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Each Member assumes responsibility for their guests when visiting the Onamac community or using the beach. Each Member must advise their guests as to the policies of the Onamac community and the beach rules. If a guest violates an Association rule, the Member will be held accountable for the violation.


13.1   General

The Onamac beach is our most significant and valuable community resource and is to be maintained in as close to natural condition as possible. The beach is privately-owned by the entire Membership and it is intended for the use of the Members, their families, and their guests of all ages. Renters/tenants may also use the beach facilities as set forth in Paragraph 5.3. No one else is permitted to use our beach. It is the responsibility of the OMA Board and the Members to monitor and control the use, condition, and access to the beach. In keeping with our community’s standards, the beach is to be a gathering place for families and is intended to be enjoyed by Members and guests of all ages. As such, all beach-goers have the right to enjoy the beach without being subjected to behavior by others that is offensive, including excessive noise, abusive or threatening behavior, and obscene language, gestures, or other actions. To meet the objectives of these Beach Policies, all Members and their guests are expected to know and to comply with the following rules.

13.2    Beach Gate Access Cards/ Devices

  1. Association Members in good standing, and who have no current beach rule violations, are permitted to use the beach (see OMA Bylaws, Article 3, Sections 2 and 3). Members not in good standing will not have access to the beach with no exceptions being made. Access to the beach requires a “beach gate access card/device” that is an electronic type key that will release the gate. These beach gate access cards/devices are provided to all Members. The maximum number of beach gate access cards/devices per assessed lot are two (2). The beach gate access cards/devices are the property of OMA and will be returned to OMA Property Management after the sale of a Member’s property. Reference Appendix D Property Transfer Form. OMA will transfer the beach gate access cards/devices to the new Members of the property. Lost or stolen beach gate access cards/devices will be replaced at a cost of Fifty Dollars ($50) to the Member. Beach gate access cards/devices that do not work properly, or that need to be replaced because of wear and tear, will be replaced at no cost
  2. Beach gate access cards/devices are not to be assigned or loaned to anyone. Guests are allowed to use the beach gate access cards/devices with the Member’s permission if the Member is present with the guest or within the Onamac community at all times. It is against the OMA rules to duplicate or counterfeit any type of beach gate access card or device to gain access to the beach. Anyone using any device other than the devices assigned to the Member and/or tampering with the beach security system to gain access to the beach will result in a loss of beach privileges for a one (1) year period and a possible fine.
  3. The security of Onamac’ s beach may be compromised by not immediately reporting lost, missing, or stolen devices. Members are responsible and liable for anyone gaining access to Onamac’ s beach with or without permission. It is important to report lost, missing, or stolen gate access cards/devices so the missing device ID can be disabled from the beach security system. The actual cost of replacing the device will be assessed at Fifty Dollars ($50)
  4. Beach gate access cards/devices are not to be left unsecured in any location that may compromise beach security by someone using the beach gate card/access device to gain access to Onamac’ s beach.
  5. Private lockboxes are not allowed
  6. Member volunteers may occasionally monitor the gate on busy weekends for the purpose of protecting access to our beach. They will be authorized to check beach gate access cards/devices, Members’ and guests’ names, and vehicle access stickers and cards. Please be polite and cooperative with those who are performing this service for all of us.

13.3    Beach Vehicle Identification

  1. Vehicle access to the beach requires a beach access window sticker or temporary vehicle identification (ID) card that is placed on or in the vehicle. The stickers will have individual codes printed on them that are associated with the Member they are assigned to. All vehicles at the beach must have a vehicle access stick
  2. Two (2) window stickers will be provided to each Member who needs them. They are to be used on the Member’s vehicles only. Additional window stickers may also be provided for use by the Member for their extra vehicles. The window stickers on the Member’s vehicles are to serve as the primary identifier, rather than the temporary vehicle ID card
  3. The temporary vehicle ID cards will be placed on the dash or hung from the rearview mirror. The Member may make additional temporary vehicle ID cards that are needed for extra vehicles. It is the Member’s responsibility to make sure their guests have these temporary vehicle ID cards filled out and must be visible from outside of the vehicle. There will be 3x5 blank cards available at the gate. The lot number or Member’s name that is associated with the extra vehicle will be written on the temporary card and placed in the vehicle.
  4. Vehicle window stickers are not to be used by guests at any time. Beach gate access card/devices are not to be assigned, loaned, or given to guests without the Member being present with the guest or within the Onamac community at all times.
  5. Vehicles at the beach that cannot be identified or that belong to people that are not allowed access to the beach can be removed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

13.4    Beach Rules

  1. The Onamac Beach Property Area is defined as the area starting at the beach gate and extending to the extreme low tides line, bordered to the north by the Henning property and to the south bordering the bluff lot of Sundown Lane.
  2. Beach Rules will be posted at the beach entrance Information Board for review and explanation. It is the responsibility of the Member (sponsor) to ensure their guests know and abide by our beach rules.
  3. A beach problem phone number will be posted on the information board to report beach violations or other issues.
  4. t will be considered Trespassing on Private Property when an unauthorized person is occupying what is defined as the Onamac Beach Property Area.
  5. A guest may occupy the beach only with an OMA sponsoring Member-in-goodstanding present or within the Onamac community at all times.
  6. Immediate family members of the OMA sponsor may occupy the beach without the sponsor being present at the beach or in the Onamac community. Immediate family members are limited to parents, spouse, children, or siblings of the Member. When a Member is unavailable due to vacation or other unexpected circumstances, the Member will notify the Beach Chairperson of the name and relationship of the family member who will have temporary use of their beach gate access card/device and 3 vehicle IDs. The designated family member will comply with all beach rules and regulations.
  7. No vehicle parking is allowed at the beach entrance gate. Unattended vehicles will be removed at the owner’s expense. Overflow vehicles are to be parked at the Member’s home. Vehicles with boat trailers shall be parked only in the designated area.
  8. Members and guests must respect the rights of other people using the beach and not engage in behavior that is offensive, including excessive noise, abusive or threatening behavior, and obscene language, gestures, or actions.
  9. All noise should be minimized, including vehicle movement, from 9:00 pm to 8:00 am on weekdays and 10:00 pm to 8:00 am on weekends, in consideration of campers and those living on the hill above. Additional hours are permissible during shellfish harvesting seasons, per Washington State Fish and Wildlife regulations.
  10. Picnic tables and fire rings are not to be moved from one campsite to another. The picnic tables on the grassland are not to be reserved or held for the next day. The picnic tables and the areas around them are to be left empty, clean, and cleared of all objects overnight.
  11. Picnic tables and fire rings are not to be moved from one campsite to another. The picnic tables on the grassland are not to be reserved or held for the next day. The picnic tables and the areas around them are to be left empty, clean, and cleared of all objects overnight.
  12. Members and guests harvesting shellfish must comply with all Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife rules and regulations, including legal limits and sizes. When harvesting clams, the harvesting party must backfill their holes.
  13. Members noticing portable toilets that are in need of service shall notify the Beach Chairperson or a Board Member.
  14. In the event a Member leaves a campsite or beach area without adequately cleaning it, a charge will be assessed to the Member if it is determined by the Board that additional cleanup is required.
  15. The dumping of garbage, yard waste, or treated wood in the OMA beach area is prohibited. It is a violation of Island County Health Codes to deposit feces, bury dead animals, or bury refuse or trash in the OMA beach area.
  16. Use of cannabis (marijuana) in any form and possession of illegal drugs are not allowed. Consumption of alcohol by those of legal age is permitted, but public intoxication is not allowed. Use of tobacco products is permitted; cigarette butts and other related trash must be removed from the beach area.
  17. Do not leave garbage or trash in the OMA beach area. The policy is “pack it in - pack it out.” If you bring plastic chairs to the beach area, take them with you when you leave. Chairs that are not identified will be disposed of.
  18. Campfires are limited to the fire rings that are provided in the beach area. Members must bring their own firewood. It is prohibited to burn driftwood or treated lumber. All fires are to be kept small and manageable. Water buckets are provided for fire protection and should be kept on hand and filled with water at your campsite. No cans, bottles, trash, or garbage are to be left in the fire rings.
  19. Fireworks of any kind may not be discharged within Onamac, including the beach area. This ban includes all tidelands to include extreme low tide.
  20. All animals will be kept on a controlled leash at all times when in the OMA beach area.
  21. It is prohibited to launch, retrieve or beach personal watercraft, such as jet skis, on or from the OMA beach area.
  22. The fresh water station is for camping use and boat rinsing only. Do not clean fish, crab, or clams at this station. Additionally, this is a NO PARKING area.
  23. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), motorcycles, and mopeds must be street legal to drive to the beach area. They must stay on the maintained 4 road to the beach. All drivers must have a driver’s license. Members and their immediate family members are the only persons allowed to bring and to operate these vehicles at the beach area. No vehicles shall leave the maintained road. Golf carts may use the upper grassland by the picnic tables. No vehicles are allowed on the beach.
  24. Restricted parking areas are clearly marked. The restricted parking areas are primarily to allow boat launching and boat trailer parking. Vehicles parked that block or restrict boat trailer access to the ramp or parking area will be reported for a violation to these beach rules and may be removed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

13.5    Camping Reservations and Registrations

Reservations are an important tool to satisfy all Members and to give everyone an equal chance to book a reservation

  1. There are four (4) overnight camping sites for tents, trailers, or motor homes. Camping is limited to these four (4) campsites only. Each Lot Membership are allowed up to one (1) reservation for one (1) campsite reservation each year. Absolutely NO camping is allowed on the actual beach area or around the picnic tables. Campsites are clearly marked and designated by a number and a name.
  2. No more than fifteen (15) people per campsite may camp overnight
  3. No more than five (5) vehicles, including cars, trucks, campers, RVs, and boats, will be allowed to park within a campsite.
  4. Overnight camping is limited to a maximum of three (3) nights in a consecutive ten (10) day period. The last overnight will be the beginning of the ten (10) day period. A Member may not circumvent the ten (10) day rule. The three (3) night maximum camping limit is not to be used to preoccupy, extend, or hold a campsite for themselves or another Member.
  5. A Member may not make a reservation for another Member or in another Member’s name.
  6. A Member may register for only one (1) campsite at any given time. Check out time is 12:00 PM noon for each campsite.
  7. All noise and vehicle movement within the campsite must be minimized by 10:00 pm.
  8. Any vacant campsite that is not reserved less than seven (7) days in advance is considered available to Members to camp if they have not acquired a campsite within ten (10) days prior to the last day of a previous stay. Unreserved campsites are available on a first-come-first-served basis by registering for a campsite. The campsite must be occupied on the same day within a reasonable time or the campsite will become available to other Members. If the campsite is not occupied on the first day it was registered for, the Member may be cited and will lose annual rescheduling rights.
  9. Camping registration cards must always be completed on arrival in duplicate, even if a reservation has been made. One (1) copy is to be left in the appropriate box at the Beach Information and Registration Board and the second copy at the campsite identification post. Campsite registration cards are not to be filled out and posted at the Beach Gate Bulletin Board earlier than the first day of arrival.
  10. Campsites must be occupied on the first day of the beginning date listed on the camping registration form. Registration form cards will be discarded if posted prior to the beginning camping date. Members violating this rule will be reported to the Board.
  11. Campsite Reservation
    1. All four (4) campsites may be reserved in advance for any period including the major holiday weekends of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Each assessed lot may make one (1) such reservation each year. The maximum 5 number of campsites that can be reserved per day and the maximum reservations each Lot Membership is allowed to make per year will be documented in the Onamac Campsites Registration and Reservation Policy that will be posted on the Beach Gate Bulletin Board and on the Onamac www.onamac.org website. The purpose of this policy is to accommodate all one hundred eight (108) assessed lot memberships each year. After a reservation has been made, all camping will then be done on a first-come-first-served basis.
    2. All reservations are to be made using the reservation system a minimum of seven (7) days in advance of the stay and as early as January 1 of the year of the reservation. All reservations are on a first-come-first-served basis.
    3. An updated reservation schedule for the advance reservation campsites will be posted at the Beach Information and Registration Board and on the Onamac website at www.onamac.org to allow Members to see which campsites are available for reservation.
    4. If a campsite has not been reserved, it may be registered and occupied by Members and guests under the “first-come-first-served” policy. This occupancy may not encroach or extend into the ten (10) day period of a previous reservation for that lot.
    5. A reserved campsite must be occupied on the first day of the reservation or the reservation will be canceled and the campsite will be made available to other Members. An unoccupied campsite reservation will lose rescheduling rights for that Member for the annual campsite reservation for that year.
    6. A scheduled campsite reservation can be canceled up to seven (7) days prior to the first reserved day without losing rescheduling rights to another annual reservation. This allows the canceled campsite to be available for registering on a first-come-first-served basis. Canceling a reservation less than seven (7) days ahead loses rescheduling rights for another annual campsite reservation during the same annual year.

    13.6    Large Private Parties

    1. Large private parties are any group gathering of more than twenty (20) people.
    2. Large private parties will be limited to one (1) day access to the beach, and no more than one (1) large private party event will be approved per day.
    3. Large private parties will normally be limited to forty (40) people; however, gatherings as large as sixty (60) people may be permitted on a case-by-case basis (e.g., wedding receptions, memorial services, or Association functions). Expected beach usage will be considered in approving a large private party gathering of more than forty (40) people, and an assessment for an additional portable toilet may be required if the application is approved.
    4. The Member sponsor of a large private party will be required to submit a “Large Private Party Application Form” (see Appendix C) to the Board of Directors of the OMA no fewer than fourteen (14) days prior to the scheduled event. The application will have a checklist for the Member sponsor and the Board so there is no confusion about the rules of the large private party. Large private party applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
    5. Large private party requests will not be allowed or granted during the three (3) major holiday periods for Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day.
    6. No more than ten (10) vehicles and two (2) boats on trailers may accompany the large private party guests to the beach. All vehicles must have beach access stickers or temporary ID cards visible on the vehicle. No guest vehicles shall be parked at the gate entrance. Overflow vehicles will be parked at the Member’s home.
    7. Large private parties can be held in conjunction with a campsite reservation.
    8. Large private parties must have the beach area cleaned and extra guests vacated by 10:00 pm on the day of the party.
    9. All large private party guests must comply with ALL beach rules. Party sponsors will take full responsibility for their guests and advise their guests of the rules, including pets, personal watercraft, and fishing and shellfish harvesting.
    10. Member sponsors are responsible for any damage or cleanup to the beach. A charge will be assessed to the Member sponsor if it is determined that additional cleanup is required.
    11. All large parties will pay a portable toilet pumping assessment.

    13.7    Boat Ramp Usage

    1. LThe Onamac Maintenance Association Boat Ramp is for the use of its Members and their immediate family and guests only. No more than two (2) guests per Member are permitted to use the boat ramp with the permission of the Member, and only when the Member is present. The Member must fully inform the guest of the Boat Ramp usage rules.
    2. Members and their guests using the boat ramp must be aware of when the low tides will occur and ensure they do not get stuck at the end of the boat ramp by trying to launch or recover their boats when the water is too low for their equipment.
    3. Use of the boat ramp is at the operator’s own risk and expense. Extreme caution is to be used to assure no one is injured at the boat ramp during launching and recovery operations.
    4. Boat trailer parking is only allowed in the designated areas with the exception of Sec. 13.5.3 when camping. Each boat parked within a campsite will count as one (1) of the five (5) vehicles allowed to park within a campsite. Overnight boat parking is not allowed unless parked in a camping area. Exceptions need prior approval from the Board.
    5. At the beach, small boats, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards must be stored only in the designated small boat storage area. Boats stored at the small boat storage place on the beach must have the Member’s Lot numbers on each boat, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard. Failure to do so could result in removal and disposal of said property.