WELCOME TO THE summer of 2015! Every year we are stunned by the tragedies that occur during the summer. I am going to take a few minutes to remind you of some safety issues and tips.
One of the great things that first brought me to the Crystal Coast was the fact that the sun is on the beach all day – because our beach looks south. This is North Carolina’s south coast! Hwy 58 runs parallel to the beach so the sun has a pretty good chance, twice a day, to be in your eyes while driving. With all the bikers, runners and walkers next to the highway, it’s extremely important to pay attention and not be distracted with other activities. The crosswalks we have installed over the past year have helped many walkers and drivers, but everyone needs to be aware of their situation. Drivers need to make a decision as to whether or not they can stop and not get rear ended! I don’t always stop for pedestrians if someone is too close to me or I don’t think they’re paying attention.
We have a flag coloring system at each of our beach accesses that indicate the swimming conditions. There are four different colored flags. First off is a “Green” flag. This means conditions are good for water activity. “Yellow” means you should exercise caution. “Red” is a warning that it may not be safe for anyone – even the best of swimmers – to go in the water, and “Black” is a warning to stay out of the water.
If you are not familiar with rip currents it doesn’t matter what color the flag is. You need to read the warning signs or google rip currents so you know how to react to them and what NOT to do. Respect the power of the ocean.
We have at least five seasons here at the beach. There is winter, spring, summer, fall, and hurricane seasons. Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30. The peak is around September. Take all weather watches and warnings very serious. If you do not have a re-entry pass they can be obtained at the Pine Knoll Shores Public Safety Building located on Salter Path Road. This pass is for property owners and/or residents of our town. We do use them, and we do turn people away if they don’t have one! Make this your first step in your storm preparedness plan.
On July 11, a Saturday, please join me at the Clamdigger Restaurant for our summer, Dinner with the Mayor. This time gives us a chance to bring you information on our town. We specifically do this on a Saturday in the summer to accommodate our second homeowners.
As I write this we are finalizing the Kayak for the Warriors numbers. What a great week we had and lots of fun! Many thanks to all the volunteers and participants that make this happen. I also want to thank PIKSCO for the use of their parks on the day of the event and pass along a huge thank you to the NC Aquarium that hosts our auction and reception.
Mayor Ken Jones, Pine Knoll Shores