Be on the Lookout

There have been an unfortunate number of thefts in the neighborhood over the past few days. Tools, lawn equipment, and trailers are the most frequent target.

Please be on the lookout for people you don’t know, especially after dark. Do not hesitate to dial 911 or contact the Sheriff’s office if you think you should. You can also report a crime by calling Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637)

Keep your doors and windows locked, and loose tools and equipment put away. A nuisance? You bet. Worth it? At least for now.

Thanks!

Board of Directors
Seabrook Point Property Owners Association

Seabrook Point Ladies Luncheon Update for April and May

In January, we announced that the April Ladies Luncheon would be at Pat Smith’s house in North Charleston. However, the luncheon at Pat’s house in North Charleston is fully subscribed. Pat’s house is not large enough to accommodate more than the 14 that are going.

Red Rooster RestaurantIf you missed the April lunch, think about coming to the Red Rooster at the old Olive Garden restaurant location on May 31st. We will send out a reminder in mid May. Click here for directions and a menu.

You may know I have accepted an offer on my house, so this might be my last luncheon. I will miss luncheons and all of you, but must move on.

In any case, I need someone to take over starting in September. It is an easy job. Just make reservations for 7 or 12 ladies and notify Bob Roth a week before so he can send a notice to all of the ladies in Seabrook Point. If you are interested in coordinating our luncheons, contact me.

The May luncheon is the last one until September, as we do not have luncheons in the summer months. We also do not have luncheons in November and December due to the  holidays.

Arlene Oliver

2016 Annual Meeting Tuesday April 12 at 7PM

The 2016 Seabrook  Point  Property  Owners Association  Annual  Meeting  will  be held  from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 12, 2016, with registration from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites at 2225 Boundary St, Beaufort, SC 29902. Click here for a map. Turn left immediately after entering the hotel. The meeting will be in Salon A, on the right at the end of the hall with meeting rooms.

Directions to the Meeting Room

Directions to the Meeting Room

Please try to attend and take an active part in your association and community.

We need you to return the proxy even if you plan to attend so we can verify a quorum (51% of the properties represented in person or by proxy) prior to the meeting.

You can return the proxy by mail, in an email to bob@18whalebranch.com, by fax to (919) 846-1431, or you can use the unique key on your label (see below) to access the forms on the web at http://www.seabrookpoint.com/2016meeting.php.

The key is on the bottom right of your mailing label, and is the same one previously used during the covenant survey. After you log in, you will see a set of links to the documents in the meeting package and a form containing your current directory information. If the information is incorrect or incomplete, change it and click on Continue. Bob Roth will make the changes in our directory and send you a confirmation email. Changes we receive prior to April 10 will be included in the community directory update distributed at the meeting.

If you do not receive your meeting package by mail prior to 3/29/2016, please let Bob Roth know.

March Seabrook Point Ladies Luncheon on 3/22 at Noon

From Terri Hamill:

Hello All! I would love to have you join me at my home (20 Whale Branch) for our monthly lunch next Tuesday, March 22.

You don’t need to bring a thing, just come and enjoy. I would appreciate it if you would let me know if you are able to join us so I can plan to have the right amount of food.

I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday around noon.

Teri Hamill

March 2016 Seabrook Point Ladies Luncheon Moved to 3/22/2016 at Noon

From Arlene Oliver:

Please mark your calendar! A change to the date for our March Luncheon. Teri Hamill has gracefully invited all the ladies from our community to her new home at Whale Branch Rd. She cannot do it on our regular last Tuesday of the month. It will take place March 22, 2016 at noon.

She will send out another invitation and more information one week before.

Arlene Oliver

Covenant Survey Results

Thanks to those who took the time to complete the Seabrook Point Property Owners Survey. We asked owners to comment and indicate how strongly they felt about 54 proposed covenant and restriction areas.

Approximately 30% of the property owners responded.

The topics responders felt least strongly about include ACC Fees, preserving trees, for sale signs, mailbox consistency, and yard sales. They felt most strongly about residential use only, requirement for written approval, property maintenance, no temporary buildings, maintenance of common property, speed limits, a community style guide, compatible houses, proper setbacks, no inoperable vehicles or unsightly activities, and controlling nuisances and noise.

Detailed results from the survey, anonymized to protect privacy, are available on request.

The comments (some rewritten to combine them) included:

  • A renter to help with bills should be allowed.
  • Long-term rentals should be allowed. Renters must have clause stating renters must abide by/acknowledge all covenants; 12 month minimum lease.
  • Budget for attorney fees should be fixed. Should be fines and penalties associated with violations.
  • Structures need to allow carport-type covers for boats not visible from street.
  • Equating a well house with a shed is silly. Need to update.
  • Oppose lowering the minimum size of a house.
  • Vehicle storage controls? Boats allowed on side or back. Motor homes not visible from road. Need to provide a community storage area.
  • Primary commercial vehicles must be allowed if only form of transportation, but size limitations should apply (i.e. contractor with w/pickup ok, but “honey dipper” not ok). Commercial vehicles allowed if garaged.
  • Street lights needed.
  • Nuisance and noise must be defined.
  • Firearms allowed for protection, defense, threats, e.g. coyotes and snakes.
  • All dogs on leash; Animal waste restrictions; Pets limited to small household animals.
  • Compost allowed; screening required. Remove existing burn/garbage piles and discontinue in future.
  • Limit mature height roadside trees.
  • Sign specifications needed.
  • Speed limit control important, off-street parking not so important.
  • Driveways paved; no off-street parking.
  • Need fire protection.
  • Feasibility of architectural control limited by current lack of consistency and uniformity.
  • Concerned about cost of covenant revision vs value.
  • Need better definitions and enforcement penalties. Enforcement in the past has been inconsistent and often seems arbitrary.

Since the survey, we have focused on refining the initial draft and adding infraction penalties and ways to make enforcement more consistent and equitable. The next draft will be available this Spring, after which we can initiate review meetings and voting.

Don’t forget that you can review the covenants at any time online, using the key code we sent you in the mailing. If you have lost or forgot your key code, send an email to board@seabrookpoint.com and we will reply with your key code.

Bob Roth
Secretary
SPPOA Board of Directors

Community Dock Update

As promised, we have secured the dock and common areas with a more robust, permanent solution than before.

There is a combination lock at the gate. If you are a property owner, and we have your email, you have received an email with the combination (unchanged from before).

If you need the combination and haven’t received an email, please email us (board@seabrookpoint.com) and we will reply with the combination if appropriate.

IMPORTANT: we still need to see decals or temporary passes on cars parked in the common area. It may seem like a belt-and-suspenders requirement, but history tells us this is a prudent approach.

Seabrook Point Property Owners Association
Board of Directors

February Seabrook Point Ladies Luncheon 2/23 at Noon

It is time for our luncheon. This month we are trying Truffles in Bluffton at the Belfair Towne Village.

Truffles CafeTake 170 to 278 East, count 6 traffic lights (counting the fire station light ), and turn left on Simmonsville Rd. There is a stone wall at the entrance that reads Belfair Towne Village. You will see Chow Daddy’s, IHop and Wendy’s. Go straight to second stop sign. Truffles is in the middle of the shopping center, between Stein Mart and Kroger. There is parking on the right. Or, click here for directions.

Please let me know if you need to car pool. I will need volunteers to drive. If you car pool, please give your driver five dollars toward gas.

Hope to see you there on Tuesday, 2/23 at Noon.

Thanks
Arlene

Request for Volunteers and Nominees for the Board of Directors

In preparation for our annual meeting, of which you will hear more soon, we would like to request your attention to (1) nominees for positions on the Board created by outgoing Board members and (2) assistance with the committees that help run our community.

The terms for Bob All and Janice Powell expire this year. We ask you all to join us to thank them for their service and in the search for replacements.

Also, we need you to consider volunteering to assist with one or more of the volunteer committees that help us both maintain low administrative costs and promote the atmosphere of friendship, teamwork, and comradery that makes Seabrook Point such a special place to live. Many of you have contacted the board this year over concerns and issues in the community.  We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is an excellent opportunity to help address the issues: security at the boat ramp and dock, maintaining the beauty of the community through lot maintenance, trespassing at the common areas, vehicles speeding through the community, and community member compliance with the Covenants. Please consider volunteering to help with community committees to address these issues. Here is a list of the committees and a short description that we think would bring value to our community:

  • Budget
    • Responsible to review the community budget on an annual basis and make recommendations to the board
  • Welcome / Sunshine
    • Welcome those who move into the community
    • Coordinate assistance (for those who desire it) for those recovering from illness, surgery, etc
    • Coordinate community gatherings
  • Security
    • Assist the Board in maintaining a safe and hazard free community
    • Organize the community Neighborhood Watch program
  • Community Projects
    • Assist the Board in maintaining the community lot maintenance and overall community beautification
  • Covenant rewrite
    • Assist the Board in completing a draft and final Covenant to present to the community

Please contact us if you would like to be a part of one of the committees. Call or email us, or click here to communicate your interest.  Thanks to all for your consideration and participation.

Seabrook Point Property Owners Association
Board of Directors
board@seabrookpoint.com
843-263-5480