GREENBANK BEACH AND BOAT CLUB
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Your Board hopes that you have enjoyed 2019 and all the activities that our community has to offer. THANK YOU to all our members for their interest and cooperation with our neighbors and the Board, plus a friendly WELCOME to all our new members. As your GBBC/HOA President, there are 4 main topics I am addressing in this annual letter.
First, GBBC/HOA continues to study solutions concerning our aging/broken tide gate/outfall pipe located on our 3 beach parcels. As your President, we have obtained grants in order to gather facts and possible solutions with certified engineers, geotechnical & geocoastal/ environmental experts, as well as to hold community informational meetings. With these grants, our association has not had to assess our members. Presently, we are waiting for several engineering reports concerning construction details & results. Please visit our website, holmesharborestates.ihost.net, and the Whidbey Island Conservation District website, whidbeycd.org, and click on GREENBANK MARSH PROJECT for detailed information. In addition, you are urged to attend the Greenbank Marsh Working Group meetings which presently are being co-chaired by GBBC/HOA member Barbara Bennett & Michael Stansbury who represents Greenbank Beach Water Company. GBBC/HOA has held & will in 2020, community wide meetings to present progress & provide a forum to share concerns. Searching these avenues will allow you to learn/gather FACTS concerning this research project and, hopefully, prevent inaccurate information.
Our boat ramp has been a positive and successful item for our community. We have met all requirements by Island County and the Army Corp of Engineers with repair construction in February, 2016. It has been completely paid for by our members. This valuable asset for our members is also utilized for water rescue by Central Whidbey Fire Depart. Kayak storage regulations and beach rules are posted on site. Your cooperation is appreciated. Please remember to pack out your debris. The Board says ENJOY our beach, boat ramp, and picnic BBQ.
Third, a covenant reminder letter was sent to all members in September, 2019 and is found on our website. The reminder letter was in response to several covenant complaints concerning hedge & building heights & unkept yards. Please read all the covenants which are listed on our website and were given to you at the purchase of your property. The Court has ruled that they are legal & enforceable.
Finally, our Boards need new members to serve our community. Board members are obligated to support & enforce all covenants and attend once a month Saturday morning meetings. Our community needs your input and spirit to serve a few years on this important community responsibility. An election will be held at the February, 2020 annual meeting.
Serving on the GBBC/HOA Board since 2010 and as President since 2011, has not only provided me with a learning curve but an enjoyable experience meeting you and serving for the community’s continued improvement. Thank you to the current GBBC/HOA Board members for their volunteer work, support and interest in our community. GBBC/HOA is looking forward to your attendance at the annual meeting at the Progressive Club February 8, 2020. ENJOY EACH DAY
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 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