Notice: Notice and Opportunity to Comment on Requests for Consistency –Skipjack Properties, LLC

December 01, 2017

December 01, 2017 00:00AM

Coastal Coordination Advisory Committee



On January 10, 1997, the State of Texas received federal approval of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) (62 Federal Register pp. 1439 - 1440). Under federal law, federal agency activities and actions affecting the Texas coastal zone must be consistent with the CMP goals and policies identified in 31 TAC Chapter 501. Requests for federal consistency review were deemed administratively complete for the following project(s) during the period of November 6, 2017 to November 22, 2017.  As required by federal law, the public is given an opportunity to comment on the consistency of proposed activities in the coastal zone undertaken or authorized by federal agencies.  Pursuant to 31 TAC §§506.25, 506.32, and 506.41, the public comment period extends 30 days from the date published on the Texas General Land Office web site. The notice was published on the web site on Friday, December 1, 2017.  The public comment period for this project will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS:

Applicant: Skipjack Properties, LLC

Location:  The project site is located on the Lower Laguna Madre, between West Swordfish Street and West Amberjack Street on South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas

LATITUDE & LONGITUDE (NAD 83): 26.10438, -97.17028

Project Description: The applicant proposes: 1) The demolition of existing piers, docks, and boat ramps. 2) The construction of 89 boat slips and associated piers and docks. New docks and piers would be constructed with pre-fabricated aluminum framing with thru-flow composite decking, supported by 16-inch diameter composite pilings. Top elevation of new docks and piers would be approximately +2.0 feet above the mean low tide (MLT). 3) The installation of approximately 639 linear feet of new sheet pile bulkhead. The new bulkhead would be situated 2 feet in front (elevation +4.5 feet above MLT) of the existing bulkhead, which would remain in place. Aggregate backfill, approximately 600 cubic yards (cy), would be placed behind the new sheet pile bulkhead for support. 4) The installation of a new boat ramp. A temporary coffer dam would be used to install the

38-foot-wide by 65-foot-long boat ramp. Structural fill to construct the ramp will total approximately 75 cy, rock base will total approximately 60 cy, and concrete will measure

approximately 80 cy. 5) Hydraulic and/or mechanical dredging to accommodate dock/boat ramp configuration and construction activities is proposed to a depth of -3.5 feet MLT (0.24-acre area; approximately 300 cy) plus advanced maintenance dredging to a depth of -4.5 MLT (0.43-acre area; approximately 300 cy). Mechanical dredging activities will include excavating material using an excavator located on land or a barge. Hydraulic dredging will include a suction dredge head connected by a cable to an excavator located on land or on a barge. 6) The dredged material would be either placed in a hopper barge, or would be deposited into dewatering boxes located on shore in upland areas. Dredge material placed in the hopper barge would be transported to a designated upland area located north of South Point Avenue and east of Industrial Drive in Port Isabel, Texas. The water would be pumped onto the upland site, and the excavated material would be removed from the hopper barge and placed on the upland site. Dredge material from the dewatering boxes would be transported via dump truck to the same upland site once dewatered (Permit Drawings, Sheets 30-31 of 31). 7) Oyster clumps that could not be avoided would be relocated (approximately 0.01 acre) to oyster habitat located south of the site. 8) The types of material being discharged into the waters of the United States and the amount of each type in cy includes: concrete 80 cy, crushed stone 60 cy, riprap 60 cy, aggregate 600 cy, and structural 75 cy.

Type of Application: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) permit application #SWG-1992-01693. This application will be reviewed pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

CMP Project No: 18-1080-F1

Pursuant to §306(d)(14) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C.A. §§1451-1464), as amended, interested parties are invited to submit comments on whether a proposed action or activity is or is not consistent with the Texas Coastal Management Program goals and policies and whether the action should be referred to the Land Commissioner for review.

Further information on the applications listed above, including a copy of the consistency certifications or consistency determinations for inspection, may be obtained from Ms. Allison Buchtien, P.O. Box 12873, Austin, Texas 78711-2873, or via email at federal.consistency@glo.texas.gov.  Comments should be sent to Ms. Buchtien at the above address or by email.


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