Hillsmere Watershed Steward Planting Opportunity – Sunday, May 1

Join us for a positive, productive opportunity to make an environmental difference in Hillsmere. As part of the Watershed Steward Academy, we will be planting native grasses and herbaceous plants at 609 Beach Dr., the location of one of Hillsmere’s boat ramps. These plants will help absorb stormwater, demonstrate alternatives to lawn, benefit pollinators and add beauty.

Choose a 9:00AM or 10:00AM time slot. Parking is limited, so if possible, walk or ride your bike. We could make our fellow residents on Beach Dr. happy by not cluttering the street with cars. Why not reduce emissions and get some exercise at the same time!

Please RSVP to environment@hillsmereshores.org

See you on May 1st
Phyllis Saroff, WSA Candidate, Class 13

HSIA Event Announcement – Easter Egg Hunt

The Hillsmere Easter Egg Hunt is Back!

Hop on down to the community beach for our Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16 at 10 am. 

Be sure to bring a basket for collecting your eggs!

After the hunt, stick around for cupcakes, refreshments and fun!

Piers & Harbors Special Notice

P&H SPECIAL NOTICE

MARINA WATER SYSTEM OPERATIONAL!
The Marina Water System was activated on Monday March 21st, and a repair was made to a broken water line under A Dock on Wednesday March 23rd.

MARINA PUMP OUT SYSTEM OUT OF COMMISSION!
The Marina Pump Out System appears to be a late-discovered casualty of the October 30, 2021, flood tide. The electric motor apparently had water infiltration that led to corrosion and motor seizure while inoperational over the winter months. A replacement motor has been ordered.

ICE EATERS DEPARTING!
The Marina and Ramp ice eaters are scheduled to be removed, pressure-washed and stored for the season on Friday March 25th by Blue Heron Property Services.

Hillsmere Shores Marina Proposed Rules Changes

PROPOSED MARINA RULES CHANGES — 2022

(New language shown in italics)

Current Rule:

8.4. No improvements, repairs, or modifications to slips or docks are permitted without the express written consent of the HSIA Board of Directors. Dock boxes meeting all requirements outlined in Addendum A may be installed with prior written approval of the Chairperson of the Piers and Harbors Committee.

New Rule:

8.4.1 No improvements, repairs, or modifications to slips or docks are permitted without the express written consent of the Chairperson of the Piers and Harbor Committee.

8.4.2 The preferred method of mooring boats in the Marina is by securing mooring lines around pilings of the slip, dock or bulkhead.

8.4.3 Unless expressly approved in writing by the Chairperson of the P&H Committee:

a) Slip holders shall not install cleats, eye bolts, rings, blocks and pulleys, hooks, nails, handles, grab bars or other hardware on pilings, dock boards, joists, stringers, or bulkheads.

b) Slip holders shall not install dock bumpers, edging, guards or wheels on pilings, dock boards, joists, stringers, or bulkheads.

8.4.4 Slips holders may install line hangers designed for marine use on outer pilings provided they are parallel to the length of the slip, do not intersect the plane of the slip (i.e., do not project into the slip area), and are installed with stainless steel screws or lag bolts.

8.4.5 Dock boxes meeting all requirements outlined in Addendum A may be installed with prior written approval of the Chairperson of the Piers and Harbor Committee.

New Rule:

8.16.1 Crab Pots Prohibited. While crabbing is allowed from the Marina and Boat Ramp docks and piers, State law limits the use of crab pots to two (2) per property, which must be registered with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by the property owner (HSIA).

8.16.2 Crab pots may not be used at the Marina or Boat Ramp docks and piers by slip holders, Hillsmere residents, guests, or visitors.

8.16.3 Any crab pots found to be in use at the Marina or Boat Ramp docks and piers are subject to removal and disposal without notice.

Current Rules:

7.1. HSIA may terminate or refuse to renew a Slip Permit for any of the following:

a) Boat not maintained in a safe, operable, and seaworthy condition.

b) Boat neglected by owner as evidenced by broken lines, improperly adjusted lines, repeatedly taking on water, excessive fouling or plant growth, causing damage to docks, or any other neglect as determined by Chairperson of Piers & Harbors.

c) Boat causing pollution by the discharge of oil or oily waste in the marina, or otherwise violating the federal or Maryland Clean Water Acts.

d) Slips that do not have the assigned boat present for long periods of time unless other arrangements have been made with the Chairperson of Piers & Harbors.

7.3. Any decision to terminate or not renew a Slip Permit under section 7.1 will be reviewed by the HSIA Board of Directors on request. Slip holders will be given 30 days notice of such an action and may, at the reasonable discretion of the Chairperson of Piers & Harbors, be allowed to correct the violations to avoid termination of the Slip Permit.

New Rules:

7.1. HSIA may terminate or refuse to renew a Slip Permit for any of the following:

a) Boat not maintained in a safe, operable, and seaworthy condition.

b) Boat neglected by owner as evidenced by broken lines, improperly adjusted lines, repeatedly taking on water, excessive fouling or plant growth, causing damage to docks, or any other neglect as determined by Chairperson of Piers & Harbor Committee.

c) Boat not used for one or more seasons, without extenuating circumstances.

d) Slips that do not have the assigned boat present for 30 days or more unless other arrangements have been made with the Chairperson of Piers & Harbor Committee.

e) Boat causing pollution by the discharge of oil or oily waste in the marina, or otherwise violating the federal or Maryland Clean Water Acts.

7.3.1 Slip holders shall be given 30 days notice in writing or by email of any proposed termination or refusal to renew a Slip Permit under Section 7.1 and the reasons therefor, and shall have an opportunity to meet with the Chairperson of the P&H Committee to discuss the proposed action.

7.3.2 At the discretion of the Chairperson of Piers & Harbor Committee, a slip holder may be allowed a reasonable period of time to correct any violations and avoid termination or non-renewal of the Slip Permit.

7.3.3 A slip holder may request that any decision to terminate or not renew a Slip Permit under Section 7.1 be reviewed by the HSIA Board of Directors.