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Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve What's New

Location:

St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties

Acreage:

22,000 acres of sovereign submerged lands

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

Waders next to a boat in the shallow waters of the Indian River Lagoon
Located in St. Lucie, Martin and extreme northern Palm Beach counties, Jensen Beach to Jupiter Inlet Aquatic Preserve is 37 miles long and encompasses 22,000 acres. Despite its official name, the aquatic preserve extends from the southern corporate limits of Ft. Pierce, south to Jupiter Inlet, including the Peck Lake and Hobe Sound area. Stuart is the only incorporated city bordering the aquatic preserve. Unincorporated cities include Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound and Tequesta. The aquatic preserve is accessible from the east by U.S. Highway A1A and from the west by Indian River Drive or U.S. Highway 1. Despite the length of the aquatic preserve, the number of parks and boat ramps which provide direct public access to the aquatic preserve is limited.

 

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 10, 2016

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