Welcome to the Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association Website

Here you’ll find information about all the comings and goings on The Neck …

The latest news, updated directories, links to areas of interest, and helpful information.

If you’re not yet a member, here’s why you should be … In 1967, SNPOA was formed with the mission to preserve the character of the neighborhood, have a collective voice in town affairs and foster a neighborhood spirit. We’ve effectively done this over the years through committees tasked with maintaining our beach, beautifying our neighborhood (including our efforts on behalf of the Bridge Street “bridge”), ensuring safe roadways and traffic patterns and attendance at the key town boards of Waterways, Conservation and Capital Appropriation Committees. And then, of course, we have friendly gatherings and sponsor informational meetings. Your participation in SNPOA is important to us all!

Items of Special Interest

SNPOA Newsletter - May, 2021

Dear Sesuit Neck Property Owners:

As we emerge from a year like no other in recent memory, we look forward to warm summer days on Sesuit Neck that are safer and more normal than we experienced last year. We hope that all family and friends of our members have been able to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.

Our Welcome-to-Summer SNPOA Gathering will be on Sunday, June 27
We will hold our members only welcome to summer event at the Dennis Yacht Club on Sunday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In line with state directives, masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals.

We are looking forward to a wonderful evening. Please come to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends. In addition to enjoying refreshments and each other’s company, we will have a brief business meeting and welcome our speaker, Dawson Farber.

Special speaker at the June 27 Meeting
We are delighted that Dawson Farber, the Harbormaster for the Town of Dennis, once again will join us for our June meeting. He will speak to us about what is happening today and what he sees for the future. In particular, he will discuss the grant from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council and the matching funds from the Town of Dennis to be used for design and permitting services for improvements to the municipal marina on the west side of Sesuit Harbor. (See more information below.)

Please RSVP for the June 27 Meeting!
Please respond to Bumpty McGrath by email at or by phone 914-714-4725. The fee is $15 per person. Whether you pay in advance or in cash at the door, it is very important for you to let us know if you plan to attend the meeting so we can be sure to order enough food. Remember to bring a credit card to use at the bar as DYC has requested use of credit cards only.

The SNPOA Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, August 29
Looking ahead, our Annual Meeting will take place at the Dennis Yacht Club on Sunday, August 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please make a note in your calendars!

Why join SNPOA?
SNPOA works all year long to keep abreast of any situations that might impact our members and the character of Sesuit Neck. When such issues arise, we follow up with the Town of Dennis or others so we can assure our members stay informed and be represented as necessary.

If you are aware of new neighbors who have moved to Sesuit Neck, please welcome them and let them know about SNPOA. Be sure to pass along a copy of this newsletter and the Membership and Dues Form (see attached) for them to fill out and mail in. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hurley at

State grant awarded to the municipal marina
As mentioned above, the Town’s Harbormaster, Dawson Farber, will speak about this at our June 27 meeting. In February 2020, the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council awarded a $240,000 grant to the Town of Dennis for design and permitting services for improvements to the municipal marina on the west side of Sesuit Harbor. In order for the grant money to be put to use, the Town had to approve a match of $60,000. This was approved at the Town Meeting in October 2020.

The Town is in the process of negotiating a contract for design services with Catalyst Architecture to develop a preliminary plan which would trigger the permitting process and reviews by conservation, fire, police, building inspector, and other departments. Then, funds would need to be found for construction with total costs that are expected to be about $3 million. If the planned improvements go forward, these will likely include upgraded buildings on the site as well as changes to the existing entrance and exit to the municipal marina area.

SNPOA efforts in regard to traffic and safety
SNPOA members often express concern about traffic and safety on Sesuit Neck. This is in part due to rapid growth in the harbor area in recent years. As a result, a few years ago SNPOA began a campaign seeking that the Town of Dennis enforce compliance with existing zoning, parking and other pertinent ordinances, rules and regulations.

Over the years, and this year in particular, we have seen a marked increase in the number of walkers on our roads. Please be aware of this and make an effort to keep your shrubs and bushes well trimmed by the side of the road. This will allow walkers to use both sides of the street and be able to see approaching vehicles as well as help drivers to have a clear view of walkers. As always, please drive slowly and carefully on our roads.

New speed sign
In response to the concerns of many members about safety on our roads, SNPOA has been working with the Dennis Road Safety Task Force (RSTF) and various Town Departments to get approval for a solar powered speed limit sign on Sesuit Neck Road between Bridge Street and the Town Marina. In early 2020, the Town identified the sign that would be acceptable and SNPOA agreed to pay up to $7,000 for its purchase and installation. It was SNPOA’s assumption that the Town would own the sign and cover any maintenance costs.

At its August 2020 meeting, however, the RSTF tabled the SNPOA sign request pending the Town’s acceptance of legal authorization and asked the Engineering Department to work with the Town’s legal counsel on the issue. Subsequently, the Town sent a draft lease to SNPOA providing for SNPOA to lease a small parcel of land (4 feet by 12 feet) along Sesuit Neck Road and to install a solar powered speed sign on that parcel. Under the proposed lease, SNPOA would be responsible for the purchase, installation, operation and maintenance of the sign. SNPOA would also have to obtain public liability insurance and indemnify the Town against any claims. Needless to say, SNPOA was surprised and disappointed by this shift in approach and at this point there are no plans to proceed with a lease. SNPOA representatives did meet with the RSTF to discuss our reservations about the proposed lease and to reiterate our willingness to pay for the purchase and installation of a sign that would be owned and operated by the Town.

Historic District
Homeowners on Sesuit Neck are reminded that our area has been designated as an historic district. Any changes to our properties must be approved under the jurisdiction of the Old Kings Regional Historic District Committee at the Town of Dennis.

Dennis Conservation Commission
We thank the Dennis Conservation Commission for their past town wide litter cleanup efforts including on Sesuit Neck. For the last few years, the spring cleanup was canceled due to the pandemic. We encourage everyone to help keep our neighborhood clean of litter by looking after your own street frontage area and carrying a bag on your walks to pick up trash you might see along the way.

Harborview Beach
SNPOA participates in the Dennis Adopt-A-Beach program. Please observe all posted rules and regulations and respect the lifeguards assigned to our beach.

We would like to express our wholehearted thanks to George Machon for the wonderful job he has done to clean our beach. If you would like to get involved with efforts to do on-going beach cleanup, please contact SNPOA by email at or by mail at SNPOA, P.O. Box 1334, East Dennis MA 02641

Dues and Communications
Annual SNPOA dues of $50 (unchanged for many years) are due by July 15. We have attached the Membership and Dues Form to this email. Please print it out, update your contact information as needed, and send the form along with a check made out to SNPOA for $50 to SNPOA, PO Box 1334, East Dennis MA 02641.

Please provide us with your email address(es) so you can receive important emailed notices and information. This is the fastest and most direct method of communication with our members.

As much as possible, we will try to send hard copy versions to members without email access so if you do not have an email address it is important to be sure we have your proper mailing address for both the winter and summer seasons.

Directories that include the most up to date listing of members are available to all SNPOA members who have paid their dues in full. We will have a number of new directories available at the June 27 gathering.

Please note that the sole purpose of the directory is to aid communications and neighborhood interactions within the Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association. The directory cannot be used for any business, political or similar purpose. Please respect the privacy of our members.

SNPOA Website
As a reminder, please take a moment to look at the SNPOA website. It is a treasure trove of valuable information including a wonderful history of the area, links to many local attractions and institutions, and a number of photographs taken by SNPOA members. It also includes an online Member Directory on the password protected membership page. Please visit

We give special thanks to Chris Wilkins who maintains our website and sends out emailed communications, and to our past SNPOA President, Cindy Harper, who continues to maintain and update our member database.

Also, many thanks to Bumpty McGrath who handles arrangements for our members’ meetings at the Dennis Yacht Club.

This year we welcome Mary Little to the SNPOA Board and thank Polly Woodworth who decided to step down from the Board after many years of service.

We also thank Norm Neiterman for his work as our Treasurer for a number of years. Joel Crowell will take over the Treasurer’s duties and Norm will continue as a Board member.

If anyone has an interest in joining the SNPOA Board, please let us know by email at or by mail at SNPOA, P.O. Box 1334, East Dennis MA 02641.

The SNOPA Board

 Vice President

 David McLean
 Russ Corsini
 Joel Crowell
 Suzanne Sullivan


 David Drake
 Sue Good
 Carol Hurley
 Mary Little
 Barbara "Bumpty" McGrath
 Norm Neiterman
 Lance Neumann
 Sarah Rothermel
 Chris Wilkins


We would love to see photos you may have of the Sesuit Neck area, especially those from years gone by. You may send your photos to: or we can carefully scan your photos for viewing on the SNPOA website.

This is your website; if you have any suggestions for additional content and/or revisions, please fill out the form below. We welcome your input!

More Items of Interest

Woods Hole Harbor Report

Harbor Planning

Sesuit Neck

Harbor Planning

The Harbor Planning and Zoning Committee of the SNPOA Board has prepared a memorandum for submission to the Waterways Sub-committee that outlines change regarding issues that should be addressed in the long range harbor plan.

To: Dennis Waterways Commission’s Sub-Committee for Operations and Oversight


Jointly submitted by:





We encourage you to explore the issues and problems presented in this document

so that they can be included in the Plan. We see this submission as a living

document and our input may change as things further develop during

the planning process.

The overriding theme of our input centers around managing and limiting growth

in what already is a heavily used waterway and supporting land structures and


Areas we suggest should be included in a Long Range Plan for Sesuit Harbor:                

1)       The Plan should cover the area from the jetties to the Bridge Street culvert – i.e., including  the Dennis Yacht Club, Northside Marina and the west and east side town docks.

2)       The environmental impact must be balanced against the needs of an active refuge harbor. The 2008 Sesuit Creek marsh restoration was one of the largest salt marsh restoration projects in Massachusetts history. The restored flow allows river herring, a prey species for commercially and recreationally important fish in the Bay, to reach Scargo Lake to spawn. Since a substantial amount of money was spent on the restoration project it is important not to jeopardize the recovering marsh ecosystem with pollution/disturbance from increased harbor activity.

3)      The historical designation of the harbor should be respected and enhanced, including Old Kings Highway Historic Commission approvals as appropriate. As importantly, the natural beauty of the harbor and surrounding area should also be protected and enhanced for both residents and visitors. Some thought might be given to installation of memorial plaques that share the history and layout of Shiverick Shipyard on the west side and the Salt Works on the east side.

4)      The Plan should study reengineering ingress/egress to the west marina, including optimizing safety relative to the boat ramp and car/trailer parking.

5)      It should establish guidelines and controls on both the general public and commercial growth of the waterway and marinas. Among the critical factors to be considered are water safety and capacity, parking limitations, traffic safety in surrounding neighborhoods, light and noise pollution and preferences (if appropriate) around town residents, slip and mooring holders, etc.

6)      Limitations should be placed on commercial facilities such as ticket booths, visitor facilities, etc.

7)      Guidelines should be set around facility management, safety and policing resources.

8)      A master plan should be developed for a major dredging of the inner and outer harbors as well as ongoing maintenance.

9)      The Plan should develop or outline (if regulations exist) safety regulations around the gas docks, boat lifts, boat racks, ramps, etc.

10)   The Plan should include a plan for signage that is effective and falls within the Dennis Historical Society and Old Kings Highway Historic Commission guidelines.

11)   Lighting plans should be drawn up that are effective for safety and security but abate as much light as possible to local residents and sailors living on boats.

12)   Noise regulations should be enforced or further refined for the Harbor, including hours of operation, delivery truck access, etc.

We believe the overall goal should be to maintain Sesuit Harbor as a Town of Dennis asset for all to enjoy by managing and limiting growth to the most appropriate uses that its size limitations permit as well as retaining and enhancing its natural and scenic characteristics.


               We appreciate the opportunity to provide our input. Thank You.    

Important & Helpful Information

SNPOA Mission

SNPOA Membership Definitions

Unusual Activity of the Non-Emergency Kind: Whom to Call

Town of Dennis Beach Rules & Regulations

Town of Dennis Zoning Laws & Town Codes

Weather Update


The National Weather Service Hurricane Center
The East Dennis NOAA Forcast

SNPOA Mission

The Sesuit Neck Property Owners Association is a volunteer organization formed to preserve the character of the neighborhood, have a collective voice in town affairs and foster a neighborhood spirit. We’ve effectively done this over the years through the committees tasked with maintaining our Harborview Beach, beautifying our neighborhood (including our efforts on behalf of the Bridge Street “bridge”), ensuring safe roadways and traffic patterns and representation on the key town boards of Waterways, Conservation and Capital Appropriation Committees.

SNPOA Membership Definitions

1. Membership in SNPOA is restricted to property owners or voters in the Town of Dennis, who reside in the area known as Sesuit Neck, which includes the area east of Bridge Street running northerly to Cape Cod Bay and bounded on the south and east by Sesuit Creek, and the area west of Bridge Street to the intersection of Sesuit Neck Road and Rte. 6A.

2. A household is considered a single member and voting is restricted to one vote per member.

3.Membership is restricted to those households who are current with Association’s annual dues which are currently $50.

Unusual Activity of the Non-emergency Kind:
Report to Dennis Police at 508.394.1314

If you see any unusual activity such as late night gatherings and lights on the beach … or cars parked where they shouldn’t be parked … or anything that you think is just plain strange, be sure to report the incident to the Dennis Police Department. If what you’re witnessing is not an emergency, please report it to the Dennis Police Department’s business number 508.394.1314. If it is an emergency, call 911.

Town of Dennis Beach Rules & Regulations

Harborview Beach on Sesuit Neck and Cold Storage Beach on Quivet Neck are both classified as public beaches with Resident Only parking areas. Only Dennis real estate tax payers or year-round residents securing a Dennis Resident vehicle pass are permitted to park in a Resident Only beach lot. You may purchase your non-refundable and non-transferable Resident Only vehicle sticker at the Dennis Town Hall, 685 Route 134, South Dennis,MA 02660.

Howes Street, Corporation, Mayflower, Chapin Memorial and Scargo Beaches are classified as public beaches with public parking areas. Seasonal vehicle passes, weekly guest passes, and the daily parking tickets are available.

Town of Dennis Beach, Harbor, and other fees can be found on the Town of Dennis website, Sticker Fee Schedule.

As you might imagine, there are lots of regulations that govern our use of the beaches. Here are a few of them:

  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on beaches or in parking areas AT ANY TIME.

  • No littering or glass containers are allowed AT ANY TIME.

  • No animals or pets are permitted on beaches, in parking areas or in parked cars from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Use of open fires is prohibited at all times.

You may find a complete listing and maps of our beautiful Dennis beaches Beach Maps and the the beach regulations Beach Regulations on the Town of Dennis website,

As for public rights along the shoreline, private tideland (the legal term for all land beneath the waters of the ocean, including lands that are always submerged as well as those in the intertidal areas – between the high and low tide marks) belong to the upland property owner, unless legal documentation proves otherwise for a specific tideland parcel. However, the tideland property owners do not have rights to the water itself. Also, the public retains the right to continue to use private tidelands for three purposes: fishing, fowling and navigation, with some limitations. For more information, access the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management’s Public Rights Along the Shoreline Fact Sheet.

Town of Dennis Zoning Laws & Town Codes

Sesuit Neck properties have been zoned as “Residential 60 – Rural Residential,” requiring a minimum lot of 60,000 square feet and “Residential 40 – Low Density Residential,” requiring a minimum lot of 40,000 square feet. Some of the allowed and disallowed uses for our land are as follows:

  • Agricultural use

Permitted use

  • 1 or 2 family dwelling unit

Permitted use

  • Multi-dwelling unit

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Lodging house


  • Bed & breakfast

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Motel


  • Non-profit educational

Authorization required after a special review

  • For profit educational


  • Child care facility

Permitted use

  • Religious

Authorization required after a special review

  • Cemetery

Authorization needed with special permit

  • Commercial uses


  • Commercially registered vehicles or trailers


Of additional import to Sesuit Neck residents, is the Town of Dennis Codes, covering
1) Town Meeting Enactments – comprised of both Administration Legislation and General Legislation,
2) Selectmen’s Regulations, and
3) Board of Health Regulations.
These regulations range from alarm systems, alcoholic beverages, jet skis, unregistered vehicles, noise, use of tents, and so on. Here you may access the complete Dennis Town Codes document.

Check here for a complete listing and definitions of the Dennis Zoning By-Laws.

Here you can find the Dennis Zoning Map.

Another interesting site is the Town of Dennis, MA Planning Weblog..

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