FDOT WITHDRAWS PERMIT APPLICATION FOR SR 7 EXTENSION ALONG GRASSY WATERS PRESERVE
Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23-square mile remnant of the Everglades that serves as the surface water supply for West Palm Beach.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 18, 2019) – West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James is committed to protecting our city’s water supply and ensuring public safety. Mayor James is pleased to announce that the Florida Department of Transportation has withdrawn its permit application for the extension of State Road 7 along Grassy Waters Preserve. Grassy Waters Preserve is a 23-square mile remnant of the Everglades that serves as the surface water supply source for approximately 150,000 water customers in the City of West Palm Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and the Town of South Palm Beach. Grassy Waters Preserve is also an important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species.
“I’m pleased that the application has been withdrawn,” said Mayor James. “This will preserve the water quality of Grassy Waters Preserve from degradation from nutrient discharges from the proposed road that could have led to algal blooms and other environmental impacts. This also reduces the possibility of flooding in communities within the City. The withdrawal of the permit now creates an opportunity for everyone to work together, to reassess the situation, and to identify new solutions including alternate routes that will have less impact on Grassy Waters Preserve.”