Cove Point Beach Association – Update – Jan/2018

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.

UPDATE – JANUARY 6, 2018

I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday season and you’re staying warm during this cold spell. Remember to check on your elderly neighbors and friends to ensure that they are warm and safe.

Here’s an update of what has been going on over the past few months:

  1.  The newly re-instituted Hospitality Committee has met a couple of times to revamp the welcome package and information to be shared with new neighbors.  Please contact Larry Hultberg (vp@covepointbeach.com) if you know of a new homeowner settling in here at Cove Point.
  2. We’ve also started the redesign process to update our community’s website (www.covepointbeach.com).  We should have it completed in a few weeks, so stay tuned for more information.
  3. The 2017 audit of the Association’s financial accounting will be performed later this winter.  The results will be presented at the Association’s Spring meeting on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10 am so mark your calendars.  As usual we’ll be meeting at the Appeal Community Center.  More details to follow.
  4. Volunteers are needed for our spring beach and road clean-ups in the April/May time frames (dates to be determined.)  As you have probably noted, there’s at least one dead tree and there’s a lot of brush overgrowth along Lighthouse Blvd as you enter the community.  We’ll need just a few hours of your time on a Saturday for this clean-up event.  By doing this work ourselves, we can save several thousand dollars.  So, if you can help out, send me a quick email at president@covepointbeach.com and we’ll put your name on the list and will coordinate with you as the time gets closer.
  5. An ecumenical service to celebrate the life of long-time resident, Simeon Brooker, will be held at Washington’s National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue N. W. on Monday, January 29 at 10 am.

Paul Plattner

President

Cove Point Beach Association – Update – Oct/2017

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC.

UPDATE – OCTOBER 22, 2017

On behalf of your recently elected Cove Point Beach Association, Inc. (CPBA) Board of Directors, we want to introduce ourselves and let you know what we have been working on since the fall meeting and election was held.  Listed below are a few highlights:

1 – Election: Six new Board members were elected (*) and three Board Members continue their terms of office.  They are:

  • Paul Plattner, President *
  • Larry Hultberg, Vice President *
  • Shawn Carroll, Corresponding Secretary
  • Trish David, Treasurer *
  • Mark Rokala, Corporate Secretary *
  • Carol Booker *
  • Fay Fratz
  • Matt Lehtonen
  • Tony Pompa *

2- Thank You: We want to sincerely thank those long-serving Board Members who recently left the Board…Alan Spahr, Nip Ritter, and Wayne Shipp.  Without their dedication and service Cove Point Beach would not be the great place that it is.  Thanks for all that you have done. As there are only three Board members from the previous Board, the new Board members are on a quick learning curve and we thank all the folks who are sharing there time to educate us and get as moving in the right direction.  A big thank you also goes to Marti Leland who led the Nomination Committee and got enough candidates so we once again have a fully staffed Board of Directors.

3- Committee Appointments: The appointment of five committee chairs have been made and we are looking for volunteers, in good standing, from the community who desire to serve as co-chairs and members on these committees.  The Committees and Chairpersons are:

  • Beach – Shawn Carroll
  • Hospitality – Larry Hultberg
  • Membership – Trish David
  • Roads – Matt Lehtonen
  • Security – Tony Pompa

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please let us know.

4- Regular Communications: As your new Board moves forward, it is our desire to keep our community informed.  One of the first things we are working on is revamping  the CPBA website and establishing an e-mail system for the Board to use to communicate with our members .  As you see from this email, I’m using a Cove Point Beach email address…you can this address to contact me president@covepointbeach.com.  We will be establishing new email addresses for the other Board officers as well.  Additionally, we are identifying several priorities for the Board and the community to work on.  Possible priorities under consideration include:  enforcement of the parking rules for non-resident parking on the roads at the beach walkways; springtime beach and road cleanup; updating the CPBA phone directory; and planning appropriate summertime community activities.  We will keep you posted as to our progress.

In closing, as we move forward we want to hear your ideas on how to make Cove Point Beach an even greater community to be part of.  To accomplish this, we do need volunteers to assist us.  So, if you are interested in being involved as a member on any of the Board committees (see item #3 above) and or volunteer for any of our community projects and activities, please let us know.

Sincerely,

Paul Plattner

President

Info Needed to Access the North Beach

As many of you are aware, there have been some problems recently related to property owners and/or their guests accessing Dominion property (i.e., the north beach north of the no trespassing sign) as well as Dominion employees accessing CPBA property (i.e., our private roads). In order to address these problems and identify solutions, Lauren Kabler and myself met with Mike Frederick, V.P., LNG Operations, several weeks ago to discuss and establish mutually agreeable ground rules for accessing each other’s private property, as described below.

Before accessing the north beach north of the no trespassing sign (north beach), you should notify Dominion security. You may do so by calling 410-286-5130. If you do not notify Dominion security prior to accessing the north beach, you will likely be approached by a member of Dominion’s security staff and be asked to verify that you are a property owner and/or guest of a property owner.  Specifically,  Dominion has requested that we not walk in any of the restoration areas (clearly marked with signs) located north and south of the solid stone wall. Additionally, please avoid walking above the high tide line and in the dunes, and restrain your dog from doing the same. Our efforts in this regard will help reduce significant negative impacts to this sensitive ecological coastal resource. The north beach is home to dune stabilizing vegetation that includes Ammophila breviligulata, Distichlis spicata, and Spartina patens as well as rare plant species like Ammania latifolia and Carex hyalinolepis. Several turtle species, including diamond back terrapin, and the puritan tiger beetle are also found in this beach ecosystem.

Dominion will continue to access Poplar Drive as part of their security patrol. Dominion will also access other CPBA owned roads periodically to repair fencing, replace signage and remove trees falling from Dominion property onto CPBA property.  However, Dominion will not access other CPBA owned roads, for this work or any other, without first notifying CPBA. Upon notification by Dominion, CPBA will notify the community via the CPBA website at:  http://covepointbeach.com/ .

It is our desire that by establishing simple ground rules related to accessing each other’s private property we can avoid problems in the future. It is often said that fences make good neighbors. These ground rules are an attempt to avoid having to put up any more “fences.” They also enable, despite any concern some of us may have related to the Dominion expansion, the continuation of the cordial and neighborly relationship our community has had with Dominion for decades.

Sincerely,

CPBA Board

Cove Point Community Flood Mitigation Plan

Download the Plan Here

The purpose of the Cove Point Community Flood Mitigation Plan is to  develop a flood mitigation plan to improve the Cove Point Community’s resistance to floods by identifying actions to reduce the impact of floods to County residents and structures.

The objectives of the Plan are to:

  • Identify flood issues specific to the Cove Point Community,
  • Identify options to address flood issues and safety concerns due to flooding,
  • Make recommendations on mitigation measures to address flood issues specific to the Cove Point Community,
  • Identify funding to assist property owners in mitigation efforts such as raising or removing homes, and

Serve as a planning tool in securing funds and support to address flood issues in the Cove Point Community

Environmentat Assessment Released

Cove Point Environmental AssessmentThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released their environmental assessment of the Dominion Project.

The FERC staff concludes that approval of the proposed Project, with appropriate mitigating measures, would not constitute a major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.”

Click the link below to download the document.  It is a large document and will take a few moments to download:
Cove-Point-EA-Document

Emergency Management Info

Calvert County emergency Management:  http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=101

Cove Point LNG Evacuation Maps and info:  http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?NID=337

Sign up for Alerts:  https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721595#/overview

 

 

Dominion LNG Expansion Project – Info 1

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commision eLibrary From this site you can search for documents concerning the CPLNG Export Project.  The docket number is: CP13-113.

Dominion Cove Point Website contains some basic information on the project.

Dominion Application for Authority to Construct, Modify, and Operate:  CP13-113

Click here for the Noise Model, contains graphics of wall location plus more

Info on the contractor/engineering company performing the expansion project:  IHI E&C and Kiewit Energy Company