U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AWARDS VILLAGE AND SENIOR PLANNER FOR HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY EFFORTS

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Islamorada Senior Planner Karl Bursa
and the Village for support with Recovery Efforts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District awarded Islamorada Senior Planner Karl Bursa with a special Certificate of Appreciation. The Certificate signed by Regulatory Division Chief Donald W. Kinard reads, “for his phenomenal support to the Miami Field Office, during the period of September 2017 through February 2018, in the recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma. As a result of his direct collaborative efforts, the Regulatory Division was able to substantially enhance protection of the aquatic environment and to provide an expedited review of emergency permitting actions for the residents of the Village of Islamorada and the Florida Keys. The dedication has brought credit upon himself, the Jacksonville District and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.” A separate Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to the Village of Islamorada noting the collaborative effort and “expedited review of hundreds of emergency permitting actions”.

The Awards were presented at an unheralded meeting with Village Planning Department staff and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District staff at Islamorada Administrative Center. Village Manager Seth Lawless announced the awards at the April 12, 2018 Village Council Meeting, commending staff and expressly commending Karl Bursa for his work.

The Village worked closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, providing office space in the Administrative Center for residents and staff to meet directly with Army Corps staff while working to repair and replace docks, marinas and waterfront structures that were damaged during the storm.

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Islamorada Senior Planner Karl Bursa proudly displays
Certificates of Appreciation awarded by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District