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 our first concern is the character of our town. When we do see change coming, our first question is, “What’s good for Pine Knoll Shores over the next 10 years?”
Sometimes we need to have a vision to be able to look over the horizon 10 years or more. This is 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. Have you heard of, or are you familiar with “cohousing?” Pull your favorite search engine up and look at cohousing. Specifically look at “senior cohousing.” When you read about it, two significant names come up, Charles Durrett and Katie Camant.
Chuck and Kate are husband and wife and they are both architects. They have done extensive research and have built several very successful cohousing projects, and have done extensive research in Denmark. If you look closely, it just might make you think that history is repeating itself because extended families have been living together for generations in earlier years in our nation’s history. Of course, today, it’s not uncommon for your parents or kids and your siblings to live on the other end of the country or the world.
At a recent workshop, I thought, well, I’ll get the information and make some good contacts and go home. When I left the workshop I thought, I could live in a community like this. I got to know Chuck and Kate pretty well, and I had conversations about our potential. Chuck is going to be in our area sometime in September. He asked if I thought we could gather 100 people to learn about the cohousing concept. If you take the time to look at this on the computer, please also take the time to email me with your thoughts. I’m grateful for your comments.
Just in case you also didn’t know or remember, and please inform your visitors about the 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.
Aug. 12 we held our second annual Home Owners’ Association Summit at town hall. First, I want to thank all that participated and shared in our common town’s interest. We had a great turnout and it was very nice to see many of the same faces as last year – that must mean you were re-elected for doing an outstanding job! Without your help we would be missing a key ingredient to our town’s success as a team!
Mayor Ken Jones