Jon Schwartz from the Center for Sustainable Coasts gives an update on the Lumar dock construction.
Read the following summary from his introductory remarks that are missing from the recording below:
- Congress created Cumberland Island National Seashore in 1972.
- The legislation directs that the island shall be permanently preserved in its primitive state except for certain portions deemed especially adaptable for recreational uses.
- In 1998, Lumar, LLC purchased an 87.5 acre tract which extends from the dunes to the marshlands.
- In 2015, Lumar sought permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a dock over marshlands on the western side of the island.
- The dock includes a 200-foot walkway, 280 square foot fixed deck, and a 500 square foot floating dock.
- The Corps’ permitting process includes a request for adjacent property owners to state whether they object or don’t object to the proposed project.
- Here, that included the National Park Service because Lumar’s property is next to the Sea Camp Campground.
- The Park Service signed a letter stating the agency had no objection to the proposed dock. In reliance on this, the Corps approved the construction of the dock without any notice to the public.