The Board of Marsh Winds after carefully reviewing the restrictions and recommendations in the NC Phase II Executive Order regarding the opening of recreational pools has decided to keep the Marsh Winds Pool Closed at this time. The Board will reevaluate the opening of the pool when the North Carolina Phase III Executive Order is released in 4 to 6 weeks (end of June/beginning of July 2020).
The Marsh Winds Board would like to open the pool this season as long as we can meet the NC and local pool opening requirements, provide a safe environment as feasible in an unsupervised pool and minimize any liability/litigation risks and associated costs.
The Board will keep you informed and will be actively monitoring and assessing the roll out of the North Carolina Phase III Executive Order regarding pool openings in the next 4 to 6 weeks. If you rent your unit/and or use a management company, please keep them informed of the pool status.
Marsh Winds Board of Directors, HOA
Dear Marsh Winds Owners, May1, 2019
I am pleased to inform you that the pool is now officially open for the 2019 season. Please review the below Rules and Regulations for the Marsh Winds Pool and assure your guests/renters are aware of our regulations:
Pool Area: Marsh Winds pool is for the use by owners, renters and their guests however, the number of individuals is not to exceed the Unit Occupancy Rule. A pool key and key tag is required as an I.D. or you will be asked to leave. The Marsh Winds pool will be open for use from May 1st to the second week of October. The hours of operation are from 8am to 8 pm. The pool is used at your own risk. NO LIFE GUARDS ON DUTY.
When using the pool, please read and respect the rules posted at the entrance of the pool and other signs posted on the premise: The Pool Rules are:
1. Swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
2. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
3. Children in diapers must wear swim diapers to enter the pool.
4.No glass beverage containers are allowed in the pool area, plastic is permitted.
5. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the pool area at any time, in any form. 6. No pets are allowed in the pool area at any time. –
7. No smoking inside the pool gate at any time. –
8. No street clothing may be worn in the pool to include cotton t-shirts, cut off jeans or flip flops.
9. No diving into the pool, running or horseplay inside the pool gate is allowed. 10.Throwing of footballs, tennis balls or other objects, spouting water, splashing and tag games are not allowed.
10. The playing of loud music at the pool area or any common area is prohibited. The primary objective of Marsh Winds Community is to assure the quiet enjoyment of all association members and their guests.
11. Pool furniture is provided for the enjoyment of the owners and their guests. Pool furniture may not be removed from the pool area at any time. All chairs, tables and umbrellas, must be returned to the positions they were before using. Any refuse generated must be disposed of in the proper containers or removed from the pool area and placed in the appropriate waste containers.
12. No personal property may be stored in the pool area. Items will be removed and disposed of by the Community Manager.
Violations of these pool rules are considered a fineable offense of $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 for the second and all subsequent offenses. Owners must inform their renters concerning the pool policy. The fines will be charged to the appropriate owner’s account. By June 2018 every owner received 2 keys to the pool complex. There is a $25.00 charge for a replacement key. Contact the Community Manager.
The Board of Marsh Winds wishes you a wonderful summer season.
Marsh Winds, HOA
Dear Marsh Winds Owner, April 2, 2019
Pristine Pressure Washing will be power washing the front decks and stairs of all buildings beginning on Monday, May 13, 2019 and should take several days to complete. Please remove all furniture and rugs, bikes on your front decks as well as do not park in the front of the buildings when it is being power washed. Please do not park where caution cones are placed during this process.
We realize that this is an inconvenience, but it is necessary for the HOA to maintain the exterior of buildings to protect your investment. While pressure washing the front decks is done every year after pollen season, painting is only done every 5 or 6 years. Thank you for your cooperation.
Instructions for Owners in Buildings, 4, 10 and 11.
We are still working with our roofing contractor to finalize dates, but we are planning to begin roof replacements in Bldgs. 10 and 11 the last week of April extending in to early May. To prepare for the roofing and painting, the gutters will be removed before the roofing begins. To avoid damage to your cars, please do not park in front of the buildings during the roofing process
Power washing to the rear of buildings 4, 10 and 11 in preparation for painting will also be done the week of May 13, 2019. Owners/residents of units in those three buildings should remove all furniture, floor coverings, plants, and anything hanging from the walls or overhead from their rear decks so that the workers will be able to safely do their jobs and avoid damaging your property. For those in buildings 4, 10 and 11, we will let you know when we have a definite date for painting, as we will need access to your units to paint your front doors and jambs.
To access the railings and supports on the rear decks for cleaning, any needed repair and painting, all screens on the rear decks must be removed. (While first-floor patios do not have railings, it appears that at least some screens were installed over unpainted wooden frames, which changed the exterior appearance of the building, so those screens must also be removed.)
You may recall that the association’s Declaration stipulates that owners are to make no changes to the exterior elements of the buildings, referred to as common elements. An exception was made to allow owners to screen in the rear deck, but only with the understanding that owner would have to remove the screens whenever exterior painting is required. The owners are responsible for both the process and the expense of the removal, and (if desired) the installation of new screens.
Screens and tracks must be removed to reveal any underlying wood (to examine for rot or insect damage). Non-stainless steel staples, nails or screws could require hours of digging them out of the wooden elements to avoid rust bleed-through.
If you desire a consultation on removal or installation of your screens by a professional, David Schade of Delta Property Management could meet with you to examine your installation, give you an opinion, and quote you a price if you like. David has the most experience with these installations in Marsh Winds, and has done most of the other repairs in Marsh Winds, including the new mailbox kiosk work, railing repairs, and construction of the new bike racks. His phone is 910-279-4783. His email is email@example.com
In any event, the screens must be removed by May 1st. If your screen is not removed by the time access is needed, it will be removed at the initial expense of the HOA, then subsequently billed to your account. Any screens removed by the HOA will not be reinstalled as, again, it is the responsibility of the homeowner. It is also the nature of these installations that the screen material cannot be reused once removed, so the old material is not saved. Please let me know of your plans for removal of your screens so that I will know whether you have received this, or that I need to take other steps to reach you. My email is at the bottom of this letter.
Before pressure washing/painting commences, you will also be asked to remove all furnishings from your rear deck and patio walls, both for the safety of the workers and to avoid any damage to your belongings. You may return those items to the deck as soon as the second finish coat of paint is applied. At some point in late May or early June, I will also be in touch with you to arrange access by the painters through your unit to paint the rear deck walls and railings, and access to the front doors (main and lockout) so that the whole outside face of the door and its jambs can be painted. We appreciate your cooperation with this disruptive, but necessary process.
Thank you for working with me on this latest phase of efforts to protect and enhance the value of your investment, and to make Marsh Winds attractive again. I hope you have noticed and appreciate that the recent improvements have helped in this regard. Please contact me with any questions or concerns:
I am the onsite Community Manager for the Property Owners Association (POA) and it’s Board of Directors at Marsh Winds. When you have questions about Marsh Winds or have problems with operations in Marsh Winds, I am here to help. Below is a list of helpful information about Marsh Winds.
Marsh Winds is first and foremost a residential community and as such, owners are expected to maintain that type of environment whether while in residence or as a rental unit.
As a condominium owner you are now a member of a POA, Marsh Winds Owners Association, a non-profit corporation. Omega Association Management, Inc. provides the association financial and property management services for Marsh Winds Villas, including management of all of our legal documents. I strongly recommend that you register with Omega and access Omega’s website at www.omegamgmt.com. On the Omega Website you can monitor your Omega account information as well as view the legal documents.
I have compiled a list of, what I hope is helpful information, “need to know” here in Marsh Winds.
For all Police, Medical, or Fire emergencies call 911.
St. James Security only handles traffic/vehicle matters.
For other non- emergencies call the Brunswick County Sheriff at 910-253-2777.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions concerning the building exteriors, grounds, lawn, pool amenities or maintenance, please feel free to contact me, Steve Rosen, your on-site Community Manager.
Omega Association Management
Please also visit and familiarize yourself with this website: www.MarshwindsatSaintJames.com
Here you will also find all the documents found on the Omega Website, but also important dates of events, notices and contact information. This site has been designed to be used by our owners or a friendly site for renters and potential property owners to view pictures of Mash Winds Villas, gain information about Saint James and local sites of interest. Please familiarize yourself with the legal documents, Declaration Creating Unit Ownership and By-laws of the Marsh Winds Owners Association, Inc. These will help you understand your rights and privileges as an owner, as well as the rules under which your Board of Directors must operate. This information will also help you obtain proper insurance for your condo. Your agent must understand these documents along with the North Carolina General Statutes pertaining to Condominiums (47C).
Brunswick County Public Utilities (www.brunswickcountync.gov/utilities/ ) provides your water and sewer service. Your water service is rather straightforward. Most units have hot and cold water distribution panels located in the main unit laundry area. From here you can turn off supply water to the individual fixtures throughout the condo. Sewage might be handled a bit differently than what you may be familiar with. Household waste flows to a “grinder pump” holding tank located underground, just outside your condo unit. From there it is pumped into the county disposal system. Your responsibility ends when the waste leaves you unit and enters the grinder pump. Any problems with this system such as a flashing red light, alarm buzzer or foul odor must be reported to Brunswick Public Utilities. Contact phone numbers are:
Electric power is provided by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC). Meters and main disconnects for each unit are located at ground level on the sides of each building. Individual circuit breakers are in a breaker panel in your main unit’s laundry area.
There are two providers of Cable TV, high speed internet and telephone:
Household waste and recyclable collection is provided by Brunswick County as part of your county property taxes. Each building is provided with three (3) 90-gallon containers (grey) for household garbage and one (1) 90-gallon container (blue) for approved recyclables. Trash is picked up every MONDAY and recyclables every-other MONDAY. Please refer to the
Omega website under the “Community Information” tab, then select “Documents”. There you will click on the folder “Other Documents” on the left column. Please read the “Trash/Recycling Info” for details on proper disposal of household waste and recyclables. This information is also found on this Website under the Rules and Docs tab.
The swimming pool is part of the Association’s common amenities, accessible only to owners and their guests. Two keys to the gate are provided to all owners and should be passed along to new owners. It is the owner’s choice to provide a key to renters but always the owner’s responsibility for guest behavior and key control. Please read and understand the swimming Pool Rules posted on the pool gate as well as any pool “open / closed” sign.
Trailers of any kind, Recreation Vehicles and other oversized vehicles are not to be parked in the parking lot any longer than 72 hours. Unlicensed, uninspected or non-running vehicles are not permitted to be parked in Marsh Winds. Parking for any of these vehicles is available through “Plantation Services”, just inside the main gate off St. James Drive. Check with Security at the gate or call Plantation Services at 910-253-7650 to make arrangements for this parking.
Postal boxes for each unit are located in the kiosk between buildings #2 and #3. Owners maintain their condo postal box key. For replacement locks/keys or delivery problems, contact the Community Manager at (860) 463-5888.
Brunswick County and North Carolina law dictate NO open flame BBQ grills are allowed on front or rear decks. Grills must be kept a minimum of twenty-five (25) feet from any building and away from wood, mulch or other flammable items.
The painting, new roofs and gutter work was budgeted and paid from the Reserve Fund.
Two property tours have been conducted with Board of Directors participation. Items planned to be addressed this fiscal year are:
An Architectural Modification Request Form and Construction Registration and Information Packet was developed and approved by the Board in its July 2018 meeting.
The main purpose of the request form is to provide guidance to our owners and contractors when planning a renovation project, assure conformity with our Rules and Regulations, and avoid serious problems to unit owners who can be affected by projects that are done without the proper permits, uninsured contractors and oversight from the Brunswick County Code Department.
A new website for Marsh Winds Villas at marshwindsatsaintjames.com is under development and will be completed in September 2018. The website can be viewed on computers and smart phones, and will contain links to important documents for property owners and renters. It is open to the public but has a private section for property owners. To access the private section all property owners will receive an email link at the time of access.
A landscape taskforce was formed to begin to plan for the re-landscaping of the grounds of Marsh Winds. The taskforce is focusing on the front of the buildings including the removal of existing plantings and replacement, ground cover, erosion control and drainage. An initial quote has been received from our current landscape company and we will seek a second bid. Given the cost of this project it will budgeted for over several years.
ATMC should complete their installation of digital fiber optic cable TV, phone and internet to all of our 11 buildings by early September. If you choose to have ATMC as your provider, you can wire your lockout unit separate from the main unit. Once the installation is complete, ATMC will be notifying you of how to sign up for their service. It’s your choice if you want to remain with Spectrum or utilize the services of ATMC.