Posted by: reefrescue | April 28, 2014

Port of Palm Beach Expansion Moves Forward

One of the world’s top diving destinations threatened. 

Silt from years of dredging and blasting threatens to severely impact and degrade the environment at the Blue Heron Bridge.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) has determined the expansion plan for the Port of Palm Beach is “technically sound, environmentally and socially acceptable, and economically justified.” The project is now headed to Congress where it is expected to win approval for funding as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has now begun the process of conducting its own regulatory review of the project and must decide whether to issue a state environmental permit required before the project could be built.

Town of Palm Beach Opposes Port Project

In an April 21 letter, Town of Palm Beach Manager, Peter Elwell informed the FDEP of the town’s concerns. The town wants to protect private and public properties from being damaged by blasting and from being flooded by a higher storm surge that would result from the deeper and wider inlet. “If the deepening and widening proceeds, the permits for the project must ensure protection of the environment and of neighboring properties and non-commercial users of Lake Worth Inlet,” Elwell wrote to Danielle Irwin, deputy director of the FDEP’s Division of Water Resource Management. (see: Palm Beach Daily News article)

If you care about Blue Heron Bridge diving and snorkeling send your comments to the FDEP by May 1.

Email to: Danielle.Irwin@dep.state.fl.us

Subject: Port of Palm Beach Expansion – public comment

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Also see:

Palm Beach Post, Widening Port of Palm Beach unnecessary and unwise

Reef Rescue Blog https://reefrescue.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/reef-rescue-public-comment-palm-beach-port-expansion/

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