Ortona Lock, Caloosahatchee River, Cross-State Canal, Okeechobe, Ortona, Glades County, FL
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER FL-19
Building/structure dates: 1935 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1963 subsequent work
Significance: Engineered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1935, Ortona Lock and Dam was designed for preventative measures during hurricanes, floods, and droughts while allowing navigation on the Okeechobee Intracoastal Waterway, a 155-mile passage connecting the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Coast via Lake Okeechobee. In June 2000, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Jacksonville District, proposed to make structural changes to Ortona Lock and Dam that would alter the structure, which was considered eligible to the National Register of Historic Places. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Corps, Jacksonville District and the Florida State Historic Preservation Office stipulating that the St. Lucie, Moore Haven, and Ortona locks and dams would be documented to Level II HAER standards.
Simpson, W. F.
Edgar H. Latham Construction Co.
Spadaro Construction Co.
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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