FRIENDS OF CRESCENT BEACH, GREEN BAY AND AREA SOCIETY
MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
AUGUST 17TH, 2002
Community Hall, LaHave Islands
In attendance: 43 members/residents
2. The Chairman explained that the Board had decided at the beginning of its tenure to focus exclusively on needed work at Crescent Beach, and had adopted an 'action plan' for repair and further protection efforts, for which funding had been sought from ACOA, through the Municipality. News of the ACOA approvals is awaited.
3. The Treasurer tabled the annual financial statement, noting one amendment (report on file). It was noted that grants had been received already for the construction of the two, installed recycling bins.
4. The Membership Secretary reported that membership stood at 226 families, some 76% of whom are NS residents. Moved by Burpee Meisner and seconded by Gordon Prince, it was agreed that the membership fee should be standardized to $5.00 per individual or family, for the following membership year - but that notice should be given to the membership now.
5. Crescent Beach
'Action Plan' was discussed, the constituents of which are: repair the crib
extend the fencing: close off some pull-over areas, fence around others install
recycling bins (completed) update scientific assessment of the beach and dunes (completed) install interpretive panels on bird life and beach/dune
dynamics -Tom Daly confirmed that a number of ACOA submissions from the area
await decision, so be patient. Don Downe indicated he was pressing for a
decision. -Dr. Loucks presented observations developed by himself and a working
group of the Board on the general state of the beach. The height of the dunes
seemed stable, relative to Dr. Taylor's time-series observations. He observed
that the dire 1970's predictions by Dr. Bowen has not materialized, due probably
to a less dramatic rise in sea levels than predicted back then. Following a
discussion of the natural forces at work at the beach and Green Bay's massive
sand basin, the effectiveness of various interventions was discussed, including
the existence of the crib, and the placement of Christmas trees at the foot of
the dunes, the usefulness of rose plants: ' positive but modest benefits'. Dr.
Loucks emphasized that hard solutions such as armour rock are a last resort
only, as far as dune protection is concerned. Finally, it was reported that
Board members would continue with regular observations of the Beach, e.g. sand
levels, along a number of fixed observation points. -The Chairman said that if
ACOA funding comes through and the Action Plan can go ahead, matching funds will
be needed, and Friends will appeal to the community to 'buy a log' (for the
repair of the crib).
New Board. Karen Dempsey presented a list of her nominations for the new Board, to which Eric Rafuse was added, and the report was approved. (List of new Board members available at Friends' Web Site)