In case you haven’t heard, there is an excellent display of the history of Pine Knoll Shores at the History Museum of Carteret County. Entry fees are usually $3 for adults. But because this is your town you can get in for free by getting a coupon from town hall or in the Shoreline. The fabulous volunteers from our town’s history committee did a great job in putting this display together.
The 9th annual Kayak for the Warriors, our annual fundraiser for the Hope for the Warriors will start on May 28 with a 5k Beach/Fun Run/Walk. Thursday, June 2, at 6pm, is the annual auction and Warrior Reception. The auction is at the NC Aquarium. The main event is Saturday, June 4 at 10am. This is our primary fund raiser for this great cause. The kayak and paddleboard race is great fun!
The fiscal year 2016/17 budget preparations are well underway as I write this. There is NOT a planned tax rate change for the upcoming fiscal year. As with all years, your commissioners and I, and our award winning town staff, continue to find smarter ways of doing business and take care of your valuable tax dollars.
In early April a joint legislative subcommittee on Municipal Service Districts met. Three towns in our state were allowed to speak to the committee and we were fortunate to speak. The point of this was our ability to keep our beaches nourished which keeps us eligible for FEMA reimbursement. This is part of our strategic plan and the county’s 50-year beach plan. It looks like we were successful in maintaining our Municipal Service Districts. This was a team effort with our town, county and other beach towns.
I want to say a few words about Summer Safety. This is definitely a HUGE summer topic and I can never say enough about you and your visitor’s lives. Slow down, watch for pedestrians, wear your seatbelt and be alert! Safety doesn’t just apply to drivers and pedestrians though. I’ve heard quite a few complaints about rolling stops, and problems with dogs on the beach. We will be increasing patrols because of this. I’ll talk more on safety in our June issue, but constant reminders are always good!
We had great turnouts at our last two Dinner with the Mayor evenings. Our first quarter dinner was in Cary and our second quarter dinner was at the Clam Digger on Friday, April 8. The normal here is to have a great dinner (I don’t pay your bill, sorry!) meet some of your neighbors, and have a briefing on what is going on in your town. The next dinner will be on Saturday, July 8. We specifically schedule this for a Saturday in the summer for our out of town owners. So, please come out and join us!
Mayor Ken Jones