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Lanier’s dock fee increase postponed

By Pamela A. Keene
 
The increase in dock permitting fees, scheduled for January 1, 2020, has been delayed, according to a Facebook post from the South Atlantic Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
 
“We are pleased that, in large part as a result of work done by Rep. Doug Collins and other representatives from across the region, the dock fees will not increase on January 1,” said Jennifer Flowers, executive director of the Lake Lanier Association. “All along, we have questioned how the Corps arrived at the amount of the increase and that it was such a huge amount all at once. Now we understand that there will be a process of examining the fee amounts and any possible increase.” 
 
The fees were to have been increased to $835 for a five-year permit. The Corps had announced the increase in June. Letters were mailed to permit holders announcing the increase. 
 
According to the South Atlantic Division’s Post in late October: “U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is delaying the implementation of fee increases for shoreline permits in the South Atlantic region while U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters conducts a national review of the shoreline management program fees. The South Atlantic region will continue to operate the current Shoreline Management Program within its existing procedures and fees until further notice.” 
 
The Lake Lanier Association issued an email notifying members of the change. “For many of our On-lake initiatives such as Abandoned Vessels and Docks, Rip Rap and Solar Lights, we work closely with the Lake Lanier Corps of Engineers Project office,” the notice said. “The Corps are good partners and willing to come to the table and work with us on issues that affect the  Lake Lanier. This ongoing partnership has shown that we can get more done for our water resources if we work together. We hope that the South Atlantic Division recognizes this need for partnership and transparency going forward.” 

Posted online 11.25.19
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