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


I’ve received a number of inquiries on when we’re going to open the pools, and I wanted to bring everyone up to date on where we are with that right now.

Board members have been meeting regularly to discuss this topic, and we’ve spent considerable time examining the requirements and restrictions for reopening put in place by the governor. We’ve also been in contact with other HOAs in Brunswick County regarding their plans, and we’ve sought guidance from both our insurance agent and attorneys for their opinions. Based on all the information we’ve received to date, I regret to inform you that we will not be opening the MAC pool at this time. We had hoped to have it open by the July 4th weekend, but that will not be possible.  Completion of the repairs at the Pink Palace pool continue to be delayed by weather issues, and we don’t know when that pool will be ready for use. However, unless the state restrictions are dramatically reduced, it is doubtful we will have the resources to open both pools this summer.

This decision to not reopen the MAC pool right away was not taken lightly.  Our decision was based on the following:

  • The number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations due to this virus are increasing in both North and South Carolina, with record numbers of new cases reported the past few days. Since Sea Trail is predominantly a community of senior citizens, the most vulnerable population in the current pandemic, introduction of the virus into our community could be devastating.
  • The restrictions set by the State are very extensive, and we do not have the resources to ensure they can all be met all the time. If a complaint for non-compliance was filed against the association or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was to inspect the pool and identify any compliance issues, the association could be fined and the pool closed for an extended amount of time, possibly until the pandemic is declared over.
  • Our insurance agent has informed us that any legal action related to COVID-19 falls personally on the board members, because our Director and Officer insurance policies do not cover actions taken during a pandemic. Such coverage is impossible to obtain, because no insurance companies are willing to include infectious disease events in their policies. Based on this, he has advised us not to open the pool until the governor relaxes the current restrictions. Our attorney has given us the same advice.
  • The ABCPOA (Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Associations) has sent information that of the 20 HOAs they have been in contact with, 9 are not opening their pools at all, 10 are opening at significantly reduced capacity, and one is open for lane swimming only by reservation.
  • CAMS, a community management company that has as clients numerous local HOAs and Condo association pools, is reporting that many of their clients who opened their pools when South Carolina relaxed their restrictions are now closing them due to the inability to adequately adhere to the required restrictions.

We will continue to monitor changes in the guidelines and will assess the situation. Our pools are key amenities and keeping them closed is something none of us want to do. We appreciate your support of our decision at this time.

Please continue to enjoy the beauty of Sea Trail and Sunset Beach during this very different summer season! Be Safe!

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.

Support our Local Restaurants

We’re all acutely aware by now of how hard the current crisis has hit our restaurant industry. We’re blessed here in Sea Trail as most of us are retired and don’t have to worry about where our next paycheck is coming from – and, as the saying goes, we live in paradise! So probably one of the best things we can do to help is to order takeout/curbside carryout or delivery from one of our local restaurants. We’re also blessed in this area to have a truly diverse selection of independently owned restaurants (i.e., not chains) and it would be a shame to lose any of them either to illness or to economic hardship.

Please help by ordering out, once a week, twice, whatever you can afford. Various national movements are already under way to encourage us. (See for further information.) Take some time out to have your own home-based sampling of the cuisine represented on our list, and if you know of any other places we haven’t included, let us know and we’ll add them to the smorgasbord. If you’re not much of a foodie or you have a restricted diet, you still can help! Guy Fieri has a Restaurant Relief Fund where you can make direct donations to restaurants and their employees suffering hardship right now.



Bagel Dock – To Go Only. Hours of operation are as usual – 6:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m – (910) 575-1200

Boat Landing – Closed Monday & Tuesday. Reopen Wednesday at 11:30 for takeout orders. Please call (910) 575-2259 –

Boundary House – Closed until further notice

Calabash Deli – Open regular hours – (910) 579-9801 –

Central Mamma’s Restaurant – 1021 Beach Drive, Sunset Beach, NC. Open regular hours – (910) 579-6545 – Carry Out available.

Dominoes Pizza – 6278-7 Beach Drive SW Unit 7, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 – (910) 575-3800 –

Fibbers – Closed until further notice

Grand Strand Coffee Bar – 9869 Ocean Hwy. W. Carolina Shores – around corner from Food Lion – Carry out and drive up window.  Open regular hours.  (910) 575-7684

Gravy Southern Eatery – Opening back up Tuesday for To Go orders only ( Please call (910) 579-4733.

House’s Place at the Beach (The VAC) – We will be returning to operation on Tuesday, March 24th with DELIVERY available of our NEW full menu as well as take out availability from 11 am – 8 pm. Call (910) 766-6193 to place your orders on Tuesday and stay turned in as we highlight some of our great new offerings like pizzas and more!
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Inlet View Bar & Grill – Closed until further notice

Island Seafood Company – Curbside Pick Up & Food Truck – 6778 Beach Dr SW, Ocean Isle Beach – Hours 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Please call first (910) 579-5777

La Cucina – Open daily from 4pm to 8pm take out only with full menu. Please call ahead with your order – (910) 579-9777.

Maria’s Pizza – 120-7 Causeway Dr, Ocean Isle Beach – Now offering curb side delivery, take out and delivery to Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach and Calabash from 11:30 am- 9:00pm (910) 579-3233 –

Patio’s Tiki Bar & Grill – 4495 Mineola Ave, Little River, SC – Curbside & Delivery – * Daily 20% Off Menu Items – while supplies last* – Delivery for orders of $25+ Call Ahead: (843) 427-7228

Pizza Hut – 5054 N. Main St., Shallotte, NC 28470 – (910) 754-6105 –

Roberto’s Ristorante – 6737 Beach Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach – (910) 579-4999 – Take out – Menu on website:

Sarah’s Kitchen – Open for Take Out or Delivers. Please Call (910) 575-3777

Sugar Shack – Pick up & Delivery orders – (910) 579-3844 –

Talk of the Town – Hwy 904 & Old Georgetown – Tues. – Sat. 4pm – 7pm – (910) 579-5998 – Take out & Delivery within a 5 mile range

Email Scams & Fraud

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