Higgins Beach Association

Panoramic view of Beach

Welcome to the Higgins Beach Association


The calendar has been updated with all the scheduled events; concerts, ice cream socials, evening of poetry, bridge, book club, meetings and the Wednesday dinners.

For the Wednesday dinners this season, there have been some changes. We still have the popular Prime Rib dinner, Lobster Bake, and Haddock dinner. There is also an Italian dinner and a BBQ dinner. We have added a Pizza Night and an Appetizer Social. The Appetizer Social is free but you still need tickets so we know how many people are coming. The less popular dinners have been dropped this year.

A reminder to inform your renters and guests about Scarborough's fireworks ordinance. A link to the Town's website and ordinance is in the left sidebar below.

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Welcome Back Pot Luck Supper


The annual Pot Luck Supper for members was held Saturday evening. Thanks to Lisa Jesmain and Steve Seabury and their team for organizing the event. The calendar says summer is here, but because of the awful weather, everyone asked when will it really arrive. Photos are on the Gallery page.

Doughnut Breakfast


You know summer has arrived when the "doughnut breakfast" sign is displayed outside the clubhouse. Yesterday marked the first doughnuts of the season. One of our members rose early (time to get the doughnuts) and arrived at the Cookie Jar in Cape Elizabeth at 6:00AM to pick up dozens of the delicious doughnuts. Maura Gwyer, doughnut breakfast organizer, had the coffee ready, and the crew from Cliff Street served up coffee and doughnuts at 9:00 AM when the doors opened. So now that summer is officially here let's hope the weather cooperates.

HBA Book Club


All are welcome to attend the first meeting of the season on Wednesday June 12 at 10:00 am. Meeting location is Barbara Bombaci's house at 22 Bayview Ave. The book to be discussed is "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingsolver.

Usually meetings are held every three weeks at someone's home. Check back here for future dates and meeting locations or call Barbara at 207-883-2060.

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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