Coastal Resources Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
One Conservation Way, Brunswick, GA 31520
March 31, 2017
Glynn County Public Works Department
Beach Access Mat Placement
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 place beach access matting (Mobi-Mats) at two public beach access locations within the State’s Shore Protection Jurisdiction, at Massengale Park and Driftwood Drive on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia.
The applicant proposes to help facilitate beach accessibility by adding beach access matting (Mobi-Mats) to two public areas, Driftwood Drive and Massengale Park. This will provide a smooth and consistent pedestrian access over the soft sand making the beach more accessible to visitors including those with strollers and wheelchairs. At each location, the beach access mats (Mobi-Mats) will be 6ft. in width and staked directly into the sand.
At Driftwood Drive, there is currently a dune crosswalk structure. The proposal for this area is to extend the matting 30ft. seaward of the terminal end of the dune crosswalk. The mats will terminate well landward of the current ordinary high water mark.
At Massengale Park, there are two access points. One a pedestrian trail on the south end of the parking lot. The second a dune crosswalk with stairs at the seaward end of the structure. The proposed beach access mat placement will be on the existing pedestrian trail at the south end of the parking lot. The mats will extend approximately 135ft. from the parking lot onto the beach. Approximately 90ft. of the mats will be within the Shore Protection Act jurisdiction area of which 30ft. will extend seaward of the dune line. The mats will terminate well landward of the current ordinary high water mark.
The year-round maintenance plan will be two-fold. The summer plan will have the county’s contracted maintenance vendor provide daily inspection of each mat. The winter plan will have the county staff provide daily inspection of each mat. In the event of a predicted storm or a predicted high tide, the mats will be removed and reset once the event has passed.
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.
A detailed public notice with drawings has been distributed and is available by visiting the Department of Natural Resources website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Marsh & Shore Permits”
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 April 29, 2017 to Karl Burgess, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Georgia 31520.