Dunewood Handbook


This handbook has been prepared by the Board of Trustees of the Dunewood Property Owners Association (“the DPOA”) to provide Dunewood homeowners, summer residents and guests with useful information about our community and facilities. Please be attentive to the standards set by the enclosed so we can all enjoy Dunewood as a pleasant, family, summer community for all.


Dunewood homeowners are members of the DPOA. A copy of the DPOA by-laws is available on request from the Secretary.

1.  Annual Dues

Each year DPOA members receive notice of annual dues. Since annual dues fund Dunewood’s facilities, programs and services, prompt payment is essential. Only DPOA members whose dues and assessments are fully-paid and their tenants and their off-island guests may use the community’s facilities.

2.  DPOA Meetings

Two meetings of the DPOA are held each year, one in the Spring and the other in the Fall. The Spring meeting is usually held on the weekend following Memorial Day; the Fall meeting, at which Board elections take place, is held in late September. Written notice of DPOA meetings are mailed or emailed to members at the addresses reflected in DPOA’s records.


1.  Garbage Collection

Garbage collection is contracted by the Board of Trustees; regular pickups are made from April through Election Day in accord with a schedule issued each year. At other times, homeowners are responsible for their own garbage disposal. Each homeowner or tenant is responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness in and around his or her garbage rack.

In addition to regularly scheduled pick-ups there are free bulk refuse collections at the end of May and September on dates to be announced. Individual homeowners are responsible for the removal of bulk refuse at all other times. The accumulation of bulk refuse on private or community property is prohibited from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In the event of a violation, refuse will be removed by the Board of Trustees and the cost incurred will be billed to the responsible property owner.

Recyclable material must be kept in separate containers that are clearly marked “Recyclable”. Garbage cans must be kept securely covered. Tops that are easily removable should be secured by a bungee cord. Small electrical appliancances must be seperated and left in an area that is visible for trash collection. If electrical items are co-mingled with other household garbage trash will not be collected from those particular receptacles.

2. Community Walks: Pedestrians/Bicycles/Wagons

Although pedestrians have the right-of-way on community walks at all times, they are requested to move to the right when bicycles approach from either the front or the rear. When passing a pedestrian, a cyclist should ring his or her bell to alert the walker, and say “on your left”. All bicycles must be equipped with bells or horns; lights are required for night riding.

No bicycle riding is permitted on the docks. Bicycles or wagons should not be parked on the docks, the walk approaching the ferry dock, on the walks near the sailing area and the beach entrances. There is a parking area at the bay beach.

3. Pets

Pets are welcome in Dunewood, but local laws require all dogs be walked on leashes. No pet may run free on the community walks or on your neighbors’ property. No pets are permitted on the bay and ocean beaches from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All animal fecal matter should be removed and placed in the dog owner’s receptacles only.

4. Water Supply

Since the installation of the new and deeper pipes some years ago, we do have year-round water in Dunewood and no longer use individual wells.

It is crucial however – if you are a summer resident and have not winterized your pipes – that you drain them thoroughly when you leave the beach, as any water remaining inside will case them to crack once it freezes. Similarly, in the spring, it is safest to have the water turned on only after the chance of freeze is over.

5. Fire

Fire is the single greatest danger to homeowners and the Dunewood Community.  Fire prevention therefore is of high priority.  In the event of fire, prompt and effective action will help minimize damage and save lives.

Open fires are prohibited by law on Great South Bay beaches.  Our Fire District also prohibits the use of outdoor charcoal grills for cooking.  Only covered gas or electric grills are permitted.  No exceptions are permitted unless pre-approved in writing by the Fire Department


1.    Call 911

2.    Tell dispatcher that you are reporting a fire in DUNEWOOD

3.    Give precise location by Walk and house number and, if possible, describe the type of fire.  Be sure guests and renters know your home’s.


1.    Check to determine that fire is not located in your own home

2.    Discontinue the use of all water at your home (washing machines, dishwashers, hoses, sprinklers, showers)

3.    Turn off water heater

4.    Clear all obstructions from the walks in front of your house.

5.    Follow the instructions of the Fair Harbor Fire Chief and deputies.


1.    Vacate all occupants immediately and call 911 as recommended.  If you use your fire extinguisher remember there are no more than 30 seconds of foam in most household extinguishers.

2.    Do not re-enter the fire area under any circumstances.   Go to your pre-arranged family meeting place.

Every household should have two rehearsed escape plans for vacating your house, one for day and the other for night when all are sleeping.  Make sure your pre-arranged meeting place is a safe distance away from the house.


·       Smoke detectors located in or near each bedroom (new batteries every year)

·       Two ABC-rated fire extinguishers

·       One long handled shovel

·       Two 50-foot garden hoses (front and rear of house)

·       Pail of sand near outdoor grill

·       Spark screens and chimney caps for all fireplaces and wood stoves


·       Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced each spring.

·       Fire extinguishers should be charged and read “green.”

·       Electrical wiring, hot water heaters, electrical cords and other equipment should be checked by a licensed electrician every other year.

·       Propane gas tanks should be stored outdoors.  Large propane tanks should be placed on concrete, hooded and chained to house.

·       Kitchen exhausts, fireplace flues and dryer exhausts should be cleaned.


·      Do have an active garden hose and available bucket of sand when outdoor grilling.

·      Do cut back brush at least three feet from house.

·      Do extinguish cigarettes and matches very carefully, indoors and out of doors.

·      Do remove fire-hazardous and combustible materials, such as brush and scrap lumber from under and around house.

·      Do inform all guests, renters, baby sitters of house address, use of electrical equipment and grills and emergency fire procedures.

·      Do check ashtrays and upholstered furniture for smoldering ashes or cigarettes.

·      Don’t store flammable material under your house.

·      Don’t leave food unattended while cooking on stoves or grills.

·      Don’t leave lit candles unattended.

·      Don’t smoke in bed.

6. Medical


1.    Call 911

2.    Give dispatcher precise location and description of medical  emergency.


The Medical District provides seasonal, non-emergency physician services. There is a small charge for services. Dates, days and hours are posted on the Doctor’s Office that is located just east of the Fair Harbor firehouse.

7. Deer

Deer are lovely animals, but they also carry ticks which spread Lyme disease, invade garbage cans and eat our plants. While the law protects them from harm, they should not be fed. In the interest of their health, children should be kept away from the deer. To combat ticks, the DPOA arranges, as appropriate, tick deterrent measures.


1. Construction

During the summer months, Dunewood residents and their guests are entitled to the quiet enjoyment of their Dunewood homes. For this reason, no construction is permitted on weekends or holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. No construction is permitted during July and August. If emergency construction is necessary, the DPOA President should be contacted.

2. Noise Abatement

Because houses are in close proximity, noise is easily transmitted. In consideration of your neighbors residents are urged to keep the volume of their radios, television sets and other noise making devices at a reasonable level. Except for community functions, loudspeakers should not be installed or used out-of-doors.

3. Rental Rules and Guidelines

Restrictions and covenants in Dunewood deeds prohibit group occupancy. The DPOA strongly condemns group rentals and has so advised the local real estate agents. Please remind your renting agent of these regulations.

Groupers will be denied all DPOA privileges, including the use of tennis courts, bay beach, sailing area, boat slips and docking facilities. The DPOA will pursue all available legal remedies to enforce this policy. We urge all DPOA members who rent to include the following language in the lease:

“The premises are rented to ‘one family’ defined as follows: One or more persons related by blood, adoption or marriage, living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit, exclusive of household servants. A number of persons, not exceeding three (3), living and cooking together as a single housekeeping unit, though not related by blood, adoption, or marriage shall be deemed to constitute ‘one family’. The selling of shares and subletting is prohibited.”

We recommend you meet your prospective tenant before signing a lease. A copy of this Handbook should be made available to your tenant.


1. Our Beaches

The bay beach and our ocean beach are our most valued natural resources. The ocean beach has a constant erosion problem, without special care and constant diligence it is in danger of being lost. It is important to protect our dunes. Always use the walks provided for access to the beach. Snow fences have been installed to slow dune erosion and have helped in building the beach elevation. Walking on the dunes or in the snow-fenced area is strictly prohibited.

Please help keep the beaches clean. Use the waste receptacles provided. Eating and drinking non-alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach, but please remember to clean up. If you see refuse which others have left behind, take the few seconds necessary to place it in a receptacle.

Be thoughtful of your neighbors at the beach. Keep the volume of radios low so as not to disturb others.  The use of earphones and headsets are strongly recommended.

Ball playing and frisbees are permitted to the extent that such activities do not disturb other beachgoers. When playing active games, please find an area away from sunbathers.


Swimming, particularly in the ocean should be approached with extreme caution since tides and currents are often hazardous. Swim only in designated areas and only when lifeguards are on duty. Lifeguards are stationed at both the ocean and bay beaches during the summer season. Even when lifeguards are present, however, children always must be supervised by adults. Lifeguards oversee the safety of swimmers and enforce beach regulations. They are authorized to expel from the bay or ocean beach swimming areas any person/s not abiding by beach regulations. Bay beach regulations are posted at the bay beach.

2. The Dunewood Swimminq Proqram

In addition to providing life guards, the community sponsors a swimming program in July and August which follows the guidelines established by the American Red Cross. Instruction is available to all age groups, from beginners through advanced levels. A Junior Life Saving and Water Safety course is also available. Registration for classes (July and August) is held on the first days of each month. Classes begin on the first Monday following the 4th of July weekend.

3. Tennis

Dunewood’s two tennis courts are the private property of the DPOA. Only DPOA members, their renters and their off-island guests may use the courts. During the summer of 2006 all DPOA members were issued new access cards to enable their entry. It is their responsibility to pass these cards on to their renters. Should a card be lost, the DPOA will issue a new card at a cost of $45 to the recipient. These cards may not be loaned to others.

The following are Dunewood rules for use of the courts:

1.    No play permitted before 8 A.M.

2.    Children may not use the courts as a playground.

3.    All players must wear tennis sneakers.

4.    Six game sets are the standard.

5.    If four or two players do not choose to play a set, rallying is limited to thirty minutes.

6.    A five minute warm-up time applies when there are people waiting.

7.    Guests are limited to play after 11A.M. and are restricted to two sets per day if there are others waiting to play.

8.    Posted time allocations must be observed.

9.    DPOA may change and /or suspend these rules at any time.

10. Courtesy at all times is required.

11. Pets, carriages, bikes, roller blades or skateboards are not permitted at any time.

12. Smoking is prohibited.

13. No more than two people from the same house may be on the courts at the same time except during guest and family time. The is always a restriction of four people maximum from the same house.

4. The Dunewood Yacht Club

The Dunewood Yacht Club is drawn from the communities of Dunewood, Lonelyville, Fair Harbor and Saltaire. Both sail and power boat owners are active participants in the club’s activities.

The Yacht Club sponsors an excellent sailing program during July and August. Classes in beginning, intermediate and advanced sailing instruction, racing and boat handling are offered. Private instruction and boat rentals are also available. While registration times may change, registration for classes is usually held from July 1st to 3rd. Applications for membership are mailed on or about June 15th. In addition to the sailing program, the DYC sponsors annual regattas, a beach party (aka “Fun Day”) and other special events. Contact the Commodore for further information.

5. Dockinq Facilities

The DPOA owns and maintains the community’s dock, boat slips and bulkheads. The ‘L’ dock provides 10 reserved boat slips, 3 to 4 visitor’s slips and 2 slips reserved for the Dunewood Yacht Club boat. Additional boat slips are available west of the ferry dock. The dock is also used for water taxis and fishing. Due to water traffic, swimming off of the dock is not permitted.

The Board of Trustees has adopted the following rules governing use of the community’s docking facilities which the Dockmaster, appointed by the Board of Trustees, is empowered to enforce:

1.    Assignment of boat slips is limited to DPOA Members owning boats and may not be sublet, transferred or used by any boat other than the boat assigned.

2.    The assignment of available slips will be made only after submission of boat registration numbers, proof of insurance and the docking fees.

3.    Annual docking fees are proposed by the Dockmaster, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

4.    Priority of assignment, transfer of slip assignment and seniority is established from the date of written application. The Dockmaster maintains the waiting list for slips, which is available to any DPOA member. Seniority is not affected by transferring from one slip to another. Longevity in the DPOA has no bearing on seniority. Loss of seniority for any reason will result in return to the bottom of the waiting list.

5.    If slips are available, renters may be assigned spaces if they meet the conditions set forth in Paragraph 2. The availability of slips for renters will not be confirmed prior to June 1st in order to accommodate DPOA boat owners. Renters do not acquire seniority.

6.    To ensure that space is available and to discourage unauthorized docking, Dunewood residents expecting guests who will use the visitors’ docking facilities should notify the Dockmaster in advance. The Dockmaster reserves the right to notify appropriate authorities in the event of unauthorized docking.

In addition to the above, the following regulations will be strictly enforced:

1.    No boat longer than 32′-0″ or wider than 12′-0″ will be permitted to moor at the Dunewood docking facilities because of our limited space. No exceptions, therefore, can be permitted.

2.    Boats assigned slips west of the ferry dock are also subject to height restrictions regulated by existing deeds and covenants on file with the Board of Trustees. Property owners planning to purchase boats are advised to familiarize themselves with these regulations prior to purchase. No accommodation will be made for a non-complying boat.

3.    No overnight sleeping on boats is permitted.

4.    No electrical hookups or generators are permitted.

5.    No discharge of waste is permitted.

6.    No boats will be permitted to be stored at the Bay Beach between May 1st an October 15th.


The Dockmaster has the authority, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees, to alter, amend or modify any regulation when in the best interests of the community or the public safety. The decisions of the Dockmaster may be appealed in writing to the Board of Trustees.

Keep your Handbook accessible. Provide a copy to your renters and guests as appropriate.

Enjoy Dunewood to the fullest!
DPOA Board of Trustees

DPOA Swim Program Waiver

I understand that the swim activities that ________________ is about to participate in can be a dangerous and hazardous activity and that injury can result from such participation.  I agree to accept and assume any and all risks of injury while participating in any swimming activities.  I also willingly and freely accept the risks that are obvious and necessary in such participation.


In consideration of using the facilities provided to me for these activities, I agree not to sue Dunewood, D.P.O.A., or any person organizing the activities or their employees and/or agents if I am hurt during these activities.  I accept full responsibility for any and all damages or injury to myself or injury or damage that I cause to others.  I further agree to hold harmless and defend and indemnify the organizers of these activities and its owners, agents and employees from all liability including claims of negligence or other breach of duty for property damage, injury or death to myself or to any other persons including family members that occur as a result of, or related to, my participation in the use of the facilities, premises, and/or equipment provided.


This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York and shall be litigated in the courts of the State of New York, which shall have the exclusive jurisdiction over every party in connection with any dispute, controversy, cause of action, lawsuit or any other claim.


I acknowledge that I have carefully read and completed this agreement and express assumption of the risk contract and I full understand its contents.













(If Minor) Parent’s Signature

The Dunewood Yacht Club

The Dunewood Yacht Club offers a long tradition of sailing instruction for a wide range of ages and all skill levels. It is one of the only sailing programs on Fire Island and is a staple of the Fire Island community.

The DYC offers instruction on Sunfish sailboats. Sunfish are one person racing boats that can fit a maximum of four people.  After passing a swim test, all students have the opportunity to work with a team of experienced instructors and lifelong sailors. Students are assigned to classes based on age and skill level. The DYC offers the opportunity to make friends—classes are filled of kids from all around Fire Island. Sailing at the DYC is just as much fun as it is educational.

Below is a brief list of what the DYC has to offer. As you can see, there is something for everyone:

Classes: Sailing classes meet Monday through Friday. There are five different classes that meet for an hour each, ranging from beginner’s class for our youngest students to racing class for the advanced students. Racing class students are encouraged to eventually purchase their own Sunfish, but boats are provided by the DYC for all classes. Students have the ability to move up in class as they improve their skills throughout the summer. Classes are available on a weekly basis, starting the last week of June. Rates are:

1-Week Dunewood Resident – $

1-Week Non-Resident – $

1-Month Dunewood Resident –  $

1-Month Non-Resident – $

Private Lessons: Private lessons are also available for all ages upon reservation, seven days a week. While group lessons are geared towards children and adolescents, private lessons are ideal for adults of any skill level or age. Rates are:

1-Hour Child Private – $

1-Hour Adult Private – $

Rentals: Sunfish rentals are available upon reservation, seven days a week. Rentals are limited to very experienced sailors and are left to the discretion of the sailing instructors. In some cases, a sailing instructor may recommend a private lesson before renting a sailboat.

1-Hour Rental – $

Fun Day / Fun Awards: Fun Day typically takes place on the last Friday of August and is a day of sailing games for all kids who have participated in the DYC sailing program throughout the summer. Fun Day also features the Fun Awards, where instructors, students, and parents meet to give funny and playful awards to everyone who has participated in the sailing program. Fun Day and the Fun Awards are two long-lasting traditions of the DYC.

Payment: In the past the DYC has accepted cash or checks made payable to the D.P.O.A. This year we will be offering an online payment method as well. For more information on paying online and/or in advance, please contact Head Instructor:_______  at the email address listed below.

For more information about anything related to the Dunewood Yacht Club, feel free to contact Head Instructor: _________ at _________. We are looking forward to a great summer of sailing!

Rip Tides


beach safety
Understanding the ocean is very important— the more you know about how waves, wind and tides affect conditions in the water, the better able you are to keep yourself safe, or even warn others away from danger. Recognizing danger signs and awareness of surf conditions is an essential way to keep yourself, family, and friends safe.


rip currents
A rip is a strong current running out to sea or parallel to the beach. Rip currents are the cause of most rescues performed at beaches. A rip current usually occurs when a channel forms between the shore and sandbar, and waves have built up water which then returns to sea, causing a drag effect. The larger the surf, the stronger the rip. Rip currents are dangerous, as they can carry a weak or tired swimmer into deep water.

One Example of a Rip Current

How to recognize some rip currents

Rip currents cannot always be differentiated nor distinguished from the surrounding water. Often a rip current gives no visible warning of its existence, however, certain indications may indicate rip current conditions. The conditions which may indicate a rip current are:

  1. A channel of fast moving, churning, choppy water.
  2. A difference in water color.
  3. Any objects in water moving out to sea.
  4. A break in the incoming wave pattern.

These conditions are not always present.

How to help someone in trouble

  1. Do not become another victim.
  2. Get help from a lifeguard.
  3. If no lifeguards are present, look for surfboard riders or other people with ocean experience.
  4. Tell the victim to float and do not panic—assistance will be on the way.
  5. Yell instructions to the victim on how to escape.
  6. If possible throw a floatation device to the victim.
  7. Call 9-1-1 for assistance.


    How to escape a rip current

    1. Stay Calm.
    2. Float to regain energy, do not fight the current.
    3. Escape the current by swimming across the direction of water flow. Once free from the rip, adjust your direction and swim back to shore.
    4. If you are unable to escape by swimming, float or tread water.
    5. If you are unable to reach the shore, face the shore and waive your arm above your head, yell for “HELP” to draw attention to yourself.
    6. When you regain energy or the current weakens, swim across the direction of water flow. Once free from the rip adjust your direction and swim towards shore.
    7. Do not panic, the rip current will dissipate in deeper water.