Statement on the Georgia Office of Administration’s Decision on Sea Island Spit Permit

August 26 2016

San Clemente, CA; August 26, 2016 - Today, the Georgia Office of Administrative Hearings issued a decision against protecting the pristine Sea Island Spit and allowing further coastal erosion, by upholding the permitting of a rock groin. In January, represented by Greenlaw, the Surfrider Foundation, on behalf of its Georgia Chapter, along with the Altamaha Riverkeeper, filed an administrative appeal challenging the Georgia Shore Protection Committee’s permit to allow Sea Island Acquisition, LLC to engage in dredge and fill and other shoreline development at the southern end of Sea Island, including placement of a 350-foot long T-shaped rock groin on the beach.  

“We are extremely disappointed that the Court did not see how ill-conceived this project is,” said Staley Prom, Surfrider Foundation’s Legal Associate. “This ruling is disappointing, given the overwhelming evidence of harm we presented in this case that the project will cause to the Sea Island coastline – certain, significant erosion, and the resultant loss of habitat for sea turtles and wildlife, and diminished recreational enjoyment for those who surf, kayak, stand-up paddle, and recreate in this area.” 

Learn more here about this case and the Surfrider Foundation's work to prevent further erosion to the Sea Island coastline.