Ga. Court to Decide Marina Dispute

ATLANTA (AP) _ Georgia's top court is set to decide whether the law protecting Georgia marshlands can extend to residential developments on dry land.

The case in Georgia Supreme Court on Monday could set a precedent imposing tougher standards on construction near salt marshes along Georgia's 100-mile coast. It will be the first time the court has considered whether development on land is covered by safeguards in the Coastal Marshlands Protection Act.

The dispute is between environmentalists and the developer of Cumberland Harbour, a 1,014-acre gated subdivision built on a peninsula surrounded by marsh in Camden County near the Georgia-Florida border.