Notice to Navigation 2021-009 Okeechobee Waterway - Public Comment on St. Lucie Lock Closure for Maintenance


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                        NOTICE NUMBER: 009          
JACKSONVILLE DISTRICT                                      LOCAL NUMBER: 2021009             

ATTN: CESAJ-OD-SN                                                WATERWAY:  OKEECHOBEE WATERWAY
PO Box 4970                                                            EFFECTIVE: 04/12/2021 00:00 thru 06/15/2021 24:00 EST


POC: Gary Hipkins, South Florida Operations Office, 863-983-8101

12 April 2021 to 15 June 21

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 (recommended subject: "Public Comment on St. Lucie Lock Closure for Maintenance"). Public comments will be accepted until June 15, 2021.

2.  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 or 863-983-8101.

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

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W.P. Franklin Lock          239-694-5451

Ortona Lock                     863-675-0616

Moore Haven Lock          863-946-0414

Port Mayaca Lock           561-924-2858

St. Lucie Lock                  772-287-2665

Canaveral Lock               321-783-5421

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P. O. Box 4970
Jacksonville, FL 32232-0019


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Operations Office
525 Ridgelawn Road
Clewiston, FL 33440-5399
Phone: 863-983-8101