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Seeking Public Comment for Plan to Repair Hurricane Damage

A wall constructed in water has a section missing allowing water to flow past over it.
A damaged section of the moat wall, or counterscarp, that surrounds Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park

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News Release Date: January 14, 2022

Contact: Project Contact: Glenn Simpson, 305-224-4422

Contact: Media Contact: Allyson Gantt, 786-610-8023

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to develop a plan for repairs to the Fort Jefferson counterscarp, or moat wall, as well as dredging at selected areas in Dry Tortugas National Park. The purpose of the project is to repair sections of the counterscarp damaged by Hurricane Irma and to remove sand deposits that accumulated from the hurricane within the moat and finger piers. 

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to hear from our community and stakeholders,” said Glenn Simpson, park manager, Dry Tortugas National Park. “This plan would help address Hurricane Irma damages at the primary visitor destination in the park and evaluate options to repair the counterscarp to achieve a more durable structure while still maintaining its historic fabric.”

The repairs and dredging will be supported by construction funds allocated through Public Law 115-123 for national park units significantly impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The public can view a project newsletter with information about the project and alternative concepts and submit written comments on the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at

Once on the PEPC website, select the project to view the newsletter and submit comments. The public comment period is open now through Feb. 14. Comments submitted by mail should be postmarked no later than Feb. 14.

The National Park Service values input from the public. Although submitting comments through the project website is preferred, comments may also be mailed to:

Glenn Simpson, Park Manager
Attn: Fort Jefferson Counterscarp Repairs and Dredging of Selected Areas Project
40001 State Road 9336Homestead, FL 33034-6733

For more information or questions about the proposed plan, contact Park Manager Glenn Simpson at 305-224-4422 or e-mail us

Last updated: January 14, 2022

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