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Welcome to the Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association Website

Here you’ll find information about all the comings and goings on The Neck …

The latest news, updated directories, links to areas of interest, and helpful information.


If you’re not yet a member, here’s why you should be … In 1967, SNPOA was formed with the mission to preserve the character of the neighborhood, have a collective voice in town affairs and foster a neighborhood spirit. We’ve effectively done this over the years through committees tasked with maintaining our beach, beautifying our neighborhood (including our efforts on behalf of the Bridge Street “bridge”), ensuring safe roadways and traffic patterns and attendance at the key town boards of Waterways, Conservation and Capital Appropriation Committees. And then, of course, we have friendly gatherings and sponsor informational meetings. Your participation in SNPOA is important to us all!


Items of Special Interest

A message from the Dennis Police Department

October Update

I never say the ‘Q’ word in fear of being jinxed (q- uiet), but that is what last night was. It seemed everyone in the town had a fun Halloween and there were no major issues. Here are some other things we responded to during the month of October:

- A number of break-ins in the summer residences in Dennis Port. Unfortunately this is a yearly thing. This year it is reported from the home owners that nothing was taken other than alcohol. This is a reminder to keep an eye on your neighborhood. You know them better than we do, so please call when you see something suspicious/out of place. Our midnight shift is a great group of officers who would love to meet you, so please don’t wait until morning to report something!

- On 10/27 there was an arrest in a parking lot of a business that wasn’t open at the time. The arrest was for drug dealing and detectives witnessed a drug transaction.

- Renewal by Anderson is on our approved Solicitation list. They have been going door to door. It is better that you call and check with the PD if you are still unsure if people should be going door to door.

- It appears there is a homeless individual that is living in the area of Sesuit Neck/Bridge St. in the woods. We are unsure at this time, but he may connected the larceny of money from the cash box at the Farm on Sesuit Neck.

- The Community Service Unit is continuing to obtain court orders to get individuals in town the help they need for drugs and or alcohol. Also our unit is working very closely with Gosnold of Cape Cod and the Department of Mental Health.

- A search warrant was served in the beginning of October at the house across from DPM. Multiple arrests were made for drug distribution as well as other drug charges.

Also, a reminder if you want me to come talk at a crime watch group meeting, please let me know. The Nobscussett area is meeting Jan. 15, May 21, and Sept 17 in 2017. The meetings are at 11am at Carleton Hall. If neighborhoods would like a smaller meeting, I could look into the meetings being held at the PD, just let me know if you would like to set a meeting up for you group.

November Update

I hope everyone has recovered from all of the food consumed on Thanksgiving! We welcome a new formal neighborhood watch in the Kingswear Circle area of South Dennis. Not too much excitement this month here at the PD…which no one is complaining about. Here are some things that came up in November:

- UPS/Fed Ex boxes are going missing from door steps. This is the time of year to pay attention to people in your neighborhood that don’t belong there. Every year some people prefer to do their Black Friday shopping at your doorstep. If you know a package is going to be delivered try to be home….especially if the shipment is expensive and/or meaningful. If you know you will be gone for a while, you can also ask a neighbor to pick up the delivery and hold it at their house until you get home next. Here at the PD we are constantly driving through the neighborhoods looking for anything suspicious with deliveries.

- There have been a bunch of calls for open doors. We tend to see this due to the increased windy weather and people coming down to their summer homes and not shutting the doors completely. Call us and we will go to the house and determine if anything is disturbed in the house.

- The scams are starting to pick up again. Tis the season, especially for charities. You can get phone calls, mailings, emails, etc. If you don’t know who you are donating to, think twice. Remember scams are designed to go after your FEAR and/or GREED (holiday season they also are designed to play on your willingness to help others). There are a lot of good charities out there. Please be careful however.

- Renewal by Anderson has come in and registered again to do door-to-door solicitation. We have the names of those going door-to-door in case there is a problem.

- An arrest was made on a male that was stealing just about anything that he could. Multiple charges taken out against him and a lot of property was recovered from his vehicle. He was stealing items from all over Dennis and other towns.

- Major stabbing incident involving 2 people inside of their home. One individual is decreased and the other was med-flighted. Not a random act and no threat to public.

PD EVENTS COMING UP

- The PD is a drop-off point for Toys for Tots. We bring the toys we collect to Hyannis on 12/11 and compete with other Cape police and fire departments for who collects the most toys. All of the toys collected go to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and the toys are given to Cape Cod families only.

- December 4th is the Pet Santa Photo. Bring your pet to the DPD Community Room from 11am to 1pm. Donation of $10 dollars and there will be a collection of canned goods as well. Pets must be leased and cats must be in a carrier. Any questions, call our Animal Control Department at 774-352-1400

Take care,

Ptl. Liz Tucker
Community Policing Officer
Community Service Unit
Dennis Police Department
90 Bob Crowell Rd
South Dennis, MA 02660
P 774-352-1537
F 508-394-5750


Previous Updates

A message from the Dennis Police Department

September Update

Hello everyone!

Chief DiMatteo would like your feedback on us as a department. The PD did a survey 5 years ago and we would like to continue to see how the citizens feel on multiple topics. I have included the link to survey in this email and we also have paper copies at the Dennis Police Department, Dennis Senior Center, Dennis Town Hall and all of the libraries in town. There is a box next to the paper copies to put the completed surveys in.

Link to Dennis Police Department Survey

Thank you all in advance and I’ll be sending out my monthly email next week.

Ptl. Liz Tucker
Community Policing Officer
Community Service Unit
Dennis Police Department
90 Bob Crowell Rd
South Dennis, MA 02660
P 774-352-1537
F 508-394-5750





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More Items of Interest

Woods Hole Harbor Report

Harbor Planning

Harborview Beach

Dues and Directories

New Neighbors




Sesuit Neck

Harbor Planning


The Harbor Planning and Zoning Committee of the SNPOA Board has prepared a memorandum for submission to the Waterways Sub-committee that outlines change regarding issues that should be addressed in the long range harbor plan.


To: Dennis Waterways Commission’s Sub-Committee for Operations and Oversight


INPUT REQUESTED FOR THE SCOPE OF THE LONG RANGE PLAN FOR SESUIT HARBOR

Jointly submitted by:

THE QUIVET NECK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

and

THE SESUIT NECK PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION

               

We encourage you to explore the issues and problems presented in this document

so that they can be included in the Plan. We see this submission as a living

document and our input may change as things further develop during

the planning process.
               

The overriding theme of our input centers around managing and limiting growth

in what already is a heavily used waterway and supporting land structures and

activities.



Areas we suggest should be included in a Long Range Plan for Sesuit Harbor:                


1)       The Plan should cover the area from the jetties to the Bridge Street culvert – i.e., including  the Dennis Yacht Club, Northside Marina and the west and east side town docks.


2)       The environmental impact must be balanced against the needs of an active refuge harbor. The 2008 Sesuit Creek marsh restoration was one of the largest salt marsh restoration projects in Massachusetts history. The restored flow allows river herring, a prey species for commercially and recreationally important fish in the Bay, to reach Scargo Lake to spawn. Since a substantial amount of money was spent on the restoration project it is important not to jeopardize the recovering marsh ecosystem with pollution/disturbance from increased harbor activity.


3)      The historical designation of the harbor should be respected and enhanced, including Old Kings Highway Historic Commission approvals as appropriate. As importantly, the natural beauty of the harbor and surrounding area should also be protected and enhanced for both residents and visitors. Some thought might be given to installation of memorial plaques that share the history and layout of Shiverick Shipyard on the west side and the Salt Works on the east side.


4)      The Plan should study reengineering ingress/egress to the west marina, including optimizing safety relative to the boat ramp and car/trailer parking.


5)      It should establish guidelines and controls on both the general public and commercial growth of the waterway and marinas. Among the critical factors to be considered are water safety and capacity, parking limitations, traffic safety in surrounding neighborhoods, light and noise pollution and preferences (if appropriate) around town residents, slip and mooring holders, etc.


6)      Limitations should be placed on commercial facilities such as ticket booths, visitor facilities, etc.


7)      Guidelines should be set around facility management, safety and policing resources.


8)      A master plan should be developed for a major dredging of the inner and outer harbors as well as ongoing maintenance.


9)      The Plan should develop or outline (if regulations exist) safety regulations around the gas docks, boat lifts, boat racks, ramps, etc.


10)   The Plan should include a plan for signage that is effective and falls within the Dennis Historical Society and Old Kings Highway Historic Commission guidelines.


11)   Lighting plans should be drawn up that are effective for safety and security but abate as much light as possible to local residents and sailors living on boats.


12)   Noise regulations should be enforced or further refined for the Harbor, including hours of operation, delivery truck access, etc.


We believe the overall goal should be to maintain Sesuit Harbor as a Town of Dennis asset for all to enjoy by managing and limiting growth to the most appropriate uses that its size limitations permit as well as retaining and enhancing its natural and scenic characteristics.

             

               We appreciate the opportunity to provide our input. Thank You.    




Harborview Beach

Under the continuing guidance of Ruth Phillips, SNPOA participates in the Dennis Adopt-A-Beach program. Ruth reported that we have lost a fair amount of sand over the winter. She can always use volunteers to help with the weekly monitoring and clean-up of "our beach". Please contact Ruth at PO Box 19, East Dennis, MA 02641 if you can lend a hand to this effort.


Dues and Directories

Annual SNPOA dues of $50 (unchanged from the last few years) are due by June 15th. Please complete the enclosed dues invoice form, updating your contact information as needed, and send the form along with a check made out to SNPOA for $50 to SNPOA, PO Box 1334, East Dennis, MA 02641. If you would like to begin receiving the newsletters in electronic form by email, please check the box at the bottom of the invoice. Directories which include the most up to date listing of Sesuit Neck property owners are available to all SNPOA members who have paid their dues in full. We will have a number of new directories available at the June 23rd gathering at DYC.


New Neighbors

If you are aware of new neighbors moving into Sesuit Neck please let them know about SNPOA and urge them to come to the June 23rd gathering.








Important & Helpful Information

SNPOA Mission

SNPOA Membership Definitions

Unusual Activity of the Non-Emergency Kind: Whom to Call

Town of Dennis Beach Rules & Regulations

Town of Dennis Zoning Laws & Town Codes




Weather Update

FOR CURRENT HURRICANE INFORMATION VISIT

The National Weather Service Hurricane Center
and
The East Dennis NOAA Forcast




SNPOA Mission

The Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association is a volunteer organization formed to preserve the character of the neighborhood, have a collective voice in town affairs and foster a neighborhood spirit. We’ve effectively done this over the years through the committees tasked with maintaining our Harborview Beach, beautifying our neighborhood (including our efforts on behalf of the Bridge Street “bridge”), ensuring safe roadways and traffic patterns and representation on the key town boards of Waterways, Conservation and Capital Appropriation Committees.




SNPOA Membership Definitions

1. Membership in SNPOA is restricted to property owners or voters in the Town of Dennis, who reside in the area known as Sesuit Neck, which includes the area east of Bridge Street running northerly to Cape Cod Bay and bounded on the south and east by Sesuit Creek, and the area west of Bridge Street to the intersection of Sesuit Neck Road and Rte. 6A.

2. A household is considered a single member and voting is restricted to one vote per member.

3.Membership is restricted to those households who are current with Association’s annual dues which are currently $50.




Unusual Activity of the Non-emergency Kind:
Report to Dennis Police at 508.394.1314

If you see any unusual activity such as late night gatherings and lights on the beach … or cars parked where they shouldn’t be parked … or anything that you think is just plain strange, be sure to report the incident to the Dennis Police Department. If what you’re witnessing is not an emergency, please report it to the Dennis Police Department’s business number 508.394.1314. If it is an emergency, call 911.



Town of Dennis Beach Rules & Regulations

Harborview Beach on Sesuit Neck and Cold Storage Beach on Quivet Neck are both classified as public beaches with Resident Only parking areas. Only Dennis real estate tax payers or year-round residents securing a Dennis Resident vehicle pass are permitted to park in a Resident Only beach lot. You may purchase your non-refundable and non-transferable Resident Only vehicle sticker at the Dennis Town Hall, 485 Main Street, South Dennis, for $30.

Howes Street, Corporation, Mayflower, Chapin Memorial and Scargo Beaches are classified as public beaches with public parking areas. Seasonal vehicle passes cost $150, weekly guest passes cost $75, and the daily parking fee is $20.

As you might imagine, there are lots of regulations that govern our use of the beaches. Here are a few of them:

  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on beaches or in parking areas AT ANY TIME.

  • No littering or glass containers are allowed AT ANY TIME.

  • No animals or pets are permitted on beaches, in parking areas or in parked cars from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Use of open fires is prohibited at all times.

You may find a complete listing of our beautiful Dennis beaches, the rules and regulations at Dennis Beaches.

As for public rights along the shoreline, private tideland (the legal term for all land beneath the waters of the ocean, including lands that are always submerged as well as those in the intertidal areas – between the high and low tide marks) belong to the upland property owner, unless legal documentation proves otherwise for a specific tideland parcel. However, the tideland property owners do not have rights to the water itself. Also, the public retains the right to continue to use private tidelands for three purposes: fishing, fowling and navigation, with some limitations. For more information, access the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management’s Public Rights Along the Shoreline Fact Sheet.



Town of Dennis Zoning Laws & Town Codes

Sesuit Neck properties have been zoned as “Residential 60 – Rural Residential,” requiring a minimum lot of 60,000 square feet and “Residential 40 – Low Density Residential,” requiring a minimum lot of 40,000 square feet. Some of the allowed and disallowed uses for our land are as follows:

  • Agricultural use

Permitted use

  • 1 or 2 family dwelling unit

Permitted use

  • Multi-dwelling unit

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Lodging house

Prohibited

  • Bed & breakfast

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Motel

Prohibited

  • Non-profit educational

Authorization required after a special review

  • For profit educational

Prohibited

  • Child care facility

Permitted use

  • Religious

Authorization required after a special review

  • Cemetery

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Commercial uses

Prohibited

  • Commercially registered vehicles or trailers

Prohibited

Of additional import to Sesuit Neck residents, is the Town of Dennis Codes, covering
1) Town Meeting Enactments – comprised of both Administration Legislation and General Legislation,
2) Selectmen’s Regulations, and
3) Board of Health Regulations.
These regulations range from alarm systems, alcoholic beverages, jet skis, unregistered vehicles, noise, use of tents, and so on. Here you may access the complete Dennis Town Codes document.

For a complete listing and definitions (see example*) of the Town of Dennis’ zoning laws, access Dennis Zoning By-Law

To view the Town of Dennis Zoning Map, access Dennis Zoning Map

Another interesting site is the Dennis Planning Department Blog..





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