The wide sandy beaches, quiet maritime forests, and vast Spartina marshes of the natural Georgia coast create a most spectacular, albeit gentle, Southern beauty. Casual visitors and longtime residents alike have been charmed by this special place. Living with the Georgia Shore provides an essential reference and guide for residents, visitors, developers, planners, and all who are concerned with the conditions and future of Georgia's coastal zone. Recounting the human and natural history of the islands, the authors look in particular at the phenomenon of coastal erosion and the implications of various responses to this process. In Georgia, as elsewhere in the United States, the future of the shore is in doubt as recreational and residential development demands increase. This book provides guidelines for living with the shore, as opposed to simply living on it. The former requires planning and a wise choice of property or house site. The latter ignores the potential hazards unique to coastal life and may make inadequate allowance for the dramatic changes that can occur on any sandy ocean shore.
Living with the Georgia Shore includes an introduction to each of the Georgia isles, an overview of federal and state coastal land-use regulations, pointers on buying and building at the shore, a hurricane preparation checklist, a history of recent hurricanes in Georgia, an extensive annotated bibliography, and a guide to government agencies and private groups involved in issues of coastal development.
Figures and Tables ix Preface xi Prologue xiii 1. Introduction: A Coastal Perspective 1 2. The Guale Coast: A Human Perspective 7 3. The Guale Coast: A Natural Perspective 13 4. Human Nature and Nature's Shores 41 5. Selecting a Site on Georgia's Barrier Islands 57 6. Coastal Land-use Planning and Regulation 111 7. Building or Buying a House Near the Shore 121 Appendixes A. Hurricane Checklist 141 B. Recent Hurricanes in Georgia 144 C. A Guide to Federal, State, and Local Agencies and Organizations Involved in Coastal Development 146 D. Useful References 159 E. Selected Field Stops on Tybee Island 179 Index 187
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