The Spoil Island Project
The Spoil Island Project was established
to aid in the enhancement and preservation of the Indian River Lagoon
Spoil Islands. It is a volunteer driven program spearheaded by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Aquatic Preserve
Offices with support from other state and local agencies.
In a broad view, Spoil Island Enhancement
is the process of improving the overall environmental quality and
aesthetics of spoil islands while providing a hospitable and
alluring area for recreational activities such as camping, picnicking,
swimming and fishing.
However, not all islands
are suitable for recreational activities, some islands are home to various
threatened and or endangered species of plants and animals. Other islands serve
as important bird rookeries for nesting bird species.
play an important role in the overall ecology of the lagoon and
surrounding areas and are therefore a valuable environmental resource.
Islands meeting these special criteria have thus been given the
To protect these fragile islands, public use (of islands designated
as Conservation) is prohibited. However,
the majority of the islands (71) throughout the lagoon are approved for
recreation. To see which islands you can visit please visit the interactive map
section to view spoil islands throughout Brevard, Indian River, St. Lucie and
Islands listed as Active
or Passive may be used
for recreation but remember if these pristine islands are to be
enjoyed by future generations we must all make an effort to preserve
them by removing any trash or debris brought on the island. If camping
or picnicking, use common sense, bring trash bags and leave the
island with everything you arrived with.
These pages are set up to increase public
awareness of the spoil islands. It is up to the public to observe
and respect the island designations set forth by the Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP).
These pages are also designed to assist
the Spoil Island Enhancement Project, governing agencies and the
citizen support organizations involved. We strive to cover the entire
Indian River Lagoon on the east coast of Florida and the enhancement
of its Spoil Islands. Please feel free to ask questions and make
announcements on the
message board with related information. Thanks for your participation!