Important Update on Rental Guidelines
As we wrap up the summer we want to make you aware of an increase in complaints we’ve received from Poppy neighbors concerned about Poppy homeowners that have used their cottages for rentals, and the resulting issues these neighbors have experienced. The issues have ranged from overcrowding with large groups of tenants in small homes, shorter-than normal rental periods of 2-3 nights, noise disturbances during the day and night, college-aged kids keeping elderly neighbors awake and scaring them, rude behavior, overflow parking, inviting the underage children of neighbors into their home to drink, etc….
Popponesset is a family destination. When homes are rented out via the online sites (AirBnB, Homeaway, WeNeedAVacation, etc…) and landlords are unaware of their tenants and have not verified the number and ages of guests, it is possible that the renters are abusing the rental agreement. Last year we had a complaint of a home with 12 cars parked in the front yard and street, furniture removed from the home and dragged to the beach, and beer bong being played by over a dozen college kids on the beach mid-afternoon. We have had noise complaints at night as well, and issues with drinking. This is likely not what the landlord bargained for, but it causes problems in our community, and no one likes to be calling the police about a neighbor’s property.
While the PBA does not have oversight of rentals and PBA can not and does not prohibit rentals, we do ask you consider your neighbors and our special community. To keep the summer a pleasurable experience for all, the PBA is suggesting that anyone who rents a home out in the summer try to abide by the following rules from rental sites:
1. Ensure your Tenants Know the Poppy Rules and Policies
Please ensure your renters know the Poppy Rules and Policies. (Parking, Flags, Noise Ordinance, etc…) It is suggested you outline the Poppy Rules and Regulations in their rental agreements. If you need a copy, please go to the website, www.popponessetbeachassociation.com
2. Respect and Cooperate with Your Neighbors
Tell your neighbors about your rental plans. Ask if they can be aware and look out for your home. Tell them your car limits, the number of renters you expect to see, and the like, so that, if a renter abuses your home, you can know about it.
Consider giving your neighbors a phone number they can call to report to you any problems that may occur, such as excessive noise, or trouble. If a neighbor complains, please try to address the problem immediately and let them know you have done so. For the neighbors experiencing the issues with tenants, notify the homeowner to let them know what’s going on. Please call the Mashpee Police Department if there are any issues that warrant police involvement. We have found that, when an issue is reported to us, most times the homeowner knows nothing about the incident.
3. Screen Your Renter-Guests
The best way to avoid complaints from your neighbors is to carefully screen your guests. Poppy is a family destination. Loading 10 college kids in to a 3-bedroom cottage is shaking up your neighborhood. Many sites, such as Airbnb's "How to Host" section, include guidelines for communicating with and screening guests. Be sure to outline in your rental agreement the number of allowed guests, the number of cars, and the like. Cars must not be parking on our narrow streets, nor should they overload the property.
4. Monitor the Usage of Your Flag
This summer we saw more than a dozen people using one flag. Please instruct your tenants the Flag is not an open invitation to invite dozens of friends to the beach.
We do not want to, nor can we, monitor people’s rentals. Our goal is to create an enjoyable, peaceful and safe place for all. Please help us to keep Poppy a safe and problem-free community.
THE PBA BOARD
RECENT HOMEOWNER'S MEETING
Thank you to everyone who attended the Homeowner's Meeting on September 7th. The presentation from the meeting can be downloaded by clicking the link below.
Mashpee Conservation is inviting PBA members to participate in the following:
Mashpee Land Stewards Program
Herring Count Program
Hosting Informational Lectures
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Katelyn Cadoret, Assistant Conservation Agent
508-539-1400 ext. 8538
Drainage Improvement Update
The PBA has received approval from the Mashpee Conservation Commission to perform storm water management along the shoulder of the road between Beach Road and Dean's Pond Bridge.
The scope of this work consists of grading and installing a grass path with a gravel strip for water quality purposes. In addition, the existing outfall locations will be enhanced with riprap swales. Lastly, there is a design for 3 wood platforms to be used for future bench locations.
The project is due to start on October 22, 2018 and be completed November 2, 2018
Please contact the PBA should you have any questions. Thank you to those involved in helping to maintain the environmental health and vitality of our special community!
One of our biggest issues facing Popponesset is the water in our roads. These modified drains, coupled with high water tables in our area, along with the home construction in our area the past 15-20 years has caused issues for road preservation, safe passage and home damage. The PBA formed a Drainage Task Force 2 years ago, and began a pilot on some of the worst drains (Uncle Henrys) and has since been tackling a plan to address the most severe drainage issues throughout Popponesset. We will never be able to eliminate the puddles, we can only enhance the infiltration which will mitigate the length of time these puddles are on our roads. The cost to maintain the Popponesset roads (except for plowing) is the responsibility of the PBA. Many homeowners ask why this is the case and why don’t we have the Town do this? We could, but it would mean the PBA would need to give up the private road status. We could then we faced with potentially widening of the roads and other mandated requirements. The PBA Board continues to manage the drainage to the best of our ability and within the yearly allocated budget. All homeowners need a healthy HOA to be able to prove it can maintain the roads for access to homes. For any of you who have sold, bought or refinanced a home recently know this is critical for a mortgage being approved. This is why we want to ensure we always have a budget to allow for road maintenance and be able to prove our ability to keep roads safe and passable. Your $500 annual dues allows an Operating Budget that includes road maintenance. In 2018 we have allocated $75,000 for drain repair and maintenance, and we plan a $75,000 budget for the next 3 years for a total of $300,000 .
In 2018, we are hoping to address two drainage areas.
(1) Shore Drive, between Wilson’s Grove and Bluff (plan),
(2) Shore Drive at Deans Pond-Per Conservation
How you can help:
(1) ensure all your gutters drain into a catch basin, not onto your driveway, then onto the street
(2) Go on-line and review rain gardens and other water collections systems to capture and keep all rain water on your property from your roof, driveways patios, etc. Every gallon of water we can keep off the street will help you and your neighbors.
3) Please make sure any irrigation system isn’t draining onto the roadway
4) Please don’t have you sump pump drain onto the roadway
2019 FISHERMAN’S LANDING PARKING PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FISHERMAN WITH MA FISHING PERMITS BEGINNING IN MARCH 2019
For any Fisherman with MA Fishing Permits who wish to use the Fisherman's Landing Parking lot in the day, and then park at the Community House when the Fisherman’s Landing Parking Lot is locked from 9:30pm-5am, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your 2019 PBA Parking Permit at the beginning of 2019.
You will need to send a scan of your 2019 Massachusetts Fishing License and we will provide you a permit to place on your windshield to identify your car has permission to park, to prevent our security company from calling for a tow.
A reminder to all that the Fisherman’s Landing Parking will again be closed from 9:30pm – 5 am again this year.
Board Meeting Schedule
The new PBA 2019-2020 Board has been formed. See Popponesset Info tab above for listing of Board of Directors.
Homeowners are welcome and encouraged to attend during 11am- 12noon to ask questions, offer to volunteer or bring up any concerns.
All meetings are held on Saturdays
PBA Homeowner Notice regarding Vista Pruning
Recently there have been some unauthorized vista prunings and snow fence installations by Popponesset homeowners, so this is a reminder to all homeowners that all vista pruning or any work ( ie, trimming and /or removal of any plantings along Deans Pond or the ocean) within 50 feet of a water body or vegetated wetland, within 100 feet of a wetland resource, including coastal and inland banks that approval is required by Mashpee ConCom. You are responsible for your landscapers who perform the work, so please make them aware of the rules and regulations on your behalf.
These are not PBA rules -- these are Town of Mashpee ConCom rules. Violation of the rules includes fines and mitigation at owner's expense.
Sailboats on Beach
In preparation for the Winter and Storm Season please remove all sailboats from the beach by Columbus Day, October 8th. Thank You
Sail Boat Registration
Homeowners in 2018 we are creating an inventory of sail boat on our beaches.
Can you please fill out form and included a photo?
In past years we have had to remove boats in storms or found boats on other beaches and want to notify owners.
Important Spit Annoucement
May 31, 2018
It is important that we inform you that Audubon has closed the first crossover from the sound side to the bay or creek side due to a new nest with eggs. Audubon has put the string up to keep people off of this area, as the birds are a federally protected endangered species.
We are asking everyone to please be respectful of this closure. When approaching the Spit please take an immediate left to get to the bay side or continue down to the second crossover to access the bay side. It is imperative that no one enter the area where the nest is located. The risk of non-compliance is that Audubon can totally close the spit to access for everyone.
This is another reminder that “NO DOGS” are allowed from April 1- September 1. We are asking that you help us – If you “See Something, Say Something” Unfortunately there were many people last year that ignored this rule. The dogs disturb the birds and Audubon checks for dog tracks and have the right to close the spit if there isn’t compliance.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful summer enjoying the place we love! Thank you for your support.
There are NO dogs on the Spit APRIL 1 – SEPT 1 or any Popponesset Beaches ANYTIME. ENFORCEMENT TO BE IN PLACE THIS YEAR.
Parking in Popponesset
A PBA parking sticker permits a homeowner to park a vehicle with two wheels on grass and two on the street of their home.
Community House parking is only permitted during community house events and while using playground/ ball field. Beach parking is not permitted at anytime.
Violators are subject to towing, we need to keep streets open to emergency vehicles , allow traffic to flow safely and allow residents access to there homes.
PBA does issue parking passes for the community house in the event you are having a family/ friend event and driveway can not accommodate.
Please give us 1-2 business days notice.
Please email us at email@example.com
To request a pass.
No Dogs allowed on PBA Beaches
A friendly reminder that dogs are not allowed on PBA or Town of Mashpee beaches at anytime of the year.
To report animals on the Beach call Mashpee Animal Control
Offenders can be fined $50 by Mashpee Animal Control.