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Debris Removal & General Pruning Guidelines

Dear Owners,

Please see the General Pruning Guidelines below:

General pruning of vegetation from your property is permitted under the ARB Guidelines. 

  • Living and dead vegetation must remain in the side setback areas of the lot as well as the front and rear setbacks.
  • Contractors must rent the chipper and chip everything they prune. 
  • If you do the work yourself you may place a small pile (no larger than what would fit in the bed of a very small truck – think S10 or Ranger) along the roadside and all cut ends must face the same direction.   A staff person will chip this material at no cost provide the pile is 1) organized (cut ends same direction), 2) required size (should take only 10-15 minutes to chip) and 3) all plies must be placed along the roadside by Monday morning and chipping will take place once a week on Mondays weather permitting.  * Larger piles requiring more time to chip will incur a chipping fee based on the standard staff rate.

For more information regarding Vegetation Maintenance please review the points below and refer to the Vegetation Management Plan in the ARB Guidelines for more information.

Can Do Without Prior Approval:

  • Maintain all areas indicated in approved ARB submission as “Permanent Disturbed” areas.  This will include one driveway, utility tanks location, house site, decking, boardwalks, docks and access paths.  This maintenance may include any pruning or minor vegetative removal necessary for regular use and upkeep.
  • Maintain driveways sufficient for truck access in case of an emergency.
  • Prune away vegetation making contact with any part of a built structure if it does not involve tree removal.
  • Five feet around the entire footprint of the house may be maintained free of shrubs and herbaceous vegetation.
  • Prune dead material from live trees and shrubs.
  • Maintain landscaped or planted areas as indicated on the approved landscape plan.
  • Cut down any non-native tree species.  (i.e. Chinese Tallow or Popcorn Trees)

Cannot Do Without Approval:

Cut down any native tree or shrub; dead or alive.  This includes hardwoods and conifers.

  • Conduct excessive shrub pruning outside the disturbance area. (This would not include the removal of dead or damaged material from shrubs)
  • Prevent tree or plant growth (through natural succession) in open areas outside the disturbance area where trees may not currently exist, i.e. using a weed eater


Lori Sheridan Wilson,

Environmental Program Director & ARB Coordinator


Lake Timicau Project Update

We are making great progress in the berm restoration work taking place at Lavender Point.  We are very pleased with the quality and timeliness of the work. In fact, our contractor has exceeded our expectations, and he is also helping us improve certain aspects that were not included in the original scope of work for no additional expense to the island.

The sheet piling work has now been completed, it has been covered with earth, and the berm has been fully established.  This week, we had a barge delivery with more equipment. We are also working on fortifying the berm and improving the roadway.  Next week, we plan to begin installing the water control structures. 

We understand that everyone is extremely curious about the work taking place, and these warm days have enticed fishermen to explore their old favorite spot.  However, it is imperative that everyone stays completely out of the construction zone.  Last week, our contractor had one extremely close call with his equipment and pedestrians in the area. 

Heavy equipment is regularly traveling the entire roadway from one pipe, down Caper’s Inlet Drive to the old six pipes area.  This will especially be true over the next few days.  Please continue to remain away from the construction area for just a few more weeks.  We want everyone to remain safe and we sincerely appreciate the community’s cooperation. 

Upcoming Events – Meet Maggie Mashman, Irish Theme Happy Hour, Easter Sunrise Service & More!

Dear Owners,

Spring is in the air on the island and we’re ready for it! We have a lot of exciting upcoming events happening on Dewees this month and throughout the spring. We hope you will join us!

March 7 – Roundtable will be hosted at the Mashman’s home at Lot 54

March 9 – Islanders are invited back to the Mashman house for a “Meet & Greet” Happy Hour to meet their latest family edition, Maggie!
Snacks will be provided, byob

March 10Audubon Ambassador Training 

March 16 –  Irish Theme Happy Hour at the Huyler House 
Wear your green and bring some green themed nibbles to share! 

March 22 – March 25 – Art Auction to Benefit Wading Bird and Shorebird Habitat

March 23 & 24 – Property Owners Weekend
View the full weekend lineup and signup here

April 1 – Easter Sunrise Service

April 14 – Pickleball on the Tennis Court

View the full schedule of upcoming events on our Owners Calendar