General Information

 

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HISTORY

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.

 


ALCOHOL

Alcohol possession is restricted to the permitted campground area. For the safety of all visitors, please help us avoid broken glass by properly disposing of glass containers in trash cans.

COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

It is prohibited to solicit, advertise, or conduct commercial business on or from park property (including submerged land) unless previously authorized in writing by the County.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

Palm Beach County Sheriff staff are frequently stationed in the park for the protection and safety of visitors. In the event of a medical emergency or other serious enforcement or safety related situation, please call 911.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

All plants and animals, including marine organisms, are protected within the park.

FEEDING ANIMALS

Feeding animals alters their natural behavior and ability to survive in the wild. Feeding any animals within the park is strictly prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Department Director.

FOOD SERVICE/VENDING

There is no food service, vending, or commercial sales of any kind available in the park. Visitors are advised to bring to the island whatever food and beverages they require for their visit. For your comfort and convenience, water fountains are available at each of our three (3) restrooms.

LOST and FOUND

Personal property lost or abandoned in the park will be turned in to the office for temporary storage. Wherever possible, every effort will be made to identify and contact owners. Items not claimed in thirty (30) days will be disposed of as trash or donated to an appropriate community service agency.

NOISE

No person shall make such loud, excessive, unnecessary noise so as to create a nuisance. Noise is considered a nuisance where it produces actual physical discomfort or annoyance to persons of ordinary sensibilities.

PEDESTRIAN PATHWAYS

Rollerblades, skates, skateboards, bikes, scooters, or motorized vehicles are not permitted on the island.

PETS

Domesticated animals are welcome in designated areas. For your safety and consideration of others, please keep all pets on a leash at all times at a distance not greater than six (6) feet from their handler, pick up their droppings, and provide for their comfort with shade and water. Dogs are not permitted on County-operated beaches.

PET WASTE

Handlers are required to clean up and properly dispose of any waste produced by their animals.

WATER TAXI SERVICE

Private water taxi service is available from nearby local businesses. Below is an independently owned and operated water taxi service.