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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, including the parking lot, is closed due to prescribed burn activity.
  • Environmental Times Newsletter
    Read the latest edition Spring 2016 for highlights on artificial reefs, climate change, LagoonFest and more. [LINK]
  • Pawpaw Preserve Natural Area
    The draft management plan is now available for public review. Public comments can be emailed to , or can be provided at the April 29, 2016 NAMAC Meeting. Click here for more information on the meeting time and place.[DRAFT PLAN]
  • Instagram Photo Contest: Hug a Tree for Earth Day
    Show off your love for trees and Mother Earth by snapping a picture of a tree-hugger in action during April to celebrate the value Palm Beach County's trees provide to us and the environment. See link for rules and entry information. [PDF]
  • 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]
  • Snail Walk and Talk Sat. April 30th - Winding Waters Natural Area, West Palm Beach
    Join the Snail Lady of Palm Beach County for this hour-long kid-friendly walk and talk to learn the secrets these creepy crawly animals keep hidden under their shells. Registration required. [EVENT FLYER]
  • 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]