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Indian River-Vero Beach to Fort Pierce Aquatic Preserve What's New
 

Location:

Indian River and St. Lucie counties

Acreage

Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce Aquatic Preserve is 12 miles long and encompasses 11,000 acres.

Contact:

Irene Arpayoglou, Manager
Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
3300 Lewis Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
(772) 429-2995
Irene.Arpayoglou@dep.state.fl.us 

 

Located in Indian River and St. Lucie counties, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce Aquatic Preserve is 12 miles long and encompasses 11,000 acres. The aquatic preserve extends from the southern Vero Beach corporate limit south to the north U.S. Highway A1A bridge in Ft. Pierce and includes Big Starvation Cove, Wildcat Cove and Ft. Pierce Cut. The aquatic preserve is bordered by the cities of Vero Beach and Ft. Pierce. The aquatic preserve is accessible from the east by U.S. Highway A1A and from the west by U.S. Highway 1. Numerous parks and boat ramps provide direct public access to the aquatic preserve.

Spoil Island SL3 at 0 months
Spoil Island SL3 underwent large scale enhancement in 2010. All exotic plants were removed, the island was replanted with native vegetation, and the campsites were refurbished.


Spoil Island SL3 35 months after restoration
Thirty-five months later, the same spoil island is well on its way to a healthy natural ecosystem.

 

Indian River Lagoon Management Plan Update

The Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves Management Plan is being updated. This management plan covers Banana River Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Malabar to Vero Beach Aquatic Preserve, Indian River-Vero Beach to Ft. Pierce Aquatic Preserve and Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve. A draft plan was produced and made available to the public for review and comment. Four public meetings were held to present the plan to the public and receive feedback. Those comments and those of the advisory committee were reviewed and the plan has been amended accordingly. The plan was presented to, and approved by the Acquisition and Restoration Council at their June 17, 2016 meeting.

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Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

If you want to help preserve the Indian River Lagoon, consider joining Friends of the Spoil Islands at http://friendsofspoilislands.org.

Last updated: November 03, 2016

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