This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from the City of Brunswick for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-280 et seq., to modify the existing public access dock facility located on the Clubbs Creek, Glynn County, Georgia. The 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 existing Public Access Dock Facility was permitted in 2005 under CMPA Permit #501. Currently, the permitted public access dock facility consists of a 28ft. x 98.5ft. (2,758 sq.ft) concrete boat ramp and a 7.7ft. x 17.3ft. (133.2 sq.ft) floating walkway located south of the boat ramp, extending channelward. The walkway provides access to an 8.3ft. x 60.6ft. (503 sq.ft) floating dock that extends south, perpendicular to the shoreline. The existing permitted structure impacts approximately 3,394 sq.ft of coastal marshlands.
The applicant is proposing to modify the existing dock facility. The proposed modification was installed without authorization which resulted in an enforcement action with the Department for an Unauthorized Activity. The property owner was required to submit an application for a modified dock facility on May 28, 2021 in order to resolve the enforcement action. The proposed modification includes the addition of a pile-supported 8.3ft. x 60.6ft. floating dock that will be secured to and extend south from the existing floating dock. The proposed modification will impact approximately 503 sq.ft (0.01 acres) of coastal marshlands. As proposed the project will impact approximately 3,897 sq. ft. (0.089 acres) of coastal marshlands.
The applicant has stated there is no upland component of associated with the proposed activities.
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 application 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 applicants 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 June 1, 2022 to Dillon Richter, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.