Dear Sea Trail,

I hope this first week of 2021 is going well for all of you.  A few updates that I wanted to bring to your attention:

CAMS:  We have completed the first week of transitioning to CAMS for our financial management.  A large percentage of our homeowners have paid their 2021 dues and we thank you!  If you are having any issues, please call CAMS at 1-877-672-2267.   Please be aware that your dues payments need to be received by CAMS by January 29th.  We appreciate your patience during this transition!

FACILITIES:  All indoor facilities (Pink Palace, MAC and Fitness Center) will continue to be closed until further notice due to the increasing numbers of COVID in our area.  We will re-visit this decision in two weeks to determine if it is feasible and safe to re-open the facilities.

LIBRARY:  We have decided to re-open the Library on Monday, January 11th at 10:00 am.  Everyone must wear masks and limit your time in the library (enter at your own risk).  The library will continue to have a volunteer assistant to insure that we only have a maximum of 4 people in the Library which includes the volunteer.  The library will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Please do not visit the library if you have any cold or flu symptoms.

COVID VACCINES AND INFO:  COVID Vaccines –  Our Website team of Candy Fowler and Emily Shea are doing a wonderful job of keeping our website updated with up to date information on the COVID vaccine.  There are links to all of the latest COVID information on our website.   At the bottom of this email are links to our website, CAMS, Coronavirus information etc.   I encourage you to use our website, as it is an excellent resource.  You do not need to log in to view this information!

RIPTIDE BUILDERS:   There are a lot of exciting things happening in Sea Trail since Riptide Builders Development Inc. purchased Sunrise Corporate Development Holdings, LLC. on August 4, 2020.  We plan to keep the Sea Trail Community informed of Riptide Builders current plans for development and building activity.  The Website Team has created a Riptide page on our Sea Trail MA website, which will keep our community informed on Riptide Builders latest Sea Trail information.  Riptide Builders will be sending out a newsletter soon to all Sea Trail homeowners and these newsletters will also be posted to the Riptide Builders STMA website page.  Stay tuned for exciting news!

I know it is a very stressful time in our world.  I encourage you to take a walk through our beautiful community or on our peaceful Sunset Beach.

Take Care and Stay Healthy!!
Roz Dahlen, STMA President

President’s Update – 8/27/2020 – Answers to Questions Related to Changes in Ownership

Good afternoon Sea Trail!  Aren’t we fortunate that Hurricane Laura didn’t come our way.  Let’s keep everyone in Louisiana and Texas in our thoughts and prayers.

Many Sea Trail Master Association (STMA) members may have questions about the recent changes in ownership in Sea Trail.  The following is a brief summary to help dissuade rumors and assist members in understanding what has occurred.

Prior to August 1, 2020, other than individual residential STMA members, there were three entities owning real property in Sea Trail.  They are as follows:

  1. The Maples, Byrd and Jones golf courses, the Maples Club House, the Jones/Byrd Club House and Convention Center, the business offices located on Mill Pond Road (across Club House Road from the Jones/Byrd Club House), the parking lot for the old rental office (opposite the Maples Club House), the former sales center located at the south entrance to Sea Trail (on the southwest corner of Clubhouse Road and Shoreline Drive), the Village Activity Center (VAC), which is under an 8 year lease to a third party, the maintenance tract on Clubhouse Road (opposite Sea Horse Estates) and undeveloped Tract #2 located between the convention center and Champions are owned by China Way Corporate Development LLC (CHINA WAY) which is controlled by Mr. Pan;
  2. With the exception of Tracts #2 & #16, all undeveloped real property, consisting of 18 numbered tax parcels of varying sizes from .77 acres up to 58.37 acres, along with a number of isolated undevelopable buffer areas and platted undeveloped lots located both within and without Sea Trail were owned by Sunrise Corporate Development Holdings, LLC (SUNRISE), an entity controlled by Mr. Pan.  SUNRISE was the declarant under the master declaration documents; and
  3. ST Class 15 LLC, an entity owned by some of the shareholders of Sea Trail Corporation as creditors out of the bankruptcy of Sea Trail Corporation having no known affiliation with any entity owned by Mr. Pan, had title to Tract #16, a parcel consisting of 19.53 acres beginning on Rice Mill Circle at Cane Break Road and the tees for Jones #7, running along the south side of Jones hole #7 to the sewer treatment plant on Angel’s Trace Road. That entity continues to own Tract #16.

On or about August 1, 2020, Riptide Builders Development Inc. (RBD) purchased SUNRISE.  RBD is a corporation, the exact ownership of which has not been disclosed, is not controlled by Mr. Pan but controlled by Robert Hill, a principal in Riptide Builders LLC, an entity which has been constructing homes both in and out of Sea Trail.  Following the purchase, SUNRISE is the same entity which existed prior to August 1, 2020, with the exception that it is now owned by RBD rather than Mr. Pan.  Before the sale, SUNRISE was the declarant under the declaration documents and continues to be the declarant, although SUNRISE is now owned and controlled by RBD.  SUNRISE remains in the identical position as to STMA and the ownership of real property in Sea Trail as it was prior to the sale to RBD.  The only change in SUNRISE relative to the STMA is in who now owns that entity.  In addition to the undeveloped real estate, SUNRISE remains the declarant with all of the rights and obligations of the declarant under the master declaration documents and continues to be the holder of all existing stormwater permits.

CHINA WAY continues to own the three golf courses and parcels identified above and continues to be responsible for the operation of what has become known as Sea Trail Golf Resort.  Undeveloped Tract #7 adjacent to the Jones/Byrd Club House containing the golf driving range belongs, as it always has, to SUNRISE.  We have been advised that CHINA WAY has an 18 month lease for operation of the driving range.  The Jones/Byrd Club House, Convention Center and undeveloped tract #2 of 15.11 acres remains titled in CHINA WAY.  There may be other leases and/or agreements between RBD, SUNRISE and CHINA WAY establishing interests in the assets or facilities of the other of which STMA has not been made aware.

In an earlier message, I advised of the passage of Town Ordinance 93.06 requiring residents to bundle storm debris and cut it into 4 foot lengths.  On August 18, 2020, the Town Council rescinded that ordinance and it is no longer applicable.

BEWARE – The President’s email account has been hacked so please ignore strange messages requesting money or gift cards if received.

Stay safe,
Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

Observe Speed Limits

Please observe the speed limits within Sea Trail.  We have been told by Sunset Beach police that they will be strict in upholding the speed limits. Please keep a watch out for bikers, walkers and runners on the roads and be observant of the speed limits.


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.


It is the responsibility of all pet owners to clean up after their pets.  We have gotten a number of complaints recently about both residents and visitors who fail to do so.  Master Association rules and town ordinance require that owners clean up after their pets.  I would also ask that owners remind visitors and renters of this responsibility.