Large increases in the dock fees paid by property owners on Allatoona Lake have been delayed indefinitely, U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cartersville announced Tuesday morning.

The decision was made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“This is great news for Georgia residents who have docks and facilities on Lakes Allatoona and Lanier, and for the entire South Atlantic Division,” Loudermilk said in a tweet.

Loudermilk said that he and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville had been pushing back against the fee hikes for the past several months.

Before the Corps of Engineers reversed course, property owners on Lake Allatoona had been informed their fees would more than double for renewing existing dock permits, and increase by more than four times the current fee for new permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division starting in 2020.

Then, the Corps announced that the total cost for dock and land-based facilities would change to a flat fee for both new and re-issued permits of $835, including $35 for a Shoreline Permit and $800 for a Real Estate License, starting Jan. 1. Previously, dock owners were charged $400 for a new permit or $175 to renew an existing permit.

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