Beach

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PLA Beach Guest Cards:

  • Guest allowance per day is six (6).  Should a member require more guests on any specific day they must make a request and gain approval at least three days in advance from the Beach Director. If this has not been cleared with the Beach Director, said member will be punched 5X for every additional member or $5 fee per guest will be incurred.
  • 40 FREE Guests: All PLA member households will be issued a guest card (kept with the PLA Registars) which will allow for 40 free guest visits. Note: a – guest is defined as an individual person.
  • 20 Guests/$40: Once the 40 vist free guest card is used/filled, each member household may purchase a 20 visit guest card for $40 (a $2.00 fee per guest).
  • 20 Guests/$100: If you should need another guest card after bringing a total of 60 guests, you may purchase a 20 visit guest card for $100 (a $5.00 fee per guest).
  • $10 Per Additional Guest: After 80 guests, members will be charged $10 per additional guest.

PLA Guest Policy:

The Pinewood Lake Association Rules are published each year in the Membership Directory, posted in locations around the beach and clubhouse, and are mailed to the membership annually. All members are responsible for abiding by these rules (see Article 5, Section 5 of the Association Bylaws, rev. 2006).

  • No members or their accompanied guests shall conduct themselves in such a manner as to create a nuisance of annoyance to others, or to infringe on anyone else’s enjoyment of the facilities. Profanity will not be tolerated. Repeated and/or serious infractions of these rules may be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Guests must be accompanied by a member in good standing. Any member bringing guests is required to remain on the premises while their guest(s) are on PLA property. Guests may not come onto Association property or use any facilities without accompaniment of the member. All members have the responsibility to approach and ask unaccompanied non-members to leave the Association property.
  • When the Registrar is on duty, all members and their guests must sign in with the Registrar at the main entrance to the beach.
  • All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone. A chaperone must be at least 15 years of age. Parents, guardians and chaperones are directly responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on Association property. Lifeguards and other staff are available to assist, but not to take primary responsibility for, or to provide baby-silting services for the children. Age restrictions are in accordance with Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) guidelines.
  • The Beach Director, Lifeguards and Beach Committee reserve the right to refuse entry to the beach to anyone with just cause. They shall make their reasons known to that person, and that person may apply to the Board of Governors for a hearing if they disagree with the reasons (see Article 5, Section 7 of the Association Bylaws, rev. 2006).
  • Nannies/Caregivers/Babysitters will only be admitted as members while giving care to children. If accompanying member on said day, the caregiver will be punched as a guest.
  • Boat related issues to be directed to Diane Rubinstein.
  • Beach party requests see Beach Parties.
  • Juvenile members (ages 12-17)  may come to the beach unaccompanied if they have supplied the Beach Committee with the permission slip which will be kept with the Registrar. Member is responsible for Juvenile Member’s behavior while on PLA property.

PLA Beach Party Procedure:

  • If you would like to host a beach party at Pinewood Lake, please contact Nicky Migacz at nickymigacz@pinewood-lake.org for rental calendar availability.
  • Once your party is booked on the calendar, you will submit a Beach Agreement (In Season -OR- Out of Season) with your payment.
  • Follow instructions on how to submit Beach Agreement and payment (at least 2 weeks prior to event) by regular mail to PLA Beach Committee, 33 East Lake Road, Trumbull, CT  06611, place in mailbox on West Lake Rd (just outside Pinewood parking lot on left) in an envelope addressed to Beach Committee or personally drop off to Beach Registrar at the check in desk.
  • Party Guidelines …
    — Choose a Beach Location … Grass Area (under trees) -OR- Sand Area (rear of beach) for a maximum of 30 guests.
    — I agree to follow the Beach Rules as listed in the Member Directory and on pinewood-lake.org
    — I agree to bring a guest list to the Registrar (or include with signed agreement now) one day before my party which includes: first and last name, address and telephone number of all party guests. If the number of guests in my party increases, I will notify the Beach Director at least three days in advance
    —  I agree to be present during my beach party rental for the entire duration of my rental. I also agree to have my guests wear designated “party” wrist bands; provided to me by the Registrar on the day of my party or by the Beach Committee (prior to my event).  They will serve as identification for my beach party.
    — I agree to pay a Usage Fee of $100 payable to “PLA” and submitted along with this signed/completed agreement. The Beach Director will have necessary lifeguard coverage on the day of your event. If you have any special requests regarding lifeguard coverage, contact the Beach Director directly at marchilinski@sbcglobal.net.
    — Your party area includes 2 picnic tables and will take place during regular PLA operating hours. Some of your guests may not be familiar with PLA and; as host,  it is your responsibility to convey our rules / guidelines / policies to them while on our premises. Other members and guests alike will be in the vicinity during your party, so please be mindful of others and the shared space.
    — Please remove any party décor and trash from the party area and return the premises to its original state. As always, no glass is permitted on the PLA grounds as it is a safety hazard.                                                                           

PLA Beach Forms: 

(Inquire with beach committee) In Season Beach Agreement (2016)
(Inquire with beach committee) Out of Season Beach Agreement (2015)

Juvenile Permission Slip (2016)


PLA Beach Contacts:

Marc Hilinski: Beach Director – marchilinski@sbcglobal.net

Jessica Daigle: Assistant Beach Director – jproxsj@sbcglobal.net

Eric Kudey: Beach Committee Chair – eric.kudey@jetblue.com

Michele Kingsbury: Beach Committee Chair – beach@pinewood-lake.org

Nicky Migacz: Beach Committee – nickymigacz@pinewood-lake.org

Becky Jarit: Beach Committee – bcgoldy03@yahoo.com


Pinewood Lake Association, Inc.
Recreation Rules

(Last Revised: April, 2013)

Overview:

The Pinewood Lake Association Rules are published each year in the Membership Directory, posted in locations around the beach and clubhouse, and are mailed to the membership annually.  All members are responsible for abiding by these rules (See Article 1, Section 3 (h) and Article 5, Section 1 of the Association By-Laws, rev. 2006.) The Association is doing its best to preserve the lake and to ensure the enjoyment of Association facilities to all members. However, the Association assumes no responsibility for accidents resulting from improper or dangerous behavior or use of equipment or facilities, for violation of these rules, or failure to become familiar with these rules by members or their guests.

Definitions:

Member – shall mean any individual holding a membership in PLA in accordance with Article 2 Sections 1,2,3,4 and 5 of the Association By-Laws, rev. 2006.

Guest – A guest is a non-member who is permitted access (see Denied Guest).

Denied Guest – shall mean a Family Unit, of residing owners of Qualified Property, who are not members of the PLA, or PLA Members not in Good Standing, or a former PLA Member who has been expelled from Membership.  A Denied Guest may not enter PLA properties and events and may not accompany Members in Good Standing under any circumstances (see Article 1, Section 3 (c) of the Association By-Laws, rev. 2006).

Association Property – Pinewood Lake, The Pinewood Lake Clubhouse, the Pinewood Lake Beach, Beach Area and Clubhouse Parking lot, and parcels of land owned by the PLA (see Article 1 Section 3 (a) of the Association By-Laws, rev. 2006).

Clubhouse Area – This is the property surrounding the clubhouse. It includes the patio, parking lot and grassy areas around the Clubhouse.

Beach and Lawn Waterfront Areas (hereafter referred to as “The Beach”) – This is the area between the fence and the water and is adjacent to the Clubhouse Area. This encompasses the beach and the grass.

General PLA Recreation Rules:

  1. No member or their accompanied guest(s) shall conduct themselves in such a manner as to create a nuisance or annoyance to others, or to infringe on anyone else’s enjoyment of the facilities. Profanity will not be tolerated. Repeated and/or serious infractions of these rules may be subject to disciplinary action recommended by the Beach Committee and decided by the Board, including suspension or expulsion (see Article 5, Section 4 of the Association Bylaws, rev. 2006).
  2. Governors, Officers, Beach Director, Beach Committee members, Lifeguards and Beach Staff are empowered to remind and direct members to comply with Association Rules, and all members are expected to comply immediately with such requests. Governors, Officers, Beach Director, Beach Committee members, Lifeguards and Beach Staff reserve the right to ask any person who is causing a disturbance to leave PLA property. They have the right to approach an offender and to escort them out of the area, or even off of the property. They are authorized to call parents or police as necessary. Failure to comply may result in penalties such as loss of beach and club privileges.
  3. During the summer season, the Association provides Registrars to manage property access. All members and guests who enter the Clubhouse Area and Beach area during staff operating hours must follow their directions, including registration and wearing of ID bands. ID bands must be conspicuously visible and must be worn on the person. They may be worn on wrists, ankles or bathing suit straps. Guests must have address cards on file with the Registrar.
  4. Guests must be accompanied by a member in good standing. Any member bringing guests is required to remain on the premises while their guest(s) are on PLA property. Guests may not come onto Association property or use any facilities without accompaniment of the member. All members have the responsibility to approach and ask unaccompanied non-members to leave the Association property. The current PLA guest policy is as follows:

40 FREE Guests: All PLA member households will be issued a guest card (kept with the PLA Registrars) which will allow for 40 free guest visits. Note: a “guest” is defined as an individual person.

20 Guests/$40: Once the “40 visit free guest card” is used/filled, each member household may purchase a 20 visit guest card for $40 (a $2.00 fee per guest).

20 Guests/$100: If you should need another guest card after bringing a total of 60 guests, you may purchase a 20 visit guest card for $100 (a $5.00 fee per guest).

$10 Per Additional Guest: After 80 guests, members will be charged $10 per additional guest.

Important Notes:

  1. Guest cards are valid only for the season during which they are issued.
  2. Guest cards may be purchased by contacting the Beach Committee Chairs. Unused visits will be refunded to the member household after beach season ends.
  3. Guest cards are not transferrable between members.
  4. Guests of approved Beach Parties will not be applied to your guest card; these are treated as a separate event. The current policy rule of 6 guests maximum per visit still applies.
    Please contact the Beach Committee Co-Chairs if you have a Nanny or grandchild taking swim lessons/activities; we will ensure that these visits do not count against your guest card.
  1. Throwing of garbage, yard debris, or other foreign objects into the lake or on any PLA property is strictly prohibited. This includes objects like leaves, grass clippings. Driving golf balls or other objects into the lake is also prohibited. All members, regardless of age, are responsible for picking up their own trash and depositing these materials in the appropriate refuse containers.
  2. Firearms, BB-Guns, Pellet Guns, Archery Equipment, Paint-Ball Guns, slingshots and other projectile weapons are strictly prohibited from all PLA properties. In addition, Pinewood Lake residents are responsible for following all Federal, State and Local laws regarding such items.
  3. Smoking, open flames, fires, stoves and lanterns which use gasoline, kerosene, methanol or similar flammable liquids of any kind; containers of gasoline/kerosene/diesel/methanol/naphtha/charcoal starters/thinners or similar flammable liquids; pyrotechnics such as fireworks and flares are strictly prohibited on PLA property at all times and seasons.  Exceptions to these restrictions may be authorized by the PLA Board of Governors on a case by case basis or for a PLA sanctioned event.

Members may operate self-contained, portable propane and charcoal grills with self-starting charcoal/ briquettes in accordance with local and State regulations only upon the patio, along the fence bordering the lawn area or just inside the fence by the boat racks on the patio side, at a safe distance from seated areas. Further, any residue and coals must be properly disposed of in the steel container provided on site. The Beach Committee and/or Beach Director may place a temporary usage limit or ban, depending on factors such as crowding, child safety,or adverse weather condition.

  1. Dogs must be on leash and well-controlled and are only allowed to pass through the grounds, not to remain. Dogs and other pets are not permitted on The Beach at any time.
  2. No bicycle riding, skateboarding, roller-skating/in-line skating or similar activity is permitted between the clubhouse, beach areas and the parking lot. Bicycles must be walked through this area. No bicycle riding, skateboarding or similar activity is permitted on The Beach.
  3. Alcoholic Beverages are permitted on the Patio, Beach, and Grassy area near the water; but, NO Glass bottles or containers are allowed, under any circumstance, on any outside areas. Glass containers are allowed inside the Clubhouse and must be disposed within the Clubhouse or taken off property.
  4. When the Registrar is on duty, all members and their guests must sign in with the Registrar at the main entrance to the beach. If a member wants to bring more than six (6) guests to the beach and lawn waterfront during normal Lifeguard hours, the member must make a request and gain approval at least three days in advance from the Beach Director. The Beach Director may require the member to pay the Association for additional beach staff to provide added supervision. It is strongly recommended that Beach Parties not begin on the Patio or Beach and Lawn Waterfront Area before 3:00 PM for safety and crowding issues. For more information on Beach Parties and other larger gatherings, please see Item 23 below.
  5. All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone. A chaperone must be at least 15 years of age. Parents, guardians and chaperones are directly responsible for the behavior and safety of their children while on Association property. Lifeguards and other staff are available to assist, but not to take primary responsibility for, or to provide baby-silting services for the children. Age restrictions are in ‘accordance with Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) guidelines.
  6. Swimmers in areas supervised by the Lifeguards must remain in the general swimming area and in sight of the Lifeguards. Diving and swimming are prohibited behind or under the rafts. No pushing, shoving, sliding or other horseplay is permitted on or about the rafts. Permission to swim out of the supervised area must be obtained from the Beach Director or Lifeguard: swimmers must be experienced and able, accompanied by a boat with an experienced rower. Life jackets must be carried in compliance with Coast Guard regulations. Swimming while guards are not on duty, or entering the lake from areas other than The Beach, is done at your own risk.
  7. The Beach Director and Lifeguards reserve the right to call anyone or everyone out of the water at any time for safety reasons. Swimmers are required to obey this call immediately.
  8. No boats, except those of the lifeguards, are permitted inside the general swimming area. Inflatable boats, rafts, tubes etc. are not permitted in the general swimming area. Limited use of flotation devices for very young children, within the roped area, is subject to the prior approval of the Lifeguards. The use of flotation devices on the lake is restricted to their intended use and design and is done at the risk of the user. Gasoline powered boats are not permitted on Pinewood Lake. State, Federal and Coast Guard laws applicable to private lakes must be followed. Boaters in violation of safety laws may be cited by law enforcement officers.
  9. Sand, rock or dirt-throwing, ball or Frisbee throwing, pushing, shoving, horseplay and other dangerous activity is not permitted in the patio or The Beach.
  10. No feeding of wildlife is permitted, particularly the Canada geese.
  11. Lavatories are provided for changing into bathing suits or beachwear after swimming and enjoying the beach. Changing in public, either on the beach or in vehicles is not permitted. No bathing (washing with soap) is permitted in the lake. Appropriate bathing apparel must be worn in the lake at all times.
  12. Untrained children must use swim diapers, and these must be disposed of properly. It is further recommended that parents use tight-fitting rubber pants for untrained children, as swim diapers only keep solid matter contained; bacteria will still get in the water. Failure to comply is a violation of Town health codes. Concessionaire will sell swim diapers.
  13. Members and guests will not socialize or loiter at the Lifeguard stand and distract the Registrar and Lifeguards by engaging them in conversation or other diverting activities. This behavior is a severe violation of beach safety.
  14. The Beach Director, Lifeguards and Beach Committee reserve the right to refuse entry to the beach to anyone with just cause. They shall make their reasons known to that person, and that person may apply to the Board of Governors for a hearing if they disagree with the reasons (see Article 5, Section 4 of the Association Bylaws, rev. 2006).
  15. The regular operating hours for all Pinewood Lake Association properties is 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily. PLA members have the right to approach unaccompanied Juvenile Members outside of these hours and ask them to leave the property. Failure to comply may result in calls to parents or police as necessary.
  16. Beach Parties and Gatherings
  17. A) When the beach is legally open (lifeguards and registrars are on duty):
  • Any party or other “personal gathering” will require Board approval in advance; therefore members are cautioned to submit their requests to the Beach Committee several days in advance of the monthly Board meeting.
  • “Personal gatherings” will be limited to certain days and times to minimize overlap with the beach prime-times (as would be determined by the Board based on the planned beach activities for the season).
  • The Board will provide a written approval contract containing additional directions including where and when the party may be held, payment for extra lifeguards, cleanup fees and deposits.

The above rules do not intend to prevent members from extending our beach to their friends. The aim is to discourage a group of members, each inviting up to six guests (per the existing rules), from forming together a large and unapproved party that might over-task our lifeguards and impact the ability of other members to enjoy the beach.

  1. B) When the beach is legally closed (no lifeguards or registrars on duty):
  • No “personal gathering” or parties, with or without guests, are allowed without Board approval, except for PLA-sanctioned events.
  • Members are cautioned to submit their requests to the Beach Committee several days in advance of the monthly Board meeting.
  • The Board will provide a written approval contract containing additional directions including where and when the party may be held, payment for extra lifeguards, cleanup fees and deposits.
  • Balancing benefits vs. liabilities, the PLA Board would address each request on a case-by-case basis.

The above rules do not intend to infringe on members’ ability to enjoy the beach in the company of few guests. We need, however, to make an effort to maintain a clean and safe beach area when no one is on duty and the beach is legally closed.