Spring Meeting Notice and Ballot

This year’s Spring Meeting of the Cove Point Beach Association, Inc., membership will be held virtually due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions.  Thus, we will hold a Zoom meeting on Saturday, May 22th from 10:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.  Both the link for the Zoom meeting and a dial-in were provided in the e-mail/mail sent to Association members.

There is an important item on our agenda; voting to accept the draft regulation governing the erection or replacement of fences in Cove Point Beach.  A fact sheet and a copy of the draft regulation are linked here for your review.  If you are unable to participate in the Zoom meeting, please complete and return the ballot so it is received not later than May 20th.  Please mail your ballot early as there are on-going mail delivery delays.

Best Regards,
Paul Plattner
President

Short Term Rentals

Here’s a reminder from the Calvert County Treasurer’s Office… 

All short-term rentals, including AirBnB properties, in Cove Point Beach are subject to Calvert County Ordinance 16-03, regarding occupancy tax, and are required to file the Public Accommodations Tax Report Monthly Remittance.  Links to both of these documents are below.  Any questions should be directed to the Calvert County Treasurer’s Office, 410-535-1600, Ext. 2277 (Attention: Marguerite Holzberger).

Ordinance – https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5330 

Report – https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1196 

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – MARCH 17, 2021

Spring Association Meeting – The next meeting of the Association’s membership is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021 starting at 10 am. Due to continued state and county restrictions, specifically social distancing, we are unable to meet in person. However, we will again hold our meetings via Zoom; details to follow.

2021 Association Dues – In late April you will receive your 2021 Dues Invoice via email.  There is no change in the dues amount…$180 for first home, $100 for each additional home and $60 for undeveloped lots.  Payment is required not later than June 1.

Speeding – We continue to have a problem with residents and others exceeding the posted speed limits on both Lighthouse Blvd and Calvert Blvd…Lighthouse Blvd is 25 MPH and Calvert Blvd. is 15 MPH.  We have been in contact with the Calvert County Sherriff’s department to seek ways to get this safety issue under control.  This past fall the county installed a new “Slow Down” signs at the entrance to the community.  So please, for everyone’s safety, SLOW DOWN.

Association Projects – As the weather starts to improve, we will be installing new signs at the entrances to the beach as time and wind have started to take its toll on them.  The new design makes the information on the signs more readable.  

New 15 MPH speed limit signs will be installed on each block of Calvert Blvd in an effort to get drivers to slow down.

This year our annual road repair will specifically address the roads on the north side of Lighthouse Blvd and all potholes within the community.  If there are any specific issues that need addressing, please email them to me.

In the May timeframe we will be scheduling our annual beach clean-up in a way that conforms to social distancing.  Watch for further details.

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – OCTOBER 13, 2020

Election of Board Members – During the Association’s Fall meeting (held via Zoom on August 29), three board members were re-elected. They are: Larry Hultberg, Mark Rokala, and Tony Pompa.  At the Board meeting immediately following the Association meeting, the Board re-elected Larry Hultberg, Vice President, Mark Rokala, Corporate Secretary; and elected Julia George as Treasurer and ex-officio board member.

Approval of 2021 Budget – Also during the Association meeting, the membership approved the 2021 budget.  Again this year, we have a balanced budget and no dues increases for calendar year 2021. A copy of the approved budget was provided by e-mail to members.

Gas Smell in Cove Point – In late September, a few of our residents smelled a strong odor of gas early in the morning. Dominion Energy was contacted and there was no smell of gas at the plant at the time.  If you smell any gas or other odor you can’t identify the source of, call Dominion’s security office at 410-286-5130 to report it.

Water Front Vegetation – The cutting or planting of vegetation on the Association’s beach and adjoining property is strictly prohibited unless written authorization is first obtained from the Board president.  In some instances, further approval may be required from the County pursuant to the State of Maryland’s “Critical Area” designation regulations.

Camp Fires – Members are also reminded of the guidelines for campfires on the beach.  These guidelines are posted at each beach entrance: 

• No fires are permitted above the high tide line – which is Association-owned property;

• To avoid smoke in beachfront homes, do not burn during an onshore wind;

• Before starting a fire, dig a hole surrounded by a mound of sand;

• Do not build a fire on the surface of the sand; 

• Attend an active fire at all times;

• Never abandon an active fire;

• Put out embers with water; and

• Do not cover a burning fire with sand.

Regards,

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – AUGUST 21, 2020

Road Work – In the next two weeks, the road contractor will be on-site to perform our annual road maintenance.  As soon as we receive the exact dates, we will advise you as all vehicles must be parked on your property and NOT on Association-owned property (roadside right-of-ways).  This is to allow the contractor full access to the roads as well as avoiding any potential damage to vehicles.

Security – The change in hours when sheriff deputies are patrolling our community along with the new blue “Private-No Beach Access” signs have assisted in keeping trespassers to a minimum.   The deputies have already banned several trespassers from entering the community.

The Beach and Adjoining Beachfront Property – As you may know, the Cove Point Beach community has been designated a “Critical Area” by the State of Maryland.  As such, no planting or removal of plants, grasses, trees and the like is allowed on the beachfront without specific written approval from the Association.  In most cases a conservation plan is required prior to the county considering such requests to plant or remove beachfront plantings.   As the beachfront is owned and controlled by the Association, we must ensure compliance in order to avoid financial penalties.  Last year a property owner incurred almost $17,000 in fines and penalties for attempting to clear an undeveloped lot on Lighthouse Blvd without requisite county approvals and permits.   

Association Membership Meeting – A quick reminder that our Association meeting will be held on Saturday, August 29that 10 a.m.  It will be a virtual meeting. You received both the link and dial-in information via e-mail or USPS mail. If not, please contact us at info@covepointbeach.com.

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President

Fall Meeting – Cove Point Beach Association, Inc.

August 11, 2020

This year’s Fall Meeting of the Cove Point Beach Association, Inc. membership will not be held in person due to the coronavirus.  Instead, we will hold a Zoom meeting on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00 a.m. thru 10:45 a.m.  Both the link for the Zoom meeting and a dial-in were provided in the previous e-mail/mail sent to Association members.

In the event you are unable to participate, please complete and return the Absentee Ballot provided in the e-mail or USPS mail you received so we receive it not later than Friday, August 21, 2020.  In the same attachment is the proposed 2021 Annual Budget and the 2019 Audit Report.  Please note that again this year we have a balanced budget and there are no dues increase and or assessments. 

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – JUNE 29, 2020

This summer we have many more property owners, family members, and guests here in Cove Point, along with some trespassers.  We are also encountering issues with speeding, unleashed dogs charging people, and motorized vehicles on the beach to name a few…so please read on.  

Public Safety – We need everyone’s cooperation to keep us safe, so please remind your family and friends of the following:

• The speed limit on Lighthouse Blvd. in 25 MPH and 15 MPH on all other roads.

• All dogs must be on a leash when off the property owner’s property.  This is a Calvert County ordinance.  

• No golf carts or other motorized vehicles are allowed beyond the end of the road at the entrances to the beach and certainly not on the grass areas or the beach itself.

Summertime Security – With an increased number of trespassers attempting to use our private beach, we have changed the schedule to include weekend daytime hours that our county sheriff deputies are on duty.  Several individuals have already been banned from coming into the community.

Parking – All guests and visitors must park their vehicles on their host’s property.  Only vehicles with a current 2019/2020 CPBA parking permit affixed to the vehicle window are allowed to park at the entrances to the beach.

Dues – If you have not paid your 2020 dues, please do so now.  Friendly reminders were sent out earlier this month.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Trish David at: Treasurer@covepointbeach.com

Roadwork – Our annual roadwork is being scheduled and you will be notified when the work will begin.  During this work period, all cars must be parked on the owner’s property and not on the road.

Thank You – Thanks to the folks who pick up trash along the beach and roads and those who mow the grass at the entrance to our community and other areas.  It is much appreciated!

Stay safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC. UPDATE – MAY 22, 2020

The Season Begins – With warm weather predicted and easing of some stay at home orders, we have seen an increased number of trespassers using our beaches.  In order to try to minimize any issues, we have additional temporary signs that will be used to let people know there is no public beach access here in Cove Point.  Therefore, we are asking you to use the beachfront access points for loading and unloading this weekend.  If you do leave your vehicle parked there, you must have a valid 2019 – 2020 Cove Point Beach Association issued parking sticker displayed on your windshield or rear window. Your guests should park at your property and not at the beachfront.  

Summertime Security – Our security patrols begin this weekend.  Off-duty Calvert County sheriff deputies will patrol in the evenings with a few additional hours on Monday.

Public Gatherings – The social distancing rules are still in place in Calvert County.  Therefore, groups of 10 people or more are not allowed to congregate on the beach (or elsewhere) and need stay 6 feet apart.  If you see any unlawful activity, you should call the County Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 410-535-2800.

Swimming/Wading at the Point – To ensure a safe season, please remind your family and friends not to swim or wade at and around the point due to dangerous rip currents.    

Road Safety – As the season begins, we have more children and adults walking and riding bikes on our roads.  So please remember the speed limit on Lighthouse Blvd. is 25 MPH and it’s 15 MPH and on Calvert Blvd. and the side roads.  Let’s all do our part to keep everyone safe this season.

2020 Annual Dues – Remember that dues are to be paid not later than June 1.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at: President@covepointbeach.com

In closing, the Board of Directors hopes everyone has a great summer and remember you might not know all of the owners and family members who are a part of our community. Let’s do our best to resolve any issues in a way that helps us remain friends and neighbors during this challenging time. 

Stay safe,

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

2020 Dues

Dear Cove Point Beach Property Owners:

Dues are to paid not later than June 1 either by check (using the invoice here) or going to our website and use Square (we are no longer using PayPal). If you have already paid your 2020 dues, please ignore this invoice.

We understand some of you may be encountering financial hardships due to being laid-off as a result of the coronavirus. If this is the case, please contact me and let me know what your situation is. We will be happy to work with you on this matter during this most difficult time. The best way to reach me is by email at… President@covepointbeach.com

We are hopeful life will be returning to a more normal state and we can hold our Fall Meeting scheduled for Saturday, August 29. Additional details will be provided as the date approaches.

Stay safe,
Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

Grocery Shopping in Calvert County

FYI…Citing overcrowding in grocery and convenience stores, the Calvert County Health Department is asking customers to “voluntarily limit trips for groceries to once every five days” on the following schedule:

  • Last name starting with A-C shop on dates ending with 0 and 5
  • Last name starting with D-G shop on dates ending with 1 and 6
  • Last name starting with H-L shop on dates ending with 2 and 7
  • Last name starting with M-R shop on dates ending with 3 and 8
  • Last name starting with S-Z shop on dates ending with 4 and 9

Stay safe,

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.