Posted on August 27, 2021 9:01 AM by Admin
Categories: General
The Newpoint Community Dock is a treasured amenity that provides all residents the luxury of direct deep-water access to Factory Creek and surrounding waterways. Not to mention the invaluable views of the Beaufort River and downtown skyline. 
The dock attracts hobbyists of all types, so whether you use it for your watercraft, to enjoy the sunsets, fish, fly kites, or bird watch, it’s important to keep dock etiquette in mind. If we all pledge to follow these simple steps it’ll help to ensure all dock users have a pleasant experience.
If you own, rent, borrow, or have family or friends who visit you with a boat and will use space at the community dock at any time -- submit this form so we can add you to the Watercraft Directory and notify you if necessary. 
All watercraft owners are encouraged to provide your information including kayaks, paddle boards, and jet skis. Knowing who is utilizing the dock will help foster respectful shared use of amenity space and keep our community safer.
Want to start a watercraft club, organize an event, or something similar? Tell us your thoughts and we’ll help you get it going.
Familiarize yourself with the Newpoint Community Rules & Regulations surrounding the dock and use of the Green. If you wish to host a private gathering at the Green you must obtain prior approval from the Board. You can help educate new neighbors by sharing this information with them as well.
Dock space is available for short-term use on a first come, first serve basis. A vessel may not be docked for more than 48 hours at a time. It’s a shared space and not intended for storage.
Pull your watercraft as far forward as possible to provide others easier access and to allow for better use dock space. 
Smaller vessels should be tied up on the inside face of the dock.
Dock lines should be left coiled or in a neat pile next to the cleat being used to avoid a tripping hazard. 
No kayaks, paddle boards, equipment or supplies should be left on the dock unattended.
All boats should be left neat and tidy.  
Dock water should be shut off when done using and dock hoses should be returned to their hangers. 
Trash bins are not provided.  Be sure to haul all trash away when you leave.
If you move benches or rocking chairs, please return them to their original location when you’re finished using them.
Never “raft” a boat without the owner’s permission.
Pick up after and leash pets.
Golf carts are not permitted on the path or parked at the Green.
•    No discharge of oil, bilges, and marine heads is permitted while docked. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act prohibits the discharge of oil or oily waste into or upon the navigable water and contiguous zone of the United States. Violators will be held responsible for any legal penalties imposed and will be charged full clean-up costs.
•    Property owners are allowed to dock boats for a 48-hour period. A new 48-hour period begins when a boat has been in use for over one hour away from the vicinity of the dock. 
•    Live a-boards will not be permitted.
•    Garbage and trash must be bagged and placed in trash receptacles.
•    Repairs and Maintenance: Major repairs, outfitting or refitting of boats at dock are prohibited. Minor repairs, mechanical adjustments and electrical work are permitted.
•    Neither swimming nor diving for recreation is permitted.
•    Fishing from the dock is permitted although cleaning of fish on the piers, decks or docks is prohibited.
•    The Newpoint Community Association reserves the right to refuse dock space to any vessel deemed to be in unsafe condition.
Posted on July 22, 2021 11:30 AM by Admin
Categories: General
There are always a lot of questions surrounding the tree flagging that property surveyors perform when they do a Tree & Topo for a lot prior to construction. In the initial tree & topo the "Benchmark Tree" will be marked with multiple colored flagging tape, one of which is usually pink. This Benchmark Tree has an elevation nail near the base and a surveyor's stake attached to the tree which has the elevation above sea-level at the nail written on it. 
Most times it appears that every tree is flagged and the predominant thought is that they are earmarked for removal. That is not the case. The surveyors job is to pinpoint the location of every tree over 6-inches in diameter. They also measure the tree diameter and site the tree's location on the property. After all these measurements are taken and the tree is plotted, the surveyor uses flagging tape to mark the tree so that they know its data has been stored and they do not mistakenly mar it again. They use any color tape that they have available to them; at this stage the color has no indicator qualities. Topographical lines are added and the final product is a Tree & Topo that an architect can begin to site a house on and figure out the water run-off needs.

There is usually a fairly long time-gap between this process and the actual lot clearing as design work can be time consuming. It is only after all design work has been completed and approved by all entities and all permits are in place that the builder comes back and marks the trees that have been approved for removal for the house footprint and any out buildings. This time the color is important as one color will be used for the trees to be removed.

Preservation Tree, LLC
Michael P. Murphy, Board Certified Master Arborist, NJ-0146B
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