Monday, June 10, 2019

Palm Beach County expected to open shooting park later this year.

Below is news from journalist Lois K. Solomon at the Sun Sentinel about a new shooting park scheduled to open in Palm Beach County and it will be one of the largest in Florida. For those of you in the environmental community this new park is southwest of what used to be called the Briger Forest and was the former “Biotechnology Research Park” concept that ended up being located in Jupiter.

According to the Sun Sentinel this new park is,

Being paid for with funds from national excise taxes on weapons and ammunition, as well as money from Palm Beach County, the National Rifle Association, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, and the South Florida Water Management District.

This shooting park is west of Palm Beach Gardens and north of Westlake. To go and see the location of this new park for yourself go west on Northlake Blvd. all the way to the end and then head north on Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd. After about three miles the shooting park will be on the right side of the road opposite the JW Corbett Management Area and Everglades Youth Conservation Camp. The address of the shooting park is 11730 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd. in unincorporated PBC.

Here is the news in the Sun Sentinel datelined June 3rd:

The opening of the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park would be three years after construction started and a year later than a target date announced last year. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have blamed delays on problems with contractors. The most recent holdup involves completion of the potable water plant.

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Palm Beach County’s park is close to completion, according to the update. The administrative buildings and restaurants are finished, while landscaping is set to be installed this month.

When the water plant is done, the Wildlife Commission will open the 100-yard rifle and handgun ranges on the weekends. Contractors will keep working on the 200- and 300-yard shooting lines and trap and skeet fields, according to the update.

When these projects are completed, the park will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday.

To read the entire article in the Sun Sentinel click on this link.