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Residents concerned over possible impact on property of 'Baywatch' filming

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Later this month, Paramount Pictures will be filming the reboot movie version of the 90's hit television series “Baywatch” on and near Tybee Island.

While many are excited for the Hollywood presence, some property owners are taking issue with filming happening right in their back yards. 

Residents living down Estill Hammock, Sea Lane, and Pelican Court and Pelican Lane that have homes that back up to the dead end canal off Chimney Creek were approached by Paramount Worldwide Productions regarding a particular chase scene in the upcoming “Baywatch’ movie.

A chased scene is set to be filmed on the water on Sea Lane, right off Chimney Creek. They’ve already submitted the paperwork to get the permit to do so.

The application form submitted to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources calls for a chase scene that will include four jet skis and two small camera boats that will all be a part of the action sequence, which will reach 25 miles per hour on this dead end canal that is normally a “no wake zone.”

And that has some of the residents living along this body of water nervous about what the wake could possibly do to docks that might not be able to withstand the choppy water.

Paramount has reached out to the property owners in advance to ask that anyone with boats have them moved, with the film company picking up the bill. And Paramount is also offering $750 to each property owner surrounding the canal for any inconveniences, and for use of their dock and yard. 

Earl Judd doesn't want a movie crew filming on his property.

"Well, what they explained to me, when they were trying to rent my house, is that they are going to come down the creek, and they're going to come down, a chase is coming straight down, and they're going to turn that way and find out that it's a dead-end, make a U-turn, come back this way, and then crash into a floating dock. And then they're going to run into the house and have a fight scene, then go through the house,” said Judd.

When movie production company Paramount came to Judd offering $750 to use his dock and backyard potentially for a week of filming, he declined.

"I didn't care that they use the creek, that doesn't bother me. And I want them to come here, and stuff like that, but for them to use and come and go on my property, use it for what they,” said Judd. "A lot of people their yard is already eroding from their bulkhead from cracks and stuff like that, from rain, high tides and Spring tides. I'm sure that the wake, if they are going 25, 30 mph what they say they are going to do with that many boats, that could damage. I'm not per se worried about mine because I maintain mine, and I maintain my floating dock. But a lot of people around here, they don't really have the money to do that. And that's why they've gotten into the shape that they have.”

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division representative looking over Paramount’s application for the permit says a decision hasn't been made, and that they do take into consideration the opinions and concerns of people living in the area.

WTOC’s call to the location manager for Paramount was not returned on Monday.

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