Tom and Elizabeth Mesora have lived all over the United States, but as Tom says, “This was our last move!” – Not because of the time and effort of moving during COVID, which was enormous, but because they have found exactly what they wanted. They have done a great deal of work on 1308 Beachview since moving in on June 24. They continue to make improvements, but say their home is “coming together” and it will soon become a great home in a perfect location. "We had forgotten how much we missed hearing, seeing, and smelling the water.”
Tom is a 1984 graduate of the Naval Academy. In a new career, he is working as a behavioral psychotherapist with at-risk children and their families. Elizabeth is an avid swimmer and has spent her working career – to this day - with Gensler in various locations including San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Baltimore, and now Washington DC. Pets have always been an important part of the Mesora family but they are still recovering from a recent incident with their golden retriever, Jackson. To get the full scoop on Tom, Elizabeth, and their pets, click here.
Landscape/Architectural Committee Update
THINKING OF FRESHENING UP YOUR HOME OR LANDSCAPE?
The Architectural Control Committee is actively reviewing applications from many homeowners for new construction, new landscaping, replacement of walkways and doors, additions, tree removal, fencing, and more. All homeowners are reminded that many projects require an application to the Committee before any changes may be initiated. Please check the FCF website under Architectural Change for guidance about projects that do and do not require applications.
If your project requires an application and supporting documents, watch the video on the website to obtain a complete understanding of how to do this. If you have further questions, please contact our Board Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please be sure to submit your application 30 days in advance of starting work.
Do you want to know who is on what committee? Do you want to know how to reach a committee member? All of that information is on our website Committee page which is located here. On this page you will note that a number of the email addresses are [committee-name/position]@fishingcreekfarm.org. This is part of our ongoing effort to have email addresses that we can use to transition easily from volunteer to volunteer when a position turns over. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with this, and thank you to all of our volunteers!
Pickleball/Tennis Committee Update
With daylight savings, pickleball open play has moved to Sundays from 10AM –12PM (weather permitting). All are welcome to play. Just remember to dress appropriately for the cooler weather.
Tennis Net Being Stored for the Winter
Enjoy these last few weeks of tennis play. The net will be taken down on December 7th for winter storage. The weather prediction is calling for an especially snowy winter.
Our next meeting will be December 29, 2020. Please mark your calendars. The link to the virtual meeting will be posted here closer to the date.
We would like suggestions for our next book. Please send recommendations to Susan Magazine by December 1, 2020. We'll take a vote and decide what to read next.
Everyone is invited to join the discussions. Please contact Susan Magazine via email or phone (301-213-1799) if you would like to participate.
Land Use Committee Update
A quick update on the living shoreline project:
The Fishing Creek Farm shoreline erosion project is nearing completion. The rock structures and sand phases are complete, and our contractors are now finalizing the marsh grass planting over the next few weeks. The planting areas are marked out with posts and string. Particularly for the next year, residents and dogs should not enter the planting areas to help the grasses establish. Next winter, when our marsh grasses have been established, residents will be able to access pocket-beaches throughout the living shoreline by walking through the marsh grass. To access a summary of the project, please click here.
2020 / 2021 Deer Management Program
The Board is working with Tri-County Deer Management, an organized group of bow hunters, who aid communities such as ours in their efforts to manage the deer population within their respective areas. Fishing Creek Farm has worked with Tri-County Deer Management for many years in this effort. The bow hunters must demonstrate their bow hunting proficiency and take ongoing bow hunting safety courses. Tri-County Deer Management and its members are insured, listing Fishing Creek Farm as an additional insured. The hunters set elevated stands in the common area trees, so they have a downward trajectory, shooting their target from less than 20 yards away. The program runs during the deer hunting season, which this year is from September 11, 2020 through February 3, 2021. Management at FCF begins on Friday, September 18th.
For complete information, click here.
From our Board of Directors
Next Board Meeting and Meeting Minutes
The Board of Directors meetings are open to all homeowners. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 24th at 7 pm. The 2021 Budget will be voted on during this meeting. You can view budget documents by clicking on "Documents" and then "Board of Directors" in the Menu column on the left side of this page. The September Meeting Minutes are also available there. To join the November board meeting, click here.
Cherry Tree Cove Update
The board and several FCF residents have continued their efforts to improve the situation at Cherry Tree Cove, in anticipation of the 2021 boating season. The group recently met with representatives from Maryland DNR, Senator Elfreth, Anne Arundel County Police, and County Executive Pittman’s office to discuss possible solutions. The challenge is laws and regulations that are not enforceable. Senator Elfreth is considering a legislative proposal to address some of these issues (excessive noise, littering on land and in water, trespass) experienced by FCF and several other communities. The idea of earning designation as a swimming area is also being considered. Please feel free to contact Julien Hecht at boardpresident@
Over the summer and fall, several storms caused trees to fall and impede access to paths and beaches in FCF. The board contracted to clear these paths to South Breeze Beach and at the end of Cherry Tree Lane. Near Thomas Point Court, trees in the FCF common area that were identified as a potential risk to life and property were removed.
The board will continue to investigate a Tree Inventory and Risk Assessment in order to assess the risk and likelihood of failure, impact, and consequences, and risk mitigation options.
Cherry Tree Lane Beach
We now have a beautiful, new beach to enjoy! That space includes four Adirondack chairs for your convenience; however, we respectfully ask that you please do not move them onto the beach.
It has come to our attention that a large group of swimmers and kayakers have come onto the beach area and disembarked to enjoy the beach. We do not know if they are residents of FCF. "No Trespassing" signs have been ordered for the entire span of the newly completed shoreline. If you encounter non-residents in the area, you could remind them it is private property or call 311 (non-emergency) to have the police approach them - closest address is 1255 Cherry Tree Lane. Don't hesitate to reach out to the board if you observe trespassing instances.
Please Drive Slowly
Please remember the speed limit in the neighborhood is 25 MPH. By driving at or under the reduced speed limit you can prevent a serious accident. Exercise caution at intersections and turns. Let's keep our neighbors safe!
Cherry Tree Lane Beach
Please make sure your dogs do not enter the fenced off areas of the beach. We are not sure of the cause, but grasses have been uprooted and posts knocked over.
When opening the clubhouse awning on the upper deck manually, please remember to close it before you leave. The awning is strong but is not meant to remain open during high winds/storms. Thank you.
The CapEx committee has completed the due diligence phase of its study, and has developed models to address reserve funding and priorities over the next 10 years. We are now at the stage where homeowner input is the most important element of our efforts. We need your feedback! The committee will present its work at a special virtual community meeting scheduled for November 8, 2020 from 7:00-8:15 PM.
This discussion, and especially your feedback, will be critical in determining how we as a community will fund our reserve replacements and establish annual dues. All reference material is posted to the FCF website under Documents/CapEx. We strongly encourage you to review these documents prior to the meeting, and submit any questions ahead of time to the CapEx Committee (email@example.com).
Marina Committee Update
In preparation for colder weather, we have scheduled the marina to be winterized on Tuesday 11/17. We are excited to see the boating season continue to extend into November. Please contact Jason Horst if you do not expect to stay in the marina next season and please remember that you must notify Jason by 1/15/21, if you want to be active on the marina waiting list for 2021. Enjoy the fall boating season and if you are fishing, the activity is great in the mouth of South River at this time of the year!
We have had a busy fall and have accomplished a lot.
- Three bids were obtained before having the damage caused by the recent storms cleaned up and the dangerous trees removed from Thomas Point Court.
- We completed a draft budget, which was presented to the community during the October board meeting.
- We continue to monitor the deer project and are pleased so far with the results.
- We are currently obtaining bids to update the clubhouse (i.e., drywall repair and painting).
- Work continues with the CapEx committee on future funding projects.
- Coordination continues with AACO and an electrician to address the electrical issues at the clubhouse.
If you have an idea on how to make Fishing Creek Farm an even better place, please share it with the Board and your fellow homeowners. Suggestions are sent to our FCF Board and posted on our website. To access the suggestion box now, click here.