October 5, 2021
Dolphin Island Preservation Homeowners Association, Inc. Construction of a Community Boat Hoist and Service Dock, Preservation Drive, Jerico River, Dolphin Island,
Liberty County, Georgia
This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Dolphin Island Preservation Homeowners Association, Inc. for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-280 et seq., to construct a community boat hoist with service dock on Preservation Drive, Jerico River, Dolphin Island, Liberty County, Georgia. The project is less than 1/10 of an acre and is considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under
O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The proposed project consists of constructing a community boat hoist with service dock for temporary mooring on a Homeowners Association (HOA) owned parcel located on the eastern side of Preservation Drive adjacent to the Jerico River. This project will provide boat launch capability for property owners to store their boats at one of the community dock facilities permitted under CMPA Permit #487. CMPA Permit #487 authorized construction and maintenance a private community dock, one community fishing pier, and five multi-family docks on the Jerico River. The community dock authorized under CMPA Permit #487 offers temporary mooring to all Dolphin Island residents and impacts approximately 2,354 sq.ft. of coastal marshlands. The community boat hoist project area consists of a cleared lot adjacent to the Jerico River just south of the existing community dock. There is an existing, serviceable 2.5ft. wide x 130ft. long (325 sq.ft.) concrete bulkhead along the length of the parcel parallel to the Jerico River.
The marshlands component of the proposed project consists of the construction of a community boat hoist, pile supported walkway, gangway, and service dock. The 4ft. x 48ft. (192 sq.ft.) walkway will extend from the existing bulkhead along the northern side of the proposed 14ft. x 48ft. (672 sq.ft.) boat hoist that will be equipped with a 3-ton electric lift and trolly system. A 3ft. x 24ft. (72 sq.ft.) gangway will extend from the existing bulkhead channelward, south of the proposed lift, to provide access to a proposed 10ft. x 16ft. (160 sq.ft.) floating dock landing and a 10ft. x 40ft. (400 sq.ft.) floating dock that will run parallel to the channel and provide temporary mooring. Total proposed impacts to coastal marshlands will be 1,496 sq.ft. (0.03 acres). The marshland component, including the existing bulkhead and proposed boat hoist facility, will impact approximately 1,821 sq.ft. (0.04 acres) of coastal marshlands.
The upland component will consist of a 14ft. x 44ft. (616 sq.ft.) portion of the pile supported hoist and includes all activities within the 50ft. coastal marshlands buffer directly upland of the existing concrete bulkhead. The upland portion of the hoist will be located over a pervious area consisting of sparce vegetation and gravel. All temporary impacts within the upland component will be restored to the preconstruction state and will remain 100% pervious. No direct discharge of stormwater is proposed from the upland component.
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 “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 4, 2021 to Paul Tobler, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.