In May of this year, County officials opened Jim Barry Light Harbor Park in Riviera Beach to a large round of applause by area boaters.
The park includes three boat ramps, seventy-two boat/trailer parking spaces and twenty standard parking spaces, as well as other features that complement the boating amenities available in this park facility. Representatives of partnering agencies also joined in the celebration, including the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) [External Link] and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FBIP) [External Link].
Boat launching from the three boat ramps in Jim Barry Light Harbor Park is especially convenient and efficient. There are four fixed boarding docks approximately 55 feet in length next to the boat ramps, and an additional 250 feet of floating staging docks surround the boat ramp basin.
Two pavilions located on the eastern side of the boat ramp basin provide a scenic setting for a family picnic or a gathering of friends. Peanut Island, a popular destination for local boaters, features prominently in the waterfront view. Park benches, restrooms, landscaping, and site lighting are also available in Jim Barry Light Harbor Park.
Jim Barry Light Harbor Park is located at 1800 Broadway in Riviera Beach, approximately half a mile south of Blue Heron Boulevard.
Many more boating improvements afloat!
The opening of Jim Barry Light Harbor Park in May 2009 is part of a much larger success story launched by Palm Beach County in 2002.
Working from recommendations made following a boating needs assessment study conducted by representatives of local boating interests, a plan was developed that would enhance and expand much-needed boating facilities and opportunities in Palm Beach County.
Funding sources were identified, including the 2004 voter-approved Waterfront Access Bond and impact fees. Funding programs for boating improvements were also made available by other agencies, including the Florida Inland Navigation District [External Link] and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [External Link].
In addition to new boat ramps and parking in Jim Barry Light Harbor Park, parking spaces have been added to Phil Foster and Burt Reynolds Parks for north county boating enthusiasts, as well as to Boat Club Park [External Link] in Boynton Beach. New boating facilities have also been constructed in Mangrove Park [External Link] in Delray Beach. Additional ramps are in the works for Palm Beach County’s Waterway Park and Burt Reynolds Park.
Many existing boating facilities throughout the county have been renovated and improved. New boating destinations have been created and enhanced, including Peanut Island and the Ocean Ridge Natural Area. Local boaters can also look forward to visiting new destinations in the future, including a greatly enhanced Munyon Island and the Juno Dunes Natural Area. A new snorkeling lagoon is planned for Dubois Park in Jupiter, along with 24 new day docks, an area that will accommodate water taxi service, and a launch site for kayaks and canoes.
What about freshwater boating opportunities? Existing boat ramps have been renovated and new staging docks added to the Pahokee Marina [External Link], and boaters can watch for even more improvements and additions in South Bay, Belle Glade, and in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park west of Boca Raton.
Overview of Boating Improvements: