Monday, August 14, 2017

All fisherman and fisherwomen: Editorial in The Lake Worth Herald, “[I]t is now the responsibility of those fishing the Spillway to police themselves and keep the area cleaned up and. . .

. . . not leave dead fish laying around. . . SFWMD* has done a nice thing for fishermen and fishermen need to appreciate it and take care of it.

Click on image below to see location of the public fishing piers located at Spillway Park in the City of Lake Worth (parking lot is free) and access from the City of West Palm Beach (street parking on Arlington Rd.):
Spillway Park† is at the end of Maryland Drive in the City of Lake Worth off Federal Hwy.

More excerpts from the Herald (with links and emphasis added):

The Palm Beach Canal [C-51 Canal], a popular fishing spot for over 50 years is now fishable again.
     The fishing piers on the West Palm Beach and Lake Worth sides of the canal have been closed for a couple of years, leaving fishermen nowhere to fish unless they wished to climb on a six foot fence with barbed wire on top.

and. . .

     Finally, SFWMD has decided to replace the fences on both sides of the canal with 4 foot high aluminum hand rails, making it safer for fishermen to fish the locks.
     The Blueway Project is in the planning stages and is waiting on funding. This project will include a boat lift to give boaters Lake Clarke, Lake Osborne and other points west of US 1 access to the Intracoastal Waterway and improve property values of properties with access to the water.

and. . .

     The parks on both sides of the canal are used by many residents and it is not fair to those who don't fish to have to put up with the smell of dead fish unnecessarily. It is also the responsibility of residents using the parks to clean up after themselves and their pets.
     If the areas are kept clean, they will remain open, otherwise there will be another popular spot closed due to no ones fault but those who use it. SFWMD has done a nice thing for fishermen and fishermen need to appreciate it and take care of it.

*SFWMD  =  South Florida Water Management District.
More information about Spillway Park: The amenities are access for fishing, a ½ mile walking trail, picnic tables, BBQ grills, a pet station, free parking, and restroom facilities. For more information about City parks in Lake Worth use this link.