PRESIDENT’S UPDATES – 7/8/2020

Good morning Sea Trail. It’s been a while since I last communicated with you all but finally I have some good news!

At this time, the Sea Trail Master Association is planning on opening the MAC pool within the next week.  In reopening the MAC pool, careful consideration has been given to CDC guidelines, the Governor’s phased plans, the recommendations of the Brunswick County Health Department, and the availability of pool monitors. The hot tub will remain closed because of the difficulty of social distancing in that setting. Until we have sufficient pool monitors to cover both pools, the Pink Palace will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

While there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, please be aware that if you use this facility you and any guests you bring are doing so at your own risk.  By entering the pool area, you take full responsibility for your own protection and for disinfecting your hands and anything you touch or use.  DO NOT enter the pool area if you or anyone in your household has been ill, is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, are under mandatory quarantine orders or have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in the past two weeks.

These are the guidelines that will govern the use of the MAC pool until modified by the STMA Board:

  1. Members MUST review, sign and submit our STMA FACILITIES USAGE WAIVER prior to entering our facilities.  Please take a moment to click HERE to review, sign and submit the waiver.  This will reduce your wait time at the gate entrance.
  2. When entering the gate, Members will use their access card and then be required to verify their identity with a picture ID.  Once that is confirmed, they will sign-in on the iPad. If the member has not reviewed, signed and submitted our STMA FACILITIES USAGE WAIVER prior to entering our facilities, they will be required to do so at that time.  The pool monitors will assist anyone needing help with the iPad sign-in.
  3. Everyone MUST wear masks when entering or leaving the pool area and are strongly recommended to wear them when not in the pools. Children 11 and under are not required to wear masks.
  4. Capacity will be limited to 30% of maximum at a time or 60 at the MAC pool.  Only 35 people will be allowed in the water at any given time. To accommodate as many people as possible, please limit your visit to two hours when others are waiting.
  5. There will be a 5 GUEST LIMIT per household.  If a member has guests using the pool, that member MUST be present at all times.
  6. Please be sure to use disinfectant on your hands upon entering the pool area.
  7. ALL chairs and tables will be removed and guests are asked to not sit on the stone wall at the MAC.  Members may bring their own chairs and lounges on which to sit.  The pool umbrellas will remain to provide for appropriate shade, but please bring supplies to disinfect the umbrella handles when you leave. NO cabanas or other outside shade structures are permitted.
  8. Please maintain at least six feet between you and others not part of your immediate household, both on the pool deck and in the pool. If you are waiting in the parking lot for a spot to open up, please wear a mask and maintain a six-foot distance from any others waiting in line.
  9. NO pool toys of any kind are allowed. Group games such as volleyball or water basketball, which involve multiple people interacting in close proximity, are prohibited.  Pool noodles will be allowed in the pool area, but they must leave with the owner.
  10. NO food is allowed in the pool area.
  11. Parents and chaperones of children will be responsible for enforcing their children’s social distancing behavior while in the pool.
  12. The grills are NOT to be used.
  13. Only ONE person permitted in the restrooms at a time unless it is an adult with a young child.
  14. Compliance will be regularly assessed and if it is determined that these rules are not being strictly observed, the Board may revisit the opening

Pool Monitors will be on duty at all times while the MAC pool is open.  They are responsible for enforcing all rules established by the STMA and assuring that all members and guests have a safe and enjoyable experience.  Please be courteous to them and follow their directions. Failure to do so or failure to follow the rules outlined herein will result in the loss of access privileges and possible fines.

If we can get additional members to sign on as pool monitors, and if we see an acceptable level of compliance with the guidelines at the MAC pool, we will consider reopening the Pink Palace pool.  If you would like to serve as a paid pool monitor, please contact Don Evans or speak with one of the pool monitors on duty at the MAC.

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

Use of Property Owner Cards

Currently, other than the Parking Lot on the island of Sunset Beach and Tennis Courts, all STMA facilities remain closed to all STMA property owners. In addition, the STMA Board has decided until further notice that only Sea Trail Property owners will have access to STMA facilities. Thus, until further notice, property owners will not be permitted to transfer use of their access cards to guests, short term renters, or any other individuals that are not Sea Trail Property owners. However, guests of property owners can access STMA facilities when they are in the company of a property owner. The STMA Board believes these restrictions will help insure the safety of all STMA Property Owners from contracting the Corona Virus.

Attention All Pickle Ball & Tennis Players

For the tennis and pickle ball players in Sea Trail, our courts will be opening soon. Once a few minor cracks on the courts are repaired, I will send out another email blast advising of the opening date.
When our tennis courts finally open for play, please note:
  • we will not be able to continually disinfect the gate or court area, so play at your own risk.
  • you are strongly urged to bring your own disinfectant wipes and/or spray for use on the gate prior to entering and exiting.
  • the benches have been removed to prevent cross infection and discourage gatherings.
  • you are also encouraged to adhere to the guidelines the USTA have established for their upcoming spectator-less tournaments
  • each player should bring their own can of marked tennis balls and use them only when they are serving.
  • touching racquets should replace fist bumps or handshakes
  • please avoid touching the net or other surfaces.
  • at this time, we are restricting the use of the courts for pickleball or tennis to residents only.
  • please maintain the six-foot distance requirement before, during and after play.
  • no large gatherings (>10 persons in the court area) will be permitted

If you see violations of these restrictions, please report them to our STMA administrator 910-579-5374 or administrator@seatrailma.com.

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

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

Reminder from Access Committee and Gate Entry to Facilities

From the Access Committee. We are now in the busiest time of the year and would like to remind all property owners entering a facility not to hold the gate open for anyone following them in. Although this might be the polite thing to do we ask that you close the gate and tell them to use their access card to gain entry.  This will keep all non-Sea Trail people and suspended property owners from entering our facilities.

Where Can We Park at the Beach If Our Lot Is Full?

I have had a few emails asking where should they park if our parking lot is filled at the beach. There is free parking as you enter the beach area on the left hand side and there is free parking along Main Street as long as you do not park in front of a driveway. There is also parking for a fee along side the parking lot beside the gazebo parking area.

Jack Phillabaum

STMA President