Glynn County Public Works Department, Maintenance of the Existing Public Crossovers, Modification to an Existing Public Crossover, and Construction of a New Public Crossover, St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia


This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Glynn County Public Works Department for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et seq., to maintain existing crossovers, modify an existing beach crossover at Gould’s Inlet, and construct a new crossover at Wyley Street on St. Simons, Glynn County, Georgia.

The applicant currently manages twenty-two existing public beach crossovers. In the event of any future damage or destruction to the existing twenty-two beach crossovers, the applicant proposes to restore and repair the structures as needed. The names and locations of the existing beach crossovers are shown in the attached table, Table 1. These beach crossovers typically have the same standard design. The length and height of the crossover may vary, as needed, in each location. In the event that any of these structures may need to be rebuilt, the replacement will be within the existing footprint of the crossover.

The proposed modification to the Gould’s Inlet crossover (Beach Access #40) structure will include permanently extending the crossover 40ft. seaward from which a standard set of wooden stairs will be installed at the seaward terminal end. The stairs will be based on the design of all existing county managed public crossovers. The stairs will be installed at a 45 degree angle and will be attached to two posts, buried for stability. Glynn County Public Works recognizes the shoreline at Gould’s Inlet has recently accreted and may erode in the future. In the case that the shoreline changes significantly, Glynn County Public Works will modify the crossover as needed to insure it continues to function as it is intended. The applicant has noted that the crossover addition could attract a higher number of visitors to the area and parking may become more limited. However, there are no plans to make any modifications to the parking area at this time.

The proposed construction of a new beach crossover at Wyley Street (Beach Access #1) will provide accessibility to the beach at this location. The proposed beach crossover will extend approximately 20ft. over the existing rock revetment and will be 6ft. in width. The crossover will be constructed in a manner typical to the standard design of the other 22 existing crossovers.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the project is not contrary to the public interest and that no feasible alternative sites exist. In passing upon the application for permit, the permit issuing authority shall consider the public interest which for purposes of this part shall be deemed to be the following considerations:  (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful, increased alteration of the dynamic dune field or submerged lands, or function of the sand-sharing system will be created; (2) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant's proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of marine life, wildlife, or other resources; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant's proposal will unreasonably interfere with reasonable access by and recreational use and enjoyment of public properties impacted by the project.

Please provide this office with substantive, site-specific comments as to why the proposed work should or should not proceed. Comments and questions concerning this proposed project should be submitted in writing and be submitted by the close of business on March 16, 2018 to Jordan Dodson, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Georgia 31520.

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