Army Corps Officials Meet Onsite At Controversial Casey Barge; Move Toward Decision

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
- photo by Mark Herndon

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials in Nashville said they have met on the site of a controversial Tennessee River barge with owner B. Allen Casey.

Corps officials said Mr. Casey has submitted information about the long-vacant barge, and the Corps is moving toward a decision in the matter.

Mayor Andy Berke and leaders of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the River City Company have asked the Corps to order the removal of the barge, that is directly across from Ross's Landing Park and the Tennessee Aquarium.

Debra Tuck, USACE Nashville District, said in a reply to a citizen asking about the status of the barge, "We have received numerous inquiries and comments regarding the barge appearance, structural integrity, navigational safety, public health and safety, and general environmental concerns. We are aware of the issues and acknowledge the public's concern that the barge is unacceptable to the community.

"In this matter, the District Engineer (DE) is currently reviewing the information submitted by Mr. Allen Casey on September 16, 2013. The action being considered is either to reinstate, modify or revoke the DA permit."

She earlier said, "On September 16, 2013, Mr. Casey provided information to the Corps. We met with Mr. Casey onsite to inspect the barge and the status of work that has been accomplished.

"We are currently drafting our recommendation to the District Engineer for his review and determination."

- Photo2 by Mark Herndon

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