Sunset Beach Transportation/Traffic Survey

Please consider filling out the attached survey regarding Traffic/Transportation. I am pleased to see this issue is being addressed by Sunset Beach with the growth spurt we are beginning to see. Speed limits have been an issue, deceleration and acceleration lanes, signage noting an entrance to a development is around the curve, dedicated bike/walking paths (or at least a road wide enough to accommodate).

We are a community made up of transits and tourists. With that said, we are in paradise and should be able to enjoy the outside — biking, walking, and driving along our roadways without fatalities. When were the roads last evaluated for speed limit and signage?

We have an opportunity for input; please let’s take advantage. There is a box for ‘comments’ at each question. Survey link is below.

Thank you, Bobbi Leonard

https://brunswickcountyctp.metroquest.com/

The survey deadline is June 9th! Make your voice heard now! 

PRESIDENT’S UPDATES – 04/18/2021

Dear Sea Trail Homeowners:

I wanted to bring a few items to your attention:

CPR/AED Training at the Pink Palace – THIS Tuesday April 20 at 3:30 pm

  • The Health and Safety Resource Committee is hosting a CPR/AED Training Session on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Pink Palace.  Presented by the Sunset Beach Fire DepartmentRegistration is required.  This important training is open to ALL homeowners.  Please click HERE to sign up for CPR/AED Training Session.  If you have any questions, please email Rose Dodds, rdodds6997@aol.com

Brunswick County Water Rate Hike

Riptide Builders letter to Sea Trail Homeowners

  • All Sea Trail Homeowners should have received a Riptide Builders letter and FAQs sent via email on 4/16/21.  If you did not receive this letter, please click HERE to review on the STMA website.  We encourage all homeowners to understand Riptide’s vision for Sea Trail and also what the Town is proposing in changing UDO guidelines.

Enjoy Springtime at Sea Trail!

Best Regards,
Roz Dahlen, STMA President

PRESIDENT’S UPDATES – 04/09/2021

Good Morning Sea Trail!

Hope that you are enjoying this beautiful weather and the “roll” you are getting on the golf courses!  I wanted to update you on a few things:

PINK PALACE POOL:

  • The Pink Palace Pool will be opening on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9am.  The hours for the Pink Palace Pool are 9am – 9pm, 7 days a week.  The indoor spa & sauna at Creekside is also opening on Saturday.  The hours for the indoor spa (maximum capacity is 4) and sauna (maximum capacity is 2) are 9am – 9pm.  Based on the Governor’s guidelines the occupancy of the indoor spa will be a maximum of 4 people.

BEACH PARKING LOT:

  • Our Beach Parking Lot will be CLOSED ON TUESDAY, APRIL 13TH,  ALL DAY for repairs and re-grading.  Thank you for your patience as we make the necessary improvements to our Beach Parking Lot.

PERMISSION TO USE PROPERTY OWNER’S ACCESS CARD:

  • This question has come up a number of times recently with the reopening of our facilities.  The form PERMISSION TO USE PROPERTY OWNER’S ACCESS CARD (located on our website), MUST be submitted when a property owner gives permission to someone else to use their access card(s) to enter our Sea Trail amenities/facilities.  This form should be completed at least 7 days in advance and is only good for a 30 day usage or less. The form should be utilized when a property owner gives their access card to family and/or friends to enter facilities when the property owner is not present.  It is recommended that a property owner NOT loan their access cards to anyone, but if they do, know that the property owner is fully liable for ALL damages and/or incidents to our facilities.

Click HERE to view and submit this form.

Have Fun, Be Safe and Enjoy Our Place in Paradise!

Roz Dahlen, President
Sea Trail Master Association

PRESIDENT’S UPDATES – 04/02/2021

Happy Easter Sea Trail!

The following is a facility update:

Pink Palace and MAC Main Rooms:

  • Food will be allowed.  The type of food service will be determined by the event leader.
  • Guests and private events will now be allowed.
  • Everyone must make responsible decisions for your own personal health.
  • Enter all indoor facilities at your own risk.
  • Every individual must decide based on your own vaccination status, pre-existing conditions and overall health status, if you should attend an indoor event.
  • Please continue to clean tables and surfaces after each event with the sanitation supplies provided.

Pools:

  • The MAC pool and outdoor spa will open on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
  • Access will be given to ALL property owners and their guests.
  • Pool furniture will now be available in the pool areas.
  • ALL Property owners must sign the Facilities Usage Waiver prior to using any of the facilities.  If you signed this waiver last year, you do not need to sign it again.
  • The Pink Palace Pool will remain closed at this time due to repairs being completed.  There are plans to open the Pink Palace pool as soon as the repairs are completed.
  • 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 users of these facilities are electing to enjoy them at their 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 area if you or anyone in your household have been ill, 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 STMA pools until further notice:

  1. Capacity will be limited to 100% occupancy at a time, 200 people at the MAC and 145 people at the Pink Palace.
  2. We require everyone to wear masks when entering or leaving the area and recommend them when not in the pools.
  3. Please maintain at least six feet distance between you and others not part of your immediate household.
  4. Disinfectant sprays will be provided and encouraged for all to use before and after using the pool furniture.
  5. Parents and chaperones of children will be responsible for enforcing their children’s social distancing behavior while in the pool.
  6. Only pool noodles are allowed in the pool area and must leave with the owner.
  7. Grills will be available for use.
  8. The hot tub will be limited to 4 people at one time.
  9. Use of the pools is limited to STMA members and their guests ONLY.
  10. Scheduled lap swimmers at the MAC pool will occur daily between dawn and 9am.

More information forthcoming regarding lap swimming schedule on the website.

  • General pool hours at the MAC pool will be 9am-dusk.
  • The Pink Palace pool hours will be dawn to dusk when it opens for the season.

Thank you to Kevin Baldwin, Pool and Tennis Chairperson and the Pool Committee Team for their hard work in getting the pools ready to open for the Spring Season.

Just a reminder that the VAC Indoor Pool is open now to all Sea Trail Property Owners.  The VAC Outdoor Pool is NOT open for the season at this time.

Enjoy this special time here at Sea Trail!  Blessings to you all!

Roz Dahlen, President
Sea Trail Master Association

A Message from Riptide Builders

Dear Sea Trail Homeowner,

We would like to update you on several steps we are taking to ensure Sea Trail residents continue to be surrounded by a beautiful, well-planned neighborhood with top-notch amenities. It is our plan to expand and improve amenities within Sea Trail.  We are actively collaborating with the golf course ownership to ensure Sea Trail’s golf courses are well maintained if not improved outright.  Together, we also plan to revitalize the convention center, including adding first-class food and beverage facilities.

Sea Trail was dormant for far too long.  We have made significant investments in this community because we believe in the vision of the Sea Trail Master Plan and all that it offers to the community and business within Sea Trail alike.

Unfortunately, despite our concerted, good-faith effort to work with the Town of Sunset Beach, the Town has made it clear that it will not allow us to bring the vision you expect to life.  Therefore, we have been forced to begin the process of de-annexing the undeveloped portions of Sea Trail.

This decision was made after extensive discussion, due diligence and contemplation and we are confident that it is in the best interest of Sea Trail and its residents.  What does this mean to you?

  • Property:  None of your property will be de-annexed and Sea Trail will remain a single cohesive community. Moreover, because this will allow us to finally move forward with long stalled elements of the master plan, Sea Trail will continue to grow in a cohesive, thoughtful, and harmonious way.
  • Golf Courses:  Sea Trail’s beautiful golf courses are a fundamental part of why we made this investment.  Properly maintained, if not improved golf courses are a major part of our plans for the future of Sea Trail. Any suggestion otherwise is false. In fact, the Jones and Byrd courses are protected under North Carolina state stormwater permits.  We cannot bring the Sea Trail master plan to life without them.

In closing, it is important to know that we want the same things desired by current and future Sea Trail homeowners:  a beautiful, well-planned neighborhood with top-notch amenities, active, well-maintained golf courses, a vibrant open convention center, and first-class food and beverage options.  Each of these components of the original Sea Trail Master Plan must work in harmony for Sea Trail to realize its full potential and be the kind of community we all want it to be.

We suspect that you will have questions.  You can expect to hear from us in the coming days and weeks.  In addition, we hope to schedule times for us to connect with you in-person to discuss things in more detail. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact SeaTrailPlanning@riptidebuilders.com with any questions or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Robert Hill
Riptide Builders

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – 03/29/2021

Dear Sea Trail Property Owners:

We held our first in-person STMA Board Meeting with Committee Chairs on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  The following are some of the highlights from the meeting:

Chapel Project:  Plans for the Chapel Project were discussed.  Weather permitting, the updated landscaping project will be completed by mid May.  You will be informed as to closing of the Chapel once the Landscaping project begins at the end of April.   Our Sea Trail Chapel on the Green is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021.  Congratulations and a special thank you to the Chapel Committee for maintaining this very special place for all of us to enjoy.

New Committee Chairs were approved:   Thank you to the following volunteers for accepting these very important Committee Chair positions.

  • Karen Barnhart – Assistant Treasurer
  • Theresa Rossiter – Long Range Planning Chair
  • Brian Blaine & Randy Warren – Landscaping Co-Chairs
  • Neighborhood Watch was approved as an official STMA Committee and Cliff Dahlen will continue as the Chairperson of the Neighborhood Watch.

Facilities Opening Update:   Effective immediately, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the state will continue to ease some COVID-19 restrictions.  With that latest Executive Order, Sea Trail will also ease some restrictions in our facilities.

  • The Pink Palace and MAC rooms will allow 50 people indoors and a maximum of 100 people outdoors.
  • The Sunset and Seahorse rooms will follow the 50% occupancy guidelines.
  • The kitchens in Pink Palace and MAC will be open and functional by April 5, 2021.
  • We ask that you continue to follow the current Mask Mandate in ALL STMA facilities. Please be sure to clean the tables and surfaces after you use all facilities.  Please check the Facilities Page on the Website for updated information.

Pool Reopening Guidelines and Dates:   More information on pool reopening dates and guidelines will be sent out in the next few weeks, as soon as pools are ready to open.  Occupancy will be at 100% for outdoor pools.

Fitness Center Update:   No changes.  Occupancy will remain at 12 people at one time in fitness center.  Masks are required.

VAC (Village Activity Center):    All Master Association members in good standing are able to access the facilities of the Village Activity Center (VAC).  These include indoor and outdoor pools, meeting space, Tiki Bar and their restaurant, House’s Place at the Beach. On your first visit, you will need to register and sign in to use the pool facilities.  More information can be found on the STMA website.

Enjoy this beautiful weather!
Happy Spring,
Roz Dahlen, STMA President

PRESIDENT’S UPDATES – 03/22/2021

Happy Spring Sea Trail!!

The signs of Spring are all around us!  St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, Azaleas, Daffodils, First Day of Spring, Easter and The Masters! Hopefully, consistent warmer weather is right around the corner!  The onset of Spring brings many visitors, increased traffic, biking, walking and more outdoor activities.

Please be aware of the following:

  1. The maximum speed limit is 25 mph on Clubhouse Road from the North Entrance until the Calabash Creek and then 20 mph is the Maximum Speed Limit everywhere else in Sea Trail.  Please drive the speed limit and set a good example for all of our visitors.  Sunset Beach Police will be increasing their presence here in Sea Trail and will be giving tickets to speeders.
  2. Message from Sea Trail Golf Club Management – “In our January/February Newsletter, we mentioned that we have seen an increase in use of golf course property – more specifically walking, biking and accessing golf cart paths during golf play.  Unfortunately, it has not subsided and has actually increased in the past few weeks.   Not only is this dangerous for those using the cart paths for biking, walking, or walking with pets, it interferes with the golf play and the golfers experience and has, at times, delayed play.   Golf course personnel will ask those that are not authorized golfers to exit the golf course property.  We have had people refuse to exit the cart paths, and if that happens, we will need to take alternative action, as it is private property.  Especially now, with the increase in daylight hours, golfers will be on the course until almost dark and we would like to curb this before it escalates and before someone actually gets injured. We thank you for your cooperation.“ 

Please understand that Sea Trail Homeowners DO NOT have access to the cart paths unless they are playing golf.   Also, please DO NOT drive personal golf carts on the cart paths.  Only Sea Trail Golf carts are allowed on the cart paths at anytime. Condo owners:  please inform your renters of all of the rules regarding the golf courses and STMA facilities.

STMA Board Meeting:  The next STMA Board meeting will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2021.  Due to the Governor’s guidelines, this meeting will be restricted to the STMA Board of Directors and the Committee Chairs.  We hope in the future, we will be able to open up the meetings to our homeowners.  Please check out the Meeting agenda and meeting minutes on the STMA website.

WOW Projects:   Greg Barratt, our STMA Treasurer, coined the term “Wow Projects.”  Wow Projects are projects that will enhance the beauty of Sea Trail.  We plan to enhance and update many aspects of the Sea Trail community.  Here are some examples of “Wow Projects”:

  • Entrance Lighting:  Donald Bean and the Riptide Team just completed the project of repairing and updating the lighting on 4 of the 5 entrances that required repairs.  Riptide’s contribution to the community was $2,500 in labor done at no cost to STMA.
  • Upcoming Chapel Project:  Donald Bean and the Riptide Team looked at the Chapel Project scope of work per the landscaping plan developed by Tim Cate Designs. Riptide was able to save Sea Trail $6,000 over the lowest bid and provide mulch instead of pine straw to all the plant beds.   The completed project will feature new landscaping, storm water runoff, re-grading of the surface, replacing sidewalks and creating a much better and more beautiful Chapel landscape for our future Bricklayings and Chapel functions. It is important to note that the memorial bricks will not be moved from their current location. With good weather, we anticipate the Chapel Project will be completed by mid May.
  • Additional WOW Projects Under Consideration: Update Entrance Walls, Enhance Street and Directional Signage plus Enhance landscaping in certain Common Areas

As you can see, there is lots to look forward to in the future.  As our committees begin meeting again, we hope to bring you more info about what is going on in Sea Trail!

Enjoy this wonderful time of year!
Roz Dahlen, STMA President

PRESIDENT’S UPDATES: FACILITY OPENINGS

Dear Sea Trail Homeowners,

As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced on February 24, 2021 that the State will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at 5 pm and will expire March 26th at 5 pm.

Sea Trail Master Association Board of Directors have decided to reopen STMA facilities on Monday,  March 1st.  We ask that all homeowners please be aware that Covid 19 is still here and that we still need to be vigilant in Wearing Masks, Washing Hands and Social Distancing of 6 feet apart.  The occupancy limit for the Pink Palace and the Maples Activity Center (MAC) will be 25 people inside.  Exceptions to that in other facilities will be listed below.  We ask all residents to follow the rules posted in each of the facilities.

The following are rules for all facilities:

  1. Wear a mask while inside ALL facilities.
  2. Please clean ALL tables and high touch surfaces with the provided cleaning wipes after your event.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be provided in all facilities.
  4. Please manage occupancy limits within your golf groups, card groups, etc.
  5. Kitchens, drinking fountains, ice machines and tap water cannot be used at this time.   No food allowed.  Please bring your own beverages.
  6. All homeowners utilizing the facilities must sign the Facility Usage Waiver form. Click here for the Facility waiver.

The following pertains to specific facilities:

  • Pink Palace and MAC:  OPEN for groups by reservation through the Calendar/Access Committee.
  • Sunset/ Seahorse Rooms:   OPEN for groups by reservation at 30% occupancy.
  • Creekside Multi Purpose Room: NOT OPEN for fitness classes at this time.
  • Fitness Center:  The Fitness Room in the Creekside Building will be open with a maximum capacity of 12 people at any one time.  Property owners wishing to use the Fitness Room, must complete the Fitness Room Access Request Form found on the website.  Anyone entering the fitness center will need to complete the Request form and have a Facility Usage Waiver form on file.  Requests for access will be processed within 24 hours.  If there are already 12 people in the Fitness Center, you must wait until someone leaves before entering.  Wearing of masks that cover the mouth and nose, social distancing, and cleaning of equipment both before and after use will be REQUIRED at all times.
  • Chapel on the Green:   Will be re-opening Monday, March 8.  At that time, Sea Trail residents will be required to use their access card to gain entrance. Please use the hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes which will be provided.   The Chapel will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. each day for property owners with access cards only.
  • Library:    The Library will now be open 7 days a week from 6 am – 9 pm.  The occupancy will be limited to 4 people at one time.  There will not be an on-site monitor so please do not enter if there are 4 people already in the library.  Please return books to the bin on the floor.  We ask that you use the hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes provided as needed.
  • Pools:  Pools remain CLOSED at this time.

We are encouraged that the Covid 19 numbers are decreasing!  We will continue to monitor the situation, the Governor’s guidelines and change our facilities restrictions as needed.  Spring is just around the corner.  Looking forward to warmer days and more outdoor activity!  Please enjoy the beauty of Sea Trail!

Stay safe and healthy!
Roz Dahlen
STMA President

Early Morning Walkers Suggestions For Your Safety

Due to the excessive heat and humidity, we have noticed many residents are doing their exercise and pet walking during the cooler early morning hours. For your own safety the Health and Safety Committee suggest the following:

1. Wear some type of reflective apparel or shoes.

2. If this is not available, carry a lit flashlight.

3. Walk facing oncoming traffic.

4. Stay close to the edge of the road. A few near misses have been reported of people walking/jogging in the middle of the roadway.
Remember, as we age, our night vision may not be what it used to be. Following these common sense suggestions could help avoid serious injury.

RESPONSIBLE USE OF MASTER ASSOCIATION BUILDINGS

All groups using Master Association buildings are responsible for keeping our facilities in excellent condition.  There have been several instances recently when groups failed to follow procedures to clean up after use and left rooms unfit for use by the next scheduled group.  All groups using our facilities are responsible to vacuum and clean carpets, floors, tables and counter tops.  Do not leave anything that you brought in the refrigerator or any other area of the building.  Empty trash and recyclables in receptacles and move chairs and tables back to their original positions.  A complete listing of responsibilities can be found posted in both the MAC and Pink Palace buildings.  Those who fail to follow these procedures are subject to losing their privileges.