Falmouth Heights-Maravista
Neighborhood Association

Mission Statement

To preserve and improve the residential character of the Falmouth Heights and Maravista neighborhoods.  To protect and enhance our beaches, parks, estuaries and other public spaces. To encourage activities that promote civic pride and the healthful and peaceful enjoyment of our neighborhoods.  To provide a forum to identify concerns affecting our neighborhoods, make relevant information available to our members, and address areas of concern with appropriate Town bodies.

Current News, Issues & Events

TO READ OLD NEWS, click on dates under “Annual Archive” (left).
ANNUAL CLEANUP HEIGHTS & MARAVISTA:  TBD, April 2019.  To volunteer, email cleanup@fhmna.org
“SPRING INTO SUMMER” SOCIAL:  TBD, June, 2019, Falmouth Yacht Club. Adult members and others Heights and/or Maravista residents considering membership are invited. Hors d’oeuvres; cash bar.
ANNUAL MEETING:  Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8:00 – 10:15 AM, Falmouth Yacht Club.  Guest Speaker:  TBD.  See: 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes
NEW BALANCE FALMOUTH ROAD RACE: Sunday, August TBD, 2019.  www.falmouthroadrace.com.  Road closures to be announced.
FALL SOCIAL:  TBD, Sunday, October 2019. Adult members (free) and guests ($5, free if join).

Director Openings

2 Director Positions Open (ending 8/19)
3 Director Positions Open (ending 8/20)
2 Director Positions Open (ending 8/21)
2 Alternate Positions Open (annual appointment)

On Monday, Oct. 30, 2018, Bruce Mogardo, Beach Superintendent, submitted his 2018 End-Of-Summer report to the Board of Selectmen (see text below).

Two articles in the Enterprise say it all:  10/19/18, page 10, “Beach Superintendent Pleased With End-of-summer Conditions”  , and 11/2/18, page 15, “Dogs, Trash A Challenge At Beaches”.

A number of people have mentioned to us recently that there are no trash containers at the Heights Beach since the DPW removed them after Columbus Day.  We have requested that at least one container be put back for those who use the beach and walkway during the winter months.

Text of Superintendent Mogardo’s “Review of Beach Rules after 2018 Implementation”

WHAT WORKED WELL

Implementation of the new rules and policies was started at the staff orientation in June. I met with each head guard to insure the understanding of the policies for each situation at each beach. We also made it a focus point at roll call several mornings a week emphasizing how to make decisions and how to speak to beach patrons when explaining the policy. Below are some examples of changes that worked well:

 Personally informing each group wishing to play a game at the beach that it was or was not permitted and why.

 When a game was permitted, advise participants that the game may be closed if the beach gets too crowded.

 The use of parking attendants as spotters at Heights and Old Silver permitted lifeguards to concentrate on water safety.

 Moving the lifeguard’s chairs further back so as to increase awareness of sand safety issues.

 Advertising two beaches where water craft could be safely launched, one on each side of town.

 Asking staff to be more personable when informing people about beach policies helped people understand the rules better, so fewer unhappy people.

 Speaking with people during rotations in an informal way improved public relations.

NEW CONCERNS

 After hours drinking and dogs on the beaches required more time to clean up dog waste and trash.

 More and more people are using the beach so beaches were more crowded. Will request an increase in lifeguards and parking attendants.

 Increase in household trash in beach trash receptacles.

COMMON COMPLAINTS

 Asking people to take down or move their umbrellas so as to not block the line of sight or path for the lifeguards.

 People with dogs off leash during the evenings scaring people or taking peoples food.

DATA COLLECTED FROM FALMOUTH HEIGHTS BEACH FROM JUNE 23, 20218 TO AUGUST 20, 2018

 Three hundred plus people informed of the new ball playing/beach games rule, the average was 6 times a day.

 On days ball playing was permitted, 11 people were asked to stop because of safety concerns.

 On days not permitted, 110 people were asked to stop because of heavy beach attendance.

 Twenty‐nine people were asked to put alcohol away.

 One person drinking alcohol would not stop so police were called.

 Seventeen people were asked to move or take down their umbrellas because it was blocking the line of sight of the lifeguards.

 Four requests to move tents to the rear of the beach or behind the lifeguard chairs.

 Four dog owners were asked to remove their dogs from the beach

 Three people were informed that they could not leave their dog in the vehicle/

SUGGESTIONS

 Increase Animal Control presence to reduce dogs and dog waste on the beaches.

On Monday, 10/29/18, the Board of Selectmen approved additional section closings on Great Bay Street requested by Peter McConarty, Deputy Director of Public Works.

The meeting can be watched on FCTV Video On Demand (scroll to hour:minute 2:55 through 3:13).  Mr. McConarty used 5 slides (see links below) to describe the history and current requests for closings.  There was a short discussion about future remediation which will fall under the aegis of the Coastal Resiliency Action Committee.

Read the details of the presentation in the 11/2/18 Enterprise article, page 7,  “Selectmen Close Portions of Great Bay Street”        and the 10/30/18 online article before the Selectmen’s meeting “Great Bay Street Erosion Remains a Problem” .

Links to Mr. McConarty’s slides:

2013 – 2014 Closings

Roadway Sections Which Cannot Be Closed Due to Driveway Access 

Road Closure Plan

Recommended 2018 Closures

Great Bay Closures Summary

 

Two neighbors who live in a home abutting Helmis Circle have appealed the Zoning Board’s decision to approve the Helmis Circle Little Pond Village 40B project. Court (See FHMNA website article on 9/20/18.)   The appeal has been recorded at the Barnstable Superior Court and will delay any building on the site until the case is concluded.

The appellants support affordable housing and have offered to speak with the developers about alternate plans for the property.  Their reasons for the appeal are enumerated in the Falmouth Enterprise article “Lawsuit Keeps Development On Hold”, published 10/12/18, pages 1 and 14.  The developer’s site plan and photos of box turtles are included in the article.

Concurrently, the developer has appealed to the MA Department of Environmental Protection regarding a number of restrictions imposed by the conservation Commission.