Governor Signs Waldron’s Acme Bill Into Law

State Rep. Katherine Waldron (D-District 93) this week announced that Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed HB 943, the Acme Improvement District and Pine Tree Water Control District Bill, into law. The bill, sponsored by Waldron, passed both the House of Representatives and State Senate unanimously.

The bill transfers the 365-acre Marjory Stoneman Douglas Environmental Preserve and the adjacent, 45-acre Moncada property from the independent Pine Tree Water Control District to Wellington’s dependent special district, the Acme Improvement District. The change will enable increased resources and focus on developing, preserving and maintaining the natural areas for the benefit of the public. Both Acme and Pine Tree are located within the Village of Wellington.

The preserve serves as a rainwater storage area but also includes miles of nature trails and learning centers. The rainwater is naturally cleansed as it flows through more than two miles of combined wetland/marsh area, littoral shelves and deepwater sediment traps. Interior uplands and native landscaping provide an exhibition of natural Florida from the paved pedestrian path and boardwalk to seven designated learning areas. There is a large decorative trellis and six-story observation tower located at two of these learning areas. The preserve also includes a 3.6-mile perimeter equestrian trail that is an extension of the approximately 65-mile Wellington bridle trail system.

Waldron expressed gratitude to DeSantis for recognizing the significance of this legislation and its positive impact on the community. The law will contribute to the continued development and preservation of vital natural resources within Palm Beach County and the Village of Wellington.