Recent Success in Coastal Protection & Land Use
Since 2011, GreenLaw has been actively pursuing those who are attempting to illegally develop public land and coasts. Below are a list of recent successes.
In the past year, the Coastal/Land Use Program has:
- Represented the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island to argue that marshland should not be considered “land” for purposes of defining acreage for development.
- Provided legal expertise to the Initiative to Protect Jekyll Island throughout the Master Planning process
- Drafted legislation for a fixed acreage approach to limiting development on Jekyll Island
- Worked with conservation groups and the Georgia Coastal Resources Division to insure that proposed amendments to Georgia’s Shore Protection Act and Coastal Marshlands Protection Act would continue to provide adequate protection to Georgia’s coastal areas
- Responded to citizen complaints about improper management and enforcement of Georgia’s coastal protection laws
- Fought the inappropriate and illegal use and expansion of a landfill in Gainesville, Georgia
- Represented several conservation groups as amicus curiae before the Georgia Court of Appeals in support of the City of Mansfield’s challenge to a utility company’s effort to use eminent domain to condemn publicly owned parkland and old growth forest for an electric transmission line
- Represented several conservation groups as amicus curiae before the Georgia Supreme Court in support of the right of Georgia citizens harmed by environmental pollution to assert their claims as a class action
- Begun investigating possible opposition to the proposed construction of a 600 mile natural gas pipeline (Sabal Trail) through Alabama, southwest Georgia, and Florida that will cut a 100 feet swath through valuable forest, wetlands, streams, rivers and critical endangered species habitat in order to support fracking activity in Texas and Pennsylvania