This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Daniel Bucey 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 minor grading within the State’s SPA jurisdiction at 104 East 13th Street, 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 49,019 sq. ft. (1.13 acres), of which 3,804 sq. ft. (7.8%) is within SPA jurisdiction. The area within jurisdiction consists of non-native lawn and palm trees. An existing rock revetment is located immediately east of the subject lot and is covered with constructed sand dunes authorized by Shore Protection Act Permit #460.
The applicant proposes to remove existing vegetation, including the remaining non-native lawn, and replace with native landscaping. Existing palm trees within and landward of SPA jurisdiction will be relocated and transplanted on site. The existing lawn will be replaced with seashore paspalum, Spartina bakeri, and wax myrtles. Minor grading is proposed to raise the existing lot and direct stormwater into grate inlets located landward of SPA jurisdiction. Underground irrigation will be installed in the lawn and landscaped areas. Approximately 203ft. of temporary construction screening fence may be erected around the lot boundary within jurisdiction, if required by Sea Island. A final landscape plan will be submitted for approval prior to conducting the work.
All work within jurisdiction will be accomplished with typical earth-moving equipment including excavators and skid-steer. As proposed, approximately 3,804 sq. ft. (100%) of the state’s jurisdictional area would 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 June 17, 2021 to Beth Byrnes, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.