JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District will host a series of four public meetings to explain revised setback guidance to be used in the review of structures proposed for placement along certain federal channels. Identical meetings will be held on each of the following dates, with all meetings beginning at 6:30 p.m.:
Monday, Aug. 19 City of Deerfield Beach Commission Chambers
150 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Tues., Aug. 20 Palm Beach Gardens Library
11303 Campus Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Wed., Aug. 28 Landrum Middle School
230 Landrum Lane
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Tues., Sept. 10 Clearwater Beach Recreational Center
69 Bay Esplanade
Clearwater, FL 33767
Each of the informal meetings will begin with a brief presentation by representatives of the Corps and the appropriate state sponsors, the Florida Inland Navigation District and the West Coast Inland Navigation District, and will be followed by a question-and-answer period.
In accordance with Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for protecting and maintaining the nation’s navigable waterways. In 1998, Jacksonville District issued setback criteria to be used in the review of structures proposed for placement along certain federal channels. Since then, minor revisions have been made to the setback guidance, to allow efficient, cost-effective and environmentally acceptable operation and maintenance of the federal channels.
The federal channels to which the updated setback criteria applies are the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (from the Florida state line to the St. Johns River), Intracoastal Waterway (east coast of Florida from the St. Johns River to Miami), the Intracoastal Waterway (west coast of Florida from the Caloosahatchee River to the Anclote River) and the Okeechobee Waterway (W.P. Franklin Lock west to Punta Rassa and from the St. Lucie Lock east to the Intracoastal Waterway). Under the new guidance, the optimum setback for all structures is 100 feet from the near design edge of the channel.
Further information, including the new guidance, is available at www.saj.usace.army.mil, click on Missions, then Regulatory, then Items of Interest.
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