Joseph Douglas Coty & Brittni Mason Coty, Construction of a Bulkhead, 101 Angler’s Way, Fancy Bluff Creek, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

Glynn County, Georgia

This serves as notification from the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources of a request from Joseph Douglas Coty and Brittni Mason Coty for a Coastal Marshlands Protection Act (CMPA) permit under Official Code of Georgia (O.C.G.A.) 12-5-280 et seq., to construct a bulkhead at 101 Angler’s Way, Fancy Bluff Creek, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia. The proposed project is under 1/10 of an acre, and therefore may be considered a minor alteration of coastal marshlands under O.C.G.A. 12-5-280 et. seq.

The project site currently consists of an undeveloped residential lot. There is currently no bank stabilization in place and there has been active erosion observed at the interface between upland and marsh.

The marshlands component of the proposed project consists of 1ft. x 186.5 linear foot (186.4sq.ft.) timber and vinyl sheet bulkhead with a 4ft. x 186.5 linear foot (746sq.ft.) riprap toe, which will be constructed in the coastal marshlands immediately seaward of the CMPA jurisdictional line. The proposed bulkhead will require 77sq.ft. of backfill. Approximately 14 cubic yards of backfill will be located below Mean High Water (MHW). The total square feet of the project within CMPA jurisdiction is 1,009.5 and the total volume of fill is 103.83 cubic feet.  

As proposed the project will impact approximately 1,009.5sq.ft.  (0.0231 acres) of coastal marshlands.

The upland component of the project consists of permanent and temporary activities proposed within the 50ft. marshlands buffer which totals 1,931.3-sq.ft. Permanent impacts associated with the proposed bulkhead will be 204.5-sq.ft. of tieback pilings and 46.8-sq.ft. of tie back cables/rods (251.3-sq.ft.). Temporary construction impacts within the 50ft. marshlands buffer will include approximately 1,680-sq.ft. of excavation, equipment operations, and site stabilization.

Total permanent impacts within the 50ft. marshlands buffer total ¬¬¬251.3-sq.ft. which will remain 100% pervious upon project completion.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate that the project is not contrary to the public interest and that no feasible alternative sites exist. Impacts to coastal marshlands must be minimal in size. In passing upon the application for permit, the Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee shall consider the public interest: (1) Whether or not unreasonably harmful obstruction to or alteration of the natural flow of navigational water within the affected area will arise as a result of the proposal; (2) Whether or not unreasonably harmful or increased erosion, shoaling of channels, or stagnant areas of water will be created; and (3) Whether or not the granting of a permit and the completion of the applicants proposal will unreasonably interfere with the conservation of fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, or other marine life, wildlife, or other resources, including but not limited to water and oxygen supply.

A detailed public notice with drawings has been distributed and is available by visiting the Department of Natural Resources website: under “Public Notices.”

Please provide this office with substantive, site-specific comments as to why the proposed work should or should not proceed. Comments and questions concerning this proposed project should be submitted in writing and be submitted by the close of business on May 21, 2024 to Maitland Bass, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 or via email at maitland.bass@dnr.

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