Last week, in a case involving a proposed coastal Georgia development, the GA Supreme Court voted (5-2) for a narrow interpretation of Georgia’s 38 year old Coastal Marshlands Protection Act.
The central legal issue before the Court was whether development on land adjacent to coastal marsh, rather than just in the marsh itself, is covered by the CMPA.
You can read more background on the case and the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act HERE. Savannah Morning News coverage is HERE. Summer Teal Simpson’s excellent piece of journalism about a related case is HERE. And if all that isn’t enough, check out the Court’s final order HERE.
Reading about the decision in the Savannah Morning News, I was struck by a quote from the CEO of Cumberland Harbor developer, Land Resource. He said, “We are pleased with the court’s decision and look forward to working with the DNR and Army Corps of Engineers to finalize our permits so the residents of St. Marys and Cumberland Harbour can finally get the marina they deserve.”
The marina they deserve?
The Marina = the largest on the GA coast at approximately 3.5 miles of floating docks
They = people who are able to afford 2nd homes in the area
Deserve = be entitled to, have a right to
I don’t think that I am totally against coastal development, but putting our unique, productive and irreplaceable coastal marshlands at risk to create more luxury coastal developments for deserving 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. property buyers seems like such a ridiculous proposition -especially given the recent state of our economy.
When, if ever, is coastal development okay?
Would love to hear from readers on this . . .