Understanding Use of Public Lands
The landscape in South Florida is both beautiful and fragile. We are all responsible for preserving and protecting our waterways and lands in Acme Improvement District and the western portion of Palm Beach County.
Lakes, rivers, canals, reservoirs and the lands that border these waterways play an important role in our water management system. They help to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and recharge aquifers.
Unauthorized Areas: Use of ATV/Off-Road Vehicles, etc. on all canal right-of-ways, roadways, public lands unless otherwise stated, and unauthorized use on private lands is prohibited. Watercrafts with combustible motors are prohibited in Acme canals and lakes. Public lands are areas owned by federal/state agency or any political subdivision of the state.
Violation of Florida Statutes will result in penalties. Penalties range from warnings and fines to confiscation of property, formal charges and jail time. For more information, review the Florida Statutes or contact your local Sheriff’s office.
Enforceable laws include but are not limited to:
Trespass on Property…………………………810.09
Damaging Works of the District…………….298.66
Damage to Public Lands…………………….375.14
Breaking or Injuring Fences …………………810.115
Posted Land, Removing Notices Unlawful……810.10
Where can I legally ride ATVs, etc.? On private property that you own or have permission to access or in designated parks. Consult www.myfwc.com for management areas that all ATV/Off-Road Vehicle use.
Why can’t I ride along canals, waterways or wetlands? These areas play an important role to keeping our local area free from flooding, helps improve water quality and allows Acme to recharge aquifers. Any disruption to these areas could cause community wide issues.
What am I allowed to on Acme property? Unless otherwise posted: individuals my fish in canals and lakes, walk in preserves, and boat in Acme canals/lakes as long as the vessel used does not have a combustible motor.
I have always used ATVs, etc. on public land. Why is it an issue now? Riding has always been an illegal action that has been patrolled. There has been an increase in ATV, etc. activity which has lead to the increased enforcement effort.
Are all boats prohibited in area lakes, canals, etc.? Kayaks, canoes and other paddle-craft as well as all electric powered vessels are allowed in Acme’s waterways unless otherwise posted. For rules and regulations on the use of state and federal waterways please refer to each agency directly.
Why are boats with combustible engines prohibited? All vessels with combustible engines are prohibited in Acme’s waterways because these engines can leak gas and oil which will pollute our waterways. In addition, the high speeds of these vessels can also cause erosion and damage both native vegetation and habitat.
Is fishing allowed in Acme’s waterways? Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed in Acme’s waterways, but you must hold the appropriate state licenses. Do not climb on or tamper with Acme’s property– gates, structures, etc. Keep in mind motorized vehicles are not allowed on right-of-ways.
Littering/Illegal Dumping is always a concern. Please visit the Village of Wellington web site for information.
View Wellington’s Garbage Guide to learn more about routes, schedules and recycling.
Additional information and links are available at Wellington’s Solid Waste website.
For information retarding hazardous waste guidelines and drop-off locations, visit the Village of Wellington's Hazardous Waste page.
Hunting is not permitted in the ACME Improvement District (a dependent special district) which is subject to Wellington's Code of Ordinances for Parks and Recreation. Specifically, Chapter 38 states:
Sec. 38-66. - Animals.
(a)No person shall molest, harm, frighten, kill, net, trap, snare, hunt, chase, shoot or throw or propel, by any means, missiles at any wildlife creature, be it animal, bird, or reptile roaming free about a park or in captivity in a zoo cage, nor shall any person remove or possess the young of any wild animal, or the nest or eggs of any reptile or bird, or collect, remove, possess, give away, sell or offer to sell, buy or offer to buy, or accept as a gift any specimen, dead or alive, of any of the group of tree snails.