Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Camp Sites May Be Designated On Cocoa Beach Thousand Islands



COCOA BEACH, Florida -- A revision of the 1994 North Thousand Islands Management Plan is being developed and the public is invited to review the plan and submit comments at a public hearing that is scheduled for January 31, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach City Hall located at 2 South Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Florida.


Among the stated goals in the proposed management plan include designation of certain sites for primitive camping or picnicking on the islands.  Additionally, canoe/kayak and short nature trails may be designated.


The North Thousand Islands are located on the east coast of Florida in Brevard County within the City of Cocoa Beach.  Located in the Banana River immediately west of the developed area of the City of Cocoa Beach, the North Thousand Islands includes an extensive area of mangrove islands, salt marsh and shallow open water vegetated by seagrass.


The State of Florida acquired the North Thousand Islands through the Land Acquisition Trust Fund in 1988.  In 1991, the property was leased to the City of Cocoa Beach in 1991 to manage “for the conservation and protection of natural and historical resources and for resource based public outdoor recreation.”