Good morning Sea Trail! I hope all of you are safe and are following the entire guidelines set fourth by our Town Administration.  I found it is very challenging staying away from people, but by following the rules, it is my prayer that Sea Trail and all of our community continue to remain safe from this pandemic.

Today, Mayor Phillips amended the State of Emergency effective at midnight on April 6, 2020. In short, our beach strand and ALL beach accesses will be closed, the Town Park will also be closed and movement within Town limits will be restricted.  

All rentals, including both long and short-term rentals, or use of such premises by any individuals other than the deeded owner(s) shall be prohibited. This includes hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties and is also inclusive of private management companies, HOAs, Airbnb, VRBO-style lodging, and other overnight accommodations.

Those arriving or already established in Town prior to Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 12:00 AM may remain, so long as they abide by the Governor’s Executive Order that all of those arriving self-quarantine for 14 days. Long-term rentals, such as annual 6 or 12 month leases that were effective prior to April 7th are exempt.  Long-term rentals with a term that will expire within the next 90 days are allowed to renew their rental agreement.

Therefore as of April 6th at 10:00 PM , our beach parking lot will be closed.

Be safe, be grateful, be kind to each other, support everyone. We still live in paradise.

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

President’s Message | 4/1/2020

Good morning Sea Trail! Our STMA board wants to make sure you stay safe.

Please observe the rules that are set in place by our Government and our Town Administration.

We have just received notification from the Town of Sunset Beach that under the state of emergency enacted by the State of North Carolina, parking at all non-essential businesses is limited to one hour. This includes our beach lot and the private beach club lots owned by Ocean Ridge and Kingfish Bay and the Pier parking lot and the Continental parking lot. Golf courses are exempt from the one-hour limit.

The purpose of this restriction is to prevent large gatherings from taking place in commercial parking lots and on our beaches. Under the State of Emergency Declaration, local law enforcement has the power to enforce the provisions of the order and violators can be issued a Class 2 Misdemeanor Summons. Yesterday, the Town informed us that cars have been observed parked in both our lot and at the Ocean Ridge Club for considerable lengths of time exceeding one hour, and they are actively watching for violators. A few days ago, they recommended (but did not order) that we close the beach lot entirely; if the one-hour restrictions are not followed, they may order us to close the lot.

If you are still parking in the beach lot, please obey the one-hour or less limit so we can continue to provide parking at the beach. Please note that these restrictions are being imposed by the Town of Sunset Beach, not the Master Association; if you have any questions or wish to register a complaint contact Town Hall. We have NO control over this issue, and must follow all Town directives.

We have also been informed that the #33 beach access has now been closed, and the #40 entrance (which has handicap access) has taken its place.

Please stay safe!

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

State of Emergency Amended

Mayor Phillips has amended the Town of Sunset Beach Emergency Declaration to be effective today at 5:00 PM. Click HERE to view the State of Emergency Amendments. Restrictions added apply to the following:

Leaving home and travel
Essential Businesses and Operations
Outdoor Activities and Beach Goers
Town Park and Parking
Short-term Rentals

The Town will continue to monitor the current conditions and if it is determined that the restrictions are not being adhered to, Mayor Phillips will place further restrictions into effect. The Park remains open; however, the swings and picnic tables have been removed and the benches have been wrapped. 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. Beach activities are limited to walking, running and biking. No sitting, lounging or laying out will be permitted.


Lisa H. Anglin, Town Clerk

Message from Sheriff John Ingram

***AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM Sheriff John W. Ingram***

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a very stressful and in some cases, scary time for many of us in Brunswick County. The stay-at-home order issued yesterday by Governor Cooper likely and understandably enhanced those emotions.

I want to take a moment to share with you my perspective of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order. I think it is important to address what the Sheriff’s Office will and will not be doing as a result of the Order. I hope this will ease some worry for those trying to understand what the stay-at-home order means for you and your families. There is a great deal of information included in the order but I hope to cover the main points and clear up as much confusion as possible.

First, members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will not have roadblocks setup to check those who are out and about. We trust everyone moving about will be doing so for the purpose of work and/or taking care of essential needs.

What is considered essential as related to the stay-at-home order? A person may be out if they are coming or going to: Work, medical appointments, shopping for food, medications and home products for yourself or for someone unable to leave their home. This also includes travel to and from places of worship as well as travel to volunteer with organizations that provide charitable services. Additionally, you CAN go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. You can go for a walk or a jog and you can take your dog for a walk. However, this does not mean you can go to public places that have been closed by our county or our local municipalities (Please check with your local municipalities for a list of closures).

There are many businesses and services that are considered essential which will remain operational and available to you. While there are too many to list, some are: food services, healthcare services, banking services, construction services and gas stations. The Order with a complete list is provided below.

The goal of the order is to limit the amount of contact between people in an effort to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while still allowing you to have access to essential needs and giving providers of these needs authority to come and go. Exercising social distancing (maintaining at least six feet apart) and only gathering in groups of 10 people or less is key to minimizing the spread of COVID-19.

I offer encouragement to everyone during this time to stay positive and stay calm. This is a time for people with children to reassure them they are safe and everything will be okay. While many of us aren’t cut out to be teachers, do the best you can (and when this is over, Thank a Teacher!) Use this as an opportunity to spend quality time with your families, get caught up on simple home projects, and enjoy this beautiful springtime weather. We are BRUNSWICK COUNTY STRONG and we will get through this! We have proven time and time again through hurricanes and other natural disasters how strong and resilient we are. As always, WE will overcome this crisis stronger and even more resilient than before. This too shall pass. Until then, my thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone as we navigate through this unsettling time.

Remember, your Sheriff’s Office is available to you 24/7. We remain on duty, protecting and serving you and your families. Never hesitate to call on us if you need us. If you have questions about the stay-at-home order, we will do our best to answer them. You may email us directly at For questions related to the coronavirus, continue to use the county hotline at 910-253-2339 or

Sheriff John W. Ingram V – Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office


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!
Menu –

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

Time to Change Batteries in Smoke Detectors!

With that time of year upon us once again this weekend, where we need to ‘spring forward’ and change our clocks, it is also a great time to change the batteries in our smoke detectors.  This is a service the Sunset Beach Fire Department offers free of charge and is only one of many services the Fire and Police Departments offer residents.  This information is submitted by the Health and Safety Resource Committee for all members to be aware.

The Sunset Beach Fire Department offers the following:

  • Smoke Detector Installation/Inspection Program
  • File of Life Program:  Click HERE for all of the information about this program.
  • FAQ page from the Fire Department:  CLICK HERE for answers to many questions you may ask.
  • Fire Prevention and Community Education Programs
  • Fire Prevention Inspections (Based on NC Fire Code)

Please contact the SB Fire Department for details;  910-579-6297

The Sunset Beach Police Department offers the following:
  • House Check Program:  Residents who are away from their homes for an extended amount of time. Homeowners can submit a form to the police department informing us of departure and return dates, and be content that their residence will be closely monitored while they are away. Click here (House check service) for the necessary form.
  • R.U.O.K. Check Program: This program is intended for members of the community who are elderly, permanently or temporarily ill, or just simply alone and need someone to check in on them on a regular basis. Click here (R. U. OK) for the necessary form.
  • Prescription Medicine Take Back:  We have a receptacle in our foyer where residents can drop off un-used and un-wanted prescription medicines.  We cannot accept needles, injectables, or any radioactive medication.
  • Home Security Checklist:  Use this guide (Home Security Checklist) as you check your home for safety measures.  This list may help you take action to improve your home’s security.  These are just some of the steps you can take to decrease the likelihood that you or your home is targeted.
Please contact the SB Police Department for details;  910-579-2151

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

DATE:  Tuesday, March 17th

TIME:  9:00 Shotgun


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


  • 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


  • $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
  • 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