Ed Apalinski, husband to Garden Club member Ruth Apalinski, passed away earlier this week. There will be viewing at Brunswick Funeral Service from 2 – 4 PM on Friday April 23rd. The church service will be at the Calabash Covenant Presbyterian Church on Saturday April 24th at 9 AM.
Please keep Ruth and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
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
The survey deadline is June 9th! Make your voice heard now!
April 16, 2021
Dear Sea Trail Homeowner,
It has become clear to our team that there is a lack of knowledge and some general misconception about our plans for the future of the Sea Trail community. We apologize for this confusion. Our goal is complete transparency as we seek to breathe new energy into this wonderful community, including providing the amenity upgrades so many of you would like to see.
As many of you know, the Sea Trail community in Sunset Beach was first envisioned in the late 1970s by local Brunswick County and Sunset Beach families. The original developers built three award-winning golf courses, clubhouse facilities, and a convention center among other top-notch amenities, under the assumption that they would be supported by a full community and visitors.
Unfortunately, the project stalled and went into bankruptcy in 2006-07. Left uncompleted and due to the lack of dues-paying HOA members and visitors supporting the restaurants, convention center, and golf courses, the community’s once-top amenities deteriorated, while others long-planned have yet to be built.
We at Riptide Builders purchased the property in 2020 with plans to bring the original Sea Trail plan to life.
Our vision is focused on securing Sea Trail long into the future by:
- Adding additional amenities, including a pickleball court and dog park.
- Adding wide sidewalks throughout the community, enabling residents to safely explore the neighborhood and even reach downtown Sunset Beach by sidewalk.
- Building top-of-the-line pools and clubhouses in many of the new sub-communities.
- Activating ponds and river with observation decks and benches.
- Enhancing green spaces by adding walking trails, pergolas, fire pits, dining areas, and other amenities.
- Building thoughtfully designed, high-end single-family homes, town homes, and condominiums. New, diverse housing that was planned all along is necessary to support our golf courses and to revive our dining operations.
- Helping keep, maintain, and improve all three golf courses.
- Helping re-upfit and re-open the convention center for events and community use.
Updates in Progress
We are also working hand-in-hand with the Sea Trail Master Association to quickly make much-needed updates throughout Sea Trail.
- Rehabilitating the existing entries to the Sea Trail community (including already installed LED lighting at all entry walls)
- Redesigning new, modern entry walls later this year
- Retrofitting street signs
- Installing wayfaring signage
- Repairing stormwater systems.
Over the next 30 days, we will:
- Commence an amazing grounds renovation of the chapel
- Clean and paint the Oyster Pointe guard shack and entry walls
- Create a walkway and path to access Oyster Bay from Oyster Pointe
- Implement a new pond maintenance program for all ponds
- Activate existing and adding new fountains to ponds
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you likely still have questions. Many of you have asked for more details about our vision for Sea Trail and what the town has done or is doing to stop us from bringing these improvements to you. For ease, we developed answers to our most frequently asked questions. You can view them on our website Sea Trail Frequently Asked Questions — Riptide Builders.
We want to hear from you.
Your input is an integral part of the planning and activation of the Sea Trail neighborhood. We have received input from many neighbors, and we will continue to do so as we finalize plans to help ensure that we’re giving you and your community exactly what you want and need.
We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and answer any questions or concerns you have. We are planning to host an event to walk through the full Sea Trail plan and answer all of your questions. We will share more information on time and location in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, email us at SeaTrailPlanning@riptidebuilders.com; we look forward to connecting.
Due to concerns prompted by COVID-19, the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. has postponed their annual Wine Fest until April 30, 2022. Please click Wine Fest Postponed for all of the information.
Check out these two programs scheduled at the Planetarium but clicking on their links:
To stay up to date on all of the events and programs that are beginning back at the Planetarium, please connect with them via their website at https://museumplanetarium.org/ingram-planetarium/ or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium/
Are your grandchildren coming to visit and you need equipment for them? Do you need medical aids after a procedure? Let Granny’s Closet help you if we have what you need available! We have the following to borrow:
- Cribs, highchair, pack n play, bed rails, gates, booster seat, or a high chair/youth chair etc.
- Medical aids such as crutches, walker, wheelchair, bath/shower chair, or bedside commode.
If you would like to borrow items from Granny’s Closet, please contact one of the following: Diane Kreuzburg at 910-579-4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Chris Woods at 910-579-0052 or email@example.com or Eileen Chamberlain at 910-579-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They will check if the item you want to borrow is currently on their list and if so will give you the lender’s name and phone number to contact.
PLEASE NOTE: Since many items were being stored at homes of those with grandchildren now grown and therefore no longer needing the item, this particular list has gotten shorter. So if you have items you would like to add to Granny’s Closet and store in your home for others to borrow, please contact one of the ladies above. They will be glad to add your item and your contact name and information to either of their inventory lists.
After a year’s hiatus, Brunswick County Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association plant sales are returning! We are offering two different, specialized plant sales this spring, different from past years. No azaleas, roses, crape myrtles, or loropetalums will be offered for sale.
The first is an Online Plant Sale focusing on native plants that are recommended by North Carolina Sea Grant for coastal Carolina landscapes. These plants are suitable for the coastal environment thriving in our harsh conditions, more likely to withstand storms and beneficial to the natural habitat. The sale features a large selection of native perennials and shrubs beneficial to butterflies, pollinators, and birds.
- Visit the website www.bcmgva.org from April 15th – May 2nd to place and pay for your order.
- Schedule an appointment to pick-up your plants in person, curbside, on Thursday May 6th at the Brunswick County Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, greenhouse area behind Building N, Government Complex, Bolivia, NC 28422.
- Visit the website www.bcmgva.org for more information on the offered plants and instructions on scheduling a pick-up appointment.
- Payment for Online Orders is through PayPal, Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover.
On Friday May 14th, our second sale, the BCEMGVA Propagation Sale offers of variety of perennials, annuals, vegetables, and herbs propagated by Master Gardeners.
Yes, we grew these plants from seeds, cuttings or divisions ourselves! Some plants are propagated from the BC Botanical Garden or our home gardens.
The Propagation Plant Sale is a traditional outdoor sale, but for the health and safety of the plant sale attendees and Master Gardener volunteers, participants will need to wear masks and schedule an appointment to shop between 9:00 – 10:30 am. After 10:30 am, a limited number of shoppers will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Starting May 3rd, visit www.bcmgva.org to learn about the plants being offered for sale and to schedule an appointment.
This sale is held at the Brunswick County Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, at the greenhouse area behind Building N, Government Complex, Bolivia, NC 2842.
For more information, contact Krystyna Ochota at the NC Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office; 910 253 2595, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm.
The update of the Brunswick County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) is now underway. A CTP is a long-range plan that will assist local governments in making transportation decisions for the next 25-30 years. All modes of transportation will be studied, highway, bicycle, pedestrian, ferry, rail and transit. The ultimate goal for these long range projects is to be submitted to NCDOT for funding and construction. In an effort to gain public input on transportation issues in the county, a survey has been developed to gather feedback. By taking this survey, you will help us create a vision for the area, its residents and visitors.
The survey is available online and can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://brunswickcountyctp.metroquest.com/
The survey deadline is June 9th! Make your voice heard now!
Please click on the links below for all of the upcoming events for April & May at the Museum and Planetarium plus information about the 30th Anniversary for the Museum!
|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?
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.
Please click New Owners March, 2021 to find the most current list of our new neighbors moving into Sea Trail. To find their specific information as to street address, email addresses and phone numbers just log in to the Member Directory section of the website. Please Note: This specific information is only available on the member directory once the new owner updates their profile information themselves.
We will continue to add New Owners to the Newsletter on a monthly basis or as we receive it from our STMA administrator.
Welcome to all!!