CERTAINLY YOU’VE HEARD the saying, “Change is the only constant.” There always seems to be something changing as time keeps coming. When we discuss change in Pine Knoll Shores the first concern is the character of our town. There are some changes coming, but they aren’t the ones that will change the character or our town. When we do see change coming, our first question is, “What’s good for Pine Knoll Shores?”
Sometimes we need to have a vision to be able to look over the horizon 10 years or more to make a decision. This is quite often the case with development. What is it, what will it look like, and how will it be in 10 years? This is the case of the property at the corner of Pine Knoll Boulevard and Salter Path Road. The property has been on the market for a while and was owned by First Citizens Bank. The proposal is to put cluster homes, triplexes and quadruplexes, that are single story and age friendly on the site. Much more to come on this development later, but as it is planned we will make sure it stays within the character of our town.
Earlier this year your board of commissioners decided not to add your tax money to a grant and buy recycle containers for all single family homes. That alone would have been change, but here’s the resultant change. We have a “standing order” at ACE Hardware at Atlantic Station in Atlantic Beach, for 48 and 65 gallon recycle containers. They are blue and have the white recycle symbol on the side. Before you go to get your container, come to town hall and get a coupon for $5 off the price of your recycle container. They’ll assemble it for you and deliver if need be. I hope you see this as a very positive change.
We’ve looked at several sidewalk options. Thanks to our Pedestrian Planning Group we are looking at whether or not changes need to be made to our state DOT approved pedestrian plan based on the surveys. As change is a constant, the changes here, and the priorities, are not changing much. As you look to the not too distant future you may note that as the population increases in North Carolina, and transportation routes are improved, keeping pedestrians off of Salter Path Road will become a more important safety issue.
I’m also sure by now you have heard about the new ordinance that separates swimmers and fisherman. Most of this is about common sense and common courtesy. While we have certainly separated these two beach and ocean users, courtesy should be the word of the day when surfing or paddle boarding are mixing with swimmers. These are public beaches for everyone, so like anything else, common sense and common courtesy in safety, should prevail. I thank you for this in advance.
Please enjoy the seasonal changes as fall rolls into our beautiful town. Fall is my favorite season! It won’t be long before the days seem much shorter and we’re remembering those hot days on the beach. Appreciate the change!
Mayor Ken Jones