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

SNPOA Newsletter - Spring, 2018

Dear Sesuit Neck Property Owners: After a winter and early spring that saw a number of strong coastal storms hit Sesuit Neck, warm temperatures are here and summer is only weeks away!

Our Welcome-to-Summer SNPOA Gathering will be on Sunday, June 24 We will hold our members only welcome to summer event at the Dennis Yacht Club on Sunday, June 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening and a chance to re-connect with friends. In addition to enjoying refreshments and each other's company, we will have a business meeting.

Please RSVP for the Meeting to Bumpty McGrath by email at or by phone 914-714-4725. The fee is $15 per person. Whether you pay in advance or at the door, it is very important for you to let us know if you plan to attend the meeting so we can be sure to order enough food. Please bring a credit card to use at the cash bar as DYC has requested use of credit cards.

Special speaker at the June 24 Meeting We are delighted that Dawson Farber, the Harbormaster for the Town of Dennis, will join us once again for our June meeting. He will speak to us about what is happening today and what he sees for the future, for example, dredging of the front and back harbors, commercial fishing and excursion boats, updates to facilities, etc. He will also answer our questions.

The SNPOA Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, August 19 Looking farther ahead, our Annual Meeting will take place at the Dennis Yacht Club on Sunday, August 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please make a note in your calendars.

We would love to see photos you may have of the Sesuit Neck area, especially those from years gone by. You may send your photos to: or we can carefully scan your photos for viewing on the SNPOA website.

This is your website; if you have any suggestions for additional content and/or revisions, please fill out the form below. We welcome your input!

More Items of Interest

Woods Hole Harbor Report

Harbor Planning

Sailing and Tennis Lessons

Historic District

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


Jointly submitted by:





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


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.    

Sailing and Tennis

The Dennis Yacht Club tennis and sailing programs are open to all Sesuit Neck property owners for children ages 5-16 on both a weekly and seasonal schedule. Please review the attached program flyers for additional information. Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. To register for the tennis programs, please contact the DYC Bookkeeper at "dennisyachtclub@gmail". To register for the sailing programs, please access the on-line registration forms at

Historic District

Homeowners on Sesuit Neck are reminded that our area has been designated as an historic district. Any changes to our properties must be approved under the jurisdiction of the Old Kings Regional Historic District Committee at the Town of Dennis.

Harborview Beach

SNPOA participates in the Dennis Adopt-A-Beach program. Please observe all posted rules and regulations and respect the lifeguards assigned to our beach.
We thank the Dennis Conservation Commission for doing a recent beach cleanup. If you would like to get involved with efforts to do on-going beach cleanup, please contact SNPOA by email at SNPOA or by mail at SNPOA, P.O. Box 1334, East Dennis MA 02641.

Dues, Communications and Directories

Annual SNPOA dues of $50 (unchanged for many years) are due by June 20. Please print and complete the Membership and Dues Form (link below), 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.
A majority of our members now supply email addresses and will receive most communications in electronic form that is the fastest and most direct method of communication with members. We will continue to send hard copy versions to members without email access so it is important to be sure we have a proper mailing address for both the winter and summer seasons. We will also send the spring newsletter and annual dues form out in the regular mail.
Directories that 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 24 gathering at DYC.
As a reminder please note that the sole purpose of the directory is to aid communications and neighborhood interactions within the Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association. The directory cannot be used for any business, political or similar purpose. Please respect the privacy of our members.

SNPOA Annual Membership and Dues Form for 2018-2019

New Neighbors

If you are aware of new neighbors who have moved to Sesuit Neck, please welcome them and let them know about SNPOA. Be sure to pass along a copy of this newsletter and the Membership and Dues Form (see attached) for them to fill out and urge them to attend the June 24 meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Russ Corsini at

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


The National Weather Service Hurricane Center
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, 685 Route 134, South Dennis,MA 02660.

Howes Street, Corporation, Mayflower, Chapin Memorial and Scargo Beaches are classified as public beaches with public parking areas. Seasonal vehicle passes, weekly guest passes, and the daily parking tickets are available.

Town of Dennis Beach, Harbor, and other fees can be found on the Town of Dennis website, Sticker Fee Schedule.

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 and maps of our beautiful Dennis beaches Beach Maps and the the beach regulations Beach Regulations on the Town of Dennis website,

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


  • Bed & breakfast

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Motel


  • Non-profit educational

Authorization required after a special review

  • For profit educational


  • Child care facility

Permitted use

  • Religious

Authorization required after a special review

  • Cemetery

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Commercial uses


  • Commercially registered vehicles or trailers


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.

Check here for a complete listing and definitions of the Dennis Zoning By-Laws.

Here you can find the Dennis Zoning Map.

Another interesting site is the Town of Dennis, MA Planning Weblog..

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