This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from 34 Shore, LLC for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et. seq. for the installation of a pool, pool deck, irrigation, and native landscaping within the State’s SPA jurisdiction at 104 East 34th Street, Sea Island, Glynn County, Georgia.
The applicant’s property is approximately 15,000 sq. ft. (0.34 acres), of which 2,331.6 sq. ft. (15.5%) is within SPA jurisdiction. The area within jurisdiction consists of grass and bare soil. An existing rock revetment is located immediately east of the subject lot which has been covered with constructed sand dunes authorized by SPA Permit #461.
The applicant proposes to construct a pool and pool deck, install irrigation, and plant native landscaping. The pool will be 600 sq. ft. (182.2 sq. ft. in jurisdiction). The pool deck consisting of 24 in. x 24 in. cast stone pavers will be 757 sq. ft. (438.4 sq.ft. in jurisdiction). Also proposed within SPA jurisdiction is the installation of approximately 751.6 sq. ft. of native lawn and 583.8 sq. ft. of native plantings landward of the toe of the constructed dune. Approximately 375.6 sq. ft. of native dune species will be planted to augment existing dune plantings authorized by SPA Permit #461.The proposed plant materials (grasses, shrubs, trees, and sod) include sea oats, dune sunflower, railroad vine, morning glory, gaillardia, muhly grass, beautyberry, yaupon holly, dwarf yaupon holly, shore juniper, wax myrtle, saw palmetto, summersweet, oleander, coontie, cabbage palm, fringe, and seashore paspalum. Irrigation will be installed below grade for the lawn and landscaped areas. Approximately 133 ft. of construction fence will be erected along the perimeter of the lot as required by Sea Island and removed upon project completion. Equipment for construction of the project within jurisdiction will include excavators and skid steers. Upon completion of the pool and pool deck construction totaling 620.6 sq. ft.(26.6%), approximately 1,711 sq. ft. (73.4%) 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 July 10, 2021 to Josh Noble, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.