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2021 AGN Boat Policies
2021 AGN Boat Policies

The AGN employs boat policies to promote beach preservation and the sustainable use of Clark Beach and its environs.

All boats must have a valid sticker, which can be purchased only by an AGN member in good standing. Boats without a 2021 sticker, or boats stored in other locations other than those permitted, are in violation of this policy and may be removed.

 

Please note: AGN property is private and by law extends to the mean low tide. The Town of Ipswich has jurisdiction regarding moorings in tidal waters, that is, any area impacted by the tide. Municipal and state law prohibits moorings in tidal waters above mean low tide. All mooring permits are issued by the Ipswich Harbormaster.

 

AGN takes and assumes no responsibility for any boats on Clark Beach. 

 

Prams/Kayaks

 

AGN places racks on Clark Beach to create an orderly manner of storing non-motorized prams and kayaks. In 2021, the majority of racks for prams and kayaks will be located on each side of the Clark Beach parking lot boardwalk, while one (1) will be placed at the North end of the beach near the Bowdoin Road parking lot.

 

Prams and kayaks are permitted from mid-May to mid-October. The length of prams shall not exceed 12 feet. There is no length limit for kayaks.

 

A pre-determined number of prams and kayaks are allowed each year. In 2021, 110 prams/kayaks will be allowed at Clark Beach.

 

To put a pram/kayak on racks, a boat owner must:


  • Be a current paid member in good standing of AGN,
  • Register their boat with an accurate description including color, length, model, and name (if applicable),
  • Purchase a pram/kayak sticker, and
  • Adhere the sticker to the right, front edge of the boat that is visible when stored.

Starting in April when the membership renewal begins, AGN members may purchase one (1) pram/kayak sticker for $50 on a first-come, first-serve basis. A completed and signed Pram/Kayak application must accompany the payment.

 

Prams and kayaks can be placed on racks on Saturday, May 8, following the Annual Meeting.

 

On June 1, if the number of stickers sold has not reached the maximum number set for the year by the AGN Board, a second pram/kayak sticker can be purchased on a first-come, first-serve basis for $75. Please note that pram/kayak stickers are not transferable.

 

Prams and kayaks cannot be located at any time on the beach and must be stored on the racks provided by AGN. Additionally, at no time can the pram/kayak be in the marsh or sea grass, including during launch. They are not to be stored in the grass, on the ground, or in the tidewater.

 

 Any violation of this policy by the pram/kayak owner may result in the removal of their boat from Clark Beach, although AGN will attempt to contact the owner (if known) first. AGN will place a violation notice on any prams/kayaks that do not have a valid AGN sticker.  After one week, the pram/kayak may be removed to the parking lot. 

 

All prams/kayaks must be removed from Clark Beach by October 16. Any pram/kayak left on the beach after that date will be removed to the parking lot. AGN will make a reasonable attempt to contact the owner (if known), but any pram/kayak left on the property at the end of the season may be auctioned off with proceeds donated to the AGN Scholarship Fund.


Sailboats


 

New for 2021, the AGN voted to officially allow up to four (4) small sailboats at the North end of the beach near the Bowdoin Road parking lot.

 

Starting in April when the membership renewal begins, AGN members may purchase one (1) sailboat sticker for $150 on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To purchase a sticker, please email the Membership Director who will send a form to fill out and return with payment.


 

To put a sailboat at Clark Beach, a boat owner must:


  • Be a current paid member in good standing of AGN,
  • Register their boat with an accurate description including color, length, model, and name (if applicable)
  • Purchase sailboat sticker, and
  • Adhere the sticker to the right, front edge of the boat that is visible when stored.



Sailboats cannot be longer than 15 feet in length.

 

Sailboats can be placed on the beach starting on Saturday, May 8, following the Annual Meeting.

 

Sailboats must be stored only in the AGN-designated area. 

 

Sailboats must be stored at least 4 inches off the ground on wheels, a dolly, or a rack and must avoid any contact with beach grass. They are not to be stored in the grass, on the ground, or in the tidewater.

 

Any violation of this policy by the sailboat owner may result in the removal of their boat from Clark Beach, although AGN will attempt to contact the owner (if known) first. AGN will place a violation notice on any sailboats that do not have a valid AGN sticker. After one week, the boat may be removed to the parking lot. 

 

All sailboats must be removed from Clark Beach by October 16. Any boat left on the beach after that date will be removed to the parking lot. AGN will make a reasonable attempt to contact the owner (if known), but any boat left on the property at the end of the season may be auctioned off with proceeds donated to the AGN Scholarship Fund.


NOTE: The maximum number of boats of any kind that an AGN member can store on Clark Beach during 2021 is two (2).



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Clark Beach Dog Regulations
Clark Beach Dog Regulations

A. B. Clark Beach, which spans from Bowdoin Road to Clark Road and includes the beach and tidal flats, the beach road, and the parking area, is a unique natural resource. Dogs are permitted on Clark Beach to enjoy this resource with you. In the interest of protecting this natural resource and ensuring a pleasant beach experience for everyone, dog walkers must comply with the Clark Beach dog regulations.

 


  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times to the mean low tide line from May 15 to October 1 between the hours of 8am and 8pm. Please consider keeping your dog leashed in the late fall, winter, or early spring when the beach is busy.
  • Dog owners must have their dogs under control at all times and treat other beach goers courteously.
  • Dog owners must pick up and dispose of their dogs’ waste.
  • Dog owners must keep their dog out of freshwater wetland areas to protect wildlife.
  • Dog owners must not allow their dog to harass people, or chase, hunt, or harass wildlife or other dogs.



The AGN Board will work with the Town of Ipswich Animal Control Officer to enforce these regulations. Help keep A.B. Clark Beach dog-friendly. Be a responsible dog walker by showing respect for non-dog walkers who might be afraid of or allergic to dogs. Thank you for your support.

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Drone Policy
Drone Policy

Recreational and Commercial Drone Technology is growing in popularity and we anticipate its use on Clark Beach and Clark Pond in the coming years. The use of drones (unmanned aircraft) on Clark Beach or Clark Pond is not permitted without approval from the AGN Board.

 

Effective May 1, 2017, the following process must be followed by any AGN member who wishes to use a drone on AGN property.

 

An email inquiry must be submitted in advance, and must provide the Board of Directors with the following information:


  • Date of Use of the Drone
  • Duration of the use of the Drone
  • Purpose of the use of the Drone
  • Name of the Drone operator


The AGN Board of Directors will review the request at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The Board will vote on the request and will communicate in writing the outcome of the vote as soon as possible to the Great Neck resident making the request. The request will be based on the potential impact to users of the Clark Beach area, on the neighbors, and on the environment guided by the provisions of the Deed of Conservation Restriction, the Clark Beach Management Plan, and the Clark Pond Sustainability Plan. The decision of the Board will be final.

 

Some guidelines for use are as follows:


  • Unmanned aircraft may not disturb or harass wildlife or people.
  • Unmanned aircraft may not be launched, landed, or operated from or on areas that are designated as wilderness.
  • Unmanned aircraft will not be flown in an inappropriate manner.
  • Inexperienced unmanned aircraft operators must be accompanied and assisted by an experienced operator.
  • Operators must avoid flying directly over people, vessels, vehicles or structures and must avoid endangering the life and property of others.
  • Unmanned aircraft must be within visual sight of the operator at all times during flight of the unmanned aircraft.
  • One single pilot may not control more than one unmanned aircraft at the same time.
  • No nighttime operations are permitted. 


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Event Policy
Event Policy

The Clark Beach area is open for many types of passive recreation activities including: sunbathing, nature study, bird watching and picnicking. In addition, residents of Great Neck who are current dues‐paying members of the Association of Great Neck may request a permit from the AGN Board to hold special social events in the Clark Beach area such as weddings and family gatherings.

 

Effective December 1, 2010, any resident of Great Neck who is a current dues‐paying member of AGN may make a formal written request to the Board of Directors for permission to use AGN property for a special social event.

 

Please submit an email inquiry at least two months in advance of the event with the following information:


  • Date
  • Hours
  • Desired location
  • Estimated number of attendees
  • Estimated number of vehicles. (Please note that only vehicles with AGN hang tags may park in the Clark and Bowdoin lots.)
  • Plan for non-AGN vehicle parking
  • Temporary facilities that will be installed, if applicable
  • Will alcohol be served? If so, what controls will be in place regarding underage drinking and over-consumption of alcohol?
  • What controls will be in place for noise level?



The AGN Board of Directors will review the request at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The Board will vote on the request and will communicate in writing the outcome of the vote. The request will be judged based on the scale and the potential impact of the event on the other anticipated simultaneous users of the Clark Beach area, on the neighbors, and on the environment guided by the provisions of the Deed of Conservation Restriction, the Clark Beach Management Plan, and the Clark Beach and Pond Rules and Regulations. The decision of the Board will be final.