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While heavy rains in May raised levels in Lake Okeechobee, the drier than usual March left the lake with enough capacity to avoid the need for imminent planned releases to the estuaries.
Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hands a letter certifying the completion of the Alternate Care Facility the district built in the Miami Convention Center to Kevin Guthrie, Deputy Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. The facility provides 450 beds, 50 of them intensive care unit beds, gives the state of Florida medical providers and state emergency managers flexibility as they prepare for a COVID-19 based surge at local and regional medical facilities. Initially, the facility was to be completed by April 27, but the deadline was moved to April 20 after a meeting with the Florida governor identified an expedited need. Even with the shortened deadline, the Corps of Engineers delivered the site early, with the contractor completing construction April 18 and the Corps signing over the facility to the state on April 19.
Leadership from the City of Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gebler, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Mayor of Miami-Dade, the Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite brief the press and the people of South Florida on the current outlook of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the work being done at the Miami Beach Convention Center to convert it to an alternate care facility. When complete, the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) Alternate Care Facility (ACF) will hold 450 beds, 50 of which will be isolation units and 400 of which will house regular beds. During emergencies, USACE is the federal government's lead public works and engineering support agency. Given its extensive work in building medical facilities for its military stakeholders, it is uniquely qualified to tackle this engineering challenge.
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Col. Kelly on Lake Okeechobee: balancing project purposes
6/26/2020 UPDATED
One of the challenges we face at the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is balancing all of the purposes of managing Lake Okeechobee given to us by Congress – flood control,...
Lake Okeechobee Update for 2020 Rainy Season
6/10/2020
After a drier than normal dry season, Lake Okeechobee operations transition to rainy season without plans for imminent large releases to estuaries...
From NFL Experience to COVID-19 treatment facility in two months: Jacksonville District transforms Miami Beach Convention Center
4/20/2020
Two months ago, the Miami Beach Convention Center was hosting 80,000 fans for the NFL Experience as part of Super Bowl festivities. The Jacksonville District just finished transforming the center into...
Corps Starts Construction of 450-Bed Alternate Care Facility at Miami Beach Convention Center
4/9/2020
The governor of Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) commanding general met with county and city leaders in Miami Beach Wednesday to discuss construction of an alternate care facility in...

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Corps announces public comment on the Final EIS for the Combined Operational Plan (COP)
7/2/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, announces public comment on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Combined Operational Plan (COP). Public comments are due...
Corps announces public comment and webinar on planned deviation from Lake O Regulation Schedule to reduce risk from Harmful Algal Blooms
7/1/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District, announces public comment on the Draft Revised Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) and Proposed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)...
Corps Publishes RECOVER Interim Goals and Targets Report
7/1/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District published an updated version of the RECOVER (REstoration COordination & VERification) Interim Goals and Targets Report July 1 using improved...
Virtual public meetings set for Florida Keys study
6/26/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Monroe County, its nonfederal sponsor, have released the Florida Keys Coastal Storm Risk Management Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact...

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