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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 Annual Meeting via zoom
Saturday, August 28th, 10:00 AM - 12 PM at Participate via Zoom
Via Zoom - links sent via email.

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 - Alt. Thursdays, 8:45 A.M. Role Call & Announcements
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

Container Ships in Holmes Harbor - The Seattle Times, June 24, 2021
Posted on Jun 24th, 2021
Record container traffic rumbles Whidbey Island locals as ships wait days to unload at crowded ports - read the full article here.
1st Beach Cleanup in two years!
Posted on May 29th, 2021
May 15 - The beach clean-up event went very very well. Major Thanks to the more than 30 members (all vaccinated!) who attended with at least 4 others doing work behind the scenes preparing for the event and cleaning/painting the fire hydrants around the neighborhood. See the pictures!
Annual Community Water Quality Report published
Posted on May 29th, 2021
The annual report is now available.  Click here to check the report.  A copy of the report will be sent to all water shareholders with the July billing.
Posted on May 29th, 2021
PLEASE be advised that quick sand spots are a concern with the low tides that invite you explore the tide pools further out from the beach.  We already have reports of sinking up to your knees.  These areas are especially dangerous for the kids and dogs who like to chase the waves.  A dog whose rump sinks past your knee depth will have to be rescued!  Those large older dogs with bad hips are extremely vulnerable to injury.
Vessels in Holmes Harbor
Posted on May 10th, 2021
Letter from the Port Captain, US Coast Guard Director for Puget Sound   Per the US Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center  Located at Pier 36, Seattle – up to 4 vessels can be “parked” in Holmes Bay awaiting docking space, primarily at Seattle piers.  (Up to 6 according to federal regs)  “This time of year can be especially busy and often causes backups”, according to the Public Affairs Officer.  He further stated that the storm and the global pandemic may have added to the slow down at the docks for unloading, but it seems to be more just the time of year when arrivals of container ships come in regularly. As the docking space opens up, the vessels will move out.   
Newsletter Going Digital
Posted on Mar 9th, 2021
SBOA's newsletter is now digital with the first emailed newsletter sent the week of April 1st.   As always, the newsletter will be posted on the website as well and excepts will be at the well site bulletin boards.  A few print outs will be available on request for residents who reside in the community. We prefer you to visit the website and print your own copy.  This is not only a convenience for members, but also a cost savings measure in both postage and employment hours.  

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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