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Vol. 12, No. 8
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N. C.
Pictured are a small number of the more than 30 volunteers who came out for the 10th annual
post July 4 beach cleanup. From left: Dan Law, Teresa Law, Barbara Holman, Jan Shank,
Natalie Gibble, Vera Hegmann and Eli ya\s\ng.—Photo by John Brodman
Post July 4 Beach Cleanup
By John Brodman
This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Pine Knoll Shores post July 4 volunteer
beach sweep, hosted by the Pine Knoll Shores Parks and Recreation Committee
(PARC) with the assistance of the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. This year’s event
was held on Monday, July 10, and in spite of an early morning torrential thunderstorm
that lingered around until just before the 9 a.m. start of the event, we still had a
turnout of more than 20 people from Pine Knoll Shores and eight staff members
from the aquarium. Volunteers picked a section of beach between two or more beach
access points and departed our base at the Iron Steamer beach access with eagle eyes,
clutching trash bags they were determined to fill.
Volunteers included Pine Knoll Shores residents, visitors and staff: John Brodman,
Barrett & Finn Davis, Donna & John Fountain, Janet Furman, John & Libby Gallagher,
Natalie Gibble, Vera Hegmann, Barbara Holman, Lauren Jourdan, Tatyana Korsak,
Dan & Teresa Law, Ron Pearson, Jan Shank, Pine Knoll Shores intern Eli Valsing,
Jenn Williams, and Pine Knoll Shores Public Services personnel Sonny Cunningham,
Howard Henderson, Matt Willis, Bailey Lewis and Willy Anderson. Aquarium staff
who participated in the cleanup included Sherry Barnes, Samantha Betancur, Michele
Lamping, Jeff McBane, Pam Nichols, Tia Reigner, Nicole Warren, and Joann Yue. In
addition to those listed here, additional volunteers worked in other areas along Bogue
Banks to clean the beaches.
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By Kevin Reed, Pine Knoll Shores Town Planner
The Pine Knoll Shores Board of Commissioners, at its regular meeting held on July
12, once again considered a rezoning request for the property at the corner of Pine
Knoll Boulevard and Highway 58. The request was to rezone a 9.3-acre parcel of land
from Office and Professional (O-P) to Residential R-2 (R-2). The rezoning would allow
for the property to be developed for single-family residential homes with a minimum
lot size of 10,000 square feet.
The public hearing for this request was held by the commissioners at their May 10
meeting. Following the May meeting, the board delayed action on the request for 60
days so town staff could study options for conserving a portion of the property and to
study and examine the use of this parcel and other undeveloped property in town. After
this 60-day period, the board heard presentations from Town Manager Brian Kramer
and Ryan Griffith with the Eastern Carolina Council on the two study topics. Following
the commissioners’ discussion of the request, they voted on July 12 to rezone the parcel
from O-P to R-2.
‘ While the action by the board does rezone the property, it does not grant the
owner or developer any specific development approvals or permits to proceed with
land disturbing activities, the installation of infrastructure to serve the proposed
development or any other development activity on the property. The next steps
for anyone wishing to proceed with the development would be to comply with the
subdivision regulations of the town as well as the towns ordinances related to tree
preservation, stormwater management and other environmental/regulatory standards.
The subdivision process will require future actions by the towns Planning Board
and the Board of Commissioners. During the subdivision review and approval process,
a variety of other town. State and Federal regulations will have to be adequately
addressed so that all involved parties can ensure that the development is compliant
with those regulations. Currently, the town has no timetable as to when the subdivision
process might be initiated or any further details of the proposed development.
Each year PARC organizes this volunteer effort to walk the beach and pick up any
litter left behind by visitors during one of the busiest times of the year. I am happy to
report that the volume of trash and litter has gradually come down over the years as
people have become more aware of our environment and as we have learned more
about the effects of litter, particularly plastics, on marine life. Nevertheless, we still
managed to fill one of the town’s green John Deere “gators” with bags of trash, cigarette
butts, food containers, flip-flops, broken beach chairs, umbrellas and shade canopies.
Sonny Cunningham and the crew of the Public Services Department and Natalie
Gibble did a great job of setting things up and getting the word out. A hearty thank
you goes to them for their help. Also, a thank you goes out to the Pine Knoll Shores
volunteers and members of the aquarium staff who participated in this year’s event.
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