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Save Popponesset Bay 2016 from Tom Chartrand/Shoreline Digital on Vimeo.


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Masks Mandatory Effective May 6th

Calling it part of “the new normal”, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday that everybody in the state will have to wear a face mask or covering while in public. The new emergency order, which goes into effect on May 6, is the state’s latest step to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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County Dredge

Warning for boaters: The county dredge did not clear the channel yet and it is unsafe to navigate. Please refer to the details in the letter from the Harbormaster at the end of this email.

As a result, SPB has been working very closely with the Town of Mashpee to extend the timeline for dredging and make the channel safer for boaters. Here is a bit of background on how we got here:

Each winter, the Town of Mashpee contracts with the Barnstable County Dredge to excavate between 5,000 and 10,000 cubic yards of sand from the channel, depending on the results of the pre-dredge survey. This years survey called for approximately 8300 cubic yards of sand to be removed from the channel. SPB’s private donations fund all dredging work over 5000 cubic yards. Thank you to our generous donors who help fund our beautiful beach and safe channel each year. We could not do this without you.The dredge and pipe arrived in late February and things were looking good. We thought the County would be done well in advance of the April 1 permit deadline, which is set so as to not interfere with the nesting of the plovers. However, consistent high winds delayed the start date of the dredging until mid-March. After 3-4 days of dredging the outermost sections of the channel (with the sand placed near the State stairs), the County experienced additional weather and mechanical delays.

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It was quite a night!

Save Popponesset Bay and nearly 200 friends and neighbors attended the annual Summer Kickoff Event on July 11 at the Cabana Club. We had a chance to meet new neighbors, connect with old friends and enjoy delicious food and beverages.The sounds of It’s a ‘J’ Thing coupled with the beautiful Cabana Club venue made for a perfect evening.

This event is special as friends from Popponesset, Bright Coves, Popponesset Island and Summer Sea all gather to enjoy the evening but also celebrate the success of the past five years. In that time, SPB has made great strides to re-build the Popponesset Spit, build a stronger alliance with Mass Audubon, collaborate with the Town of Mashpee, and live up to our mission statement to protect the Spit and help maintain the waterways in and around Popponesset Bay.

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Winter 2019 sand and grass work completed on the Spit:

Our winter project for this phase of the Spit re-construction was completed last month.  We trucked in 10,000 cubic yards of sand, 8,500 for the eastern side closest to Audubon’s land and 1,500 to repair damage on the western side at the foot of Popponesset Island. We also had grass planted on the eastern side to anchor the sand. The resiliency of the Spit has been improved dramatically, especially along the middle section where it was extremely vulnerable.

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Popponesset Spit Wins ASBPA Best Restored Beach in the Nation

SPB is thrilled to share the great news that because of your support and generosity, the Spit has won the 2017 award from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) as one of the best restored beaches in the country! They feature not only the great progress we have made for our region, but also the unique partnership that made it happen!

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Regulators Warn Visitors: Dogs Put Popponesset Spit Access at Risk

The Popponesset Spit is an endangered species habitat. Therefore, dogs and pets are not allowed on the Spit from April 1 through Labor Day. We have been warned by the Department of Fish and Wildlife about dogs on the Spit. Failure to comply can result in severe actions to protect the endangered species who populate the Spit during the spring summer season.

 

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Before and After Restoration: