This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Georgia Coast Holdings II, LLC for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et. seq., for the repair and replacement of the irrigation system, construction of a bioswale, and landscaping within the State’s SPA Jurisdiction, at 721 Beachview Drive N, Jekyll Island, Glynn County, Georgia. The applicant’s leased property is approximately 113,923.64 square feet (2.61 acres) of which 8,393.15 square feet (0.19 acres) is located within the state’s SPA jurisdiction. The project area includes the entire leased property within the state’s SPA jurisdiction, 8,393.15 square feet (0.19 acres), as well as 10,230.21 square feet (0.23 acres) seaward of the leased property boundary. The leased property area, within jurisdiction, currently consists of a maintained lawn, a portion of a sidewalk (60.02 sq.ft), and vegetated beds. The project area seaward of the leased boundary consists of a maintained lawn and a sidewalk (115.05 sq.ft.). The applicant proposes to repair and replace the irrigation system, construct a bioswale, and perform landscaping activities within the jurisdictional area. The applicant has received permission from Jekyll Island Authority for the portion of the proposed project that is outside of their leased area. The proposed bioswale will total approximately 5,509.83 sq.ft. and will be located on the southeast area of the project area, where 3,750.19 sq.ft. will be on leased property and 1,759.64 sq.ft. will be located seaward of the leased boundary. Additional landscaping includes turf replacement, retention of existing vegetated beds, and installation of native vegetation. The proposed turf replacement totals approximately 4,305.55 sq.ft., of which 202.11 sq.ft. will be located seaward of the leased property boundary. The proposed installation of 8,002.25 sq.ft. of native vegetation will be located entirely seaward of the leased boundary. The proposed vegetated beds will be seaward of the leased boundary (151.16 sq.ft.), and the existing vegetated beds are within the leased boundary (277.39 sq.ft.). As proposed, there is no increased hardscape in jurisdiction. Total jurisdictional impacts would be approximately 175.07 sq. ft. (0.94%). Approximately, 18,448.29 sq. ft. (99.06%) of the state’s jurisdictional area will be retained or restored to a natural vegetated and topographic state.
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 3, 2018 to Jordan Dodson, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Georgia 31520.