On February 14, 2002, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners
received a Shore Protection Act permit from the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) to "nourish" the beach on St. Simons Island. This
permit is valid through February, 2007.
March, 2002, Residents United for Planning and Action (RUPA) filed an
administrative appeal of the State's issuance of this permit. Subsequent
negotiations between RUPA, the DNR and Glynn County (who chose to become a
party to the action) yielded an agreement between the parties. This
agreement dismissed the pending appeal, but reserved RUPA's ability to
refile the appeal upon the State receiving notice from the County that it
intended to begin construction of its shore line engineering project.
approximately $800,000.00 to fund a 2.1 million dollar project and over 80%
percent of Glynn County voters opposing tax payer funding of beach
nourishment (not to mention the guaranty of future litigation) one would
easily perceive beach nourishment in our County to be a "dead issue".
The current (2005-2006) state budget contains a million dollar appropriation
for Glynn County for beach nourishment. RUPA members have been alerted to
this funding item and have been encouraged to contact their legislators to
educate them on the wasteful nature of beach nourishment projects. RUPA is
anxiously waiting to see whether the funding remains in the budget or is
as the Glynn County Board of Commissioners holds its shore protection permit
and the Georgia General Assembly is willing to fund this unwanted and
unnecessary project, the issue of beach nourishment will never die.
Residents United for Planning and Action