This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from DM-4 SI Properties, LLC for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et seq. for the removal and installation of native landscaping and installation of a portion of pool deck and spa within the State’s SPA jurisdiction at 1312 Caroline Lane, Sea Island, Glynn County, Georgia. The proposed project is considered a minor activity under O.C.G.A. 12-5-230 et. seq.
The applicant’s property is approximately 26,751sq.ft. (0.61 acres), of which 4,078sq.ft. (0.09 acres) is within SPA jurisdiction. The area within jurisdiction consists of existing lawn and landscaping. An existing rock revetment is located immediately east of the subject lot which has been covered with constructed sand dunes authorized by Shore Protection Act Permit #461.
The applicant proposes to install a 213sq.ft. portion of pool deck and spa within SPA jurisdiction. The applicant also proposes to remove existing vegetation and install native landscaping within SPA jurisdiction to include 2,909sq.ft. of seashore paspalum and 653sq.ft. of native plantings. A 303sq.ft. portion of natural area within jurisdiction will remain unchanged. A final landscape plan depicting native coastal vegetation will be submitted for approval prior to conducting the work. Underground irrigation will be installed in the lawn and landscaped areas.
All work within jurisdiction will be accomplished with typical earth-moving equipment including excavators and skid-steer, as well as hand labor. Existing and proposed impacts within jurisdiction will total 213sq.ft. (5.22%), approximately 3,865sq.ft. (94.78%) of the state’s jurisdictional area will remain in a natural or improved topographic and vegetative condition.
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 “Public Notices.” 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 November 30, 2023 to Beth Byrnes, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 or via email at email@example.com.