Georgia's Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee last week issued a marina and dock permit for the state's largest planned marina complex, but the approval comes with strict conservation conditions.
Point Peter LLC, the bankrupt developer of St. Marys' Cumberland Harbour, a luxury gated community of more than 1,000 homes, received the permit for up to 700 boats, according to the Savannah Morning News newspaper.
However, conditions of the permit require Cumberland Harbor to identify its boats with stickers. The marina will first warn and then punish its boaters with fines of up to $22,000 and revocation of marina privileges for repeated infractions of rules meant to protect right whales.
Fines of up to $5,000 can be imposed on Cumberland boaters caught repeatedly violating idle speed zone restrictions meant to protect manatees.
Point Peter is in bankruptcy, but is seeking to sell the development. A marina permit could increase the value of the development. Marina plans have been in legal limbo since 2005, the newspaper reports.