Pet Control–Please Help

The SPPOA Board asks for assistance from all pet owners. We have received complaints regarding dogs running freely and approaching people in a menacing manner. Unfortunately, neighborhood dogs have bitten both people and other pets.

The Board is mandated to respond. The SPPOA Declaration of Restrictive Covenants state that “all animals of any nature shall be under the complete control of the owner thereof at all times” (Section nine, April 9, 1979).

The SPPOA Restrictive Covenants are in agreement with the Beaufort County Code of Ordinance, Part 6- Health and Sanitation, Ch 4- Animals Article B- Dogs  Sec. 6-4022:

“It shall be unlawful for an owner of any dog or any other animal to permit the same to run at large at any time upon any street or other public property.  No owner shall fail to exercise proper care and control of his animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.”

Also, Sec. 6-4023:

“No person owning or harboring or having care or custody of a dangerous dog may permit the dog to go unconfined on his premises. A dangerous dog is unconfined if the dog is not securely confined indoors or confined in a securely enclosed and locked dog-run area upon the person’s premises.  The dog-run area must have sides six-feet high and a second top.  If the structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground a depth of no less than one foot.” 

And Sec 6-4026:

“Unprovoked attacks by dangerous dogs- A person who is lawfully on the owner’s premises or in a public area who is attacked by a dangerous dog or witnesses the attack may use reasonable force to repel the attack.  A person is not liable in damages or otherwise for action to repel or any action taken to restrain or control a dog from an unprovoked attack.” 

SPPOA residents should not feel threatened by animals. Those threatened have the right to call for protection. We hope that owners will promptly and effectively address the situation before others feel compelled to call for assistance from Beaufort County Animal Services (843-255-5010 during business hours; 843-524-2777 and ask for the on-duty animal control officer otherwise).

The Board hopes that all pet owners will abide by Section nine of the SPPOA Restrictive Covenants and by the Beaufort County Code of Ordinance—that’s best for everyone.

Thanks for your help.

The Seabrook Point Property Owners Association Board of Directors

New Subdivison Map on Web Site

Open the Seabrook Point web site, click on About, then Directions. In addition to a link showing the location of Seabrook Point, you now have a link to a subdivision map, which you can display either as a map or a satellite image, at various resolutions. Here is an example

Seabrook Point Subdivision Plat

April 11 Minutes of the Seabrook Point Property Owners Association Board Meeting

Board members present: Bob All, Zachary Curry, Clifford Dey, Janice Powell, and Bob Roth.

Zach Curry called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at his home.

The agenda was accepted as presented.

SPPOA Covenants and Restrictions Revision Update

Following a discussion on both the amount of time elapsed since the revision process started and the need to make visible progress, the Board moved to:

  1. Request a copy of the draft SPPOA covenant and restrictions revision, created by Tom Mikell with comments by Christa Emminger.
  2. Ask Tom Mikell to provide a date to the Board by which the Board could receive the revised draft.
  3. Dissolve the SPPOA Covenant and Restrictions Revision Committee upon receipt of the draft from Mr. Mikell, as they would have completed their work.
  4. Send a letter to the Property Owners publically thanking the Committee for a job well done.

The motion was unanimously accepted. Bob Roth presented a “Covenants and Restrictions Revision Update” document to the Board as a way to communicate about the revisions. The document outlines the defects and needed revisions and contains a process for community education and acceptance. Zach Curry will review the document with Al Truesdale, past President, to gain from his experience and obtain his comments. The Board will finalize the document and distribute it to the community.

Community Gate Update

Janice Powell will provide the Board with three vendor quotes to install a gate at the community entrance prior to the next board meeting, scheduled for May 11. 2015. She indicated she will likely have one additional quote for consideration prior to the next Board meeting.

Boat Ramp Gate

The chain securing the boat ramp is broken. Zach Curry will contact Casey O’Connel, who will advise the Board about repairing or replacing the gate.

The next board meeting will be on May 11th, at 6:30 p.m. at Bob All’s house.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob Roth, Secretary

Community Dock Update

The start of the summer boating season is a good time to review the dock rules. For the most part these are statements of common courtesy. The rules have been in place for almost ten years. If you follow them, you will get on and off the water quickly and smoothly while not impeding others. You will also protect and preserve the community’s most important shared resource. To summarize:

  1. Minimize your time on the boat ramp. Prepare for launch and pack up after launch away from the ramp. Also, make sure you park your vehicle and trailer in the parking area well away from the ramp/
  2. Make sure you leave a space at the floater for to load and unload. If you must leave your boat unattended, make sure you tie up on the shore side of the dock, away from the ramp. In no case should you leave the boat for more than an hour or two, and less than that on holidays, weekends, and festivals.
  3. Make sure you have and display a Seabrook Point parking permit decal. If you don’t have one, you can apply for one here.

Here are the dock rules (Click to enlarge):

Dock RulesYou can also find them on our website. Click here to view them. Another way to summarize the rules is with the picture below:

sppoaDockWe are taking two new measures to secure the loading area and limit use of the dock, boat ramp, and parking areas to Seabrook Point Property Owners. The first is a new lock for the chain across the boat ramp. All owners in good standing will receive a letter (and an email if applicable) with the combination. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REATTACH THE LOCK WHEN YOU ARE DONE.

The second step is increased enforcement of dock parking area. All members who use the boat ramp MUST have and exhibit a decal. This is clearly not new news. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increased number of folks who do not have a decal, but use the boat ramp anyway. This is a nuisance, a potential liability, and costs us money. With regret, the Board feels that it’s necessary to more strictly enforce use of the boat ramp. We have asked a number of volunteers to monitor use of the ramp. The first time they see a vehicle without a sticker, they will leave a warning on the vehicle. The second time, they will leave a violation notice. The third time, as in baseball, they’re out–we will tow the vehicle.

ParkingTicketWe have posted these rules in the loading area for years, but now find we need to take further action. We hope that no members are towed. Fair warning.

Enjoy your summer, and enjoy your use of the dock.

Seabrook Point Property Owners Association
Board of Directors

Zach Curry, President
Janice Powell, Vice President
Cliff Dey, Treasurer
Bob Roth, Secretary
Bob All, Member at Large