President’s Update | 4-3-20

Good morning Sea Trail!  I hope you are all staying safe. These are very trying times and I know it’s very difficult to do things we are not accustomed to, like not getting any closer then six feet from others.  But we need to stay safe along with ensuring that all of our residents of Sea Trail are also safe.

The Master Association has been notified by the Town of Sunset Beach that some residents of Sea Trail are still ignoring the limitation of one hour parking at our beach lot and the closure of certain beach access.  They are also concerned that normal ordinances such as restrictions relating to dogs are being ignored.  STMA is required to enforce not only our rules but those of the Town. In addition, violations of emergency orders from Sunset Beach may result in issuance of citations by the Town for which legal penalties may result.

Sunset Beach and STMA both recognize the opportunity the beach provides for relief from home confinement necessitated by COVID 19.  However, continued selfish disregard of the emergency orders from the Town will result in the total closure of our beach parking lot and the closure of ALL access to the beach, denying access it to everyone and possibly an addition to personal legal jeopardy.

Please be mindful of both our STMA rules and the Town emergency orders.  Exercise common sense and concern for others in these unusual times. Let’s remember that we are all in this together and our actions affect everyone.

This WILL end. Until then stay safe and do the right things!

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

President’s Message | 3-31-20

Good morning Sea Trail! I hope you all are staying safe and taking precautions needed to stay safe.

The Master Association is asking for your help.  We’ve done everything we can to try to keep you safe during the corona virus crisis; now it’s up to you.  Recently the Governor issued a “no visitor” plea and the CDC issued a “no domestic travel” warning, so it’s not safe for us or any of our loved ones to be traveling. We realize how difficult this is, especially with Easter coming – normally a time for family and friends to gather.  At this time, we’re asking for each and every one of you to please postpone any visits from your loved ones indefinitely.  When this crisis is over the beaches will still be here, as will the golf, the beautiful weather and you. If the corona virus should come to Sea Trail it has the potential to be devastating, we are an aging community and many of us have underlying health problems.  Please think of your friends and neighbors (your second family) at this time.  We all need to act in the best, selfless way for our community.

We plan on keeping our beach parking lot open for now. The beach has not been closed, but all public beach accesses will be closed with the exception of the 12th Street and 33rd Street accesses. This closure includes the entrances at the pier and the gazebo. Beach activities are limited to walking, running and biking. No sitting, lounging or laying out will be permitted. The town will be monitoring the beach for violators. If you still choose to use the Sea Trail parking lot and walk to these access points, please note there are a number of children living on the street where the entrance is located (1st street), and exercise caution when driving on that street.

If you have property in Sea Trail that you rent, the town of Sunset Beach has declared that your rental property cannot be rented again until after April 30th. All short-term renters should have vacated by now. This order went into effect last Thursday, March 26th.

Please be careful as you drive thru Sea Trail. With the good weather and nothing much else to do, we have many more residents than usual out walking and riding bikes through our streets. Please obey the speed limits and give them plenty of room.

Sunday morning between 8:00am – 9:00am, one of our residents had the rear end of their car smashed into at the beach parking lot, causing quite a bit of damage. Unfortunately this was a hit and run, and the police are actively investigating it because it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the police as soon as possible.

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

House’s Place Delivery Updates & More!

Beginning Tuesday March 24th all Sea Trail Residents get 20% off carryout and delivery orders at House’s Place….

PLUS

Free Delivery on orders over $25.  (Delivery orders under $25 will have a $3 delivery charge added)

Call (910) 766-6193 to place your orders from 11AM-8AM and don’t forget to check out our new menu!

Delivery and Full Menu Coming to House’s Place!

Reminder | STMA VAC Access

There has been some confusion over our agreement with the VAC. Here is what was in my original email blast.

“In order to take advantage of these facilities, you must document your status as a STMA member and fill out their required forms.  This can be done the first time you go there. But, in order to save time, it is better to pre-register using the link, https://my.rhinofit.ca/rhinosign/22e7e64b.  After pre-registering, upon arrival the first time you will need your STMA access card and driver’s license.  At that time they will take your picture for their records.  We will also soon have this link available on our website.  In addition, you will soon be able to reserve the VAC meeting rooms on the STMA website as you do for our other facilities.

Access to these facilities is limited to STMA members, their families and their guests.  Renters can only use the facilities if they purchase a VAC membership directly from them.  Daily, weekly and monthly memberships are available.”

Village Activity Center (VAC) Access for STMA Members

As of February 15, all Master Association members in good standing will be able to access the facilities of the Village Activity Center (VAC).  These include indoor and outdoor pools, meeting rooms, Tiki Bar and their restaurant, House’s Place.

In order to take advantage of these facilities, you must document your status as a STMA member and fill out their required forms.  This can be done the first time you go however, in order to save time, it is better to pre-register using this link, https://my.rhinofit.ca/rhinosign/22e7e64b This link will also be available on our website.

After pre-registering online, you will need to bring your STMA access card and driver’s license the next time your go to the VAC.  At that time they will take your picture for their records.  In addition, you will soon be able to reserve the VAC meeting rooms on the STMA website as you do for our other facilities.

Access to these facilities is limited to STMA members, their families and guests.  Renters can only use the facilities if they purchase a VAC membership directly from them.  Daily, weekly and monthly memberships are available.

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

STMGA Sponsored Annual St. Patrick’s Day Tournament – CANCELLED

DATE:  Tuesday, March 17th

TIME:  9:00 Shotgun

LOCATION:

  • Maples
  • The tournament will be followed by a traditional St. Patrick’s Day Buffet at Magnolias Starting @1:30pm

FORMAT: 

  • PYOT SCRAMBLE (Play from your usual Tee)
  • (3) FLIGHTS: Men, Women & Couples

OPEN TO:  Members of STMGA, STLGA, Lady 9’ers, Duffers & Sea Trail Residents

COST:

  • $22.00 for golf & buffet (tax &tip included) *
  • $19.00 for buffet only (tax & tip included)
  • $3.00 for Golf Only *
  • * Does NOT include Sea Trail Golf Fees
  • PREPAYMENT PLEASE – Please make checks payable to STMGA and deposit them in the STMGA lockbox which is in the computer room at the Jones/Byrd Clubhouse
  • DO NOT GIVE YOUR CHECKS TO THE PROSHOP
  • Please indicate on your check that the payment is for the St Patrick’s Day Tournament

HOW TO SIGN-UP:  The signup sheet is posted on the STMGA bulletin board at the J/B

  • Single players will be paired with other singles.

DEADLINE:  12 noon, Friday March 13th (NO EXCEPTIONS)

CHAIRMEN:  John Olson, STMGA Tournament Chairman & Cliff Dahlen, St. Patricks Tournament Chairman

President’s Message – Use of Village Activity Center (VAC)

Good morning Sea Trail. Your Sea Trail Master Association Board has been very busy over the past several months and has some very good and exciting news.

Over the past few years, it has become apparent to the Master Association Board and to many of our members that we need to expand our amenities to accommodate our growing population.  The Long Range Planning Committee has been working on this issue for approximately five years and have made excellent recommendations regarding ways to expand our facilities.  However, both cost and finding an appropriate place for new or expanded facilities are a problem.  The Board has begun to address the cost issue by establishing a future expansion fund but expectations are that it will take several years at least before we can finance a new facility.  In the meantime, a drive around Sea Trail demonstrates the need for additional space, given the large number of homes that are being built.

After much discussion, the Board has come up with an excellent temporary solution to this problem.  Effective February 15th, all Sea Trail Master Association members in good standing will have access to the facilities at the Village Activity Center(VAC), both indoor and outdoor pools and several meeting rooms.  Not only will this give our members access to this excellent facility, but it will relieve the congestion in our pools during the summer months and give those looking for meeting and party rooms an additional option. In addition, it will give us additional time to plan for and finance the expansion of our amenities.

Final details are currently being worked out and will be forwarded to you as soon as they are finalized.  Those members who have purchased VAC memberships will get prorated refunds upon completion of this agreement.  The Board looks upon this as a welcome short term solution to the long term problem of expanding our amenities.

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President