Jensen Beach Sea Turtle Cafe

DATE:  May 2013

PROGRAM & ROLE:
The Jensen Beach Sea Turtle Café is one of a few beachfront restaurants in Martin County and is a unique and valuable public asset.  The cafe is located at Jensen Sea Turtle Beach, which is the main public beach in Jensen Beach on Hutchinson Island.  Jensen Beach is a wide sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean used for sunbathing, surfing, and swimming.  For the past 20 years, the Sea Turtle Café has leased the site property from the County and has offered breakfast and lunch for residents and tourists who visit the area.  The existing building was built in 1991 through a Public Request for Proposals (RFP) and consists of approximately 8,750 square feet of decking space, a 750 square foot restroom building, an 850 square foot Café building, and a 750 square foot open pavilion.  In April 2012, the 20-year lease expired, and the County will soon prepare a new public Request for Proposals to engage a future leaser who will be responsible for upgrades and improvements to the facility.  Martin County Parks and Recreation Department requested Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council conduct a public input and design process to solicit input on ways to improve and enhance the aging facility. The Café facility and property are public amenities owned by Martin County.

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TEAM:

  • Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
    • Thomas J. Lanahan, Executive Director
    • Dana Little, Urban Design Director
    • Marlene Brunot
    • Stephanie Heidt
    • Eloine Sabol
    • Anthea Gianniotes
  • Architects & Urban Designers
    • Juan Caruncho
    • Ricardo Lopez
    • Jose Venegas
    • Steven Fett
    • Lauren Moss
    • Gabriel Williams