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Processing of Lanier dock permits restarting

BUFORD — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began accepting applications Tuesday for the remaining boat dock permits on Lake Lanier.

Requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Once reviewed, applicants will have 90 days to submit required documentation.

Lanier’s 2004 Shoreline Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement set the docks limit at 10,615.

The corps had been issuing permits first-come, first-serve until drought struck the Southeast in 2007 and drained Lanier to a historic low of 1,050.79 feet above sea level Dec. 26, 2007.

The corps decided in June 2009 to restart issuing permits after the lake’s elevation had stayed consistently above 1,064 feet.

Instead of first-come, first-serve, though, it went to a lottery system of reviewing and issuing the remaining 187 permits.

Corps spokeswoman Lisa Parker said the corps has about 50 permits still available.

For more information, call the corps at (770) 945-9531, Ext. 3262, or stop by the Lanier project management office at 1050 Buford Dam Road in Buford.