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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -
St. Lucie County's Mosquito Control and Coastal Management Department recently completed public access improvements to Queens Island Preserve by adding trail amenities connecting the parking areas and bicycle path along State Road A1A.
With assistance from a recreation and trails program grant administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Mosquito Control and Coastal Management Services funds, the county was able to add 2,000 feet of shell trail through 30 acres of the natural coastal hammock located at the site.
The 8-foot wide trail provides connectivity from the concrete sidewalk on A1A to the primitive parking areas and the canoe/kayak launch.
In addition to the trails, staff added three boardwalks and two resting/viewing benches inside the preserve. Other trails and boardwalks are planned for the site in the future should funding become available.
Once the site of a Native American fishing camp, Queen's Island Preserve, located at 4653 North A1A, is comprised of 232 acres along the Indian River Lagoon, which are open to the public for passive recreation.
For more information about the project please contact St. Lucie County's Mosquito Control and Coastal Management Department at (772) 462-1692. To find out what other areas are open for fishing and other passive recreation, visit St. Lucie County's interactive parks and preserve map at http://gis.stlucieco.gov/parkspreserves.