of Loxahatchee Slough with ERM staff during this unique tour that incorporates cycling and hiking. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit the event page. [EVENT PAGE]
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Volunteer Accomplishments in 2015
    See what ERM's volunteers were up to in 2015. [PDF]
  • 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]