News from Sea Pines - Fall 2021
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Luckily this large tree branch fell away from the Clubhouse roof. Sea Pines survived the October nor'easter's 80-mph winds relatively unscathed. Although there were lengthy outages in other parts of Brewster, power was lost for only a few hours. A handful of small trees were felled, roof shingles were blown off several units near the waterfront, and considerable branch debris littered the ground. Jeff Harrington and Kenny Norman assessed the damage and had Sav-A-Tree and Whitten Landscaping on site within hours to restore order. The sand fence weathered the storm and our beach retains its unique integrity.
Here's to a better 2021 Happy New Year and welcome to the Winter 2021 edition of the Sea Pines e-newsletter. "Business as unusual" continues at Sea Pines as the pandemic persists and we negotiate these unsettled times. Thank you to all the members of the Sea Pines community for the care and concern you have demonstrated for each other.
Landscape vision being realized
The landscape master plan created by landscape architect Tom Benjamin of Wellnesscapes Design was accepted by the Facilities Management Board in August and is already being put to use. Several owner-funded projects that are already underway or completed showcase hardy, native plants selected from the recommended plant list and approved by the Building and Grounds Committee.
Landscape architect Tom Benjamin testing soil percolation in various locations throughout the Sea Pines campus in May 2021. This information informed the landscape master plan.
Tom was recently engaged to design a planting template for the trash shed areas, some of which are currently covered with invasives or unsightly mulchscapes, and has installed the first of several such areas on Friendship Lane. Although some of these freshly-installed projects look spare and underplanted today, they feature fast-growing species that will fill out and provide attractive, anchoring groundcover. Small, economically-sized plants were intentionally chosen to keep installation costs down; this is a strategy that will be used going forward with all Sea Pines landscaping projects. All the native plants to be used at Sea Pines are adapted to our challenging Cape Cod coastal environment. They are hardy, drought resistant, resilient, and support the surrounding natural habitat.
Wellnesscapes Design was also enlisted to develop a design proposal for the Sea Pines entrance area. It will comprise the area between 6A and the Clubhouse as shown on the drawing below and will focus on the removal of invasive bittersweet and the installation of native perennials and groundcover.
A proposed design will be developed for the area within the dotted red line.
This new unit owner-funded garden, planted in late summer, features native plants.
Please remove your annual flowers
The landscape master plan plant list does not include annuals. Unit owners may plant whatever annuals they like in approved gardens surrounding their units. The only requirement is that they be removed at the end of the season.
Get to know your FMB representatives
We continue our series of short profiles of members of the Facilities Management Board with this profile. The board is comprised of hardworking volunteers who devote countless hours in service to the Sea Pines community. FMB members want to know their constituents and hear their opinions and concerns – so step up and introduce yourself!
Jerry Boyle (Phase 2 Representative) and his wife Kathy
Jerry is a newcomer to the FMB, elected just last spring. He looks forward to engaging in matters that better our community and will do his best to be an attentive listener and a voice for all. He and his wife Kathy are Connecticut natives. They purchased a second home on Landing Lane in 2016 and by 2019 had sold their Connecticut home to become year-round residents on Grove Lane. The couple recently purchased a small pied-a-terre on the Connecticut coast to stay in closer touch with their grandchildren.
Jerry earned a BA degree from Assumption College (MA) and enjoyed a 21-year career with the Connecticut State Police, first as a Trooper and then for seven years as a Detective in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He next worked as a Department Manager for the Mohegan Tribal Government, providing regulatory oversight of the professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events staged on their reservation. In 2008, Jerry founded and managed an investigative firm providing due diligence services to various companies, organizations and attorneys. Kathy is a retired public elementary school teacher. Both enjoy their near daily walks and day trips exploring our beautiful Cape Cod surroundings.
Important—Winter is coming!
Now that the weather is turning colder, it’s time to remind all unit owners of a few seasonal safeguards. If your unit will be unoccupied at any time during the winter season, please follow these important guidelines:
- Keep your thermostat set no lower than 55 degrees (f). This will avoid frozen pipes and costly water damage!
- Know the location of the master shut-off valve for the water to your unit. Verify that it works and know how to use it. If not, please have it repaired. Turn the water off at the point it enters your unit. Water damage to property occurs when water pipes freeze, crack and then allow water to escape. The source of water loss can be from the supply to the unit, hot water tank, washing machine, dishwasher, or ice maker. If you will be away from your home for more than 24 hours during cold weather, shut the water off just to be safe.
- Leave the main circuit breakers and any breakers for smoke detectors and heating system circuits in the “on” position in your electric panel. It is suggested that you unplug your TV, computer and any appliance(s) that are susceptible to lightning and/or power surges, if they are not in use.
- Dryer Vents/Washer Hoses: It is important to make sure that all dryer vents are clear. Lint builds up very quickly in the lint trap and ductwork, causing a potential fire hazard. All rubber hoses on washers should be checked for damage or wear. If hoses need to be replaced, please ensure that they are replaced with the durable stainless steel, braided type.
- Chimney Inspections: Chimneys and fireplaces should be inspected annually and cleaned by a professional before being used each winter. If you need a recommendation for a chimney cleaning company please feel free to contact Mercantile Property Management.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Mercantile office and they will happily assist.
The 2021 Fourth of July bike parade and flag ceremony was a smashing success that drew a crowd of over 100 riders and onlookers. Prizes were awarded to all the young parade participants and refreshments provided for all. Attendees reported that the event brought a patriotic tear to more than one pair of eyes. Chairs Dave and Marcia Nugent shout out a big thank-you to the hardworking and generous members of the organizing committee.
Patty Manko supplied the dramatic fireworks pictures below.
Unit owners on Knoll Lane celebrated the summer with a block party. Other Sea Pines neighborhoods are urged to follow their lead next season.
Questions or comments about this e-newsletter should be directed to Lynn Smiledge [Email ]