Palm Beach Port Commissioners Stop Funding for ACOE Project
On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the Port of Palm Beach Board of Commissioners agreed to exclude funding for a proposed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Worth Inlet navigational improvement project from the port’s Master Plan Update.
The ACOE project, along with the economic and environmental backup that accompanied the plan, was published for the port’s review in 2005. As global, regional and state markets; the port’s tenant composition; and the environmental and recreational dynamics surrounding the port have changed, the port’s missions and goals continue to evolve.
In discussing the 10-year time span between the study and the Thursday evening decision, the port’s board of commissioners recognized that its Master Plan update will address what it means to be an urban port, focusing on the ever-changing dynamics of the region.
Port Chairman Wayne Richards explained, “With our neighboring municipalities and civic organizations working together to ensure the port maintains 33 feet of depth within the inlet, I believe we can continue a viable operation for years to come and have no need to include funding for an inlet expansion project within our master plan at this time.”
“The port is tucked between four municipalities, all of which maintain residential borders to our facility. Year after year, tourism and recreation around Peanut Island and the Lake Worth Inlet increase and we continue to manage a harmonious existence amongst it all.”
The Army Corps recently completed a maintenance dredge of the Lake Worth Inlet, an annual event, that resulted in the transfer of 200,000 cubic yards of sand onto the shores of the Town of Palm Beach.