Wednesday, August 6, 2014

City to consider resolution in support of re-establishing maintenance of the Apalachicola River

The Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners are considering the passage of a resolution at their September meeting that would support re-establishing routine maintenance of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river basin by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from Columbus, GA all the way down the Apalachicola.

The maintenance would consist of frequent removal of snags and the resumption of dredging at choke points in the river system, both said to be necessary means to establishing and maintaining the congressional authorized 9' x 100' navigable channel for safe usage of the river by both commercial and recreational interest.

George Kirvin Floyd, owner of the Apalachicola Maritime Museum brought the matter before the Apalachicola city commission at their regular scheduled meeting held Tuesday night and earlier during the day before the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners. 

Floyd is advocating passage of the resolution to foster economic opportunities related to navigation of the river system. He told city officials that Franklin County along with other cities, counties and communities that adjoin the ACF are in the process of considering the passage of the suggested   resolution.  Historically, shipping interests have favored dredging as a means to keeping the river navigable.

The city commission voted unanimously to authorize the city attorney to prepare and have ready a resolution for public input and possible passage at the next regular city meeting scheduled for September 2, 2014.