June 1, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Palm Beach County Commission awarded a Proclamation to Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program for the agency’s contribution to the Grassy Flats Restoration Partnership. Located within Lake Worth Lagoon adjacent to the Florida Reef Tract, the Grassy Flats project created more than 12 acres of wetlands by restoring seagrass, mangroves and oysters to what had previously been barren muck bottom. Through a multi-agency partnership, the department’s program restored Grassy Flats enabling the natural resource area to provide environmental, recreational and economic benefits and services to Palm Beach County residents and tourists.
“By pooling our resources, the partners were able to accomplish something that none of us could have completed individually,” said Jamie Monty, manager of DEP’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. “Through our collaborative efforts, this important restoration project will be able to provide services to the citizens and visitors of Palm Beach County now and into the future. I am grateful for the recognition that Palm Beach County Commission’s proclamation has bestowed on the department and our partners.”
Restoration efforts have been taking place since 1990 and this partnership serves as a prime example of how working together can garner the support needed to achieve goals for long-term restoration endeavors. DEP worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, town of Palm Beach, city of Lake Worth, West Palm Beach Fishing Club and the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County. This particular project is a Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative Land-Based Sources of Pollution project.