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Old 03-08-2018, 06:29 PM
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Closing on some property in Bay St. Louis, MS by the end of the month! We're extremely excited about the next step in our retirement process. I'm only 52, but I have a 3 year plan that starts now. The bulkhead will be the first thing built, followed boathouse and then our home in a year or two.

Got a few questions for people that are living on the water and have wetland protected grasses along the property line. I've been told that there is Needle Grass (which apparently the DNR is protecting) which means I need to have the bulkhead installed behind it. Not an issue at all for me. I'd like to cut into my property so that I can slide the boat in perpendicular to the canal. There's very little grass in the area that I'm looking at making the cut.

Will the DNR allow you to disturb any grass or is it all off limits? Is there a way around it? I'm all about protecting the environment and my wife is a "rules follower" in general, but if I can bend a rule a touch it would be nice!

Let me know your thoughts and experiences.

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Get in touch with Don Coulon at A Step Above Marine. He is the guy to talk to about this kind of thing. They built our boat house and are terrific. Great people and super quality work.

And welcome to the neighborhood.
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We used Ferrill’s and Conte. Both did great work but kinda had to stay on Conte to finish. Our house is green on the large corner lot just down from Bay Marina, if are on the water and pass by.
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Originally Posted by ifsteve View Post
Get in touch with Don Coulon at A Step Above Marine. He is the guy to talk to about this kind of thing. They built our boat house and are terrific. Great people and super quality work.

And welcome to the neighborhood.
I figured you'd have a contact but you've already been such a help.
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That’s wire/salt grass and transplants easily.
Old 03-09-2018, 08:22 AM
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That’s wire/salt grass and transplants easily.
so.............is it an option with the DNR to just move and transplant? That would just make life wayyyyyyyyyyyyy to easy!
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The short answer is no.
However, if you want to buy wetlands credits you can do anything you want.
Do yourself a favor.
1. Get an elevation certificate so you can see how high you can build
2. Get a copy of a wetlands delineation or have one done. They can tell exactly where wetlands are and how much offset you need if you want to proceed with construction.
3. You cannot legally touch one blade of that stupid wetland weed that grows. Based on your pic you definitely have it. That is why lots in BSL that have an existing bulkhead are really expensive.

I would do that before you do anything. I have a good wetlands guy that i have recently had to use that helped he get out of trouble in order to sell my lots near you.
Lastly. The city of BSL will tell you you are ok to do something but the ACE will have a different opinion and if water is involved they have the final say. Trust me. i know and it cost me to find out. You BH requires ACE approval. Don't go by anything BSL may tell you or even allow.

If you need anything off-line PM me and we can talk.

You should take down those pics!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-22-2018, 01:37 PM
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Made some progress with my issues with the needle grass. I'm meeting the DMR in the next couple weeks to discuss my options. They've already been by the lot and took a look. Don't think it's going to end up being a deal breaker.

Now...............bulkhead pricing. I've gotten prices ranging from $120-$180 linear ft. It seems to be pretty much apples to apples from what I can gather at this point. Would anyone have any input to way such a huge disparity? I'm talking $8,700 difference over 145' of wall.

Quailty & Woorkmanship, over pricing, etc?

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