SEPO & Covid-19 

This page contains information provided by the SEPO Board to the

Sunshine Community concerning the Covid-19 Virus.

Topics Included Are (in this sequence):


(Dated Apr 8, 2020)


There are rumors floating around accusing certain individuals of calling the police and are responsible for shutting down the golf course.


No one called the police and reported us!


Judge Trevino shut down all Cameron County golf courses, no exception.


We are suffering an inconvenience by the golf course being shutdown.


Confronting and insulting our friends and neighbors accomplishes absolutely nothing except long time hard feelings! 


John Chajec
SEPO President




(Dated Apr 6, 2020)


We were advised today in a copy of report on the current Cameron County shelter in place order/joint meeting, (which follows), with the followng statement provided from the Harlingen Police Department, Assistant Chief of Police, Miryam Anderson, slighlty paraphrased:

Cameron County Judge Trevin’s office continues to get questions concerning golf courses.
“Judge Trevino apologized but said that he wanted to be fair across the county and is making no exceptions. “

In order to come into compliance with this directive from Cameron County Judge Trevino, SEPO Board has reluctantly determined and declares Sunshine Estates Golf Course closed to play until further notice.

SEPO Board Members

John Chajec, President
Mecca Henry
Neil Morehead
Lyn Swonger
Frank Tewell
Tony Tramel




(Dated Apr 3, 2020)


Corona Virus and the Golf Course?
The Board wants owners of Sunshine Estates to be able to play golf, however, players must maintain social distance and avoid crowds. It would be easy for the Board to declare the golf course closed. The Board, however, feels it is important to our community to let our members exercise and play golf. Golf play is limited to Sunshine Estates owners / renters.

Effective immediately, the maximum number of players in a playing group is limited to 2 players. 
If there are 2 players on the green, 2 other players would be positioned on the tee box ready to hit after the green is cleared. Social distancing must be maintained at hole number 1 tee box. Couples living together can use one golf cart, others must not have more than 1 person per golf cart.

No more “scramble type (i.e. the 9:00am, noon, 4:00pm, etc.) of play is permitted”.
These changes are an attempt to ensure we can keep the golf course open. We have no guarantee we can keep it open. The Cameron County order for residents to shelter in place provides the following exceptions, “outdoor activities, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, such, by way of example and without limitations, walking, hiking, biking, or running”. We believe with these rules in place, and recent changing of our flag poles, we are satisfying the spirit of allowing “outdoor activities” noted in Cameron County order.

There will be changes to these directives by the Board in the future and we will attempt to keep everyone informed of them.

Texas governor, Greg Abbott, has issued an executive order limiting social gatherings to 10 people and prohibiting eating and drinking at restaurants and bars but still allowing takeout. The order, effective through midnight on April 30, also closes gyms and bans people from visiting nursing homes except for critical care.

John Chajec, President
SEPO Board



(and SEPO Update)

(Dated Mar 30, 2020)


The board is required to follow restrictions imposed by the government.
The following restriction was added by Gov Abbott concerning flying and driving  from other states into Texas. Logically anyone coming in contact with these individuals would be under the same restrictions. 
Anyone under these restrictions are not allowed on the golf course, tennis court, pool or hot tub.
John Chajec
SEPO President 

Texas expands travel restrictions, launches pop-up hospital as coronavirus spreads

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic, while announcing the state's first pop-up hospital to deal with the crisis. He also said he was moving to "stop the release of dangerous felons" amid the outbreak.

Abbott said he was dramatically expanding a previous executive order that requires a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone flying into Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or New Orleans. Now, the state is also mandating a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone driving into Texas from anywhere in Louisiana and for those flying in from Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Chicago, as well as anywhere in California and Washington.

Need to keep tabs on the latest coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup has you covered.



(Dated Mar 28, 2020) - See Update above

The coronavirus / quarantine has changed the world.

Until further notice:
The pool/pavilion is restricted to owner / residents only, absolutely no guests.

When you have outside guests you “break” the SEPO quarantine.
The board is trying to make this quarantine as painless as possible.
We need your help to continue or total shutdown is definitely possible.
Maintain your 6 foot “personal space”.
The 2 person golf cart rule is not in effect during the quarantine.

If you know of anyone not on this distribution list, please let them know about the information distributed in this e-mail.

John Chajec
SEPO President




(Dated Mar 24, 2020)

The board met this morning to discuss our response to the Federal Judge court order.
The board will be constantly reviewing the situation and make changes if necessary.
The court order currently ends Wednesday, April 8th. 2020 at 11:59 pm.
The Estates true “colors” will be shown over the next 2 weeks. Let’s work together through these tough times.
Per the court order:
To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times, as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.
All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited, except for the limited purposes as expressly permitted herein
Our response: 
All SEPO buildings will be shutdown: Retzlaff Hall, Sunburst (card) Building, Library / Office Bldg, Wood Shop, all purpose room, Pavilion and  bathroom.
Per the court order:
The shelter in place mandate does not apply to the person(s) engaging in the following activities:
1) Essential Personal Activities
To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, biking, or running;
Per City of Harlingen list of the latest closures/limited access
Golf Course- very limited access – groups fewer than10 people at a time.
Our response: Tennis / pickle ball and shuffleboard courts will remain open.
                           Golf course will remain open.  All organized golf activities will be discontinued.
                           Pool: will remain open, the pool shower and bathroom adjacent to Retzlaff Hall will be the

                            only facilities available  

Social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside must be maintained. Groups will be fewer than 10 at all times.
Front gate and access to Encore: no change.

Per the court order:
The shelter in place mandate does not apply to the person(s) engaging in the following activities:
xi) Landscaping and pool cleaning services;
Section, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations:
The minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’ inventory, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions
Our response:
              To help limit Valeries’ exposure:
              Office will be closed to all unessential activities: copies, etc.
              Mail:  all packages, that will not fit in your mail box, will be returned to the post office for your pickup
Employees will be given the option of working, taking vacation or unpaid time off. They will maintain social distancing.
John Chajec

SEPO President




(Updated Mar 30, 2020)


Please spread this info to any Resident not receiving this e-mail.

Those Residents are listed in the "Residents Only" section of this Web site


Mail packages that are too big to fit in your post office box will now be placed in the General Purpose Room. A slip will be placed in your box by the postman to inform you of delivery. The General Purpose Room will now have an assigned Keypad that will be active effective today, March 30 @ 4:00pm. Keypad Code can be found in the 'Residents Only' section of this Web site.

Please be careful to close the door properly behind you when exiting the room.

(General Purpose Room is located between Pool and Gym)     Valerie (SEPO Office)



(Mar 26, 2020)

As part of our lock down we have developed a new policy that will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

We have requested package delivery that previously would be dropped at the office area, will now be placed in the “all purpose / meeting room”. The “all purpose / meeting room” is the small meeting room that has an outside door in the northwest corner of the shuffle board courts. There will be no access from the covered pavilion.

We will be temporarily unlocking this room each day (noon to 6:00pm) until the new lock is installed.   Persons could retrieve their over sized packages during those times.

Next week, we will provide a code access lock at this same door and install a video camera with monitoring capacity and video storage. This new access code can be found in the 'Residents Only' section of this Web site.

This lock will allow residents 24 hr access to this “mail package storage room”.

I would like to thank Frank Tewell for thinking "out of the box" and presenting this solution.

John Chajec
SEPO President




(Dated Mar 26, 2020)

The only "public" bathroom and shower open are at the pool.
In the past, contractors have used our bathroom facilities.
All contractors landscapers, nonresidents, will not be allowed to use these facilities until further notice.
John Chajec
SEPO President



(Dated Mar 21, 2020)

Franklin Roosevelt said  “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" in WWII 
The current media has played upon those very words.
In the last few days some of the following things have occurred:

  • A rumor stating that a resident just returned from Spain, has placed themselves in self quarantine and may be a danger to the Estates,

    • Rather than give the resident a visit and clear the situation up, the rumor spread. I would like to thank Tony Tramel, for calling the resident and clarifying the situation is not a threat to the Estates. 

  • A board member was approached and asked "what's it going to take to get things shutdown, somebody dying?"

  • A resident called yesterday and questioned "why are people golfing, riding bikes & golf carts, walking down the streets?

  • The bankrupt state of Illinois has decided that they need to increase their debt and has imposed mandatory house quarantine for everyone, isn't that martial law?

  • A call this morning, stated " we should keep the front gate closed all the time during this crisis".

The board’s response to these matters is: we will continue allowing residents to make their own decisions regarding the current situation.
SEPO E News will not be utilized to spread rumors or updates on the virus that is reported in the media.  If you have internet and TV, you have access to the media.  We will not be using our website to spread rumors and hearsay.  
The Progresso Bridge is still open, per Facebook, for dental, meds, etc.  
HEB is making deliveries to the elderly, 60 and older; call in 9 am to 1 pm, delivery time unknown,  833-397-0080
John Chajec
SEPO President



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