This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Oaks on the River I, LLC for removal of an existing fixed dock and the construction of a community dock at 205 Fort King George Drive, Darien, McIntosh County, Georgia. The proposed project is under 1/10 of an acre, and therefore may be considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The project site was formerly utilized for commercial shrimp fishing followed by a commercial cannonball jellyfish processing facility. An existing 4,320 sq. ft. fixed dock is located along the waterfront. Oaks on the River I, LLC purchased the property in October 2017 and has constructed a twelve (12) unit condominium building on the upland.
The marshlands component of the proposed project consists of the removal of the existing fixed dock and the construction of a new community dock. The proposed community dock will consist of a 6 ft. by 100 ft. wooden walkway (600 sq. ft.), a 20 ft. by 20 ft. covered fixed deck (400 sq. ft.), and a 10 ft. by 150 ft. (1500sq. ft.) floating dock that will connect to the walkway with a 6 ft. by 6 ft. fixed landing (36 sq. ft.), and a 3 ft. by 24 ft. aluminum gangway (72 sq. ft.). The proposed community dock will extend 93 ft. into the waterway at a location that is approximately 350 ft. wide at MLW. The dock will be located 115 ft. east of the upstream extended property line and 184 ft. west of the downstream extended property line. Total impacts to coastal marshlands associated with the proposed dock structure are 2,608 sq. ft. (0.06 acres).
The proposed community dock qualifies as a “Tier Three Community Dock” in accordance with The Rules of The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Chapter 391-2-3-.03 Regulation of Marinas, Community Docks and Commercial Dock.
The upland component of the proposed project consists of a 527 sq. ft. pervious walkway providing access to the marshland component of the project.
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. Impacts to coastal marshlands must be minimal in size. In passing upon the applicant for permit, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee shall consider the public interest: (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful obstruction to or alteration of the natural flow of navigational water within the affected area will arise as a result of the proposal; (2) Whether or not unreasonably harmful or increased erosion shoaling of channels, or stagnant areas of water will be created; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicant’s proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, or other marine life, wildlife, or other resources, including but not limited to water and oxygen supply.
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 July 4, 2020 to Amy Flowers, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.