1000 Friends of Florida

Martin and Palm Beach Counties

Photo courtesy of Kevin Boldenow. River Bend.

Since its inception, 1000 Friends of Florida has been actively involved in promoting smarter growth and protected natural areas in Martin and Palm Beach Counties. Not only does this work help enhance the quality of life for residents of the area, but it also protects significant natural lands key to guarding the region’s drinking water and sustaining the iconic Everglades.

Over the years, 1000 Friends has advocated for compatible development in urban areas, and the protection of rural lands. 1000 Friends has helped Martin County develop and maintain its award-winning comprehensive plan and urban services boundaries, and successfully led the campaign to relocate Scripps Florida from an inappropriate rural location on the fringes of the Everglades to a cost-effective urban site close to existing roads and other infrastructure.

To accomplish its goals, 1000 Friends focuses on planning to help guide the location and timing of new development, education to help the public play an active role in shaping the future of their community, and advocacy to ensure that proposed plans and development projects follow the principles of smart growth.





Palm Beach County

1000 Friends Fighting to Save Rural Palm Beach County – The equivalent of roughly five Gardens Malls may be coming to rural Palm Beach County.  Projects including Minto West and others could bring thousands of new homes and millions of square feet of non-residential development to the county’s western lands.  Find out how 1000 Friends is working to protect these lands which are an essential part of the greater Everglades ecosystem.  1000 Friends files legal challenge over Minto West.

Planning for smarter growth in Palm Beach County – For a reader-friendly overview of what smart growth is, and what can be done to promote smart growth in Palm Beach County, check out this brief report.

A citizen’s guide to smarter growth in Palm Beach County (2001) – Prepared by 1000 Friends, this user-friendly handbook describes the significance of the local environment, discusses the concept of smart growth, explains tools for promoting smarter growth in Palm Beach County, and outlines how citizens can play a more active role in shaping the future of their communities.

Planning Strategies for the Everglades Agricultural Area (2009) –Encompassing approximately 700,000 acres, the EAA is an integral part of the greater Everglades ecosystem. This study by 1000 Friends of Florida identifies threats to the area and planning strategies to address them.

Smart growth: Building better communities and protecting the environment in Palm Beach County (2001) – 1000 Friends prepared this eight-page insert which focuses on some of smart growth initiatives in Palm Beach County.

Video: Pirates of the Loxahatchee – The Loxahatchee River and its water quality (Approximately 4 minutes loading time DSL)

Major victory for smart growth advocates–Scripps moved to Abacoa/Briger Site – After two years of debate and numerous several legal challenges by 1000 Friends of Florida and others, on February 14, 2006, the Palm Beach County Commission voted to relocate the proposed Scripps Biomedical Research Institute from the remote Mecca Farms site to the Abacoa/Briger site, which was closer to existing development and infrastructure.

Martin County

A healthy environment and a strong economy: A citizen’s guide to smarter growth in Martin County – 1000 Friends of Florida outlines how to promote both economic development and smarter growth in Martin County.

Click here for an overview of 1000 Friends’ work to protect the special character of Martin and Palm Beach counties and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem.  For more in depth information, visit 1000 Friends’ Everglades webpage.

All Aboard Florida — Promising intercity passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando, All Aboard Florida has generated a great deal of opposition in recent months. Recognizing that it is essential that any major infrastructure projects be compatible with the areas that they impact, 1000 Friends of Florida has identified significant concerns related to the segment between West Palm Beach and Cocoa Beach. Find out more information and view 1000 Friends’ comment letters.


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