This is very important so please read carefully. This all took place during my tenure as president so I am the best to try to explain it to you.
There has been some confusion in regards to what the MBPA owns on the beach and what is private. Please print out the attached map and then read further:
The yellow indicates what the MBPA owns. The red is privately held beach by the owners it fronts. The green dots are the sewer cleanouts south of the ramp. They are great reference points.
The map was done by our surveyor to determine the actual beach that is owned by the MBPA for TRPA requirements for the buoy field and for a few potential quiet-title actions that were taking place. The owners of Zephyr Cove Properties, who were the original developers of Zephyr Cove and Marla Bay in 1923, still owned the beach in front of Marla bay for all these years. The developer deeded the beach at Zephyr Cove to their HOA many years ago but not to our association. We went to the principals and with the help of some of our very well connected members we persuaded Zephyr Cove Properties to deed our beach to us.
The best way to see who owns what for yourself is to go down the ramp and use the breakwater for the sewer clean-out (the corrugated wall in front of the big manhole) as a reference point. If you look north towards the bottom of the north stairs you can sight the property lines of the north owners. They own the beach to the east. Right now it is pretty much the whole beach. Now turn to the south and line up the south stairs with the breakwater and you will see that the other manhole is on private property and it tapers off to the fence line at Voorhees. That is private beach. From the north line of Voorhees (621 Lakeshore) to the south stairs is all MBPA beach.
The rule is that private property is owned to high water which is an elevation of 6229 feet, which is about the breakwater for the sewer clean-out. The MBPA owns the beach between 6229 and the low water mark of 6223. A bench mark of 6223 is the very bottom of the ramp which is under 6 feet of water right now.
All in all, if you want to use the beach in front of the homes on the north side of the ramp it is OK. Just ask the owner if you want to leave anything on the beach for any period of time. In most cases they will accommodate you if they can. Over the years they have all been very gracious. We all need to be appreciative of that fact and not to ruin it for years to come. Please respect their privacy and keep the noise down and the language clean.
I hope this clears up the confusion. Please feel free to get a hold of me if you have comments or I screwed something up!