This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Joy Corti for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et. seq. for fill, landscaping, and the installation of irrigation within the State’s SPA Jurisdiction, at 103 and 105 Frazier Street, St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia.
The applicant’s lot is approximately 57,499 sq.ft. (1.3 acres) of which 7,856 sq.ft. (0.18 acres) is located within the State’s SPA jurisdiction. The lot area landward of jurisdiction currently consists of maintained lawn and a residence. The area within jurisdiction contains maintained lawn, a crosswalk, and a rock revetment. The crosswalk was authorized on December 13, 2013 by SPA Permit #424 and is currently 5.5ft. x 43ft.
The applicant proposes to fill the area landward of the rock revetment that has eroded due to recent storms. This area is approximately 3,122 sq.ft. (0.07 acres). The area will be filled to the elevation of the existing soil landward of the proposed project area and to the elevation of the existing rock revetment seaward of the proposed project area. Approximately 232 cubic yards of fill will be placed on top of non-woven fabric. The proposed fill will consist of clean sandy soil and will be installed using a small skid steer loader, accessing the area through 103 and 105 Frazier Street. The proposed fill area will then be landscaped with sod and native plant material and irrigation will be installed.
As proposed, approximately 7,856 sq.ft. (100%) of the State’s jurisdictional area will be retained or improved to a more 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 February 6, 2019 to Jordan Dodson, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.