INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wed., Feb. 1, from 10-11:30 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area. The project was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Indian River County, Indian River Land Trust, Trust for the Internal Improvement Fund of Florida, and Florida Inland Navigation District.

The Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area is a large mangrove wetland/impoundment that extends from the barrier island into the Indian River Lagoon. Purchased in conjunction with the Indian River Land Trust, this 132-acre parcel provides refuge to numerous wading birds and fish species. Its proximity to Round Island Conservation Area creates a broad shallow expanse of river bottom suitable for seagrass establishment and potential manatee foraging.

“The entire Land Trust board and staff are excited to be opening a new public trail system together with the county that was created with substantial private donations made through the Land Trust,” said Executive Director Ken Grudens of the Indian River Land Trust. “It’s a true win-win.”

“This is a public celebration,” said Indian River Board of County Commission Chair Joseph Earman. “As stewards of the taxpayer dollar, the board is proud of the effort put forth by staff to work with our partners and deliver a project that is not only a celebration for the environment but a legacy for generations to come.”

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the grand opening and ribbon cutting.

Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area is located at 1955 South Highway AIA, Vero Beach. Overflow parking will be available at Round Island Riverside Park.

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