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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Palm Beach County Chapter Kicks Off Trial Blog

PALM BEACH August 25th- After three years of strenuous work to protect the historic surfing, diving and fishing areas near the Lake Worth Pier, the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation goes to court over the Department of Environmental Protection’s and Town of Palm Beach’s planned $15 million dredge-and-fill project. The trial starts Monday at 9am at the Town of Palm Beach, Emergency Operations Center, 355 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida. The trial will go from August 25 through 29, September 2 through 6, and Sept 8 to 12, 2008.

Lake Worth Pier May Swell

This is the first time in US history that a beach fill project will be challenged in court. The Chapter is joined by the Snook Foundation and 3 individual local plaintiffs. The Snook Foundation is dedicated to protecting Florida’s Essential Fish Habitat. Tom Warnke, Terry Gibson and Danny Barrow are local watermen who grew up fishing, surfing and diving in this area. Mr. Warnke is the District Director of the Eastern Surfing Association’s Palm Beach County District, Mr. Gibson is Fishing Editor of Florida Sportsman Magazine, & Capt. Barrow is a longstanding fishing charter operator. In addition, the Eastern Surfing Association and the adjacent City of Lake Worth have joined as interveners in the case to support protecting these priceless environmental and recreational assets.

The intent of the Surfrider and Snook Foundation suit is to stop a project permit which threatens to destroy valuable and irreplaceable near-shore ecosystem and is not in the public’s interest. The project is expected to surround the Pier area with poor-quality, silty dredged material. Lake Worth's pier fishing, along with its world-renowned diving reefs in the northernmost area of the Caribbean's coral reef ecosystem, would be severely harmed, and at least six surfing peaks would be damaged.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If by "poor quality silty material" you guys mean material whish qualifies as Sand based on ASTM methods and general coastal geology guidelines, then yes silty material. Do you really think Palm Beach is going to put anything but the best white beach sand on its beachs you must be crazy.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Town of Palm Beach has already put poor quality "mud" on their beaches numerous times. Sand that is suitable for Brunswick, Ga. would not be allowed on the beach in Hawaii, and here in Palm Beach County we have Hawaiian-quality sand! The crap they dredged up and put on our beaches does not resemble native sand, and washed away very quickly, making it a waste of money. It also caused surfing and snorkeling areas to be ruined. Now we have decided to stop the madness, so we hope you will join us in the fight to protect our public-trust, ocean playgrounds.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Florida native who has lived in many places and countries in the world, I have always loved coming home to the Florida beaches with the amazing shell ground sand that is so beautiful and different from other places. In the past 10 years it has been very very disappointing to surf at the beaches in Boca, Delray, and Palm Beach. The silty crap on the beach from the dredging is not native and everything about what the dredging does is environmentally wrong. The reefs are dead, the waves are gone and the beaches are like powdery dirt.
This madness needs to stop and the reefs need to be cleaned up by those who are destroying them. There is hardly a bigger footprint anywhere when one destroys a reef. We all need to help save the reefs and stop the dredging now. The reefs support so many eco systems it's just crazy. Destroying them with silt and choking out the coral kills soo much more than one can imagine.

Let's get our beaches back and our keep our waves from being destroyed by the madness.
Ingrid Lindfors
Surfrider Foundation
Great Lakes Chapter

1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you guys all talk about what they can't do and what they shouldn't do, but not once do i ever, ever , hear a solution to the problem of beach erosion from you. What about the homeowners who are beach loving people just like you? Should they just suffer? Is it just too bad for them? Jealousy is an awful reason to oppose something.

11:04 AM  

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