If there is a “Crown Jewel” of Point O’Woods, it is the beach. It is the foremost reason that draws owners and visitors to POW and it is recognized as one of the nicest beaches on Long Island Sound. Much care and attention is focused on keeping the beach clean, safe and fun for all, whether you enjoy swimming, sunning, making sand castles or just relaxing with family and friends.
Under the direction of the Beach Commissioner, the Point O’Woods staff and contractors ensure that the beach is kept in good condition through grading of the beach, regularly scheduled cleaning, repair and maintenance of the raft, swim lines and anything else necessary for the enjoyment of the residents of the beach. The commissioner also keeps current the DEEP permit and Army Corp of Engineers permit required. All work done on the beach and swim and raft lines put in the water are done within the required regulations of these permits.
Beach and Watercraft Safety
The waters of Long Island Sound are enjoyed by swimmers as well as a variety of watercraft. Please be aware of, and comply with the DEEP regulations and Point O’ Woods Ordinances, particularly:
No person shall operate a personal watercraft, at a speed in excess of Slow-No-Wake within 200 feet of shore, or a dock, pier, float or anchored or moored vessel.
No watercraft shall be tied up to the swim lines.
Paddle Boards, Kayaks and Boats on the Beach
The popularity of kayaks and paddle boards has continued to increase along with the interest in conveniently storing them on the beach. The Board has allocated space on the beach and is installing racks for the storage of 80 kayaks and paddle boards. The numbered slots will be assigned with corresponding numbered stickers and no vessels will be stored on the beach. No additional space will be allotted for sailboats, canoes, etc. (those authorized in 2019 and 2020 are grandfathered).
Eligibility for slots is restricted to property owners with a maximum of 2 slots per property.
Registration for 2021 will mirror the process for allocating boat slips in the boat basin with current slip owners being offered the opportunity to renew their slot. A wait list will be maintained for assigning open slots as they become available. Those on the 2020 wait list will be the first on the 2021 wait list. The schedule is as follows:
- 1/18/2021 – New application form used for renewal or application Emails to 2020 beach space renters requesting 2021 registration
- 2/1/2021 – All renewals must be received in the office with rent checks
- 3/1/2021 – Wait listed residents will have been offered and submitted rent checks for the open slots and the wait list will be published
- April-May – Racks will be installed on the beach and numbered slots will be assigned
- Memorial Weekend – stickers will be availableRemoving
Regulations and Agreement
For those renewing boat slots or applying for a slot, the following are the items they agree to or loose their privilege:
- Storage season starts June 15 and vessels must be removed by October 15 – fines apply.
- A Point O’Woods Sticker must be visibly displayed on the vessel’s upper bow.
- The vessel sticker number corresponds with a rack slot number where it is to be stored. No vessels should be left on the beach sand.
- Owners are responsible for removing their vessels from the racks whenever major storms or higher than normal tides are forecasted.
- Violations of the above will result in the vessel being ticketed.
- Vessels without a sticker will be ticketed and secured until payment of the ticket.
- Point O’Woods is not responsible for any damage caused to, or by a vessel as a result of its storage on the rack and it is stored pursuant to this agreement at its own risk and peril. I further agree to hold Point O’Woods harmless from and against all liability, waive, release and forever discharge any and all rights, actions and claims of any kind that I or any heirs, successors and assigns may have against Point O’Woods, its employees, successors and assigns for any losses and damages which I may suffer as a result of storing this vessel under this agreement
Registration Form for Renewal and New (may be waitlisted)
Removing Boats from the Beach
For those who store boats on the beach, they must be removed by October 15.
If they are left on the beach, a fine will be imposed, the vessel will be removed from the beach November 1. You must pay the fine and take possession of the vessel by December 1 or loose the privilege of beach storage the following year.