Port of Palm Beach, Lake Worth Inlet: Army Corps holding public meeting on dredging projects

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers are holding a public meeting Tuesday about the proposed dredging project of the Port of Palm Beach and Lake Worth Inlet.

The meeting will be at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center on N. Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The project has been approved by the Army Corps of Engineers and added to the Water Resources Development Bill.

The proposed $88.6 million project calls for the Lake Worth Inlet and Palm Beach Harbor to be deepened and widened.

Business leaders and elected officials are attending the meeting to discuss the impact of the project on local and state economies.

Community leaders who have voiced opposition to the project are also expected to be in attendance. 

The project plans to increase the port's outer channel width from 400 to 450 feet. The channel depth would increase from 35 to 39 feet, which means ships 750 feet long would now be able to navigate through the channel.

The Corps says the existing channel is too shallow for most modern boats.

Opponents say the dredging would kill manatees and other wildlife. They also say ships coming into port would be a lot closer to swimmers around Peanut Island.

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