May meetup - Peanut Island

May's meetup will be on Peanut Island in Riviera Beach!

Peanut Island was originally created in 1918 as a result of material excavated when the Lake Worth Inlet was created. Originally called Inlet Island, Peanut Island amounted to only ten (10) acres. By 1923 the Port was using the island as a spoil site for the maintenance of the inlet and the Port shipping channel. The Port sold the northern half of the island in 1991 to the Florida Inland Navigation District as a spoil site for the Intracoastal Waterway maintenance dredging.

Today, as a result of continued maintenance dredging of the inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway, Peanut Island comprises approximately eighty (80) acres. The primary use of the island will continue as a spoil site but the Port Authority and FIND have generously made the perimeter of the island available to the public as a park through a long-term arrangement with Palm Beach County.

The name Peanut was given to the island when the State gave permission for use of the island as a terminal for shipping peanut oil. Plans for this enterprise were abandoned in 1946, but the name was retained.

We will meet at Tiki Waterfront Sea Grille at 200 E 13th St, Riviera Beach at 8:30 and the Peanut Island Water Taxi will leave to take us over at 9:00 (we may end up needing more than one trip). NOTE THAT YOU MUST BRING $10 CASH FOR THE TAXI RIDE OVER TO THE ISLAND. If you arrive late you can always take another trip over. He said he does at least one trip back & forth every 1/2 hour.

Once we get over there everyone will have lots of photo opportunities to choose from including:

•  The reef boardwalk extends 280 feet over water and is a perfect place to view the reef habitat without getting wet. You might even see a manatee lounging in the area. These gentle “sea cows” frequent Peanut Island, grazing on abundant seagrasses. Beyond the reef you will see boats of all sizes and shapes, from small open-water fishing boats to large cruise ships that pass through the Lake Worth Inlet. 

• Maritime hammock is one of the most rapidly-disappearing habitats in Florida. During the Peanut Island environmental enhancement project, 60 acres of invasive exotic vegetation were removed and replanted with maritime hammock species, including gumbo limbo, seagrape, cabbage palm, fiddlewood, firebush, sea-lavender, railroad vine, and East Coast dune sunflower. This hammock area is an important habitat for birds and wildlife and increases the diversity of species in Lake Worth Lagoon. 

• As you move along the 230-foot boardwalk past the mangroves to the beach, you’ll see a series of flushing channels extending north and south from the boardwalk. These channels were cut to improve tidal flow to 3 acres of restored mangroves. Mangroves help stabilize the shoreline and provide nursery habitat for juvenile fish and invertebrates. Their decaying leaves provide the base for the estuarine food chain. 

• Kennedy Bunker and Coast Guard Station tour (this is a separate activity; price of the tour is not included in the $10 meetup cost). For information click HERE (although I'm not sure how updated this website is!). I will get more info about this and post it prior to the meetup. If you haven't seen this before I definitely think it's worthwhile.

After the meetup, we will have lunch at Tiki Waterfront Sea Grille. 

For more information about Peanut Island click HERE (be sure to click "walking tour" on the left side of the page).

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  • Gregory W L.

    Really fun, and great to see new places.

    June 2

  • sandi

    Thanks everyone for posting your great photos. I will definitely get over to Peanut Island.

    June 1

  • Steve B.

    One of our best. Great photo pops and great people to share the time together.

    1 · June 1

  • Gregory W L.

    A great day to enjoy meeting new friends and such great weather.

    1 · May 31

  • Meilyn

    It was awesome! I really enjoyed the time and I think all you guys are really nice! I am ready for the next meeting. And the pictures are are very nice and I love to learn new ways and new styles. Thank you Tammy!

    May 31

  • Tammy C.

    I had such a great time meeting new friends this month! Hope to see you guys again soon!

    2 · May 31

  • Felecia C.

    It was my first meet-up and I had a blast. Great weather - super people - can't wait for the next one!

    2 · May 31

  • Jon B.

    'Twas fantastic. Have the first batch of my photos about to be put up (Cybershot pix edited with Lightroom 3).

    2 · May 31

  • Barb W.

    My favorite photo opportunity ... sun, sand and no rain. Mike and I had never been to peanut island. It was great. It was wonderful meeting so many new (to me) people.

    2 · May 31

  • connie s.

    It was a great morning and it was nice meeting a lot of new people.

    3 · May 31

  • Dina St. A.

    Great!

    2 · May 31

  • Neil F.

    Enjoyed my first trip with the club!

    3 · May 31

  • sandi

    Hi Tammy, Will you be sending out a "cancellation" notice first thing in the morning if it's raining in WPB? I live in Boca and would hate to go up there for nothing. Knowing Florida's weather, it could be raining in Boca and the sun is shining in WPB. I'm really looking forward to seeing you and the group tomorrow. My first time @ Peanut Island - thanks for setting this one up.

    May 30

    • Tammy C.

      I will definitely be keeping my eye on the weather. Unless it's expected to rain for an extended time, I likely won't cancel it. Last time we went there (years ago) it actually did rain for a long time... a few people stuck around and we ended up going over and having a great time. I will send out a weather report, though.

      1 · May 30

    • John W. C.

      AccuGuess is calling for a little rain around 10 AM, but it looks good before and after. Maria and I are looking forward to attending.

      May 30

  • Janice S.

    Sorry, but I have to cancel tomorrow.

    May 30

  • Ginnie

    Sounds like fun, but won't be able to go. Hope you all have fun!

    May 21

  • Gregory W L.

    Sounds like fun! I am looking forward to going and making new friends. I live in Delray Beach, if anyone would like a ride.

    May 17

  • Gregory W L.

    What a great idea, looking forward to going and making new friends.

    May 17

  • Jose B.

    Sorry, I'll be out of town :(

    May 13

  • Miriam K.

    Sorry I can't make it. Have another photo commitment that morning.

    May 13

  • Nubia R.

    I would've loved going but I have another photo commitment that day. :(

    May 12

  • Hannele K.

    This is great! I've been wanting to go there for a long time.

    May 12

  • sandi

    Thanks Tammy, sounds like a fun day!

    May 12

    • Tammy C.

      Hopefully the weather will behave.

      May 12

  • Neil F.

    To whom shall I send my check?
    Neil

    May 12

    • Tammy C.

      Just bring $10 cash with you to give directly to the taxi driver.

      May 12

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