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Vol. 15, No. 7
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
July 2020
New Leadership for
Pine Knoll Shores
By Alicia Kramer Durham, Pine Knoll Shores Commissioner
With heavy hearts, we, the Pine Knoll Shores Board of Commissioners, attempt
to replace Mayor Ken Jones. Although we know we can never fully replace Kens
experience and passion for Pine Knoll Shores, appointing a new leader is vital
to our small towns health. We take this crucial public duty seriously, which
is established by the Pine Knoll Shores Charter as shown below. The office of
mayor is an important position. He or she is the public face of the town, sets the
towns agenda and develops supportive partnerships with other governments and
agencies.
It is important to all the commissioners that our mayoral selection be deliberate,
fair and open to all qualified Pine Knoll Shores residents. We unanimously agreed
to appoint a Mayoral Search Committee, and Acting Mayor Clark Edwards
appointed Bill Knecht and me, Alicia Durham, to that committee. Additionally, we
established qualifications and traits which we felt were important for the successful
candidate, which included:
Experience in government or business management
Ability to work with others
A love for Pine Knoll Shores
A team builder, not divider
A vision to the future, not the past
Good communication and public speaking skills
Common sense
Ability to partner with other agencies at the local and state levels.
On June 2, Commissioner Knecht and I publicly discussed and outlined the
mayor selection process. As agreed:
• Eligible individuals submitted their interest with qualifications to the
Mayoral Search Committee by 5 p.m. on June 16, 2020.
• The Mayoral Search Committee held public interviews at 2 p.m. on
June 29, 2020. Each candidate was asked a series of the same questions,
followed by questions specific to each candidate.
• The Mayoral Search Committee discussed its recommendation at a public
meeting.
• The Mayoral Search Committee will make its recommendation to the Board
of Commissioners at the commissioners’ July 8 meeting.
k4TW Gala, Race Cancelled
By Jean McDanal
K4T W Golf Tournament remains on schedule
The Kayak for the Warriors (K4TW) Gala and auctions scheduled for July 24
have reluctantly been cancelled. We expected 150 people to join this celebration
at the Crystal Coast Country Club, and unfortunately, in looking ahead, we think
restrictions on the number of people allowed at an indoor event will still be in
place at that time. All registration fees will be refunded.
Our signature event, the Kayak/Paddleboard Race, was scheduled for Saturday,
July 11. We thought we could go ahead with our original format, but parameters
to even get this off the ground are daunting—no tents, tables or chairs, no medal
ceremony, no lunch, coupled with having to have staggered start times for all
paddlers. This has been a wonderful social event for 12 years, and we came to the
conclusion that if we couldn’t do it the right way, we shouldn’t do it this year. All
registrations will be refunded.
Because the first two events had to be cancelled, we are throwing all of our
efforts to the first annual Kayak for the Warriors Golf Tournament to be held
at the Crystal Coast Country Club on Friday, July 31. Please register online by
going to our website, k4tw.org, click on Events and choose Golf Tournament.
The registration fee is $75, which includes the 18-hole best ball, cart, goody bag,
silent auction and lunch. Registration deadline is July 17. Forms may also be
downloaded from our website, or picked up at the country club golf shop or at
town hall. There are plenty of opportunities to support Kayak for the Warriors by
purchasing a hole for $100—and having your name displayed on the hole of your
choice. Send your check to Kathy Blowers, 201 Oakleaf Drive, Pine Knoll Shores,
NC 28512. Please write “hole” on the memo line and include the hole number if
you have a preference.
This has been a difficult time for everyone, including our wounded warriors
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