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 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

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. But there are several things you can do to protect yourself.

Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could gain access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that people lost $57 million to phishing schemes in one year.

Click HERE for more details!!

–Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information

Email Scams & Fraud

Have you ever received an email requesting valuable personal, confidential or financial information, threatening legal or financial harm, or from a friend or colleague asking for money?

This is a scam called “Phishing.” Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site. Once that information is submitted, your are now compromised. DO NOT “click” on any links or buttons within such an email. Go directly to the source such as a Netflix, Bank Account or other types of online accounts you may have. Also, never REPLY to the email.

For more details go to AARP Scams & Fraud

Vacation Disaster Preparation Safety Guide For Travel Abroad

Vacation Disaster Preparation Safety Guide

This guide contains plenty of helpful information that many residents that travel abroad might find helpful.  The guide could be a great addition to your planning such as:

  • Helpful and actionable tips and advice about travel emergencies and disaster awareness whilst travelling or vacationing abroad and what travelers can do to prepare for and stay safe in case of an emergency.
  • Key stats and figures about travel safety and natural disasters across the world, including the countries most and least at risk to calamities, different types of natural disasters, the risk of terrorism and political unrest, and examples of major and personal emergencies to prepare for.
  • Practical and useful travel safety information such as emergency hotline numbers across the world, what to do in case disaster strikes, advice if you are injured or hospitalized abroad, when to contact your embassy for assistance and other helpful advice.
  • A travel safety checklist to help you prepare for emergencies and links to other useful resources and information online about overseas travel safety and disaster preparedness.

Click HERE for the entire guide.  Click HERE for the Useful Information page where the guide can also be found.

Brunswick County Recycling Services

Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year around.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY LANDFILL
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs & CFL’s, single stream recycling, scrap metal, appliances, propane tanks, oyster shells, tires (limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, latex paint & cans, textiles, corrugated cardboard, household & automotive batteries, used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, fuel, smoke detectors and cellphones.

CONVENIENCE SITES
Electronics, fluorescent bulbs (4 foot or smaller) & CFL’s, single stream recycling, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, household batteries, appliances, oyster shells (all locations except Leland), tires (Southport and Leland only, limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, smoke detectors, textiles and cellphones.

COUNTY PARKS
Single-stream recycling and textiles (coming soon).

For location and hours, please visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling website at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/solid-waste-and-recycling/.

Hospital Safety Grade Available for All Hospitals

From the Health and Safety Resource Committee:

Hospital Safety Grade: this is a score for hospitals in the United States on how safe the hospital keeps their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.  Click on this link http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and check the safety score of any hospital in the United States. On the right side of the home page, enter a City and State.  If you put in Supply, NC you get a list of all the hospitals in this area.