Closing and Evacuation of Cumberland Island National Seashore
The FAA and Camden County have designated hikers, campers, property owners and their guests as “Authorized Persons” who will be launched over. This overflight of people only a few miles downrange from the spaceport would be unprecedented in the United States. The FAA and Camden County have apparently proposed to launch over people and homes in an attempt to side step legal issues associated with closing a portion of the National Seashore and denying the owners of private inholdings within the National Seashore the ability to use and enjoy their properties. Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 prohibits transportation projects from using or closing national parks, and the laws of the State of Georgia do not allow the State or a County government to deny private property owners with the right to occupy their properties in order to advance an economic development project. Faced with these clear obstacles, Camden County has proposed this unprecedented overflight and the FAA has unbelievably included it in the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The National Park Service has raised objections to this unprecedented construct in multiple letters to the FAA, the most recent of which was in sent in December of 2020.