Marine Resources Council Lagoon House

This is an example of terracing. The Indian River Lagoon House in Melbourne has a steep bluff (ancient dune) along the Indian River Lagoon.  The Marine Resources Council created terracing using large cabbage palm trunks and rip rap with native plants. It includes large sapling mangroves planted at the toe. This is a good companion site to the terrace that was built at the Marine Discovery Center at New Smyrna Beach which only has a few small plants. At the Marine Discovery Center,  we used pressure treated lumber as short walls  built into the slope.

General Project Information


Project footprint:

1,500 linear feet


3275 Dixie Highway NE, Palm Bay, Fl 32905

Can it be visited by the public?


Coordinating organization:

Marine Resources Council,



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11 breakwater modules are permitted, with 4 currently built.

Project Components


Type of project:



Mangroves, Other native plants, Rip-rap, Terracing

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Plant species included:

Mangroves, spartina, scirpus

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