The West Palm Beach South Cove Natural Area is a project by the Palm Beach County to provide habitat and improve water quality of the intracoastal between Flagler Bridge and Royal Park Bridge.
The 3-year project has multiple focuses
- The South Cove Natural Area is designated as a high-priority restoration project in the Lake Worth Lagoon Management Plan.
- This project will create critical shallow water habitat important to local fisheries, wading and shorebirds, manatees, and sea turtles.
- Fill anoxic (lacking-oxygen) dredged hole with approximately 100,000 cubic yards of fill to create three intertidal mangrove/spartina islands.
- Improve water qualityand water clarity by capping muck sediments.
- Create 2 acres of mangrove and spartina habitat, 3.5 acres of potential seagrass habitat, and 0.9 acres of rock revetment/oyster reef. These habitats provides filtration capabilities and improve water quality through stabilization of the sediments.
- Construct a 556-foot elevated boardwalk, 16’ x 16’ observation deck and educational kiosk for public use.
Watch a video from the end of the boardwalk.
A pictorial review of the building of the West Palm Beach South Cove Natural Area
During the planning phase, the islands were outlined with markers. This is how the intracoastal looked from 2009 – 2010.
In July of 2010 work started in earnest to build up the South Cove Natural Area. The dredged hole required approximately 100,000 cubic yards of soil to fill.
After a year of filling up the dredged holes, in July of 2011 the islands popped up above the waterline
The structures to support the 556 Ft. boardwalk get installed.
Rocks are piled onto the islands
Pilons are cut down to size
Workers were creative when getting onto the pylons
Planks go in to make up the Boardwalk
Laying Planks can be tricky
During this time part of the Flagler walkway was blocked off and redone.
By May 2012 the islands were complete
Mangroves get planted – State Rep. Mark Pafford helps out.
Things are almost done
Sign is up! The South Cove Natural Area is almost done!
Taking my first walk down the boardwalk
We get a brand new view of our downtown from the South Cove Natural Area Broadwalk