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  • December

    Corps attends south Florida outreach event

    Corps park ranger Brian Scott Older and water safety volunteers Michael and Terri Young, exhibited at Kiwanis Kids Day in Labelle, Florida educating attendees about the Corps’ mission and water safety. LaBelle is located along the Caloosahatchee River, which is part of the Okeechobee Waterway on the west side of Lake Okeechobee in south Florida.
  • Jacksonville District commander signs memorandum of understanding with local university

    On Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, the Jacksonville District signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of North Florida (UNF), designed to be a framework outlining cooperative educational collaborations between UNF and the district in STEM subject areas for purposes of developing student scientists and engineers.
  • Tussock removal

    A half-acre tussock was blown by the wind, and completely blocked the navigation channel of Rim Canal Route 2 of the Okeechobee Waterway, on the south side of Lake Okeechobee. The Okeechobee Waterway is a navigable waterway that cuts across the state, from the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The tug boat Leitner, with Capt. Graham Thompson at the helm, pushed a barge-mounted crane with a crew of three into position. The team successfully broke up and removed the tussock, restoring navigation on the Okeechobee Waterway.
  • Mile Point Industry Day information educates contractors

    Due to the complexity and challenges of the Mile Point Reconfiguration project, project manager Jason Harrah knew it was important to engage and inform the industry about the project early on. An industry day was held in Jacksonville in November, to provide an opportunity for contractor representatives to learn about the details and requirements for the project.
  • Safety Office team helps employees maintain workplace health

    Expert industrial hygienists and safety technicians from the Safety Office know how to help keep Jacksonville District employees safe and healthy. They are ready, willing and able to educate Corps employees and share their knowledge with anyone who requests assistance.
  • Lock leader continues to serve, helps other veterans

    A retired Marine is not the kind of guy you would expect to pick up a crochet hook to create hundreds of “beanies,” many of them pink. But Kirschner, together with his wife Brianne, created the “Beanies for Vets” program He has cranked out hundreds of beanies, all to benefit veterans and several charities. He is currently working on a crocheted American flag.
  • Completion of major Everglades restoration construction contract celebrated at Picayune Strand

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District celebrated the completion of a major construction effort for the Picayune Strand Restoration project Oct. 24 alongside federal, state and local representatives and Everglades restoration supporters.
  • November

    Hispanic Heritage Month festivities bring employees and students together

    After a month-long observance of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), Jacksonville District held a closing ceremony at its downtown office, Oct. 7. The event attended by district staff, hosted students from Englewood High School with a competition, “Are you Smarter than a High Schooler?”
  • District employees participate in Hispanic Heritage Month cook-off

    The Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Cook-off contest was held Oct. 2, in the district’s downtown office.
  • Progress continues at Antilles Middle School

    Since construction began on the Antilles Elementary School at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico in 2012, the project is 50 percent complete. The school consists of five buildings, A, B, C, D, and E which are in varying stages of completion. There are three academic wings, an administrative wing and a gymnasium/ cafeteria wing.
  • District employee receives national award

    The Construction Management Excellence (CME) award was presented to Pablo Vazques-Ruiz, Jacksonville District’s south Puerto Rico resident engineer, during a special ceremony Sept. 7 at the Corps’ Antilles office in San Juan , Puerto Rico.
  • ‘Rising Tides’ documentary explores coastal erosion

    Engle provided a look into historical data and potential impacts of rising sea levels and storm events on Florida, and how Jacksonville District incorporates its findings into coastal processes to reduce risks.
  • South Atlantic Division commanding general visits Jacksonville District projects

    Brig. Gen. C. David Turner, South Atlantic Division commander, devoted nearly a week learning about the district’s projects and meeting with partnering agency officials and district staff during his visit to Florida Sept. 15-19, 2014.
  • October

    Wetlands aren’t always wet!

    Contrary to popular belief, wetlands are not always wet. And there may be a difference between what the Army Corps of Engineers and state and other regulatory agencies consider a wetland.
  • Regulatory takes its show on the road

    For the first time in four years, Regulatory Division traveled Jacksonville District’s territory, from the Florida Panhandle to the Antilles, to offer a full day of information to stakeholders, partners, consultants and the public.
  • Harbor channel maintenance benefits navigation and island treasures

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District awarded a $13.4 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill., to perform maintenance dredging of the Tampa Harbor Egmont and Mullet Key channel cuts. The project will beneficially place dredged sand and install geotextile tubes on Egmont Key to help stabilize the beach and protect historic structures.
  • Impassioned community packs Regulatory public meeting

    More than 250 people – some carrying signs and posters; some wearing shirts expressing their opinions; all of them fervently in favor of or opposed to the project – packed the Charles Turnbull Regional Library well beyond its capacity.
  • September

    POW share their experiences so others learn

    So, why were the Hanoi Hilton prisoners so resilient during and following their imprisonment? A variety of studies concluded that their faith, in each other, in the nation and in their beliefs gave them optimism in the face of death and immeasurable pain.
  • Port Mayaca lock operators play key role in rescue and rehabilitation of injured manatee

    March 15 started like so many other days for Jon Fields, a veteran lock operator at the Port Mayaca Lock & Dam on the east side of Lake Okeechobee in south Florida. As he was performing his pre-operation checks to begin the day, he noticed a manatee along the shore of the lake.
  • Everglades invasive species management summit provides a call to action

    Jacksonville District team members along with a diverse group of 143 members attended the 2014 Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (ECISMA) Summit, July 23- 24 in Davie, Fla. to learn about recent efforts and plan for the upcoming year.