The availability of 40 acres of open space in Pinellas County is rare. In 2019, the Pinellas County Public Works Department considered the water quality benefits of the site formerly known as the Baypointe Golf Course.
In December 2019, the Board of County Commissioners approved funds to purchase the site. The County closed on the site February 14, 2020. County staff and contractor are cleaning up the site for passive use of the site until the ultimate stormwater project can be designed and constructed.
Important elements of the plan include a combination of dry ponds and wet ponds/wet pond expansion while preserving as many mature healthy native trees as possible. Plans will include passive recreation opportunities and enhance native habitat.
- Improve stormwater quality
- Improve flood control
- Provide passive park elements
- Provide native habitat
One of the most important aspects of the project is Community Partnership. A conceptual plan allows for flexibility of project elements based on community preferences. Surveys will be developed to help define the location, extent, and type of project elements.
Clean Up Phase
County staff, partnered with a contractor, have begun cleaning the Baypointe Stormwater and Conservation Area. The work being completed from February through May 2020 includes:
- Removal/treatment of invasive aquatic vegetation along the ditches and ponds
- Minor landscaping/pruning/trimming
- Hazardous and downed tree removal near walking paths
- Repair to erosion areas
Enhanced mowing occurred the week of 5/4/2020 to provide access to the survey team as part of the design process. Mowing will continue at Baypointe. Future continued mowing efforts will be economical efforts that maintain the perimeter and provide habitat.