Oct. 4, 2019

SFWMD and Town of Jupiter Create Parking Lot at Popular Snook Fishing Spot in Northern Palm Beach County
Fishing piers and parking lot near S-46 structure are part of District's commitment to expand public recreation wherever possible 

A local fisherman enjoys the popular fishing pier upgrades near the SFWMD's S-46 structure, recently completed in Jupiter. Click on the image to learn more about recreational opportunities on SFWMD-managed lands.

JUPITER, Fla.- The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) recently completed upgrades, in partnership with the Town of Jupiter, to make one of the most popular fishing spots in northern Palm Beach County more accessible to the public.
 
"South Florida Water Management District protects thousands of acres of public land on behalf of South Floridians and the state's precious water resources. Part of this stewardship includes finding unique ways to both protect our water resources and encourage public recreation," said Drew Bartlett, executive director of the South Florida Water Management District. "Floridians and visitors gain a new appreciation for protecting our natural resources when they are able to enjoy them for themselves."

The District renovated the S-46 structure, a major water control structure that drains the C-18 basin including the Jupiter Farms area, a few years ago near Indiantown Road and Island Way. At that time, special railings were installed along the platforms to ensure safety for the public and especially children. For fishing, this allowed access to cast out into the water just downstream of the structure, a longtime popular spot for catching snook and other fish. 

The public enjoyed the better access to the fishing pier but asked District officials if there was something that could be done to improve parking to avoid having to cross to the other side of Island Way to fish. Just recently, SFWMD crews finished creating a shell rock parking lot right next to the S-46 structure, giving anglers safe parking and access to the popular pier.

The town of Jupiter, a partner in the recreational upgrades, agreed to police and keep the parking lot clean and make any future minor repairs for public access at the site.  

"The town of Jupiter values public access to our area's beautiful waterways," said Jupiter Mayor Todd Wodraska. "We were pleased to partner with SFWMD to support a project to provide better access to a popular fishing spot in an area that welcomes people to the entryway of our town."

SFWMD will continue to provide recreation updates to the public whenever new public recreational opportunities become available. To learn more about recreational opportunities on SFWMD-managed land, click HERE.

For more updates on SFWMD's work:
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

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