Higgins Beach Association

Panoramic view of Beach

Welcome to the Higgins Beach Association


Happy New Year 2019.

The new year is here and with it expectations of a wonderful summer of good weather and fun events. As always we ask for volunteers to help in any of the events. Please contact one of the Board members if you are willing to help.

The 2019 calendar is available and already populated with some of this year's schedule of events. We know that we will have Wednesday donuts, Thursday raking, and the Organizational and Annual Meetings. But there will be much more, including the dinners, which will have some changes this year, ice cream socials (one or two more), the Craft Fair and bake Sale, Fourth of July Parade with this year's theme: "Maine Products" (be creative, Maine is more than lobsters and pine trees).

Some of the news below will remain through the winter and spring, since it applies to current events, such as the shoreline changes. The information on fireworks are now permanent on the left sidebar if you are on a large screen device, or below if on a small screen device (smartphone).

Latest News

Higgins Beach Shoreline Changes Continue


Vin Bombaci sent along some photos of the erosion from the November 27th storm. The erosion was significant along the dunes between Pearl and Ashton Streets. The narrow strip of dunes are completely gone. Will the sand return? This result complements the article below on the shoreline changes.

The Shows the erosion in front of Vin's house almost out to the street, leaving just rocks showing.

The shows the battered snow fence that protected the dunes.

The shows the long view from one end of the dunes to where the Silver Sands used to be.

Higgins Beach Shoreline Changes


Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry earlier this summer sent results of a two year comparison of the mean high water line and vegetation line to one of our members. We are sharing this information. Peter's analysis shows 5 figures which use 2012 base aerial imagery and show the comparative shoreline positions. The is an overview of the entire beach.

The following figures show specific areas of the beach. . The symbology of the MHW (blue lines, either solid or dashed) and VEG lines (black lines, either solid or dashed) is consistent throughout the figures.

It is clear that the majority of the beach along Higgins eroded substantially and deepened (hence movement of the MHW in a landward direction). This resulted in the MHW being in contact with an approximate additional 170 feet of seawall in June 2018 vs. June 2017. A “nodal point” exists, roughly where the seawalls along Higgins Beach end and the natural dune begins – here, the signal of beach erosion changed, and the beach grew substantially. It appears that sediment moved from in front of the walls to closer to the Spurwink River.

Where dune vegetation existed, about 10-15 feet was lost, depending on location, except for closer to the Spurwink, where the dunes were either stable or grew slightly.

Beaches, Sand, and Sand Cycling

Peter Naiden, a long-time resident of the Higgins Beach community and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine/Augusta and in the Marine Science Department at Southern Maine Community College, gave an interesting, informative, educational, and scientific presentation this past Friday evening to about 50 people at the Clubhouse. He described the macro parts of a beach, from backshore; including upland, lagoon and dune field, to foreshore; including the frontal dune, aeolian ramp, berm, berm crest, wrackline, to offshore; including the beach face, runnels, longshore trough, longshore bar. He explained how each beach has its own type of sand and can only be replaced with that type of sand. Higgins beach has fine sand and is different from Pine Point which has a medium sand. He also shared his experiment where he weighed 2 kilograms of seaweed and discovered that it contained 40% sand. Seaweed is important for the health of the beach. Peter's opinion is that we should never remove seaweed form any beach. Some beaches bury or "trench" seaweed under the sand rather than remove it. He also shared some data on the sand cycling history at Higgins. From 1985 to 2000, there was a deficit, from 2002 to 2010, there was a surplus, and since 2010, there has been fluctuations between deficit and surplus. It is a new trend that we don't understand yet. Peter could have gone on for hours, but had to cut it off after 90 minutes. Peter also had samples of sand and local seaweed setup on tables. If anyone is interested in learning more about this subject, they can contact Peter at 239-6421. Photos of the event are on the gallery page.

Scarborough Comprehensive Plan

If anyone missed the meetings at Town Hall on the comprehensive plan, it is running on the local cable station. You can download your own copy of the plan by visiting https://www.scarboroughengaged.org/ . It is a lot to digest and the Civic Committee will be providing more information for us.


HBA urges you to bring your own coffee mug to reduce costs and help the environment

Clubhouse Use For Members Only

clubhouse Mid-May to Mid-Oct
Contact Sue Naiden for Details

Volunteers Needed

There are many activities that the HBA organizes for our members. Most of the time it is the same people doing all the work. If you would like to help at any of our activities, contact a Board member or email us.

Want to be a Board Member

Contact Barbara Bombaci, Nominating Committee Chairperson. Each year three positions become open. See the By-Laws for more information and deadlines.

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