2004 Beach Restoration Plan
As you know, Hurricane Isabel
did substantial damage to our Community beach, damaging the jetties and destroying the Community waterfront deck
at the end of Stuart Road during September 2003. Our waterfront deck was repaired in the Spring of 2004,
but the Community beach remains eroded and significantly reduced from its pre-Isabel width today.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel,
Jerry Oosterhous (then-president of the Association) worked with outside contractors and the State of Maryland
to develop a plan that would stabilize and restore our Community beach. Beach restoration would increase recreational
opportunities for the entire Community and provide protection for our waterfront
Community property from future erosion. The amenities provided by our Community access to
the Chesapeake Bay and a beach increases the value of each property in Saunders Point.
Briefly, the plan was to establish a special
taxing district, which would the enable the Commnunity to apply for a State interest-free loan
for the construction of off-shore breakwaters and beach sand replenishment resulting in a beach
approximately 850' long extending outward 100' from the present shoreline. The interest-free loan would be
repaid through a tax levied by the special
taxing district added to the property taxes for each property owner in Saunders Point.
In order to proceed with the project, the first step is to establish a
special taxing district, a basic
requirement of which is that more than 50% of the property owners must formally agree.
See current shoreline loss due to
See Existing Beach Area and the Scope
of the Project
See the proposed Offshore Breakwaters
See What a typical Offshore
Breakwater looks like
See the projected costs of the project
This proposed beach restoration plan was a two phase project. Phase I extended from the beginning of the Community
beach at the end of Stuart Road to a point approximately 425'northwest along the shoreline in front of Lots 4 and 5 Block A. Phase II
extended from the end of Phase I to the northern end of the Community beach. A State interest-free loan
in 2004 would have cost each property owner approximately $85.00 per year for 15 years.
Well Water Update
According to the information provided to the Association by the
County Health Department, they had tested 13 wells for arsenic by the
end of June and 9 were confirmed to have excess of 9 ppb. A few additional
wells have been tested since then but we do not have the results yet.
The County has forwarded this information on to the Maryland Department
of the Environment to see their guidance. The level of arsenic in the
wells testing positive ranged from 12 to 50 ppb. Until recently this was
considered safe. The current"maximum contaminant level" (MCL)
is 10 ppb.
If anyone is concerned, they should have their water tested. It's not
expensive. The lab in Parole will do it for $35 if you take a quart to
their office. A list of State certified laboratories follows.
108 Old Solomons Island Road #L2
(Behind the Ethan Allen Store)
Annapolis, MD 21401
5 Riggs Road
Severna Park, MD 21146
Smallwood Village Center
Waldorf, MD 20602
Stevensenville, MD 21666
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Help Keep Saunders Point Beautiful
While no one objects if you're working to fix up a car for your kid's
use, or restoring a vintage Chevy, that has nothing to do with keeping
a junk car on your property. If the car is unsightly, has no license tag,
and cannot be run that is a violation of the county codes, punishable
by fines. And your association will call a county inspector to cite violators.
Surely Saunders Point has gotten past those times when South County was
known for its junk cars.