This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from the Brunswick Landing Marina, Inc. for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) Permit under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. to modify and maintain an existing commercial marina facility at 1 Torras Landing, Academy Creek, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia.
The existing public marina facility was authorized under CMPA Permit #250 and consists of floating docks, covered access piers, a rip rap shoreline, and a dock office that extends to the west from the upland parcel. Water, electric, fuel and pump out service is also authorized for the facility. The existing structures extend approximately 200ft. to 300ft. into Academy Creek. Impacts of the existing marina to jurisdictional coastal marshlands total approximately 304,677sq.ft. (6.98 acres). The facility currently has a valid waterbottoms lease.
The marshland component of the proposed project consists of the construction and maintenance of floating docks and a covered fixed pier. The floating dock will be constructed to also serve as a wave attenuator to protect the floating marina structures to the north. The proposed floating dock will be accessed via a 10ft. x 62ft. fixed pier, with a 16ft. x 43ft. cover extending west from the upland, of which 723sq.ft. (including pier and cover) is in jurisdiction. A 4ft. x 34ft. metal gangway (136sq.ft.) will provide access from the pier to the floating dock. The floating dock will consist of one (1) 10ft. x 262ft. access float (2,620sq.ft.) that will include five (5) 4ft. x 50ft. finger floats (1,000sq.ft.) that will extend to the north with ten (10) 8sq.ft. corner triangle sections (80sq.ft.). The floating dock will be secured to the creek bottom with six (6) 14in. x 14in. concrete pilings and five (5) 12in. x 12in. pilings (13sq.ft.). The proposed floating dock will extend into the waterway approximately 282ft. at a point where the waterway is approximately 900ft. wide at MLW. Total impacts to coastal marshlands associated with the proposed floating dock are 4,573sq.ft. (0.105 acre).
The upland component of the proposed modification consists of a 585sq.ft. portion of the fixed pier and cover, and an 8ft. x 72ft. concrete sidewalk. The sidewalk will provide pedestrian access from the existing sidewalk to the north.
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 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 Division’s website: CoastalGaDNR.org under “Marsh & Shore Permits”.
Please provide this office with substantive, project-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 by the close of business August 11, 2019 to Paul Tobler, Department of Natural Resources, 1 Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.
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