Have You Ever Wondered Why the Inglis Locks Are Closed?
In the late 1970’s the Cross Florida Barge Canal project was terminated by the Federal Government. Subsequently all of the property acquired for this endeavor was given to the State of Florida with the understanding that the Withlacoochee is a Federally Designated Navigable Waterway, taking an Act of Congress to negate that designation.
In 1999, The Inglis Lock, which was still in operation as many of you well remember, was closed for maintenance and repair – to this day never reopened – in direct violation of the Agreement with the Federal Government.
The State of Florida approved a one million dollar engineering study to construct a smaller lock within the existing lock system which was conducted by Bergmann Engineering.
Bill Miles from Bergmann Engineering presented an overview of the project at the last Task Force Meeting and although won't be available for this meeting, will be happy to answer any additional questions.
Now is the opportunity to ask a representative of the State Government responsible for the maintenance and repair of the locks why they were never reopened.
Attend the local meeting of the Citrus Waterways Restoration Task Force meeting on Monday, July 13th at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path Room 166, 2:00 P.M.
For more information please contact Sandra Clodwick, SandraClodwick@gmail.com or 352-895-0468.