To: Dennis Waterways Commission’s Sub-Committee for Operations and
REQUESTED FOR THE SCOPE OF THE LONG RANGE PLAN FOR
THE QUIVET NECK
THE SESUIT NECK
PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
We encourage you to explore the issues and problems presented in this document
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
what already is a heavily used waterway and supporting land
Areas we suggest
should be included in a Long Range Plan for Sesuit Harbor:
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.
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
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
The Plan should study reengineering ingress/egress to the west
marina, including optimizing safety relative to the boat ramp and
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.
Limitations should be placed on commercial facilities such as
ticket booths, visitor facilities, etc.
Guidelines should be set around facility management, safety
and policing resources.
A master plan should be developed for a major dredging of the
inner and outer harbors as well as ongoing maintenance.
The Plan should develop or outline (if regulations exist)
safety regulations around the gas docks, boat lifts, boat racks,
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.
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.
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.
appreciate the opportunity to provide our input. Thank You.