Higgins Beach Association

Panoramic view of Beach

Welcome to the Higgins Beach Association

The season is upon us. The first events of the 2017 summer season have occurred. Check out the Calendar for upcoming events. The Gallery Page already has photos of happenings this spring. The June 2017 issue of the High Tide has been delivered this week by our volunteer Street Captains, along with the Tide Chart. A copy of the High Tide is on the High Tide page. Let us know if you did not receive either or need another copy. Copies will be available at the organizational meeting this Friday, June 30.

We have made some structural and style changes to this website which we hope you find helpful. The Events page is now the Calendar Page with all the dates filled out with scheduled events. Most of the links are now popups, keeping you on the website.

Latest News

Welcome Back Potluck Dinner

The annual Welcome Back Dinner was held this past Saturday. Thanks to Lisa Jesmain and her volunteers for hosting this event. "How was your winter?" was the question du jour as members caught up on news of their neighbors, friends, and the Beach. As usual the food; salads, main courses, and desserts, provided by the members was delicious. Roger Chabot presented Stephanie Cox of Project Grace, a check for $2,800. The money was raised at the silent Auction held a few weeks prior. Pictures of the event are on the Gallery Page.

Higgins Beach Zoning Audit Meeting

The meeting was held Sunday June 11 at the clubhouse. Residents of the Beach dropped in to see and hear the experience of the first year of the new Character Zoning at Higgins Beach. Members of the Consulting team and Town Officials were on hand to discuss what they learned from the past year and heard from the residents what they did and didn't like. Most of the feedback from the residents was positive. The Code was designed mainly for the core of the Beach with fifty by one hundred foot lots. There are some unusual and unique lots on the periphary of the beach that will require more discussion. More information can be found on the Town website HERE. Some photos of the meeting are on the Gallery Page.

Silent Auction Raises $2800 For Project Grace

Over 80 members attended the annual Silent Auction and Hors D'oeuvres evening. Members brought tasty appetizers and delicious desserts. Sandwiches were provided by Rodney Laughton of the Breakers, and wine provided by HBA. There were many interesting and competitive items up for bid. Some of the items included tickets for Red Sox and Sea Dog baseball games, Golf at three area courses plus a golf lesson. There were dinners at area restaurants and a two night stay at the Higgins Beach Inn. A number of gift certificates at area businesses were bid, and a historic tour of Higgins Beach and Prouts Neck, and of course a ride in the famous "Talking Car". A total of $2600 was raised for Project Grace. Stephanie Cox of Project Grace addressed the gathering enumerating all the work that is done to help people in need in our area. Thanks go to Maura Gwyer and Amy Prue and their volunteers for organizing and hosting this event. There are some pictures from the evening on the Gallery Page.

Higgins Beach Inn Opens Under New Management

Our members Bob Westburg and Diane Garofalo recently sold the Inn to the Migis Group. Over the winter some significant changes were made to the Inn and new restaurant, Shade. Walking in the front door, gone is the formal dining room to right, replaced by guest rooms. One room includes the porch as a sitting area. All the rooms now have private baths and are tastefully decorated in pleasing colors.

Gone, sort of, is the deck. A permanent roof was placed over the deck and side curtains will be placed around the perimeter to provide 3 season use. Heaters will be installed in the ceiling to provide warmth on cool spring and fall evenings. A larger bar with seating has been added. On the back wall of the bar is a mural of the façade of the Inn.

A link to their website is provided HERE and on our Links page. There you can find the new breakfast and dinner menus, plus other Inn information.

On Thursday evening, June 8, the new owners and staff provided an open house BBQ for over 300 residents of Higgins Beach. The event included tours of the Inn, live music provided by The Delta Knights Band, and food, drinks, and dessert. The Inn is now considered officially open. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery page.

A link to an article in the Scarborough Leader providing more background and information is HERE.

HBA Merchandise

Higgins Beach merchandise will be avaiable to purchase each Wednesday morning at Donuts. Merchandise will also be available at the Organizational meeting Friday June 30th.

Article on the surge of new apartment housing in Scarborough

There is an article from the Portland paper on the surge in new apartment housing in Scarborough. Read the article on the Civic page.

Meeting with Town and Police on the 2016 Season

The HBA Civic Committee recently met with the Town manager and the Police to review 2016. Those results are on the Civic Page.

Higgins Beach Zoning Repair Wins Award

This story was taken from the Town of Scarborough Newsletter and is on the Beach page.

Higgins Beach Zoning Repair

ARCH Daily, the world's most visited architectural website, has published an article titled "How to Foster Civic Engagement in the Age of Twitter". The article describes the process used by the Town and its consultants in coming up with a set of zoning rules specifically for Higgins Beach. Those of us who participated will recognize some of the elements of the process. The article describes other communities around the country following the same process. You can read the article HERE.

Fourth of July Parade

The theme for the 2017 Parade is "Simple Red, White, and Blue".

Wednesday Donuts 9:00AM

Starting June 21


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.

The Talking Car

Barbara O'Brien

A Higgins Beach Icon for decades. Watch a 2016 TV special by WGME HERE

Higgins Beach is Pedestrian Friendly

25 speed limit
Protect the Safety of our Beach
Obey the Speed Limit