Violations around the Bear Creek Reservoir continue to be a concern of the Upper Oconee Basin Authority.
At a meeting Thursday morning in Athens, Jackson County Public Development Director Gina Mitsdarffer reported there were 28 property owner violations in 2010 and there are 18 violations so far in 2011, with 12 of those being repeat violations from 2010.
The property owner violations include lights, tables, chairs, boats, hammocks, picnic tables, boat launch areas and sand beach areas in the buffer around the reservoir.
Mitsdarffer said the violators are mailed a letter about the violation first, after 30 days from the date of the letter a verbal warning is given either in person or by phone, and then the matter is turned over to Jackson County Magistrate Court and a fine is imposed.
In 2010, four violations were sent to the magistrate court, Mitsdarffer reported.