The Army Corps of Engineers has ordered Allen Casey to remove an unsightly barge from the riverfront within 60 days.
The order went down on March 14, Mayor Andy Berke was told.
Mayor Berke was among city officials sending letters to the Corps urging that the barge across from Ross's Landing Park be removed.
Corps officials said in a letter to the mayor that Mr. Casey will have to remove the barge at his own expense.
Mayor Berke had sent a new letter after learning that Mr. Casey had filed bankruptcy.
Ron Harr, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, made the following comment in response to the letter:
“We applaud this action by the Army Corps of Engineers. We were glad to join with Mayor Berke, River City Company, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and others in calling for a solution to this issue. Chattanooga’s downtown waterfront is the crown jewel of our community’s revitalization story, and we must do everything we can to maintain the safety and beauty of this key asset.”
Here is the letter from the Army Corps of Engineers:
Dear Mayor Berke:
Thank you for your March 5, 2014, letter regarding the suspension of the Department of the Army (DA) permit issued to Mr. Allen Casey, Jr., River City Resort, Inc., for existing barge facilities in the Tennessee River, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers revoked he DA permit on March 14, 2014. Mr. Casey has been advised to remove the barge structure, mooring poles and cables, and the associated barge access walkways from navigable waters of the United States at his own expense within 60 days of the date of revocation. A copy of the permit revocation letter is attached.
We appreciate your continued interest and concern in this matter. Please contact Ms. Tammy R. Turley, chief of the Regulatory Branch, at 615 369-7515, if you have any additional questions.
John L. Hudson, P.E.
Corps of Engineers