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Welcome to The Refuge at Dirickson Creek! More than a destination, a community should be welcoming and also inspire residents toward common goals. We encourage all residents to be involved in making The Refuge the best it can be to benefit us all. Our community’s website is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for current and potential residents, and for the public. 
 
What's Happening
Happy Hour at the Pool
Friday, May 22nd to Friday, September 4th, 6:00 PM at Pool
Bring an appetizer to share, your favorite beverage. Please remember no glass containers are permitted on the pool deck.
 
Book Club
Thursday, July 30th, 10:00 am at Pool Side
Two books have been selected: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. The first may be difficult to obtain. It seems to be this summer's Gone Girl. If anyone has secured a hard copy and is finished, please let us know and we can arrange to pass it along.
 
Children's Storybook Reading
Wednesday, August 5th, 10:00 am at fenwick Island Town Park
Need something for your kids or grandkids to do on Wednesdays? Storybook reading will be August 5th and 19th
 
Children's Storybook Reading
Wednesday, August 19th, 10:00 am at Fenwick Island Town Park
Need something for your kids or grandkids to do on Wednesdays?
 
Adult Pool Party
Sunday, August 30th at Pool
DJ Sky Brady, "The DJ With Personality" will be entertaining us with his music!
Details to follow
 
Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 3rd
Details will be announced at a later date.
 

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Neighborhood News
Pool Decking Surface Update:The Refuge at Dirickson Creek Home Owners Association is currently involved in a civil lawsuit with the contractor that installed the deck coating on the community pool last fall.  The coating has delaminated and the Refuge has received two expert reports which recommend complete removal and replacement of the coating.  The contractor refused to correct its work and sued the Owners Association for payment in full for the work it performed.  The Refuge Home Owners Association has retained an attorney specializing in construction issues and countersued the contractor for the costs to repair and correct the defective work.  The lawsuit could take some time to resolve.  In the meantime, the Association is soliciting proposals to  perform the repair work in the fall immediately after the pool closes and weather permits.  The Board will continue to provide updates to the HOA.
 
NEW - No Application Fee when submitting a Refuge HOA Architectural Control Committee Request: At the request of the ACC, the Board of Directors has agreed to remove the fee for any homeowner who submits a request to modify or enhance any part of their lot or exterior of their home. An application and necessary plans will still be required, and no work may commence until written approval is received by the homeowner. The application and guidelines may be found on the Documents tab of this site.
 
Project Details & Scope of Work for Sunset Park: With the loss of natural habitat from human development and invasive species, how we manage our land as gardeners is becoming increasingly important to the conservation of North American wildlife. The goal of Ecological Restoration Landscaping is to help conserve biodiversity by creating landscapes reminiscent of natural plant communities using native plant species. Click Here to see the plan that includes the complete scope of the project.
 
Pool Duty: We have one week that still needs to be filled for pool duty, August 16-22. Your help is greatly appreciated in helping keep our pool costs down. Please contact Wanda Raleigh at Wandanraleigh@msn.com or 410-570-1226.
 
Attention fellow Dirickson Creek watershed residents: The CIB (Center for the Inland Bay), Your Creek, Dirickson Creek watershed team volunteers have finalized the on line survey project. It takes about 5 minutes to complete the survey, which asks about how you use the creek, and what your environmental concerns are. It will be interesting to see the compiled results in a few months. This is the first ever survey of its kind for our creek. Love Creek, to our north, was the first Your Creek project, of the 14 inland bay tributaries in Delaware. More....
 
Our homes and gardens and lawns have a huge impact on the Dirickson Creek, Our Creek. The CIB survey of uses and opinions about the Creek will be used to identify actions for Creek protection and improvement. Please take 5 minutes and take this survey, Click Here.
 
Photos of the Garden Club Tour of Baywood Greens:
 
Photos curtesy of Anna vonLindenberg.
 
Mobile Patrol Security: If you have an emergency please call 911. You can then call the Bayside Security Patrol Dispatcher at 302-384-6542. From their vehicles, Bayside Security Patrol Officers monitor the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center. During normal business hours, please also report the incident to the HOA Property Manager, Jonathan Poole at SeaScape PM, 302-645-2222.