JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2011) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has reopened the swimming beach at W. P. Franklin South Recreation Area and expects families to hit the beach for some fun in the sun this Labor Day weekend.
The beach on the Caloosahatchee River in Alva was closed temporarily due to concerns about water quality, but recent test results indicate that the area is once again safe for swimmers. Families are encouraged to enjoy the beach and many other amenities available at the recreation area.
“Come on out, the water’s fine!” says Phil Hart, park ranger. “Every year, hundreds of people make W.P. Franklin their Labor Day destination. They enjoy swimming, grilling, picnics, horseshoes, sand volleyball and photo opportunities on the new manatee sculpture.”
“We encourage you to stop by and explore the W.P. Franklin visitor center,” said Adam Tarplee, natural resource program manager. The visitor center has had a complete renovation and features interactive exhibits, including ‘Alien Invaders’ about non-native plant and animal species, life in and around Lake Okeechobee and the history of Herbert Hoover Dike.
“The Corps’ top priority is safety; please remember to check your safety equipment before water activities and always wear a life jacket,” said Tarplee. Free life jackets may be borrowed at Life Jacket Loaner Stations at the beach, boat ramp and campground.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the leading provider of recreation on federally-managed lands in the United States and a founding member of the National Water Safety Congress, committed to promoting safe water practices.
Release no. 11-48