Hello to our Community as we close our season – the first “Back-to-Normal” since COVID-19 forced restrictions.
We on the Board of Directors sincerely hope that everyone enjoyed the fully-opened Reservation as much as possible. And the many amenities:
- The beach
- The easy beach access wooden rampway and Mobi-mat
- The swim raft
- Dining and relaxing in the sun-shed
- The fishing boardwalk at the channel inlet
- The annual, dredge-enabled navigation of the channel inlet
- The basketball court
- The picnic area
- Of course, the boating/paddlecraft marina. [156 paddlecraft racks and 120 boat slips]
- The children’s playground swing set
- The bocce court: [NB we have a set of bocce balls for members’ use in a wooden box at the bocce court (locked with the combination 1,2,3,4)]
- New dark-sky compliant night lights
- Our evening sunset watching remained a daily fave, plus this year with the quickly popular Taco Truck/
- Many members joined the twice-weekly “Yoga and Meditation on the Beach”
- The popular instructional course “Women on the Water,” each conducted by our Activities Advisor, Roey Ficaro
- Adviser Judy Freeman arranged three nature walk/lectures.
- The return of the annual beach picnic, which was a huge success
- Many residents celebrated private events at the picnic area
- The kids liked the prizes at the snapper fishing contest
- New member-bought commemorative benches
As of this writing we enter the Fall, which is so lovely here in the East End’s golden autumn light. We look forward to an even better 2023, and we will be discussing our plans this Winter. As we receive and generate new proposals for events and facilities, the Board of Directors shall apply the same standard when we address any issue: What is in the best interest of the Reservation and the Membership?
For their time and energy, their talents and skill sets, and their selfless, collaborative dedication to the best interests of the Clearwater Beach community, I thank all of our volunteers:
- Our directors George Lombardi, Ken Neary, Gerry Giliberti, Edith Holmer, Fred Kleinsteuber, Paula Miano, Kurt Miller, Michal Waltz, Jon Tarbet, Rebecca Gordon and Scott Sassoon.
- Our Secretary Gary Grille and Treasurer Edith Holmer.
- Our Advisors Judy Freeman, Nancy Labiner, Len Czajka, Steve Sobel and Roey Ficaro, our Historian Marian Diange, and our newsletter recipe contributor Phyllis Italiano.
- Our outside staff: Handyman Paul Trela, lawn care Stuart Thomas, and all-purpose landscaper/generalist Carlson Jacobs, and our security guards Jim and Gabe.
And now I once again take the liberty of sharing the late Jim Carforo’s President’s message from 2020:
“The days are shorter, the breeze is brisker and the birds depart daily for the southern temperatures, but I must say our sunsets are still spectacular. As the holidays near, the Clearwater Beach Board and I extend our warmest wishes for a joyful season sharing time, happiness and traditions with your loved ones.”
Dan Aharoni, President,
From the Desk of the Executive Secretary
Greetings, and welcome to the fall season.
The marina was very busy this past summer with all boat slips being rented by the middle of March. In fact, we could not accommodate some sponsored boaters that had been with us in past seasons due to an influx of new member boaters.
All boat slips and rack spaces will be assigned on a priority basis in order of receipt to those who have had rentals in the previous year(s). It is important that all applications are submitted by February 15th.
The beach also saw high usage especially on the weekends, with the Taco Truck always bringing a crowd on Friday night. Because of the crowds, it was very helpful that there was not a section of the beach fenced off for piping plovers.
There are changes in the works involving a new electronic method of sending and receiving maintenance fee invoices and marina applications. At this time, I do not have the exact details as to how this system will work, but once finalized, we will make sure everyone is informed.
Due to insurance regulations, unregistered motorized vehicles are not allowed anywhere on the Reservation, especially on the beach. This includes golf carts, mini bikes, dirt bikes, etc. Basically, if the vehicle is not street-legal, it is not allowed at the Reservation.
There is a sign with the Reservation rules just past the gate and parking lot on the road to the beach. It is suggested that members familiarize themselves with these rules, as failure to comply may result in loss of beach and/or marina privileges.
Please visit our recently renovated website which is clear, concise and very easy to navigate. It can be reached at our new domain name, clearwaterbeachpoa.org or the old way, cbpoa.net will also direct you there.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me any day from 11am to 6pm, and I will do my best to help you or direct you to someone who can.
Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable fall and winter.
FROM the DOCK MASTER
The 2022 boating season is ending. I hope everyone could enjoy our beautiful marina and reservation with all the upgrades that have been achieved.
Boaters and Kayakers must take responsibility for their vessels.
Prior to a storm or extreme tides and wind, it is important to check your dock lines, especially your spring lines, those lines you tie from the middle of your boat to the pilings so your boat doesn’t hit or get snagged on the bulkhead or ladder and get hung up. We again have had too many issues with that this year.
Not only can your boat sink, or at the very least get damaged, it also is important to know that the ladder and bulkhead get damaged to the extent that the ladder has to be replaced. Also, remember the pilings, which cannot get replaced, stay damaged. I have contacted many boat owners this year to check their lines because of this issue, and many have been adjusted, but a few calls were ignored or missed.
If you need help with your lines or are unsure how to adjust them I or our assistant Dock Master can help you. In addition, the boat bailing system should be checked to insure it is working properly. Most of the boat sinking problems have been attributed to pumps and/or batteries malfunctioning.
We sent inserts to all boaters on the floater explaining that if they have an anchor pulpit, the anchor has to be stored elsewhere and the pulpit must not impede the walkway. Most complied but others had to be reminded. Also, before or after a heavy wind, please check your kayak or canoe to ensure it is secure and to make sure it hasn’t blown off its assigned spot.
Important Note: This year we encountered a problem with boat owners leaving the water on after they left the marina. This can be a potential hazard if the attached hose breaks or if the nozzle on the end falls off and water happens to spray in yourboat or your neighbors’.
PLEASE SHUT THE WATER OFF AFTER USING IT, AND IF YOU SEE A HOSE ON, PLEASE SHUT IT OFF.
ALSO ELECTRIC IS SUPPOSED TO BE USED TEMPORALLY NOT 24 HOURS A DAY, AND IF YOU ARE USING ELECTRIC YOU HAVE TO USE THE MARINE PLUG NOT THE REGULAR 110 OUTLET.
In Mid-December 2022, 2023 season applications will be sent to the boaters who have had a slip season and those who have requested a boat application. Slip applications and emergency data forms will be available on the Web in mid-December at www.cbpoa.net. Marina Rules and Regulations will also be posted.
In addition, kayak rack applications will also be posted on the Web. Community member boat slip fees for the 2023 season are $50 a foot. Sponsored boat fees are $100 a foot. The minimum boat slip fee will be for a 20-foot boat. Boaters who desire a slip at our marina must submit a certificate of insurance (COI) and a copy of their boat registration. The COI must indicate marine liability insurance coverage and in addition indicate spillage coverage if the boat has permanently installed fuel tanks.
It is also required that the COI form denote Clearwater Beach Property Owners Association (CBPOA) as an interested party. No slip assignment will be considered if the above items are not submitted with the boat application.
Please send only the COI form instead of the entire boat policy. We have enclosed a sample COI for your review. For community members wanting the same slip assignment for next year, submit your information no later than February 15, 2023.
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO GET YOUR APPLICATIONS IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THE MARINA WAS FULL AGAIN THIS YEAR AND WE HAVE A NUMBER OF NEW RESIDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT DOCKING ACCOMMODATIONS, SO AGAIN, THE SOONER THE BETTER.
Please take note that although we will make every effort to give you the same assignment as last year it will depend on the accurate size of your boat. What that means is on the application we ask for the length and beam size of your boat. If you are not familiar with that terminology, it means the width of your boat, which is very important in the decision of where you will be placed, especially on the floating dock.
The floating dock slips are designed for boats with 8-foot beams. We have been squeezing boats in at 8.5 ft if we can, but anything bigger than that will be moved to the hard dock. We will not place any boats larger than 21 ft on the floater anymore because the dock cannot handle it. We also have a few slips that shrunk a bit due to the resetting of the pilings and bulkhead work so again take out a ruler and get an accurate measurement so you won’t be surprised if you are moved. Our marina is not getting bigger, but the boats coming in are getting larger and we will do whatever it takes to fit what we can. Unfortunately, some have already been turned away.
It is important to note that after all member applicants have been assigned a slip, the remaining unassigned slips are assigned to sponsor applicants. In some instances, sponsored boats may be assigned a different slip. Late application filing can result in a slip assignment change. Applicants with missing information will have their slip assignment postponed with a possible change or no assignment at all. It is important to note that during the boating season no refund will be provided if no replacement boater can be found for your slip.
As a reminder, no trailers and/or boats may be parked overnight on the reservation due to insurance liability. Violators are subject to having their trailer and/or boat removed from the reservation and the violators will be billed for services performed. Please note, if you see any boat with a problem, please notify the Dock Master, Assistant Dock Master or Secretary. When checking kayaks stored on the racks, I found a few not locked. The board of Directors will be requiring all kayak/canoe owners to lock their stored vessels.
We will continue the policy of notifying boat owners if their boat is in danger of sinking, so please make sure on your application we have a number where you can be reached. If the boat owner does not respond, we will contact a marine service to pump out the boat. CBPOA will pay the pump-out fee set by the marine service and then bill the boat owner. The boat owners should periodically their boat’s floating condition, particularly after a rain storm. For boating problems at our marina, please call the Dock Master or Assistant Dock Master.
The fee for all kayak racks will be $100.00 per space. In order to track canoes/kayaks at our rack storage area, 2022 -year stickers with the rack assignment were issued for the renter to place on his/her vessel. I would like to thank the majority of rack renters for complying with our requirement to place our sticker on their kayaks. We are doing this to prevent non-registered kayak owners from using the racks. It is unfortunate that we have experienced problems with intruders storing a kayak on a rack. Vessels with no stickers will be removed from the rack. The owners of canoes/kayaks must remove their vessels from the rack by November 15, 2022.
REMEMBER WHEN USING AN SUP, YOU AND YOUR PASSENGER ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A LIFE VEST ON. I PERSONALLY SAW MORE THAN A FEW TIMES ADULTS WITH SMALL CHILDREN WITHOUT ANY LIFE JACKETS. (Swimmies on the child’s arms are not safe on a SUP.) YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE LIFE JACKETS WITH YOU ON KAYAKS ALSO.
If you have experienced problems at the Reservation, please inform our secretary Mr. Gary Grille, the Dock Master or Assistant Dock Master. We ask that all boaters review the Marina Rules and Regulations which they will receive with the slip assignment. Check to make sure you have a copy of your boat registration available to submit with your 2023 application. Some boat renters leave their original registration on the boat during winter storage and have no copy. Your application will not be processed until your registration is received, AND THAT MAY CAUSE YOU TO BE LEFT WITHOUT A SLIP.
I would like to thank the members who saw something and said something this season. We had a number of near mishaps which, without a simple call to us, could have ended up a disaster.
AGAIN, IF YOU ARE CALLED ABOUT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR BOAT AND ARE ASKED TO HAVE IT LOOKED AT PLEASE DO SO. IF YOU ARE NOT OUT HERE LET ME KNOW WHEN I CALL YOU AND WE WILL SEND A QUALIFIED PERSON TO: eg: RE-TIE YOUR BOAT, ADJUST THE SPRING LINES, ADD SPRING LINES. PLEASE!!!!
Remember all boats must be removed from the marina by November 15, 2022.
I would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season. Stay safe and let’s hope next season is even better yet.
Ken Neary, Dock Master (516-318-3367)
Annual Snapper Fishing Contest
Pictures from the Annual Snapper Fishing Contest
COOKING LONG ISLAND’S BOUNTY
This is the time of year when we are so lucky to live where fresh vegetables abound. We should take advantage of this, as vegetables should be the most important part of our diet.
Also, there are so many delicious and interesting ways to prepare them. Try enticing folks to consume more vegetables to go with their meat and pasta dishes.
- Head of Cauliflower
- Bunch of Broccoli
- Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves of Garlic crushed
- Basil and your favorite herbs and/or spices
Rinse and clean the cauliflower and broccoli. (Remove and save stalks of both vegetables so you can make your own veggie water to use in making other dishes.)
Cut both into serving pieces and place these in your favorite roasting dish that you have covered with olive oil.
Add to the dish any herbs or spices that you favor.
Place the pan in the oven you have preheated to 375 degrees. How long you cook this dish depends on whether you like your vegetables: crunchy or soft. I like mine crunchy.
If you choose, you can add other veggies like pieces of carrots and/or peppers. Salt and pepper to taste. These veggies can be added to some cooked pasta, adding cheese like Pecorino Romano, if desired.
- 4 or 5 yellow and/or red Beets
- Olive oil
- Mint leaves
- A couple of cloves of garlic
One vegetable that we should be preparing more is beets. If you are lucky and also get beet greens, they can be prepared as any side dish to go with a meat or fish dish, as a leafy green
Wash the beets and place them in a pot with enough water to cover them. Cook until they are soft enough for you to pierce the beets with a knife.
Remove them from the heat and allow to cool. Take off the outer skin and cut the part off each beet that is the remnant of the stem.
Cut the beets into pieces and place in a baking dish with olive oil and a clove or two of garlic. Put the pan into he oven at 375 degrees for enough time; they will need to sofen fully. Toss the fully cooked beets with a bit more olive oil and mint leaves. This dish can be served hot or cold as a salad. Beets are very healthy, besides being delicious. Vegetable dishes are considered to be superfoods and go well with any meat or fish dish.
By Nancy Labiner
It was a great summer on the Reservation. The beach, the bocce court, the barbecues, and our playground were busy all summer, and it felt like things were getting closer to “back to normal” after a very challenging two years.
After being on hiatus for the past two summers, the Jim Carforo Annual Party took place in July. It was a fantastic evening and a real celebration of the Clearwater community. A happy crowd, wonderful food and lots of cold drinks, along with the ice cream truck, karaoke and a gorgeous day made it an event to remember.
The Reservation was a destination on Fridays this summer with the arrival of the El Jefe Taco Truck.
Sunsets and tacos were a very popular combination, and it was such a nice opportunity to get together with neighbors.
We also had great turn out for Roey’s yoga classes twice a week; there is no better place for yoga than the Reservation. Women on Water (WoW) also brought lots of people together, and sunset paddles were a treat. Nature Walks & Talks throughout the summer and Story Salon East on Wednesday evenings were also great opportunities to get together plus our annual community picnic.
Kids had a great time at the Reservation this summer, and the season culminated with the annual fishing contest over Labor Day weekend. The event was a big hit with a record turnout.
The renovation of the sun shed, the new kayak rack, the ongoing landscaping and the work that was done on the marina added to the pleasure of spending time at our amazing location.
We look forward to doing it all over again, and then some, next summer! In the meantime, wishing everyone a happy and healthy winter.
Lemonade Stand For ARF!
Brodie Ganley, his brother Aden and their friends Chase, Cruz, Nicky, and Sam raised money for the ARF foundation. They worked the Clearwater Beach with cups of lemonade, and one worked the Venmo. It was a great collaborative, selfless effort.
In addition, Brodie baked rice crispy treats and chocolate chip cookies that he also sold. The project raised just over $200, exceedng their prior record of $165.
A great altruistic Clearwater Beach team effort headed by our locally concerned youth — and all to benefit the ARF animals!
We Need Lifeguards for 2023.
CBPOA NATURE EVENTS
Did you know that much of Clearwater is within the Accabonac watershed? This close proximity means that we all get to enjoy the wonderful things that the Accabonac
Harbor has to offer – the magnificent vistas, the abundant shellfishing opportunities, boating, and swimming in special places and the estuary’s diverse wildlife.
This natural bounty also means that we all have a responsibility to do whatever we can to preserve the ecological integrity of this very special body of water. What we do and what we DO NOT do on our individual properties can have a real impact on the water in the harbor.
The Accabonac Protection Committee (APC) is a group of local citizens committed to protecting Accabonac Harbor and assuring that its unique environment continues to flourish.
The many activities they promote and support include such things as the facilitating the acquisition of properties adjacent to the harbor through the CPF funding process, working with the various parties who are testing the water quality on an ongoing basis, exploring alternatives to traditional lawn fertilization and lawn growth, experimenting with different advanced approaches to septic systems processing and, very importantly, communicating to all of those who live in the area about issues that are relevant to the health of the Accabonac watershed..
To learn more about the APC and its activities, and to hear about some of the things you can do in your back yard, you can contact me – Len Rubin, a Clearwater resident.
917 209 6175
Slow Down, You’re Movin’ Too Fast...
Thanks to the efforts of Michael Waltz we now have 20 miles an hour slow-down signs on Kings Point Road and Underwood Drive.
These straightaways have become dangerous speed zones.
We are all hoping that our community will try to adhere to these new cautionary signs and help prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Welcome New Home Owners
- 14 Rutland LLC
- Mark Robertson
- John Simonelli
- 28 Dorset LLC
- Jessica & Owen Bennett
- Kellie Murphy
- Doris Goebel
CBPOA Bench Dedications
Clearwater Beach Property owners can now donate a bench and/or picnic table to the reservation with plaque with a customized plaque as outlined below:
- In Loving Memory of “XXX” 2022
- Dedicated by the “XXX” Family 2022
- 7×5 Picnic Table Plaque $1950
- 9×3 Bench Plaque $1200
Please contact Michael Waltz at email@example.com with any questions
A special promo code “Clearwater” is available to residents of Clearwater Beach
- Save $0.15 per gallon discount off of our regular great pricing for as long as they have the account with us.
- For every new “Clearwater” account, Propane Depot will contribute $50 to the CBPOA community fund.
- All residents will also be eligible to receive a referral reward program, which currently entitles them to $25-50 per client they refer whom signs up for our Smart Fill service. (Account credit or a VISA gift card, program subject to change)