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Jupiter Inlet District

An independent special taxing district established in 1921 by the Florida State Legislature, the Jupiter Inlet District is the oldest local government body operating in northern Palm Beach County.  Governed by a 5-member Board of Commissioners, the District was created to maintain the Jupiter Inlet and a navigational channel from the mouth of the Loxahatchee River to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Jupiter Inlet District is responsible for bypassing sand that migrates into the inlet system to downdrift beaches in accordance with the Florida Beach & Shore Preservation Act.  Dredging and beach fill projects are permitted through our partners at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) with strict environmental protocols and monitoring in place to protect sensitive sea turtle nesting and fisheries habitat, manatees, seagrass beds and oyster bars.

The Jupiter Inlet District is also charged with maintaining navigational channels in the Loxahatchee River and its tributaries including the Central Embayment, and the North, Northwest and Southwest forks – all part of the larger Loxahatchee River-Lake Worth Creek Aquatic Preserve.  With a commitment to restoration and preservation, District projects in the greater Loxahatchee River area are aimed at protecting these important waterways and natural resources.  Other critical functions of the Jupiter Inlet District include the maintenance of the North and South jetties, channel marker maintenance, shoreline stabilization, erosion control, and operation of the District’s Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA), a 2-acre sand storage site.

Today, the Jupiter Inlet is an important economic engine for the region with connections to the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and easy offshore access for fishing and diving.  It supports a broad range of businesses in the marine industry and beyond, and gives waterfront residents access to a network of waterways for boating and recreation.  The Jupiter Inlet and surrounding public parks managed by the Palm Beach County Department of Parks and Recreation, the iconic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, and biologically diverse areas of the Loxahatchee River-Lake Worth Creek Aquatic Preserve provide an abundance of recreational opportunities for residents, visitors and nature lovers to enjoy.

Important Documents

Jupiter Inlet District Charter & Enabling LegislationJID- Boundaries Map - ADA.pdf

Encompassing some 92 square miles in area, the Jupiter Inlet District boundaries are the Palm Beach/Martin County line to the North, the Atlantic Ocean to the East, the section line separating Townships 41 and 42 to the South and Pratt Whitney Road/Beeline Highway to the West.

Inlet Management PlanEmergency Preparedness PlanLoxahatchee River Management Plan

This management plan addresses the portion of the Loxahatchee River, west of the FECRR trestle. This portion of the Loxahatchee River includes the Central Embayment, North Fork, downstream portions of the Northwest Fork, Southwest Fork, C-18 Canal, and minor tributaries.

Financial Documents and Links

Fiscal Year 2023-2024 BudgetFiscal Year 2022- 2023 BudgetFiscal Year 2021-2022 BudgetFiscal Year 2020-2021 BudgetFiscal Year 2019-2020 BudgetFiscal Year 2019-2020 Audited Financial Statements

For prior year audited financial statements,
visit the Florida Department of Financial Services

Florida Commission on Ethics - Code of Ethics

Florida Statutes

Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act, ss. 161.142

Florida Uniform Special District Accountability Act