This closure of Ortona Lock effectively closes the Okeechobee for 13 days. And, before you complain, remember we were given an opportunity to comment on this closure earlier this year: https://cruisersnet.net/171660. Note that the lock will be pumped dry, so there are no after work hours openings. Adding to your inconvenience are the repairs to Indiantown RR bridge, May 28-June 12: https://cruisersnet.net/171660, which does have early AM and late PM openings. Any float plans to cross the Okeechobee in June must be carefully considered. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this important reminder!
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Notice to Navigation Interests: Okeechobee Waterway – Ortona Lock Closure June 4-16, 2018
Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years; maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.
Note: The other locks on the Okeechobee Waterway (other than Ortona) and Canaveral remain in full operation.
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