Lisa Godbey Wood, Construction of a Bulkhead, 20 Carriage Drive, St. Simons Island, 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 Lisa Godby Wood 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 for shoreline stabilization at 20 Carriage Drive, Jones Creek, 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 a developed residential lot. There is currently no bank stabilization in place and there is active erosion at the interface between the upland and marsh. 


The marshlands component of the proposed project consists of the installation and maintenance of a 224 linear foot wooden bulkhead along Jones Creek on the eastern side of the property. Approximately 184 linear feet will be constructed in coastal marshlands immediately seaward of the CMPA jurisdictional line with a 40 linear feet section constructed along freshwater tidal wetlands outside CMPA jurisdiction. The proposed bulkhead will require 184-sq.ft. (2.2cu.yds.) of backfill within CMPA jurisdiction.  


As proposed the project will impact approximately 368-sq.ft. (0.008 acres) of coastal marshlands. 


The upland component of the project consists of existing, permanent, and temporary activities within the 50ft. marshlands buffer which totals 3,787.2sq.ft. Existing structures within the 50ft. marshlands buffer include 108sq.ft. of building, 22sq.ft. of wooden dock walkway, and 243sq.ft. of driveway. Currently 373sq.ft. of the 50ft. marshlands buffer is impervious. Permanent impacts associated within the proposed bulkhead will be 86.2sq.ft. of tieback pilings and 195sq.ft. of tieback cables/rods. Temporary construction impacts within the 50ft. marshlands buffer will include approximately 2,760sq.ft. of excavation and equipment operations. 


Total permanent impacts to the 50ft. marshlands buffer total 654.2sq.ft. The 50ft. marshlands buffer will be 17% impervious upon project completion. The project site will be stabilized with native vegetation upon completion of the project. 


 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 June 7, 2024 to Maitland Bass, Department of Natural Resources, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, Georgia 31520 or via email at


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