GREENBANK BEACH AND BOAT CLUB
HAPPY 2021 NEW YEAR!!!
2020 has certainly been a difficult year with the pandemic restrictions and concerns, as well as our country’s elections. I wish you a more enjoyable 2021. THANK YOU to all our members for their interest and cooperation with our neighbors and the Board. We warmly welcome all the new members of 2020. In addition, I value all the various Board members that have served over the years and the volunteers that have given their time to help our community. THANK YOU! Please review and follow our covenants as they provide our members guidelines for a peaceful and enjoyable community. We are so fortunate to live in Greenbank on Whidbey Island.
As your GBBC/HOA President for the last 10 years I have decided to resign. I will remain as a Trustee to assist with the transition of a new president. Richard Loughead has graciously agreed to share presidential duties with me until we are able to hold the members’ annual meeting. THANKS RICHARD!!
The Boards URGENTLY need volunteers to serve on the Boards. Please consider.
Our beach parcels and boat ramp have continued in 2020 to provide tremendous enjoyment to our members. A major concern has arisen for the key use in our gate lock. Do not force the key & do leave it inside the lock while entering and exiting the gate. After relocking the gate then remove your key. Directions are found on our website. Continue to haul out your personal garbage and not block the beach driveway with cars or boat trailers, etc. There are kayak & small non-motorized small boat storage structures to use at your own risk but please write your name on them. 2021 is the last year that we must send to Island County a ramp and beach monitoring report. Tom Slocum, an engineer, is collecting required beach data & will submit the report in September. Reread the beach/beach key rules.
Looking back over these 10 volunteer years I have enjoyed meeting our members and being a part of the Board. I am proud that we were able to repair our boat ramp in 2016 that was paid by your membership fees. In addition, we conducted member surveys to gather information about what our members value in our subdivision and their viewpoints about the tide gate/outfall pipe. Consequently, the Board, with the assistance beginning in 2011 of Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD), obtained 2 grants totaling approximately $500,000 to obtain FACTUAL DATA about this aging system located on our beach parcels. Most importantly, our hope was to discover a process to repair this system. GBBC/HOA has long been accused by our beach neighbors that we were causing the beach flooding due to the aging tide gate/outfall pipe. These grants have provided to us and Island County that high tides, wind and rain storms, surrounding 750 acres draining onto our beach areas, plus a flood plain identified and located where the beach homes are found, are the reasons that Greenbank Beach areas flood. Furthermore, we are dealing with climate change and rising sea levels. A legal analysis was also completed. All the study reports are available at https://whidbeycd.org/greenbank-marsh-overview.html. Please access this for complete information. The Board is moving forward with the Greenbank Marsh Working Group Committee. Please contact Chairman Bob Monroig who serves on our GBBC/HOA Board.
Lastly, the process our Board agendas currently utilize over the last 10 years have improved our community communication. We meet at the Day Road Firehouse on the third Saturday every month. However, due to the pandemic we are holding meetings by Zoom. You are always welcome and encouraged to attend. During this time in history we need to become unified; help your neighbor, make some soup and share, listen to one another, walk and enjoy the Farm and beach, volunteer for a community activity. Our lives together will be better.
THANK YOU Sincerely,
Judi Moore, GBBC/HOA President
With the arrival of summer, activities at the beach pick up. In order to make the beach enjoyable for everyone, please remember the following;
- Close and lock the gate after entering and leaving. Keep the beach driveway clear of vehicles so members can access the beach.
- Keep the boat ramp clear so other members can use it. Move your vehicle and trailer from the boat ramp immediately after launching or recovery.
- No storage of boats, trailers or other personal items on the beach. All non motorized boats may be kept on the designated racks in the parking lot.
- Fires: Use the fire ring or build it below the high tide line (no fires in the driftwood). Plan on bringing your own wood as driftwood helps protect the beach home erosion. Make sure your fire is out before you leave. Obey all posted County burn bans.
- For the safety of others and for our neighbors’ properties, no illegal fireworks!
- Use the plastic bags provided to clean up after your dog.
- Don’t leave crab or fish entrails in the picnic and parking area. Please do not throw them in the garbage can for beach debris!
- Do pack out all your garbage. The garbage can is for beach debris that washes up.
- Keep the door to the Porta-Potty closed and the toilet lid down. Notify a Board member or the rental company if it needs cleaning.
Remember, the beach is for the private use of lot owners in Holmes Harbor Estates. Don’t lend your key to non-members or leave the gate open for them. Please accompany your guests. Please lock the gate after entering and leaving.
Beach Key Policy
The Board of Trustees recognizes the ownership of a community beach and boat ramp is a valuable asset.
The use of the community beach and boat ramp is restricted to members in good standing in the Greenbank Beach and Boat Club.
The keys are the property of the GBBC and members are required to sign a receipt acknowledging this ownership, the key cost for a replacement and the beach rules. (currently $600.00+ the current cost of the key)
Upon the sale or transfer of HHE property, the outgoing member must return the key to the GBBC president or their designee or the cost of the unreturned key may be added to closing costs.
The key may not be rented or sold to people who are not members.
For questions related to beach keys, please contact the GBBC Board president, Judi Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-222-0109
Greenbank Beach and Boat Club - Boat Launch Use
The boat launch is available to the Holmes Harbor Estates property owners.
The boat ramp access is maintained by the GBBC between the opening of shrimp season (spring) and the closing of crab season (fall).
All ramp users are responsible to know how to launch and retrieve their boats. The GBBC shall not be held liable for any damages to boats and trailers not launched correctly.
The boat ramp must be kept clear after launching or retrieving your boat, do not leave vehicles unattended on the ramp, or blocking the ramp or the roadway leading to the ramp.
Storage of non-motorized boats is allowed at the GBBC parking area within the designated racks.
Members of the GBBC are allowed to use the racks from February 1st to November 30th. All boats must be removed from the racks for the months of December and January.
There is storage for up to 6 Kayaks (paddle boards etc...) and 4 row boats.
All stored boats must be secured with a cable and lock and have the owners name and phone number printed in plain sight.
A non-motorized boat is any watercraft that is not required to register with the Washington Department of Vessel Licensing.
The non-motorized boat definition includes;
(1) Boats propelled by paddles or oars (without any type of motor) Such as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, row boat, shells, sculls row boats and dories or any other manually propelled boat.
(2) Small sailboats 8 feet or smaller (no motor)
(3) Float tubes, inner tubes, large inflatables are considered toys and can not be stored on the racks.
ATTENTION CLAM HARVESTERS, KNOW YOUR LIMITS!
Combined Daily Bag Limit for all Hardshell Clams is
Up to 40 clams, not to exceed 10 pounds in the shell
Hardshell clams include Manila, butter,
native littleneck, cockle, eastern softshell,
and all other clams except:
DAILY BAG LIMITS FOR:
HORSE CLAMS: first 7 dug per day
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SHELLFISH HARVESTING IN PUGET SOUND PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK
PLEASE REFER TO THE LINK BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON THE 2019 SUMMER CRABBING SEASON