When Gov. Brian Kemp signed HB 445 – a series of amendments to the Shore Protection Act – into law last week, reactions were mixed.
The bill underwent a long series of changes during its journey through the State Capitol, needing four Senate votes and two House votes before the final version was passed by a relatively narrow margin of 93-75. While the Georgia Department of Natural Resources gave the bill its blessing, other conservation groups such as the Center for a Sustainable Coast and One Hundred Miles argued that the bill did not go far enough in protecting the state’s beaches.
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