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Lake Eufaula shoreline plan delayed after public outcry

EUFAULA, AL (WSFA) -

There's a delicate dance along the shoreline of Lake Eufaula, also known as Walter F. George Lake.

Red paint marks the dividing line between government land, controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers, and private land controlled by property owners.

"Whenever you do something on the Corps land you have to apply for permits," said Dennis Fineout, of the Friends of Lake Eufaula.  "They're five year permits currently for brush cutting, docks…."

It's all managed by a Shoreline Management Plan, an effort to balance the limited development on the lake with the natural environment.

The Friends of Lake Eufaula opposed the Corps' updated draft plan, calling it too restrictive.

"We're not saying we want to open up more limited development areas.  We're saying there's a great balance today, but don't take down the limited development area that there is."

For example, the Corps wanted to restrict the amount of brush homeowners could cut down, possibly obstructing their views of the lake.   The Corps also wanted new residential developments larger than 15 lots to have community docks, rather than each property owner having their own docks.  The homeowners feared the plan would lower property values.

"People invested here for years, built their homes, built their retirement homes," Fineout said.  "To change the rules that significantly is just not right."

So the homeowners lobbied Members of Congress, who in turn pushed the Corps to devise a new plan.

"The Army Corps has made it very clear that within this suspension of a year that they want to really work with the community and the Friends of Lake Eufaula," said U.S. Representative Martha Roby, R- Montgomery.

The shoreline will operate under the existing plan for now, until the new one is devised. 

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