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Saratoga Beach Owners Association (SBOA) has strong beliefs in equality, diversity and inclusiveness.  As a community it is important that everyone knows that SBOA has always been committed to inclusion and accepting of everyone. We expect all of our community members to feel welcome and respected.
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Water shares (hookups) are allocated by Washington State and available on a first come, first served basis. Criteria for submitting an application is available in our on-line documents.

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BEACH COMMITTEE Chair, Leif Pedersen
Focus is on any issue relating to the beach area: gate and lock, maintenance and repair of road, bulkhead, boat launch, and cabana area. The committee will also organize community work parties and maintain signage throughout the community.
    Focus on Emergency Preparation, Disaster Prep.
Radio Net Check In - Thursdays, 9 A.M. Role Call 
2 Positions opening - Please apply!
The SBOA Board welcomes new members to our committees.
Please contact Committee Chairs, or sarbeach@whidbey.com, if you are interested.

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Hank Ball, Our new SBOA Administrative Support
Posted on Aug 30th, 2020
Please welcome Hank, both a new neighbor and our newest member of your support team.  Hank has extensive experience as a technical writer and with support for office management.  He is well versed in the technologies we need moving forward with responsibilities and initiatives that keep SBOA functioning at our best.  Please say hi when you call or write in for the various contacts we have. 
Posted on Aug 22nd, 2020
A slide at Double Bluff was seen recently.  That could have been our beach!  
Everyone needs to keep well away from the cliffs at our beach.  
Some young children (unattended by a responsible adult) were seen playing at the beach recently on one of the cliff slides.  This is EXTREMELY dangerous.  The children were warned off but soon went back to playing there.  The community members who saw them do all of this engaged them in a game with their own kids and kept them safe.  This time. All young children must be accompanied by an adult.
Enjoy our beautiful beach but, please, keep safe.
Tansy Workday - Thank You!!!
Posted on Aug 22nd, 2020
Thanks to John Gibson for organizing the work party!  Members helping included Vicki MacFarland, Mary McMurtry, Margaret Hayes and one other (sorry did not get your name)  The primary work removed 10 contractor very stuffed bags of Tansy from the vacant lot at the corner of the Holmes View and E. Harbor.  A walk along Passage Way, Holmes View and Ashley Loop is down right clear of Tansy.   Thanks again!  There is still more to do.  More volunteers needed, particularly for Harbor View.  Many residents in that area are physically unable to help.   Just bring a pair of clippers and small sack along on your walks.  Every effort helps.
Owners Responsibility - Pull the Tansy but DON'T Drop it in the Road
Posted on Jul 8th, 2020
Tansy Ragwort is the poster child of noxious(poisonous) invasive weeds. A quick Google search will show you pictures and all you need to know. It has made a lot of progress invading the island. One feature that sets it apart from other innocent little yellow flowers is the way the stalk goes red at the base, and when you grab it, it emits a sour odor Like geranium.  Other plants retreat as that odor is in the roots and it poisons the ground. This time of year, horses have pretty much eaten everything in their pasture but a 3’ tall yellow flower. They know not to eat it. But if the seeds blow into a hayfield and the plant gets mowed into the hay, it causes liver failure. The crop is ruined for years. It is along the highway because the seeds blow with the wind of the cars. And county mowers will distribute seeds. If pulled plants are sealed in a plastic bag, the transfer station will take them for free. The plants make bees aggressive. So if bees are on them, comeback later. I hate to think that pollen is in our island honey!  Our good citizens are helping one another out controlling this plant. Wear gloves if you decide to take up the cause.

Ok to cut the flowers off?
I am glad you asked that. Just like carrots, the plant grows in a two year cycle. The first year it puts out quite recognizable greens and establishes it's roots. The second year it blooms. Yes, if you take the flowers, it stops the seeds from being broadcast. And the plant will die. However the toxins in the roots remain in the soil, holding space for it's progeny. Look around the bloomer. You will likely see some juveniles poised to take their place next year. Get them out by the roots too. All this effort will be a perennial problem, even if we are thorough and consistent, it can take several years to eradicate, as the seeds can endure a long time in the environment. Just like Covid-19. One big house-party of a weed patch can re-infect the whole region, especially disturbed soils where trees are cut, or soil is plowed for organic growing.

It blooms in the time of year that fire hazard is greatest. So these days, the transfer station will take sealed bags of it for free. I fill the bags, seal them and let them swelter in the sun. When I have enough to fill the truck, we make the trek to Coupeville. I make sure the bags are well sealed so I don't contaminate my own yard with the seeds.  Bayview recycle also takes the bags.  (article from the Seattle Times)
SBOA Park Rules During COVID
Posted on Jun 22nd, 2020
Following the Governor's mandate and for the safety of everyone: We are now in Phase 3.  The Cabana and facilities are open for use by smaller groups. Practice Social Distancing! Members can reserve the Cabana through the website as usual.  
However, Please be advised you are responsible for your own safety!  There are no cleaning personnel or processes available through SBOA.  We suggest you use appropriate cleaning agents for yourself before and after use for the protection of all.
Open for walking, running, use of ramp. Please leash your dogs.
Posted June 21, 2020
Share Your Great Whidbey Photos
Posted on Jun 15th, 2020
Calling all local photographers!  We're looking for great photos of our area to feature on our website.  If you've captured some images you think we'd all enjoy, please email them to sarbeach@whidbey.com.  Be sure to include your name and general location so we can give you proper credit.

Helping Neighbors
Want to take a more active role in the maintenance of the neighborhood?  Looking for resources to help you with the upkeep of your property?  Have ideas of resources?  Check out this column and let us know how you can help or resources you think we should add!
  • "Donate your vehicle and receive $1,000 in grocery coupons from United Breast Cancer Foundation."  Non-running vehicles included and towing is free.  For information:  www.ubcf.info or call 1-877-632-GIFT.*
  • Cash for most cars - includes tow.   Christian's Auto/Metal Recycling.  Documentation required. 360.675.8442*
  • Island Recycling.  The buy cars, trucks, copper, brass, aluminum and cans, radiators and batteries.  Call 360.331.1727 for more information.*
 * Saratoga Beach Owners Association received this information from a member.  We cannot guarantee its accuracy or validity.  Its appearance in this column is not intended to imply any kind of recommendation of these services.
It is unlawful for dogs to leave the property of their owners without being on leash.  Or for them to chase "game" animals, such as deer, rabbits, birds. It goes without saying that dogs should not be chasing our neighborhood cats. Barking dogs which annoy 3 or more separate households are also in violation of the County statute. The penalty to an owner for such incidents can include pound fees and other fines.  In the case of roaming animals, it might also result in your dog's loss of life if law enforcement deems the animal dangerous.  (See our Community Standards section for more detail.)  Please do the neighborly thing and keep your pet under your control at all times.
ALSO - neighborly dogs have owners who clean up after them on walks :)  Please bring a poop bag along with you so that all of us can continue to enjoy walking our lovely community.  Thanks, in advance!


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