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Peanut Island cleanup begins with removal of floating structures near Lake Worth

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Floating structures like this will be removed by Palm Beach County officials starting Monday. (Courtesy of Palm Beach County).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

LAKE WORTH BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2024 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A major cleanup is planned at Lake Worth Beach, where floating structures are cluttering the waterway. Palm Beach County made this announcement to BocaNewsNow.com:

From Monday 10 JuneePalm Beach County and partner agencies will begin surveying the waters surrounding Peanut Island to identify and notify illegally anchored or moored floating structures in accordance with PBC Regulation 2021-017, the Cindy DeFilippo Floating Structure Ordinance. Any structure that does not meet the legal definition of a vessel (Florida Statute 327.02) may be subject to enforcement. Floating structures like the one in the photo have the potential to sink and impact underwater resources such as seagrass and reef habitats, in addition to polluting the waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

In response to a noticeable increase in these floating structures, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners adopted an initial floating structure ordinance in 2015, which was amended in 2021 to become the current Cindy DeFilippo Floating Structure Ordinance (PBC Ordinance 2021-017 ) to become. This ordinance laid the foundation for the county and our partners to “spot” and remove these structures, but lacked a dedicated funding source for this work. Last year, the county and our partners in the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative (lwli.org) were successful in securing $90,000 in state-appropriated funding to begin this important work.

Monday’s investigation and noticing will be the first concrete step in the process of removing these potentially harmful floating structures, with the hope that this work will also inform future installation of floating structures in the Peanut Island area and more broadly in Lake Worth Lagoon will deter. .

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