Archive: January 2011

Federal Intervention

History of South Florida Corps of Engineers Chapter 2, Federal Intervention: The Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District Project, 1948


Township 26 Range 34 Sections 1-36

Living History Markers

Living History Markers from Mr. Steve Sharpe PLS

On the subject of living history markers…Living-section-corner.pdf

This cypress section corner was “recovered” in 2007. It is in Yellow River swamp south of the river on Eglin Air Force Base.
It was found during the survey of a tract north of the river that is now part of Blackwater River State Forest.

I’ve seen a few living witness trees over the years, but this is the only living tree I know of in Florida that is the actual original corner monument.
It was an interesting project and one I was glad to be able to do in the winter when the reptiles and the bugs were mostly sleeping. The unfortunate part was that it was also hunting season and there were four hunting leases in the project area – hence the crew attire in the photo.

We set up a field office in just east of Milton (f/k/a Briarpatch).

Here are the corner details. It seems kind of silly to reference a 72” Cypress to a 4” Bay – but specs. are specs.

Side note from Mr. Mike Joiner,
I was born and raised in Baker, Florida, about 20 miles north of here and hunted all over the Eglin Reservation and fished all through the Yellow river from Crestview south to Eglin during the 50’s and 60’s. My father was born in a little frame house on Yellow River in 1927 where the base now is. He will enjoy this picture.

Do you know of any other living monuments in Florida?

Balancing Demands

History of South Florida Corps of Engineers Chapter 3, Balancing Demands: Implementing the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project 1949-1960

This chapter is an important part of south Florida history, understanding the history helps you understand the present.


Legal significance of the mean high water line

Legal significance of the mean high water line

Florida Statue mhwstatutes.pdf see attached document

Florida Geomatics “Legal significance of the mean high water line” line by Douglas A. Thompson, PLS

NOAA Shoreline Website:


Quote of the week

“ If you did what you thought was right at the time, how can you fault yourself now?”

SWFWMD Survey Control Website

Traversing the law: Finding common ground

Windows Phone 7 App Puts the Power of Mapping in Users’ Hands

Death of a South Florida Surveying Icon

Surveyors Historical Society