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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.
Policy Statement by the SBOA Board June 2020
   Upcoming Events   
SBOA Beach Cleanup
Saturday, May 15th to Sunday, May 16th, 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at Beach Cabana
Join the fun for this needed SBOA activity.  We love having our Beach and need to participate to get ready for the summer fun.  There is a potluck Bar B Que scheduled (Covid Permitting) with the Burgers and Dogs provided.  Bring a bag of chips, salad, or cookies to share.  There are chores for everyone, which usually include brush clearing, raking, painting -touch ups, or just keeping an eye on the burn pile.  

Committees and Projects

Water shares (hookups) are allocated by Washington State. All allocated water shares are currently distributed.  SBOA is in the process (years long) of applying for additional shares from the state.

Newsletter Editor Mary McMurtry

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, 8:45 A.M. Role Call 
The SBOA Volunteer Board welcomes new members to our committees and nominations to the Board with elections held at the Annual Meeting in June.
Please contact Committee Chairs, or sarbeach@whidbey.com, if you are interested.

Our Beautiful Community

2020 Herring Biomass Summary- A Banner Year for Puget Sound!!
Posted on Feb 22nd, 2021
In Puget Sound, most herring stocks spawn between January and April; in 2020, the survey season was closed by the COVID19 pandemic on March 16th. Despite the closure, our estimate for the herring spawning biomass is 17,909 tonnes, the highest since 1980! (over the previous ten years, the average estimated spawning biomass (ESB) was 9,350 tonnes) [Figures 1, 2 below].  See the article to read more.  Holmes Bay spawning events are mentioned as well.  The WDFW has requested use of our boat ramp to assist with access to support this project.  Want to know more about the health and vitality of Puget Sound?  Take a look!
Website Registration
Posted on Dec 7th, 2020
If you've signed up for Member Access to our SBOA website, you should receive an email with log in instructions shortly after registering.  If you have not received an email, check your "junk" email folder and make sure you've added sarbeach@whidbey.com to your contact list.  If you need further assistance, please send an email to that email address.
Need a Beach Key?
Posted on Nov 3rd, 2020
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.
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

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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