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PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
FOR COASTAL WETLANDS PERMIT
AND WATER QUALITY CERTIFICATION

Maritime Development Center, LLC has filed an application requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972.

The applicant is proposing improvements to the existing U.S. Marine Inc. facility located on the Industrial Seaway Canal adjacent to 10011 Lorraine Road in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi. The improvements will consist of the excavation of a keyhole slip measuring 150 feet in length and 65 feet in width to facilitate installation of a travel lift for launching larger vessels. Approximately 365 feet of bulkhead will be installed along the newly constructed slip, as well as, two (2) concrete, pile-supported launch piers each measuring 150 feet in length and 5 feet in width which will be constructed within the newly constructed slip. In addition, the applicant is proposing to maintenance
dredge an area within the canal measuring approximately 150 feet in length and 25 feet in width to a depth of 8 feet below mean low water (mlw). Maintenance dredging will
result in the removal of approximately 835 cubic yards of material and require the relocation of approximately 100 square feet of marsh vegetation. The applicant has
proposed to relocate the marsh vegetation to a nearby location and will monitor it for survival for one year. If the relocation is unsuccessful, the applicant will be required to
provide in-kind mitigation at a ratio of 3:1 with an approved monitoring plan.

The applicant has requested three (3) variances from the MCP: 1) Section 2, Part III.C.8 which states: “Indented boatslips with angled sides shall be used in preference to
keyhole boatslips.” 2) Section 2, Part III.C.6 which states: “Marinas and boatslips shall not be sited in areas of known high siltation and shoaling rates…” and 3) Section 2, Part
III.G.2 which states: Alignments shall avoid shellfish beds, submerged and emergent vegetation, and archaeological and historical sites.”

In compliance with Section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251, 1341), as amended by PL 95-217, the applicant will request certification from the
Office of Pollution Control that the above mentioned activity will be in compliance with applicable provisions of Section 301 (33 U.S.C. 1311), Section 302 (33 U.S.C. 1312),
Section 303 (U.S.C. 1313), Section 306 (U.S.C. 1316), and Section 307 (U.S.C. 1317) of the Act and appropriate requirements of the State Law.

A public hearing for the project will be held in the auditorium of the Bolton Building, 1141 Bayview Ave, Biloxi, MS on Thursday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. Any person wishing to make comments or objections to the proposed regulated activity must submit those comments in writing to the Department of Marine Resources at 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530 before 1:00 p.m. on the day May 29, 2017.

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