June 14, 2008

Island Pool Demolition Begins

By Jess Davis, The Brunswick News, Ga.

Jun. 14--Demolition of the Casino pool at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island will start today, county officials say.

The county does not have permits to build the new pool complex, but has approval from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to demolish the old pool, said Karl Burgess, habitat management program manager for the Coastal Resource Division of DNS.

Demolition will take about two weeks and cost $41,000, county spokeswoman Candice Temple said.

The county started demolition early because it wants to start construction of a new facility in mid-August, so that it will be finished by next summer, she said. The county hasn't yet asked for bids to build the new pool complex, Temple said.

She'll get a chance to voice her concerns to the DNS, in a mandated 30-day period to allow public comment that started Thursday. After July 12, those comments will be forwarded to the county, which must respond to them.

The comments and concerns, along with county response, will become part of the permit application, and will be considered by the Shore Protection Committee as it makes a ruling on the permit at a public hearing.

The hearing date will be set by the DNS, and is tentatively scheduled for some time between the end of July to mid-August, said Burgess of the DNS.

The committee will consider three areas as it evaluates the permit application: whether dunes will be harmed, whether the new pool would interfere with wildlife conservation and whether the project will interfere with recreational use and enjoyment of public properties.

See what the county wants

To read the Glynn County application for a permit to build at new public swimming pool at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island, go online to http://crd.DNS.state.ga.us/content/displaycontent.asp?txtDocument=1273

Or, visit http://crd.DNS.state.ga.us, click on "Permits and Public Notices," then click "Public Notices," then scroll down to see a link to the Glynn County Neptune Park project.

Comments and questions concerning the proposed project should be submitted in writing by the close of business on July 12 to Karl Burgess, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Ga. 31520.


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