GREENBANK BEACH AND BOAT CLUB
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What a wonderful, warm 2017 summer. We have all enjoyed our beach, beach walks & boat ramp plus the delicious crab & clams. THANK YOU for being respectful & welcoming on our beach property & in our neighborhoods, plus all the volunteering to continue to improve our community. Your Boards have continued to work diligently on several projects & we sincerely hope you will attend our Annual Meeting February 10, 2018.
Our boat ramp has obtained all permits & all federal, state & county permitting departments found us in compliance with all applicable laws, rules, codes & requirements. We are proud of the useful boat ramp! Presently we are finalizing the Island County Shoreline Permit that allows us to clean the ramp of debris & maintain tidegate. Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue utilized our ramp numerous times this year for marine rescue. The Board has approved an extension for non-motorized boat storage on the beach structures from Feb.1 through Nov. 30; remember storage is at your own risk & rules are posted on our website.
Our Articles of Incorporation required a change from the 1962/64 covenants in order to meet current funding sources. At a community meeting held In July, 2017 members voted yes to the addition of the following statement to the GBBC Purpose:
“To preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources on its property”
GBBC/HHE held in June, 2017 our 2nd community meeting to inform & discuss results from our WICD Grant. Residents from the approximate 750 acre watershed that drain surface waters through our tidegate, which is located on our beach parcels, attended plus Island County Engineer Dept, our Port Commission & WICD representatives. Consequently, a Greenbank Marsh Working Group was formed from community volunteers to further study this issue. This group has been meeting monthly & has developed a mission statement that includes: GBBC & watershed residents share a common interest to improve surface water management & enhancing the natural environment in the Greenbank marsh & beach vicinity by the gathering of technically valid information on tides & hydrology data in order to collaborate on a planning process & future solutions. GBBC applied for a second grant & has been accepted; we are waiting for the State Legislature to complete their budget.
In conclusion, our monthly board meetings are held at the Day Road Firehouse on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to noon. You are always welcome & we appreciate tremendously your involvement. This year GBBC board member volunteer, Robin Llewelen, resigned after serving MANY years. In addition, our website is consistently being updated & is a great way to gain information about board decisions, community activities & our neighborhood. PLEASE visit the website (holmesharborestates.org) or attend a monthly meeting & MOST IMPORTANT, come to our Annual Meeting held February 10, 2018; Better yet, volunteer to serve on the GBBC Board. Thank you for supporting the volunteer Board Members & community.
Judi Moore, Greenbank Beach & Boat Club & Holmes Harbor Estates 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 at the beach.
- 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 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