In our effort to continue to follow local guidelines, below is Mashpee’s new order on beach parking and access restrictions. We will continue to discourage beach drop offs on our streets, and parking at the Community House, in accordance with this new order.
Temporary Beach Parking and Access Restrictions Adopted July 27, 2020
Effective July 28, 2020
Temporary Beach Parking and Access Restrictions (Per Order of the Board of Selectmen dated July 27, 2020)
A. In accordance with applicable provisions of the Town of Mashpee Charter, Bylaws, G.L. c. 90, §20A, and any other enabling authority, the Board of Selectmen, in consideration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency declared by the Governor on March 10, 2020 and the related Advisories and Guidances issued by State authorities, hereby adopts the within temporary beach parking and access restrictions. Said restrictions are deemed necessary due to recently observed overcrowding and congestion at John’s Pond and other Town beaches (collectively, the “Town Beaches”) in order to regulate, on a temporary basis, the size of gatherings at said Town Beaches for the purposes of preserving and maintaining the public health, safety and welfare and effectively regulating vehicular parking on roads in and around said Town Beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Accordingly, it is hereby ordered:
Any other order, rule or regulation concerning parking adopted by the Board of Selectmen notwithstanding, no operator of any vehicle shall park or stand the same on any portion of any street or road leading to John’s Pond, specifically: Back Road, Cranberry Avenue, Highview Avenue Hilltop Road, Hoophole Road and Valley Road and as designated by the signs containing the words "NO PARKING", which signs shall be placed on such roads or portions thereof pursuant to and for the duration of this temporary restriction. The Chief of Police and or his designees, are authorized and directed to place and erect temporarily, or cause to be so placed and erected, such signs on any such portion of any road subject to this temporary restriction.
Access to Town Beaches shall be restricted to Mashpee residents, members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and those with vehicle disability plates or placards and/or current Town Beach permits during the term of this temporary restriction. This beach access restriction is intended to advance the interests of the afore-mentioned Advisories and Guidances by preventing large gatherings at and overcrowding of the Town Beaches during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. All persons authorized to access said Beaches during this temporary restriction will be expected to comply with all recommended COVID-19 safety measures, including appropriate social-distancing and wearing of face masks when social-distancing is not possible, while on the Town Beaches.
These temporary restrictions shall commence on July 28, 2020, and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Board of Selectmen or until the State of Emergency declared by the Governor is terminated, whichever occurs first.
The Chief of Police and/or his designees are authorized to enforce these temporary restrictions by the issuance of citations and/or removal of non-compliant vehicles or persons in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
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Governor Baker imposes Travel Order for Certain Out-of-State Visitors
Starting Aug. 1, out-of-state visitors from certain states and Massachusetts residents returning from those states will have to quarantine for 14 days or risk $500 fine each day under a new order issued by Gov. Charlie Baker.
Baker announced Friday an order restricting travelers from states with higher COVID-19 rates, requiring them to fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form” and quarantine for 14 days. The orders are meant to reduce the risk of a resurgence of the coronavirus in Massachusetts.
Please visit www.mass.gov for more details.
The drainage projects for Shore Drive/Nick Trail and Shore Drive/Clover Lane are due to begin the week of June 7. Please be careful when traveling near these areas as there will be a lot of equipment performing the drainage work.
Save Popponesset Bay Update
NO DOG RULE NOW IN EFFECT
We have just been informed that with the early arrival of the Plovers, we have to prohibit dogs on the Spit effective immediately (March 27th) through Labor Day. Thank you for following the NO DOG rule so that we all can continue to enjoy the Spit.
As a reminder, the Spit is an endangered species preserve and the mere presence of dogs (leashed or unleashed) scares the birds and prevents nesting and breeding. Please follow this regulation as failure to comply can allow regulating agencies to take away our right to use the Spit!
We would also like to request that if you are walking on the Spit, PLEASE KEEP OFF THE DUNES! Audubon has alerted us that people have been climbing on the dunes. We know that all the symbolic strings are not yet in place, but please act as if they are there and stay off the dunes.
During these difficult days it is so nice to see our community walking the Spit and enjoying its beauty. Please remember that we all need to be practicing social distancing as we don't want authorities to close the Spit down due to violations.
Again, we hope you are all safe and staying healthy,
Your SPB Board
New Town of Mashpee Rental Bylaw
The Board of Selectman and the Finance Committee both recommended approval of Article 8 during the October 2019 Town Meeting. The bylaw is still under review by the Attorney General but could be in effect by Spring 2020. If you have questions concerning this please contact the Town of Mashpee.
Click here to see Article 8 Proposed Town Rental Bylaw
Important Update on Popponesset 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
Come watch Jaws on the big screen outdoors!
Friday August 7th at the Community House
starts at dusk!
Click Here for Road Race Results!
Join us for BINGO every Wednesday at 6:30pm outside at the Community House.
*$5.00 per bingo sheet
*bring your own beach chair
*masks must be worn
Poppy 4th of July Stroll !
Thank you to the Social Committee for making this happen, and thank you to the parents, participants, spectators and volunteers!
POPPY FACE MASKS!
Popponesset face masks will be available for purchase at the annual homeowner's meeting this Saturday June 27th.
*June Homeowner's Meeting*
Spring Letter from the PBA Board
Mashpee Selectmen Lay Out Plans For Funding Waste Water System
Town of Mashpee Noise Bylaw
A. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons occupying or having charge of any building, dwelling, shelter, boat, conveyance or premises or any part thereof in the Town, other than that section of any establishment licensed under MGL C.138, to cause or suffer or allow between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. any unnecessary loud, excessive or unusual noises in the operation of any radio, phonograph or other mechanical sound- making device or instrument or reproducing device or instrument, or in the play of any band, orchestra, musician or group of musicians, or in the use of any device to amplify the aforesaid, or the making of loud outcries, exclamations or other loud or boisterous noises, or the loud and boisterous singing by any person or group of persons or in the use of any device to amplify the aforesaid noise, where the noise is plainly audible at a distance of one hundred fifty (150’) feet or more from the building, structure, vehicle or premises in which or from which it is produced. Any person violating this subsection shall be punished by a fine of fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.
B. Any person who is present in any building, dwelling, shelter, boat, conveyance or premises or any part thereof at any time when a violation of Subsection A occurs shall be deemed to have made, aided, caused, suffered countenanced or otherwise assisted in the making of said improper noises and shall be punished by a fine of fifty dollars ($50) for each offense.
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.
Popponesset merchandise will be available for purchase at the Community House on Friday mornings from 9-12 by appointment only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Governor Baker's Guidelines for Beach Safety
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.
Parking in Popponesset
A PBA parking sticker permits a homeowner to park a vehicle with two wheels on grass and two on the street in front 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.
2020 FISHERMAN’S LANDING PARKING PERMITS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FISHERMAN WITH MA FISHING PERMITS BEGINNING IN MARCH 2020
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 2020 PBA Parking Permit at the beginning of 2020.
You will need to send a scan of your 2020 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 2020-2021 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