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By Tom King, CERT Civilian Leader
During a hurricane, some folks leave Pine Knoll Shores and some choose to
remain. After the storm passes, the Police Department conducts a survey of the,
town to determine if there is damage or if any citizens are in need of assistance. If
required, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will assist the police
in this service.
To give priority to those who have remained, the Hurricane Good Neighbor
Program (HGNP) was developed. Those who participate in the HGNP will be given
the highest priority in determining whether assistance is required; those who do
not participate will be at a higher risk and will have to wait until a random survey
of the town is conducted.
If you are remaining in town and desire to participate, 48 hours prior to
hurricane landfall (sooner if the 48 hours falls between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.), please
call 646-6506 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to contact a CERT representative. Outside
these hours, please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number, and
someone will call you back.
The representative who calls you back will ask for the name of the head of the
household, household address, the names and ages of those in the household
who will remain in town, landline phone number, cell number(s), an off island
contact in case of an emergency (name and phone number) and names of anyone
in the household with special health considerations (and the nature of those
After hurricane passage, those participating in the HGNP wiU be called to
determine the status of all in the household. If we are unable to contact you, a team
will be assigned to check your residence to determine the status.
The HGNP is designed to get help to those who need it in a more efficient
manner than relying on randomly discovering an issue in a search of the town.
If you notify CERT that you will remain in town and have a change of plans,
please call the number above to advise CERT that you will be leaving. This will keep
a team from unnecessarily checking on your residence.
The Hurricane Good Neighbor Program is not an incentive to remain on the
island during a hurricane. Remember that in the event of a Category 3 hurricane,
all public safety personnel will leave the island and no one from public safety will
be available to provide assistance until after their return. You will be staying on the
island at your own risk.
Thank you for your participation in this important program.
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It s that time again. Summer is here, the
beaches are well populated, and the restaurants
are crowded, especially for dinner. We
welcome our visitors, as they get to enjoy the
same Crystal Coast for a short time that we
can glory in all the year round. Still, their
presence here sometimes requires us to adjust
our normal routines, including eating in our
local restaurants. And so it is that the summer
is time for some dining ingenuity.
Perhaps while our visitors sleep in on their coastal vacations, it would be a good
opportunity for year-round residents to focus their dining Out on good places for
breakfast with, typically, no crowds, no lines, and no long waits for tables. One such
place is the Beaufort Cafe—a breakfast-only restaurant where “they are up with the
Located on Cedar Street in Beaufort, the cafe promises hot coffee and hot
breakfast in a way and in a setting that will doubtless remind you of wonderful
breakfast out days gone by No fast food breakfast here, just house-made fixings that
will make for a great beginning of your day
Among the many choices at the Beaufort Cafe are omelets and platters, pancakes
and waffles, and biscuit and breakfast sandwiches. The omelets, made with two eggs
and served with hash brown potatoes or grits and toast or a biscuit, are substantial
and delicious. Biscuits may be ordered “as is” or grilled. Patrons have the option
of traditional cheese, Denver, and Western omelets. But these are not the only
possibilities. Especially worthy among the long list on the menu are the Greek,
spinach, and steak omelets, but do not ignore the ham and cheese, mushroom
and cheese, and veggie versions. These egg creations are priced between $4.95 and
The breakfast platters are centered on the patrons choice of egg preparation,
uniting the eggs with traditional breakfast meats and, of course, hash browns or
grits and toast or a biscuit. The Red Eye, for example, includes three eggs prepared
in your style choice, a pancake, and ham, bacon, or sausage patties. The Farm
House delivers pork chops, two eggs in your style, and the standard additions. And
the All American brings two eggs in your style, together with steak and the usual
sides. Choices, hard choices, for a hearty breakfast. The platters cost between $5.25
What would an old-time breakfast menu be without pancakes and waffles, or
even French toast? The menu at the Beaufort Cafe not only features buttermilk
pancakes but also old-fashioned wheat cakes. The pancakes may be had plain or
with the customary toppings, including blueberries or strawberries. If patrons have
a taste for French toast the way mom or grandma (and on occasion their male
counterparts) may well have prepared it—right down to the powdered sugar dusted
on top—this, too, is the place for them. These are delightful prospects for those who
would prefer other than eggs for breakfast. Pancake, waffle, and French toast plates
are priced from $4.95 to $6.75.
The biscuit and breakfast sandwiches, made fresh daily will also tempt patrons.
Biscuits may be ordered in the old way—as an open-faced sandwich smothered in
southern-style gravy Several combinations of breakfast meats and eggs may also
be placed inside a biscuit or between two slices of sandwich bread. One innovative
sandwich on the menu is a Breakfast Gyro, which unites two eggs, onions, peppers,
tomatoes and black olives in a pita pocket for a Mediterranean touch. The biscuit
options range in cost from $1.75 to $2.95, while the sandwiches are priced between
$3.25 and $5.95.
Special note should be taken of the a la carte choices on the menu. They include
oatmeal, country ham, smoked sausage and corned beef hash—sweet memories of
those golden days of yesteryear.
The Beaufort Cafe is located at 817 Cedar Street on the corner of Live Oak Street
and Highway 70. It serves breakfast only opening seven days a week from 6:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. weekdays, and from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. The restaurants
phone number is 728-4400.