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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville has proposed reducing the operating hours at each of the five locks on the Okeechobee Waterway, making them operational from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The proposed change would take effect on April 1.

“These changes will allow the district to reduce costly overtime while still maintaining operating hours that accommodate 95 percent of the boat traffic that passes through the locks,” said Jim Jeffords, operations division chief for the Jacksonville district.

The proposal is open to public comment until Feb. 13, submitted via e-mail (SFOO@usace.army.mil) or mail (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, South Florida Operations Office, 525 Ridgelawn Road, Clewiston, FL  33440).

The proposed changes won’t impact Canaveral Lock near Port Canaveral; it will continue to operate from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

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