April 2006 • Vol. 2, No. 10
A Shoreline Community, Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.
Town Hall 247-4353
Chief Urges East-West Traffic Split
To Ease Aquarium Reopening Rush
By Bill White
Finishing Touches - Groundskeepers at The Country Club of the Crystal Coast flash
smiles of accomplishment as they put the finishing touches on the impressive wall that
now rims the back of the 7* tee off Oakleaf Drive. From left are General Manager
Reggie Colomb, who pitched in throughout the project; Greens Superintendent Justin
Warren, Assistant Superintendent Andy Ipock and Lennis Ipock. Lennis and Andy
are the club’s father and son team.
Country Club Sports New Name, Look
Bogue Banks Country Club, preparing to
demolish its old clubhouse and build a new
one, is also in the process of changing its name
to The Country Club of the Crystal Coast.
The club’s board of directors voted for the
name change in February. In doing so directors
noted that the designation seems to be a
perfect fit in view of the fact that area leaders
and tourism officials are devoting substantial
energy and resources toward expanding
recognition of Carteret County ’ s stretch of the
Atlantic seaboard as The Crystal Coast.
The recognition drive aims to call wide
attention to The Crystal Coast’s position as
a premier destination for vacationers and
recreation seekers and second home owners
and full time residents alike. Changing the
name of the country club, the directors feel,
will solidify the club’s role as a vital part of
that growing marketplace.
The name change is the third for the country
club in 35 years. The facility started out life as
a nine-hole golf layout called the Pine Knoll
Shores Golf and Country Club. In 1975, the
name Bogue Banks was adopted when the
club was formally incorporated as a member-
owned facility. By that time the golf course
had been expanded to 18 holes and the present
clubhouse, tennis complex and pool had been
built. The club offers the only golf course on
A new clubhouse and name are not the
only changes in progress. The golf course is
undergoing a major facelift in accordance with
an improvement plan that provides a hole-by-
hole road map for the ongoing enhancement
program. In the past year and a half extensive
bulkheading has been installed to control
erosion along the lakes that dot the course, and
to curb runoff from slopes. The latest effort in
this regard is highly visible to passersby on
Oakleaf Drive, just off Route 58.
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Go East Young Man! Actually, the advice
to go east is being aimed at people of all
ages living in the eastern end of Pine Knoll
Shores, from Mimosa Blvd. to the Atlantic
The suggestion comes from Police Chief
Joey Culpepper, who for some weeks has been
laying plans to cope with the heavy volume
of traffic expected to be generated on the
weekend of May 19-21 by the reopening and
dedication of the expanded North Carolina
Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores.
To facilitate traffic flow, Culpepperis asking
east end residents heading out of town to go
east on Oakleaf Dr. and take it all the way
out to Route 58 rather than trying to reach the
highway from Mimosa or the several roads that
intersect 58 between Mimosa and the juncture
of Oakleaf and the highway.
Culpepper says an officer will be posted at
the Oakleaf/Route 58 intersection to move
local traffic out of Oakleaf and across the
Route 5 8 traffic flow so that driver’s may make
the left turn to head east into Atlantic Beach.
Manpower constraints rule out stationing
officers at all the Route 58 intersections to
facilitate traffic flow.
East end residents heading into town from
Atlantic Beach are being asked to turn down
Oakleaf to reach their homes rather than get
hung up in what could be a standing line of
traffic on the highway.
Obviously, the nub of the problem will be
the Route 58 intersection with Pine Knoll
Blvd. All out-of-town traffic heading to or
from the aquarium will have to pass that point.
The farther you can get from that intersection
In view of that, while east enders are being
urged to head east out of town, those living west
of Pine Knoll Blvd. (primarily in Beacon’s
That’s the Date! Recently installed
additions to roadside signs pointing the
way to the state aquarium in PKS provide
visual reminders that the facility will
reopen in May after being closed for more
than two years to carry out an extensive
Reach) are being urged to consider coming
into and leaving town by way of Salter Path,
Indian Beach and Emerald Isle.
Some residents would be stuck in the middle
of the suggested east-west split. Those living
in the neighborhoods around Pine Knoll Blvd.
and Arborvitae Dr. have access to Route 58
only by those roads. Culpepper suggests it
might be wise for these folks to access the
highway by way of Pine Knoll Blvd., where
traffic control officers will be on duty. The
Mimosa/Route 58 intersection will not be
Culpepper, who has been outlining his plan
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LABRIE LAWRENCE J ETUX
144 BEECHWOOD DR
PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC 28512
J City, NG 28557
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