Jupiter Inlet Natural Area, located in Palm Beach County, Florida, is a prime attraction for two cities and thousands of visitors. Rich in history, it has been used for a lighthouse and by the military since the 1850’s. Jupiter Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the site includes a still-active U.S. Coast Guard facility. Jupiter Inlet is also rich in natural resources, an oasis in an increasingly-urban environment. On the County’s list of Environmentally Sensitive Lands, it supports 17 special status species, including four Federally-listed species.
After the Coast Guard declared some of the property surplus, the Jupiter Inlet partnership formed to restore the Natural Area. Partners decided to take a collaborative approach to restoration because of intermingled administrative boundaries and their varying missions.