Dear Sesuit Neck Property Owners:
Warmer temperatures have arrived on Sesuit Neck, reminding us that summer days are just around the corner. Colorful flowers are springing up and winter cleanup has begun as we look forward to relaxing days at the beach or on the water. We hope that all our members have had a healthy and happy winter.
Our Welcome-to-Summer SNPOA Gathering will be on Sunday, June 25
We will hold our members only welcome to summer event at the Dennis Yacht Club on Sunday, June 25 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening. Please plan to join us to re-connect with old friends and meet new friends. In addition to enjoying refreshments and each other’s company, we will have a brief business meeting and a speaker. (See more information below.)
Please RSVP for the June 25 Meeting!
You may respond to Kate Bailey by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 410-353-4929. The fee is $15 per person. Whether you pay in advance or in cash 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. Remember to bring a credit card as well as cash to use at the bar as the Dennis Yacht Club has requested use of credit cards but occasionally requires cash.
Special speaker at the June 25 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 update us on the proposed public harbor rehabilitation and development efforts planned for Sesuit Harbor. He will also answer our questions.
The SNPOA Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, August 27
Looking ahead, our Annual Meeting will take place at the Dennis Yacht Club on Sunday, August 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Please make a note in your calendars!
Why join SNPOA?
SNPOA works all year long to keep abreast of any situations that might impact our members and the character of Sesuit Neck. When such issues arise, we follow up with the Town of Dennis or others so we can assure our members stay informed and be represented as necessary.
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 enclosed) for them to fill out and mail in. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hurley at email@example.com
Also, if you know of other neighbors who are not involved with SNPOA, please urge them to join us by completing and mailing in the Membership and Dues Form.
Proposed public harbor rehabilitation and development
In 2021, the Town received a grant to develop a plan for the upgrade of landside facilities on the west side of the town owned harbor. The SNPOA Board supported the Town’s application for this grant but identified a number of issues that would need to be addressed in the plan for it to be supported by SNPOA. The Select Board established the Sesuit Harbor Building Committee to work with the Harbor Master and Catalyst Architects, the firm selected to develop the plan.
At a meeting on February 28, 2023, the Select Board voted to approve the proposed concept plan presented by the harbor building committee. This vote authorized the Harbor Master and the consultant to conduct site engineering studies, develop more detailed designs for each element of the plan, and develop cost estimates. A final plan will need to be reviewed and approved by various Town boards and committees as well as the Select Board. Once a proposed funding strategy is developed it will also have to be approved by Town Meeting.
The concept plan that has been approved is generally consistent with the plan described in the SNPOA 2022 newsletter. The harbor master building and public restrooms will be upgraded and moved to the south end of the site. The garage/workshop building will be moved to the eastern edge of the site. The number of parking spaces for individual vehicles will remain about the same while the number of spaces for truck/trailer combinations will be reduced to some extent.
An update on the status of the plan will be provided at the June 25th SNPOA meeting. Dawson Farber, the Harbormaster for the Town of Dennis, will speak about the plan at the meeting.
Traffic and safety
SNPOA members often express concern about traffic and safety on Sesuit Neck. This is in part due to rapid growth in the harbor area in recent years. As a result, a few years ago SNPOA began a campaign seeking that the Town of Dennis enforce compliance with existing zoning, parking and other pertinent ordinances, rules and regulations.
Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the number of walkers on our roads. Please be aware of this and make an effort to keep your shrubs and bushes well trimmed by the side of the road. This will allow walkers to use both sides of the street and be able to see approaching vehicles as well as help drivers to have a clear view of walkers. As always, please drive slowly and carefully on our roads.
Lessons at Dennis Yacht Club Open to SNPOA Members
Junior Sailing Lessons at Dennis Yacht Club
The Dennis Yacht Club’s sailing program for children is open to SNPOA members’ children. Age restrictions apply - children must be entering kindergarten in the fall to no older than age 13. The sailing program will begin on June 26 and run for 7 weeks. Space is limited as class sizes are small.
Junior Tennis and Pickleball Lessons at the Dennis Yacht Club
This year the Dennis Yacht Club is opening up the junior tennis and junior pickleball program to children of SNPOA members. Similar to junior sailing, age restrictions apply - children must be 3 by June 1st and no older than 13-years-old. The junior tennis and pickleball programs will begin on June 26 and run for 8 weeks. Space is limited as class sizes are small.
Adult Tennis and Pickleball Lessons at the Dennis Yacht Club
This year the Dennis Yacht Club is opening up limited spaces in the adult tennis and pickleball program to adult members of SNPOA. Clinics are held on weekday mornings and registration is per day. The adult tennis and pickleball programs will begin on June 26 and run for 8 weeks.
Registration is now open. If you are interested in signing up or have questions, please contact
Dennis Yacht Club, Dennisyachtclub@gmail.com for more information.
As a reminder, the DYC parking lot is for exclusive use by members with stickers only. SNPOA members who wish to participate in any program should plan methods of arriving at the club accordingly
Local Conservation Effort on Sesuit Neck
The SNPOA Board would like our members to be aware of an initiative by a local Dennis conservation organization that will have a major impact on Sesuit Neck. The Dennis Conservation Land Trust has committed to acquiring Not Enough Acres Farm on Sesuit Neck Road. Their intent is to preserve the property as it is today, but they must raise $250,000 more to complete the deal.
Please consider helping this nonprofit organization, which has already protected over 80 acres on Sesuit Neck. Checks can be mailed to the Dennis Conservation Land Trust, P.O. Box 67, East Dennis, MA 02641. For more information, please call (508) 694-7812 or visit their website Dennis Conservation Land Trust at https://dennisconservationlandtrust.org
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.
Let’s keep our neighborhood clean!
We encourage everyone to help keep our neighborhood clean of litter by looking after your own street frontage area and carrying a bag on your walks to pick up trash you might see along the way.
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 would like to express our wholehearted thanks to George Machon for the wonderful job he has done to clean our beach.
If you would like to get involved with efforts to do on-going beach cleanup, please contact SNPOA by email at Sesuit Neck Property Owners or by mail at SNPOA, P.O. Box 1334, East Dennis MA 02641
Directories that include the most up to date listing of members 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 25 gathering
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.
As a reminder, please take a moment to look at the SNPOA website. It has a wealth of valuable information including a wonderful history of the area, links to many local attractions and institutions, and a number of photographs taken by SNPOA members. It also includes an online Member Directory on the password protected membership page.
Please visit the SNPOA website www.snpoa.org
We offer our sincere thanks to Bumpty McGrath for her many years of service as she retires from the Board.
We thank Suzanne Sullivan for her years as our secretary. Carol Hurley will take over the Secretary’s duties and Suzanne will continue as a Board member.
Special thanks to our past SNPOA President, Cindy Harper, who continues to maintain and update our member database, and to Chris Wilkins, former Board member, who continues to maintain our website and send out emailed communications.
If anyone has an interest in joining the SNPOA Board, please let us know by email at Sesuit Neck Property Owners or by mail at SNPOA, P.O. Box 1334, East Dennis MA 02641.
The SNOPA Board