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.

PRESIDENT’S UPDATES – 5/27/20

Good Afternoon Sea Trail!

The Board understands that the community is eager for the pools to open following Governor Cooper’s announcement of North Carolina moving into Phase Two. However, the list of restrictions and guidelines received only one day prior to the start of Phase Two was quite extensive. The restrictions must be in place prior to opening the pools and must be complied with DAILY.  Unfortunately, the association does not currently have the manpower nor the resources to ensure these restrictions / guidelines are continually monitored while the pool is open.Any legal action related to COVD-19 falls on our Board members and Association as a whole because neither the General Liability nor Directors & Officers insurance policies cover the Board/Association in a pandemic. In addition, if the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services were to inspect the pool areas and identify any compliance issues, the Association could be fined, and the pool closed indefinitely.

The board does understand how popular our amenities like the pools are and despite the above, we will work with the pool committee to try to meet the guidelines and open the MAC pool sometime in the middle of June. When it does open, strict regulations will be in effect, and failure to follow them may result in member’s privileges being revoked or the pool being closed once again.

The opening date for the Pink Palace will be determined after the resurfacing work has been completed. This work was scheduled to be done by now, but large amounts of rain we’ve had for the past few weeks has pushed back that date back. Three to four straight dry days are required to complete the work and that hasn’t happened.

I know this is not what you want to hear but we have to adhere to the restrictions and remain cautious and vigilant. These decisions were not made lightly, but after discussions with our insurance agent, legal council and other HOAs in Brunswick County we feel these are appropriate actions.

On the plus side, the VAC will remain open. This past weekend was quite busy with everything going well but we did have a few incidents that need to be addressed. The following are a few of the STMA VAC Usage guidelines:

  • All STMA homeowners are entitled to one family membership per household.  A family membership includes the homeowners and up to three guests. Owners must accompany guests to the facility. To facilitate check in, guests are required to pre-register by signing a waiver online prior to visiting the facility.
  • To sign the waiver prior to the first visit click here:  https://my.rhinofit.ca/rhinosign/22e7e64b
  • An additional guest charge is $10.00 per person per day. This includes minor children. No guests under the age of 18 are allowed to access the the VAC without an adult present.  Each guest and member over the age of 18 must sign the online waiver. Each guest / family member will be issued a Guest of the Master Association Membership, which is valid for 7 days from the first visit.
  • Owner’s guests must originate from the owner’s primary residence. Owner’s guests that originate from a rental are required to pay the daily, weekly, or monthly membership fee as published. Only homeowners should be in possession of the white STMA access card and it should not be left for rental guests.
  • Per NC state law, outside food / drinks or coolers are not allowed inside the Village Activity Center.
  • All guests entering must have proper attire, (e.g. coverups on and shoes). Changing rooms and showers for guests are available to use free of charge.
Please remember we are guests at the VAC, and while we have paid for this access through the end of the year, we don’t want to jeopardize our chances of being able to use the facilities next year by being bad guests. Always be aware of the rules and please be respectful to the employees of the VAC and other guests.We are all in this together.  Please stay safe and help others stay safe as well.

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

President’s Update 5-25-20

 

Good morning Sea Trail! Today is the day to say THANKS for all the Men and Women who have served and gave their lives for our freedom.

While you’re enjoying your three-day weekend, it’s important to take at least a few minutes to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about. Whatever your thoughts on America’s political system may be, there’s no denying the magnitude of the sacrifice fallen soldiers have made fighting for their country.

We celebrate Memorial Day not only to remember those who have fallen, but also to reflect on the cause for which they gave their lives. Those we honor on Memorial Day have sacrificed it all so that we can enjoy the safety and freedom we so often take for granted — and one of the greatest ways to pay our respects to the fallen is to appreciate these gifts.

Stay safe!

Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

President’s Update 5-22-20

Good Morning Sea Trail! The beach is open, the tennis courts are open, and we are making progress. I know it’s not as fast as some of you would like but we are trying to be as careful as possible and continue to protect our little piece of paradise.

Our pools at the Pink Place and MAC are not opening this Memorial day weekend but, here is some good news:

The pool at the Village Activity Center (VAC) will open today, May 22nd at 5:00pm for Sea Trail residents with an access card. Hopefully, you registered with the VAC when our agreement went into effect in February.  If you haven’t registered yet, you will need to sign up before you can access the VAC pool (Click HERE to preregister). The VAC will be taking all CDC precautions.  Please make sure you comply with the VAC’s COVID restrictions.  Be aware that you are entering at your own risk.

The VAC outdoor restaurant will also open at 5:00pm today. If you haven’t had any meals that Chef House has prepared, you really have missed out.  Click HERE for more details.

Stay safe. Let’s keep Sea Trail safe.

Jack a Phillabaum, STMA President

President’s Update 5-21-20

Good morning Sea Trail.  Good news to our tennis and pickle ball players!
For the tennis and pickle ball players in Sea Trail, our courts will be opening tomorrow, May 22nd.
When our tennis courts open tomorrow, the following rules will be in place:
  • We will not be able to continually disinfect the gate or court area, so play at your own risk.
  • You are strongly urged to bring your own disinfectant wipes and/or spray for use on the gate prior to entering and exiting.
  • The benches have been removed to prevent cross infection and discourage gatherings.
  • You are also encouraged to adhere to the guidelines the USTA have established for their upcoming spectator-less tournaments
  • Each player should bring their own can of marked tennis balls and use them only when they are serving.
  • Touching racquets should replace fist bumps or handshakes.
  • Please avoid touching the net or other surfaces.
  • At this time, we are restricting the use of the courts for pickleball or tennis to residents only.
  • Please maintain the six-foot distance requirement before, during and after play.
  • No large gatherings (>12 persons in the court area) will be permitted.
Enjoy the day and stay safe…
Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

President’s Update 5-20-20

Good evening Sea Trail.

The Sea Trail Master Association Board (STMA) and its various committees continue to monitor the recommendations of the State, county and local government regarding the use and possible reopening of our facilities in the upcoming months.  The health, safety and well being of our property owners and residents have been and will continue to be the primary reason for the decisions we make, especially given that many of us are members of vulnerable populations.

We encourage all members to follow the guidelines of State, county and local officials, maintain safe social distancing (6 feet), wear masks as appropriate and necessary, self quarantine if you are not feeling well and use only those facilities with which you feel comfortable.
The following is the current and anticipated status of our facilities at the present time.  The Board will continue to monitor their status and make changes as necessary to balance their use with the safety of our members.
BEACH PARKING LOT
Opened for use by property owners ONLY.  All are reminded that each pass should admit only one vehicle.
TENNIS AND PICKLE BALL COURTS
Repairs are currently being made on the court surface and should be completed in a few days.  At that point, the courts will be opened for use by property owners only.  Chairs and benches will be removed and each participant must bring his/her own equipment. Click HERE for more details.
MEETING ROOMS
All meeting rooms in the Pink Palace, MAC and Creekside Building will remain closed until further notice.
POOLS
The pools at both the Pink Palace and the MAC remain closed at the direction of the Governor and the Brunswick County Health Department, who grants permits to use our pools.  Once the restrictions are lifted during Phase 2 of the Governor’s Plan, the Board will consider reopening the pools with certain restrictions.  These will include no more than 25% capacity, residents and property owners use only and limited hours of operation with pool monitors present at all times.  In addition, pool furniture will be removed and limits put on the number of guests any resident can bring.
SAUNA, HOT TUBS, EXERCISE ROOM AND LIBRARY

These will remain closed until further notice.  The Board will monitor these and open them with appropriate restrictions when it can be done safely.

The Board and its committees will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments consistent with the safe use of our facilities and applicable State and local directives.  However, please understand that due to reduced availability of disinfectant supplies and lack of personnel to apply them, we cannot guarantee any of the facilities will consistently be completely virus-free once people start using them again, even if CDC guidelines are followed. Therefore, anyone using any of the facilities is doing so at their own risk. Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.

The STMA would like to recognize the efforts of our Facilities Committee in maintenance of our facilities during the absent of our custodian.

Thank you!
Stay safe!
Jack Phillabaum, STMA President

Attention All Pickle Ball & Tennis Players

For the tennis and pickle ball players in Sea Trail, our courts will be opening soon. Once a few minor cracks on the courts are repaired, I will send out another email blast advising of the opening date.
When our tennis courts finally open for play, please note:
  • we will not be able to continually disinfect the gate or court area, so play at your own risk.
  • you are strongly urged to bring your own disinfectant wipes and/or spray for use on the gate prior to entering and exiting.
  • the benches have been removed to prevent cross infection and discourage gatherings.
  • you are also encouraged to adhere to the guidelines the USTA have established for their upcoming spectator-less tournaments
  • each player should bring their own can of marked tennis balls and use them only when they are serving.
  • touching racquets should replace fist bumps or handshakes
  • please avoid touching the net or other surfaces.
  • at this time, we are restricting the use of the courts for pickleball or tennis to residents only.
  • please maintain the six-foot distance requirement before, during and after play.
  • no large gatherings (>10 persons in the court area) will be permitted

If you see violations of these restrictions, please report them to our STMA administrator 910-579-5374 or administrator@seatrailma.com.

New Policy for Remote Participation in STMA Committee Meetings

This time of imposed social distancing has highlighted the need for a policy for remote participation in meetings.  A policy:  STMA Remote Participation in Meetings Policy & Conditions was adopted by the STMA Board on April 28, 2020.  This policy (found on the Important Documents page of the website) is now in effect and is applicable to all STMA Committees in the conduct of committee business.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Robert A. Forrester
STMA Secretary