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VoL 12, No. 9
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N,C,
The rock that started it
all. This rock, which was
delivered to Police Chief
Ryan Thompson by a young
visitor to Pine Knoll Shores
to show support for law
enforcement, inspired the
Police Department to start
its own program of hidden
rocks. Below are a few of
the rocks painted by Officer
by Nancy Montanino
By Nancy Montanino
Between a rock and a fun place
Ethan, a young visitor from Cleveland County to Pine Knoll Shores, stopped
by the Pine Knoll Shores Police Department in July to present Police Chief Ryan
Thompson with a custom painted rock to show his support for law enforcement.
The rock featured a thin blue line and the words “Thank You Hero.” Chief
Thompson thanked Ethan for his thoughtfulness and rewarded him with some
Pine Knoll Shores police patches to take home.
Chief Thompson and I discovered that there were Facebook groups all across
the country dedicated to painting rocks and hiding them to spread kindness and
a sense of community. Time and creativity are invested in painting and hiding the
rocks, and people are also encouraged to be aware of their surroundings and to get
active while looking.
“The 252 Rocks” is a Facebook group that chronicles rocks found in our area.
Those who paint rocks are asked to write “252 Rocks on FB” on the back. Anyone
who finds the rock should take a picture and post it on The 252 Rocks Facebook
page. The finder has a choice: keep the rock, leave
it where it was found or hide it again. Because we
are at the beach, painters are invited to paint shells
as well as rocks.
The chief and I decided to join this movement
and put a Pine Knoll Shores spin on it. I painted
some rocks and placed them in various locations
throughout town with a message on the back
for the finder to bring the rock to the Police
Department for a prize. The prize is a Pine Knoll
Shores Police Department patch, and the finder
can choose to keep the rock or hide it for someone
else to find.
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So far, at least four of our rocks have been found. One family also went on a tour
of the Police Department. This has become a great community experience and a
way for us to interact with the public. Two of our finders have decided to keep their
rocks, and two others have decided to hide them for somebody else to find.
There are still more rocks to be painted, and as they are finished, they will be
hidden around town for citizens to find. Other residents are enjoying the rock
painting movement as well. In early August Amy Hahn of Pine Knoll Shores Realty
hosted a rock painting party at Brock Basin, inviting anybody to come out and
paint rocks to be hidden. By the time you are reading this. Pine Knoll Shores will
have rocks hidden all over—and everyone is invited to join in the fun.
Please see the “Town Crier” pages in this issue for photos of some of our rock
finders (and painters) around town.
Flood Map Appeal
By Kevin Reed, Pine Knoll Shores Town Manager
On August 7, the town received notification from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping
Program (NCFMP) that the 90-day appeal window regarding the new preliminary
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) dated July
2016 was set to begin on August 16,2017. During this 90-day period, the NCFMP
and FEMA will only accept appeals submitted by the town on a property owner s
behalf regarding the Preliminary revised FIRM and FIS report.
The town is happy to assist property owners who wish to submit an appeal to
NCFMP and FEMA regarding the Preliminary revised FIRM and FIS. However,
it is important to note that all appeals: (1) must be submitted during the 90-day
appeal period; (2) must be supported by scientific or technical data; and (3) must
be submitted by the town. Appeals that are not based on scientific or technical data
will not be considered by the NCFMP and FEMA.
The town has been working with the county, other municipalities and an
engineering firm to assemble the technical and scientific information to evaluate
whether or not the town will submit an appeal. The town can provide owners with
the proper forms that must accompany any appeal that is submitted. However,
it is the property owners responsibility to compile the scientific and technical
information needed for an appeal and also to complete the necessary paperwork.
The 90-day appeal window will close in mid-November. Please contact Town
Planner Kevin Reed at 247-4353 ext. 11, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Building
Inspector Jim Taylor at 247-4353 ext. 18, or email@example.com if you wish to
review the Effective and Preliminary FIRMs in order to better understand how the
revised maps may impact you and your property.
The Pine Knoll Shores Radio Station broadcasts 24 hours a day
with weather and emergency info.
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