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 Update | 4-3-20

Good morning Sea Trail!  I hope you are all staying safe. These are very trying times and I know it’s very difficult to do things we are not accustomed to, like not getting any closer then six feet from others.  But we need to stay safe along with ensuring that all of our residents of Sea Trail are also safe.

The Master Association has been notified by the Town of Sunset Beach that some residents of Sea Trail are still ignoring the limitation of one hour parking at our beach lot and the closure of certain beach access.  They are also concerned that normal ordinances such as restrictions relating to dogs are being ignored.  STMA is required to enforce not only our rules but those of the Town. In addition, violations of emergency orders from Sunset Beach may result in issuance of citations by the Town for which legal penalties may result.

Sunset Beach and STMA both recognize the opportunity the beach provides for relief from home confinement necessitated by COVID 19.  However, continued selfish disregard of the emergency orders from the Town will result in the total closure of our beach parking lot and the closure of ALL access to the beach, denying access it to everyone and possibly an addition to personal legal jeopardy.

Please be mindful of both our STMA rules and the Town emergency orders.  Exercise common sense and concern for others in these unusual times. Let’s remember that we are all in this together and our actions affect everyone.

This WILL end. Until then stay safe and do the right things!

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

President’s Message | 3-31-20

Good morning Sea Trail! I hope you all are staying safe and taking precautions needed to stay safe.

The Master Association is asking for your help.  We’ve done everything we can to try to keep you safe during the corona virus crisis; now it’s up to you.  Recently the Governor issued a “no visitor” plea and the CDC issued a “no domestic travel” warning, so it’s not safe for us or any of our loved ones to be traveling. We realize how difficult this is, especially with Easter coming – normally a time for family and friends to gather.  At this time, we’re asking for each and every one of you to please postpone any visits from your loved ones indefinitely.  When this crisis is over the beaches will still be here, as will the golf, the beautiful weather and you. If the corona virus should come to Sea Trail it has the potential to be devastating, we are an aging community and many of us have underlying health problems.  Please think of your friends and neighbors (your second family) at this time.  We all need to act in the best, selfless way for our community.

We plan on keeping our beach parking lot open for now. 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. This closure includes the entrances at the pier and the gazebo. Beach activities are limited to walking, running and biking. No sitting, lounging or laying out will be permitted. The town will be monitoring the beach for violators. If you still choose to use the Sea Trail parking lot and walk to these access points, please note there are a number of children living on the street where the entrance is located (1st street), and exercise caution when driving on that street.

If you have property in Sea Trail that you rent, the town of Sunset Beach has declared that your rental property cannot be rented again until after April 30th. All short-term renters should have vacated by now. This order went into effect last Thursday, March 26th.

Please be careful as you drive thru Sea Trail. With the good weather and nothing much else to do, we have many more residents than usual out walking and riding bikes through our streets. Please obey the speed limits and give them plenty of room.

Sunday morning between 8:00am – 9:00am, one of our residents had the rear end of their car smashed into at the beach parking lot, causing quite a bit of damage. Unfortunately this was a hit and run, and the police are actively investigating it because it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the police as soon as possible.

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

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,  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.”

STMA Offers Assistance Where Needed in Sea Trail Community

Good Morning Sea Trail! Thank you all for your understanding of our (STMA) concerns for your safety as we shut down our facilities. As we see the Coronavirus getting closer to our community, the STMA would like to offer the following:

Provide assistance where needed in our community in Sea Trail.  Our current plan is to coordinate two lists:
  1. A list of volunteers to help in assistance. We would need your expertise, capabilities, and what you are willing to do.
  2. A list of residents that request help and what help is needed. This assistance would be for Sea Trail residents only and limited to Sunset Beach.
  3. Steve Miller will be the coordinator connecting the dots between the two lists. His cell phone number is 252-723-8187. Please give him a call or text if you would like to help or if you need assistance. This is our initial plan and as we go forward with it we can adjust and alter as needed.

John Donaldson to Step Down | New Chair Needed for Landscape Committee

John Donaldson has been our Landscape Committee Chairperson for as long as I have been in Sea Trail and for many years before I got here. As you can see around Sea Trail, he has done a fantastic job. However, he says it is time for him to step down and let someone else take over. If you would like to take over this position, he will give you as much training as needed, please contact me at