This serves as notification from the Shore Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from The Residences at Coast Cottages Condominium Association, Inc. for a Shore Protection Act (SPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-230 et. seq. for the trimming of vegetation within the State’s SPA jurisdiction at 1100 Residence Lane, Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia. The proposed project is considered a minor activity of the dynamic dune field under O.C.G.A. 12-5-230 et. seq.
The applicant’s property is approximately 85,000 sq. ft. (1.95 acres), of which 43,650 sq. ft. (51.4%) is within SPA jurisdiction. There are no existing impacts within jurisdiction. The applicant proposes to hand trim and maintain vegetation to a height of eight (8) feet above the soil level for a length of approximately 28 ft. and width of approximately 10 ft. (280 total sq. ft.). Activities would also include hand trimming of dead vegetation. No root structures will be trimmed or damaged. As proposed, approximately 43,650 sq. ft. (100%) of the state’s jurisdictional area would remain in a natural 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 “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 August 31, 2020 to Josh Noble, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.