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Boat Storage on the Beach SOLD OUT

In recent years, the demand for beach boat storage has nearly doubled. Our current system of granting permits using a first-come-first-served process is not sufficient for the growing needs. Thanks to the efforts of Lou Patria, we have constructed two paddle board racks which allow us to handle additional paddle board storage. 

This season we allocated all available space before the end of Memorial Day weekend. There are a few applications that will need to be waitlisted because of the increased demand. The Board will be discussing possible solutions for a new registration process and if it’s possible to create any additional storage using the current space on the beach. 

We understand that this year in particular, to accommodate social distancing, residents require as much space as possible for beach use. We hope to have a solution for next year and welcome feedback on the process.

For those who registered before spaces ran out, you can pick up your stickers at the parking lot shed Saturday, June 6, 2020 between 10:00 and 2:00.

‘Hammer Law’ Period 6/25 until After Labor Day

HAMMER LAW – 6/24/2020

The season is fast approaching and we all want to enjoy it. Things are different this year but one thing that is not different is the peace and serenity intended by ‘The Hammer Law’, also known as ‘The No Hammer Law’. It is laid out in the POW Charter as follows:


Title II, General Regulations, Chapter 7, Section 2

“There shall be no construction work performed inside or outside of a dwelling during the period from June 25th to Labor Day in each year. There shall be no interior or exterior maintenance, renovation, or demolition that results in excessive noise or that results in the disturbance of a person’s right to peace and tranquility during the period from June 25th to Labor Day in each year. Provided however, that the ordinance commissioner, upon application by a property owner, may authorize such construction, maintenance, renovation, or demolition work during the aforementioned time period provided the applicant demonstrates an emergency condition exists. The ordinance commissioner shall report all such applications, and his or her decision to the next Board of Governors’ meeting. The Board of Governors may, by majority vote, approve any application which was either denied or not acted upon by the ordinance commissioner.”



Please inform your contractors that they must complete their work on 6/24/2020. If work continues after that date, the property owner is responsible for fines. Extensions or permissions for work between 6/25/2020 and after Labor Day must be for emergencies only (i.e., broken plumbing, leaky roof, etc.).

If you have questions about the work you are doing, you can contact the Ordinance Commissioner, Carl Filios at

Board of Governors Meeting 5/26/2020 – Teleconference

5-26-2020 BOG Draft Agenda

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

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Documents for discussion:

Anderson Park resident concern – May-2020

POW Future IT Proposal

Boat Storage on the Beach – Kayak, Paddle Board, etc. Stickers


This has been a year of uncertainty. Due to caution regarding beach openings, beach boat storage applications have been received on a first-come-first-served basis but checks for application fees were held in case they would need to be returned.

The good news is that the program will continue for 2020 unless a greater authority requires us to close it. Checks will be processed next week, the sticker numbers allocated and a distribution event will be held at the pavilion Saturday June 6, 2020 10:00 to 2:00. After that, the stickers will be available at the office or you can request them to be mailed.

Parking, Golf Cart and Boat Basin Stickers

To comply with social distancing and reduce the groups that congregate during the sticker distribution process, stickers will be distributed as follows:


Mailed along with the annual report 5/22/2020. Per standard procedure, stickers will not be mailed to those with unpaid taxes, WPCA bills or ordinance violation fines. Proof of payment is required before stickers will be issued.


Memorial Day weekend, at the pavilion Saturday and Sunday 10:00-2:00. Please be considerate of the staff and wear masks since social distancing of 6 feet may be challenging. Do not congregate closely

Boat Basin stickers will be distributed to those who have registered, have a slip assignment and provide proof of current registration.

Golf cart stickers will be distributed after registration fee and form are received, an inspection is done and proof of insurance is provided (current year, no electronic forms please)

Beach Boat Storage sticker distribution is are on hold until 6/6/20. when the BOG will decide the status of the program. 

Thank you for your patience as we work through the redefinition of processes to comply with the COVID-19 guidance.

POW Annual Meeting Cancellation

The Point O’Woods Annual Meeting, scheduled for June 6, 2020



The CT State guidance limits group meeting attendance to 50 people with proper distancing. Additionally, the meeting location is closed due to COVID-19.

The Annual Call to Meeting package will be replaced by an Annual Report with most of the same information. It will be mailed by 5/22/20.



Community Garden

Point 0′ Woods Community Garden Plots Available

Anderson Field, at the corner of Walnut and Carrington Roads has not been used for the POW Recreation Program for several years, so an acre size community garden is being fenced in from deer and rabbits for Point O’Woods property owners use starting in 2020. Owners will be able to rent a 10 by 10 foot plot to grow vegetables and flowers for the current growing season.

The Garden’s guidelines are outlined in the Garden Rental Rules and Regulations:

  • Plot renters must be Point O’Woods property owners.
  • A Garden rental application must be submitted to the POW Office. The deadline for applications is May 14, 2020 but applications will be accepted after that date this season. A wait list will be made if there are too many applicants.
  • Garden access will be limited to the hours between 7:30 AM and 8 PM, and should start on May 23rd and end in late October.
  • Chemical pesticide and herbicide use is prohibited in the Community Garden plots.
  • There is about a foot of soil over the rock ledge so rains will pool (mounded rows for planting are recommended). That said, the soil there is very fertile, and the site gets lots of sun. The test garden in 2019 did very well.
  • We have a water supply arranged too.
  • The end of the season is October 31, 2020: All use-able crops, weed mats, tools, and personal items must be completely removed from the garden area by October 31, 2020

Administration & Publications:
A member of the POW Board of Governors is designated as Grounds Commissioner and is responsible for the operation, maintenance and financial status of the Garden

Community Garden Application

Garden Rental Rules and Regulations

Point O’Woods Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

One of the great benefits of being at Point O’Woods is the sense of being protected from the outside world. The calm, peace and safety we generally experience are being threatened in a way most of us have never experienced. The Board of Governors, in a concern for the health and safety of our residents and guests, and to aid in the reduction of coronavirus transmission between people will implement precautions to try to preserve the sense of peace in our community.

The Board has decided that the best approach is for Point O’Woods to comply with the mandates of Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Orders and the Town of Old Lyme mandates which are based on advice from the medical experts. The following actions will be implemented immediately and as the guidance for “re-opening” comes out, we will return to the new normal.

Closing of Shared Recreational Facilities
Residents and guests are encouraged to practice social distancing. In an effort to reduce opportunities for congregating, shared recreational facilities are closed until re-opening is announced. This includes the playscape, basketball court, tennis court, pavilion, bocce courts and library.

The Town of Old Lyme’s beach closing specifically excludes private beaches so ours will remain open unless it is ordered to be closed. . While on the beach, beach goers are expected to practice social distancing. Also please be mindful that Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 7N (as extended by 7X) prohibits social or recreational gatherings of 6 or more people.

Board of Governors Meetings
In line with CT Executive order 7B, the most recent Board meetings have been successfully conducted via teleconferencing with GoToMeeting and are open to the public. Instructions for joining the meeting by computer, tablet or phone are included on the agenda, which is posted on the beach bulletin boards and the website.

Annual Meeting
It is yet uncertain if we will be able to have an in person Annual Meeting scheduled for 6/6/2020. We will know better in mid-May. The Call to the Annual Meeting is being prepared and will be mailed before Memorial Weekend. CT Executive Order 7I indicates that if there is no meeting the Board will establish the budget and set the mill rate. There will be no changes to existing ordinances or adoption of new ordinances if there is no meeting.

Cottage Rentals
In compliance with CT Executive Order 7T, until further notice, there will be no short term (31 days or less) cottage or house rentals except for qualified exemptions found at

Contact the Administration Office at with any questions or comments. Since this is a fluid situation, we will try our best to respond.

Stay Healthy,
Point O’Woods Board of Governors

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