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    • LNM: Proposed 3 Month Closures of St Lucie Lock, Public Comment Period, OWW MM 15

      St. Lucie Lock, the easternmost Okeechobee lock, lies west of Stuart, FL at Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 15. Comments may be submitted before June 15. Our thanks to Specialist Erica Skolte for this advance notice.

       

      1. LUCIE LOCK & DAM
        SCHEDULED CLOSURE FOR MAINTENANCE
        PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
        12 April 2021 to 15 June 21

      REFERENCE:
      a.     33 CFR Navigation and Navigable Waters

      1. Notice to Navigation

      Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking public comments until June 15, 2021, and notifying the public, boaters, marinas, and commercial and recreational vessels which travel through the St. Lucie Lock on the Okeechobee Waterway, in Stuart, Florida, that the St. Lucie Lock will be closed for maintenance between January 2, 2022 and March 31, 2022.

      This will be the first dewatering and total closure of the St. Lucie Lock in 10 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 and for crews to perform inspections, replace corroded steel structures, paint, install new gate seals, and repair Manatee Protection System components. During the closure, barges, barge-mounted cranes, and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.

      Please email public comments and concerns related to this three-month closure for maintenance to Steven.G.Reinert@usace.army.mil (recommended subject: “Public Comment on St. Lucie Lock Closure for Maintenance”). Public comments will be accepted until June 15, 2021.

      1. Contact Information

      For up-to-date Lock information contact the shift operator 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at:

      St. Lucie Lock & Dam 772-287-2665 or 863-662-9148

      Port Mayaca Lock & Dam 561-924-2858 or 863-662-9424

      Moore Haven Lock & Dam 863-946-0414 or 863-662-9533

      Ortona Lock & Dam 863-675-0616 or 863- 662-9846

      WP Franklin Lock & Dam 239-694-5451 or 863-662-9908

      Canaveral Lock 321-783-5421 or 863-662-0298 (6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Point of Contact is Mr. Gary Hipkins at Gary.L.Hipkins@usace.army.mil or 863-983-8101.

      //signed//
      Gary L. Hipkins
      Chief Navigation & Flood Risk Management
      South
       Florida Operations

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      Contact

      Erica Skolte
      561-801-5734 (cell)
      Erica.A.Skolte@usace.army.mil

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      Thanks for getting the word out!
      Be safe!

       

      Erica Skolte

      Public Affairs Specialist

      Corporate Communications Office

      U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District Palm Beach Gardens

      OFFICE PHONE 561-340-1527

      Cell:  561-801-5734

      erica.a.skolte@usace.army.mil

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      Comments from Cruisers (1)

      1. Greg Allard -  April 15, 2021 - 8:56 am

        Larry: I know you have received this, but this is a notice of importance to those who use the Okeechobee
        Waterway. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is taking comments on their proposal to close the St. Lucie lock totally, for all of January through March of 2022, for major maintenance. While we appreciate that such maintenance needs to be done periodically, the timing of this closure is just wrong. It should be moved to the summer season, when fewer boats will use the Waterway and when the economic impact on the marine industry, and on boaters, is not as severe. It only takes a few minutes to send a comment to the Corp of Engineers, using the information in the notice.

        Greg Allard
        M/V Meander

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