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The Country Club
of the Crystal Coast
...where friends connect
By John Ferguson
One of the most important attributes of any community is its ability to maintain a
quality of life that attracts and retains a viable population. Surely, all will agree that Pine
Knoll Shores is a place where there is much to offer.
Those of us who are members of The Country Club of the Crystal Coast believe
that our community life is enhanced because of the many activities that our club
offers. Of course, there are physical activities like golf, exercise and yoga, swimming
lessons, scuba classes, bridge, soccer golf and tennis. Coming in July are golf clinics and
childrens day camp, as well as fitness classes. Yoga is an up-and-coming program across
the country, and the club is embracing this valuable activity. Susan Toms is continuing
yoga for both members and non-members, with members receiving a 25% discount for
five classes. Please contact Susan at 222-0497 for information about classes, which meet
from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Thursdays. It is perfect weather for golf and tennis, and it
has been great to see how our golf and tennis staffs have made their respective facilities
such premier venues.
We also offer activities that are just as much fun as the physical opportunities, but
are a bit less strenuous. In July we will continue with bridge, fine dining, book clubs
and reviews. For example, on July 19, Bill Brown will be reviewing his book Money to
Burn. This is a story based on true events. It begins with the brutal murder of a young
woman and traces an ingenious counterfeiting scheme, which ultimately became
the funding mechanism for a small town bank in North Carolina. It culminates in a
disastrous money crisis. This review is open to the public; call 726-1034 ext. 17, to make
The Fourth of July is our member celebration of our country. The club literally “puts
on the dog” (hot dogs, that is), in addition to burgers, pork barbecue, salad, ice cream,
face painting for kids of all ages, tractor rides, swimming, volleyball, soccer golf and
much more. As the day continues, there is music and dancing, and the grand finale is a
fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. For the first time, we are offering a package whereby
one can play golf, tennis, or soccer golf and become a member for the day. This will
allow you to participate in all of our July 4 celebration activities for your whole family
at a special price. Call early for tee, court or kick times and bring a bunch of family
and guests with you to this event so they can get a taste of club offerings at a special
member guest rate. Contact General Manager Chip Chamberlin for more information
and pricing at 726-1034, ext. 12.
The Country Club of the Crystal Coast is the place where friends connect, and we
want to expand the number of our friends.
Pine knoll Shores
By Paige Gillespie
The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners was held on June 14 at town
hall. All commissioners were present. Commissioner Ted Goetzinger recused himself
from any discussion or votes regarding the Pine Knoll Boulevard and Highway 58
parcel. There were 39 members of the public in attendance.
Mayor Jones announced that town hall would be closed on July 4. During the public
comment session, no one spoke.
The Pine Knoll Shores Garden Club presented the town with a certificate of
appreciation from the National Garden Club for the Blue Star Memorial marker placed
at the corner of Highway 58 and Pine Knoll Boulevard. The marker was made possible
through the Garden Club, in cooperation with the town and the Garden Club of North
Marsh Cobin and Lana Hathaway made a presentation to the board on behalf of the
Friends of the Maritime Forests.
Joan Lamson made a presentation to the board on behalf of Maritime Woods.
Town Manager Brian Kramer reported on several items:
• Senate Bill 126 has been transferred to the House Finance Committee. Mr. Kramer
feels that this bill does not appear to threaten the FY 2018 budget.
• The US Corps of Engineers has authorized $1.3 million for preconstruction
engineering and design for their 50-year plan for beach renourishment. This,
along with FEMA compliance, positions the town nicely for long-term beach
• Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative (CCEC) will install new light poles at
all three crosswalks later this summer. Julie Anderson has contacted Senator
Sanderson to see if funding for the lighting is available from the General Assembly.
• Summer intern Eli Valsing is working on the August HOA summit.
• Sonny Cunningham should complete mapping the water assets GPS coordinates by July 1.
• The water leak ledger showed another false spike in leaks in May. This appears to
happen each time CCEC installs a new software patch.
Assistant Town Manager/Finance Officer Julie Anderson is working on the end of
fiscal year items and cash management plans.
Fire Chief Jason Baker reported that the department has received the DEA drug
boxes and will be paramedic ready by July 1. He reminds everyone to stay hydrated in
the heat and to be careful in the water.
Police Chief Ryan Thompson reported that the pedestrian awareness program is
working, with only one crosswalk violation over Memorial Day weekend.
A public hearing was held regarding the 2017-2018 budget. No one spoke.
Under unfinished business, a motion was made to adopt the 2017-2018 budget. The
motion passed unanimously. Eli Valsing gave a presentation on referendums and special
elections. Justin Bonner, of the Conservation Fund, gave a presentation to the board on
the possibility of a portion of the Pine Knoll Boulevard and Highway 58 parcel being
put into permanent conservatory and the process involved. Eli Valsing reported that the
PARC Survey would be distributed by June 30, and that the closing date for the survey
is July 16. Commissioner Edwards noted that parts of the Carteret County History
Museums display on Pine Knoll Shores are now installed in the boardroom.
Under new business, a motion was made to accept the FY 2016-2017 budget
Amendment #5. This is customary at the end of the fiscal year to make adjustments to
revenues or expenses based on actual receipts and disbursements. The motion passed
unanimously A motion was made to submit a grant application for the Division of
Coastal Management, Resiliency Evaluation and Needs Analysis project. The motion
passed unanimously. A motion was made to add three alternate PARC volunteer
positions. The motion passed unanimously. A motion was made to approve the bid for
the removal and disposal of vegetative and C&D debris following natural or manmade
disasters. The motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Brodman requested that
some guidelines be established regarding public presentations to the board. This request
will be passed on to the Administration Committee.
During the second public comment session, no one spoke.
The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. at
The full minutes of Board of Commissioners meetings are included in the agenda
packets that are publicly available through the calendar on the town website (townofpks.
com) and are sent out via email prior to the next months regular board meeting. If you
have questions about access to the minutes, contact Town Clerk Sarah Williams at
247-4353 ext. 13.
July 2017 I The Shoreline