January 1, 2014
To: Bay Colony Marina Slip Owners & Tenants: Hello, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
The Bay Colony Marina Slip Owners Association Board of Directors hopes everyone had a wonderful Holiday. We are looking ahead to 2014 and anticipating an even more exciting year at the Marina. 2013 proved to be the best year in the history of the Bay Colony Marina.
The fishing was unsurpassed for the avid anglers here. We encourage everyone to send in their fishing photos to our website for publication. Clam Jam 2013 was a true success…..not only did we finally have a beautiful weather day, but also the amount of participation resulted in our being able to donate $500 to the local Center for the Inland Bays. Many thanks again to everyone who joined in the fun and who donated their time for Clam Jam this past year! The Board is planning to display everyone’s decorated buckets that were such a hit!!
In September, we were honored to be a part of Bethany Beach’s Wounded Warrior project named “Operation SEAs the Day”. We had 14 “Captains” give of their time, boat, and fuel to insure that a Wounded Warrior and his family could have an enjoyable day on the water without the daily stresses associated with PTSD or physical limitations. Again, our sincere thanks go out to all of our “Captains” who made that day possible. I was very proud that week to be the President of this Association. We continue to receive accolades from the participants, the Warriors and the Operation SEAs the Day Organization. We have been notified that this effort will be repeated in September, 2014 and we will be hoping for another great response from our marina family.
The Bay Colony Community River Cruise was also a success. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, this is a day when Bay Colony Residents who do not have a boat or access to a boat are invited to spend a few hours cruising the Bay and enjoying dinner at Paradise Grille on one of the vessels berthed in the Marina. We are always looking for more boat owners who are able to participate in this event. The more boats we can provide the more people we can invite.
Our hope is that 2014 will be just as exciting if not more so. We are exploring the idea of forming an “Event Committee”. It is NOT required that you be a slip “OWNER”…simply a marina member! Del and Sharon Baker have decided to graciously “pass the torch” from Clam Jam and step down as Co-Chairs although they have pledged to help with future events. Anyone who would like to take this task over…we would love to hear from you! We need help in order to continue this great event.
Future events we could envision seeing at BCM might be small scale Fishing Tournaments, Bull & Oyster Roasts, fundraisers, Pot Luck Dinners, & Tailgate Parties, etc. All it takes are the right people with the proper motivation.
We welcome suggestions and input on how to structure the “Event Committee” since this will take us into “uncharted waters” (pardon the pun). Certainly, there is enough talent in our Marina family that we can share the responsibility and most of all…SHARE THE FUN!
Please respond to this message or call me directly if you would personally like to invest your time and talent in this committee in 2014. We may consider scheduling a “social” evening at the Clubhouse for those of you who show interest as we get closer to spring.
I can be reached on 302 245-4850 (cell) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your consideration in helping the Bay Colony Marina move towards achieving even greater things in the future.
Brian Emery, President, BCMSOA
Season's Greetings 2013
The Board of Directors of the Bay Colony Marina Slip Owners Association extends Greetings of the Season and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2014.
Your Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the financial health of our marina continues to be strong and that we have budgeted to conduct next year's business without an increase in the annual assessment as was reflected in the annual dues notice recently mailed to our slip owners. Our mailbox is seeing an early flow of the result of that billing which is not only gratifying but also aids in the orderly accounting of all monies received.
2013 was again a busy year at the marina. We accomplished several major maintenance projects during the year including repairing, seal coating and re-striping the entire parking lot complex and, in the fall, we replaced many of the float boxes that suspend the docks above the water. These boxes, which have been in service for approximately 25 years, were originally thought to have a 15 year life span. Many have been found to have leaks thus requiring replacement which we did with those judged to be in the worst condition. We will again survey the marina in the spring to determine which others also require replacement. Thanks to Super Storm Sandy these boxes are in demand throughout the east as damaged marinas rebuild and unfortunately their value has increased accordingly.
We are also continuing our long term maintenance efforts to repair damage caused by wood rot to the decking and support beams throughout the marina. This effort was underway throughout the year as weather permitted and many repairs were made to joints and decking on several of the piers. A substantial amount of work was done to numerous problem areas on H Dock which has been in the worst condition. It is hoped this effort will extend the life of our marina's docks by many years.
We also enjoyed several social occasions at the marina which were enjoyed by all who participated. These included "CLAM JAM 2013" in early August which was hugely successful and was filmed by WBOC TV for a very nicely done segment that aired on its Outdoors Delmarva program. Then we were pleased to once again have the "Bay Colony Annual River Cruise" which saw over 50 community residents pair up with numerous marina Captains for a boat ride across the river for dinner and then a late evening cruise on the Bay.
In September our marina was honored to play a role in the inaugural Wounded Warrior "Operation SEAs the Day" effort in which 25 Warrior families were given a free week at the beach. We hosted 21 of these families at the marina and provided boat rides, water sports and fishing trips for three consecutive days. All involved in this program pronounced the boating part of the week to be one of the top highlights.
Have a great holiday. We'll look forward to seeing everybody in the spring.
Board of Directors
To: Bay Colony Marina members
As most of you by now know,
last week our marina had the honor of participating in one of the most
special and rewarding events anyone can ever hope to be associated with.
Operation SEAs the Day
provided 25 wounded warriors and their families a week at the beach
completely free of charge. The families that came had been selected by
the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO and they were housed in homes at
the beach donated by their owners just for this purpose. The visitors,
numbering 104 family members - 63 adults, including two wounded female
veterans, 41 children and 4 service dogs, arrived on Tuesday, September
3rd to a rousing welcome at the VFW post in Ocean View and departed
Sunday, September 8th following a farewell breakfast at Blue Coast
Restaurant in Bethany.
The outpouring of support, gifts and
supplies to last these families the week was truly amazing and the list
of businesses that provided various services, free meals and
entertainment was extensive. Go to www.OperationSEAstheday.org
which is the excellent web site that was initially created to help
solicit support for the event and then became the photographic record of
all that transpired to get a full appreciation of the scope of the
The Bay Colony marina was honored to be able
to provide boat rides and fishing trips for 20 of the 25 warriors and
their families while the other 5 were treated to similar trips from
residential docks in South Bethany. It was extremely gratifying that 14
Bay Colony marina Captains answered the call to assist and several
others served as Mates onboard those vessels. At the end of the week the
consensus of all of the visitors was that the boat rides and fishing
trips were the highlight of the week along with the afternoon spent
at Bad Hair Day Salon in Rehoboth Beach where the ladies received the
full treatment "on the house".
The planners of this ground
breaking occasion are being deluged with requests for information and
assistance from communities across the country who also want to do
something similar as the word has spread through TV coverage and the
press about the success of Bethany's event. Planning is
already underway to repeat the effort next year. According to one of the
warrior wives "we met you with a handshake and left you with hugs of
thanks and love". Another warrior's wife delivered an impassioned speech
at the farewell breakfast (through a flood of tears by everyone
present) telling the crowd how grateful all of the warrior families are
to have been able to participate in the week and how difficult it is for
these military families to deal with the problems associated with their
loved one's serious wounds. She said most people have no idea what
they go through and the events of this week helped many of them put
their problems in the background for a few days as they enjoyed a week
at the beach that they would never otherwise have been able to do. Her
final words were "Thank You Bethany, you got it right"!
to all of the Bay Colony marina members who participated in this
effort. I know that you and I will never ever forget this week.
_______________Marina Specific Photos are below____________
The 2013 Clam Jam was a great success!! Below is a slide show of some of the activities and the presentation of money donated to the Center for the Inland Bays.
The Bay Colony Marina recently held it's third annual
"Clam Jam" event on Saturday, August 10, 2013. This family friendly day
included a clamming tournament and scavenger hunt on the Indian River
Bay and then the 200+ attendees enjoyed a pig roast, raffles, games,
clam bucket decorating contest and dancing with DJ Cruise. The proceeds
were donated to the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays at a ceremony at
the marina on August 19th. Pictured are marina President Brian Emery
presenting the $500 check to CIB Director Chris Bason, with marina
Treasurer Keith Moore looking on.
Shown here with their decorated clam buckets are some of the
participants at the recently held Bay Colony Marina "Clam Jam". Front
row, left to right are Brayden Trout, Emily Trout and Jack MacDonald.
Second row left to right are Jax Cathell, Kendall Cathell, Mya MacDonald
and Riley Carey. Back row left to right are marina President Brian
Emery, Jenn Jones - Development Coordinator for CIB, and Executive
Director of the CIB Chris Bason. This year's proceeds from "Clam Jam"
were donated directly to the Center for the Inland Bays at a
presentation at the Bay Colony Marina on August 19, 2013.
Environmental Enhancements Annual Inspection #2
We have received a copy of the second annual inspection report documenting the environmental enhancements we undertook which were mandated by DNREC as a condition of them granting our marina entrance dredging permit in 2010-2011. Enhancements included seeding areas upslope of the rip rap surrounding the marina, beach grass planting in the sandy beach area near the marina entrance and treatment of the invasive giant reed "Phragmites" located at the former spoils storage area near the marina entrance. The inspection report was very positive in its remarks as to the success of our efforts in all cases. You can read the full report by clicking on the link at the end of the cover memo.
Read the full Report