This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from The Dover Bluff Club, Inc. to construct a private fishing pier under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq. on an Umbrella Creek Tributary in Camden County, Georgia. The proposed project is less than 1/10 of an acre, therefore, considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.
The applicant received authorization on June 28, 2016 to remove an unserviceable fishing pier approximately 60ft. west of the current proposed location. The proposed Tier Two Community Dock will consist of a 5ft. x 35ft. fixed fishing pier. The entire structure will extend approximately 18ft. into the waterway at Mean Low Water (MLW) where it is approximately 64ft. wide at MLW. Proposed impacts to jurisdictional coastal marshlands for the construction of the private fishing pier total approximately 175 sq. ft. (0.004 acres).
The upland component consists of a 5ft. x 5ft. portion of the private fishing pier.
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 February 27, 2017 to Skye Stockel, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.