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WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT IN PKS; COYOTE MSG #1///P.R.E.A.C.H.

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, November 30, 2017

The sighting of coyotes in PKS continue in the cooler weather months.  Earlier this week the Wildlife Action Committee met and adopted a campaign plan that continues the focus on public education, as well as management practices focused on human behavior.

Members of the committee will act as contact points for different areas of PKS.  Look for an email later this week for your Committee representative.  These volunteers will provide NC Wildlife Resource Commission literature on coyotes, reporting instructions for our tracking program, and help collect any other information to help deal with wildlife concerns in Pine Knoll Shores.

Our campaign plan is called Operation P.R.E.A.C.H.  This message focus on the first letter of our campaign’s acronym. 

P”-PETS

  • Pets are an owners responsibility
  • Small pets should not be left to roam unattended by a human
  • Pets should not be fed outdoors
  • Feral animals are not pets---feeding them (e.g., leaving food outside for feral cats) invites predators into our neighborhoods

Key points from NCWRC Staff Biologists at the Coyote Workshop on 16 Aug 2017

  • Coyotes are now present in all 100 counties of NC, and they will never be eradicated.  This is due largely to their incredible ability to adapt to different environments. 
  • Coyotes travel, and travel quickly.  Radio-tagged coyotes moved 160 miles in 6 weeks in one case, and 260 miles in 3 months in another.
  • Eradication of coyotes will not work.  Their adaptability and numbers prevent this.
  • Coyotes that are removed from an area will soon be replaced by another group (and then another if that group is removed).  There is a possibility that new groups will increase their litter sizes as that group adapts to its surroundings.  The eventual size (i.e., numbers) of a given group will adapt to the area in which it settles.
  • Coyotes can swim.  And cross bridges.
  • Coyote issues in NC are not caused by coyotes, but by human behavior.  Examples: unsecured trash, pet food left outside, bird feeders, fruit trees and unsecured small pets.
  • The best tools in managing the presence of coyotes is public education and changes to human behavior.
  • Trapping is allowed during the normal authorized season, normally 1 Dec through the end of Feb (see our 17 April 2017 email below for information in trapping in PKS). A landowner does not need a hunting license to trap on his/her own property.  A credentialed NC Wildlife Management Agent must be utilized for trapping.
  • In addition to trapping during the normal authorized season, a homeowner may trap at any time over the year if issued a depredation permit (these permits are normally issued to farmers who lose young livestock----you must have suffered damages to be used such a permit).
  • There has never been an unprovoked attack on a human in NC.
  • Coyotes present a very small chance of transmitting rabies relative to other animals that are already here in great abundance (first among this group, raccoons).  See the depiction below for a breakdown of confirmed positive cases of rabies in animals that were tested by the state public health lab.

HURRICANE MARIA MSG #1

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 25, 2017

As many of you know, over the weekend the track of this storm has moved a bit closer to coastal NC.

The NWS in Newport has updated their severe weather briefing page at http://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf

Note that the likelihood of at least Tropical Storm force winds has increased.  There is also the likelihood of storm surge concerns.  See the NWS brief for timing and effects on this.

PKS will see effects from this storm on Tuesday and they will continue through Wednesday. Now is a good time to ensure that homes/boats are secure and that you are ready for a possible  power outage.


HURRICANE MARIA MSG #2--school early release tomorrow

Scott Sherrill - Monday, September 25, 2017

From the Carteret County Public School System:

The Carteret County Public School System will dismiss students and staff three hours early tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, 2017. This decision is based on the weather predictions from NOAA and in conjunction with the County Emergency Management Office. Predictions indicate there will be winds and light rain in the morning and then the winds will pick up substantially in the late afternoon. With a three hour early release tomorrow, students will be home before the high winds start, which will likely lead to water on roads and over wash. Carteret County is a very geographically unique county and there will be excessively high water in the usually low lying spots. Please use caution when driving. Again, students and staff will be dismissed three hours early tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Accepted Recyclable Materials

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, September 21, 2017

We have recently been notified about prohibitive materials that cannot be placed in recycling bins. Please help us keep costs down by reviewing the prohibitive materials list. (CLICK HERE)

EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITIVE MATERIALS

Mixed Metals & Wire                                    Medical Waste                       

Hoses                                                                Clothing

Food Waste                                                       Plastic Bags

                           


HURRICANE IRMA MSG #3

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 08, 2017

NWS Newport has updated their severe weather briefing.  This can be viewed throughout this storm period at http://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf.

We just attended a briefing from the Newport NWS Office.  The following were the main points:

  • The current track is more favorable for eastern NC than the previous ones.  The potential for change exists, but right now all modeling looks like we will be spared what we are seeing will take place in FLA.  The NWS has confidence on this.
  • Effects from the storm will be seen in our area Sunday through Monday night.  We will see:
    • winds in the 30-40 mph range
    • a significant and dangerous RIP CURRENT situation.  This will last through Wednesday (accounting for both Irma and Jose)
    • storm surge of approximately 1 foot
    • 1-3 inches of rain
    • Gale force winds will occur on the ocean

Carteret County Emergency Management will monitor this throughout and we’ll pass on anything significant.  They recommend we continue with efforts to secure items on our property that could turn into missiles with high winds.  Also, this is probably not the weekend to be on the ocean.

HURRICANE IRMA MSG #2

Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 08, 2017

Thursday, 07 September 2017  5:00 PM

The NHC hurricane track that we have all seen today indicates that we may be spared a devastating blow relative to those south of us.  With that said, the NHC itself is pretty emphatic that their day 4-5 projections are subject to variation, and the “black lines” we see should not be taken for gospel here in eastern NC at this point.

The duty Meteorologist at the NWS station in Newport has told us that until we are in the Sat-Sun timeframe,  and have more confidence in the track, we need to remain vigilant in our preparation.  (for those added to the email list---see msg #1 below on some steps we should be thinking about in the 2-3 days ahead).

NWS Newport has updated their severe weather briefing.  This can be viewed throughout this storm period (it is updated automatically…if it is not at this link it is about to be updated again) at http://www.weather.gov/media/mhx/LatestBriefing.pdf

For the current briefing click the links below, even with the current track we are in for a significant storm.

Click Here and here


HURRICANE IRMA MSG #1

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, September 07, 2017

While Irma’s eventual course is still an unknown, the storm’s intensity warrants special attention.  With a weekend coming up for use as prep-time for homeowners, and given the severity of this hurricane, we should all be thinking about using the next 3-5 days wisely.

The NWS has told us that impacts from this storm could start being felt as early as Tuesday 12 Sept.  So use the time between now and then to start thinking about the following:

  • Prepare your homes for a major wind event.  Everything should be secured/tied down as much as possible.
  • If you flood-proof your home for storms----you almost certainly should for this event.
  • Secure your boats.  If you are pulling them out, waiting for Sunday-Monday might make things difficult.
  • Anticipate a power outage.  Perhaps a lengthy one.  Have your battery powered radios and generators ready for operation. Test your generators in a well-ventilated area. 
  • Pick up meds and other critical health care necessities soon.  Waiting until Monday may not be prudent.
  • Stock food and/medications as required.
  • Top off your vehicles with fuel.
    • You should be mentally and logistically prepared for the possibility of evacuation.  Start thinking (just in case) where you would go if we decided to evacuate and you need a place to stay.  Some in Town are already making motel reservations  inland.
    • You should be enrolled in the Code Red emergency notification system.

Click Here for a useful list of phone numbers and websites for weather emergencies.

2017 PARC Survey

Scott Sherrill - Monday, June 26, 2017

The Pine Knoll Shores PARC Committee requests your participation in the 2017 PARC Survey. Please share your thoughts, ideas, and concerns with us – we will incorporate your response as we continue to serve and plan for recreation in PKS.

The survey is available online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKS2017PARCSurvey

If you are unable to complete the survey online, paper copies are available at Town Hall and the Public Safety Building, weekdays, between 8:00am and 4:30pm.

The survey is open to everyone, full and part-time residents alike.

The deadline to complete the survey is July 16, 2017

Survey results will be available through The Shoreline and the PKS website.

Questions about the survey should be directed to:

Eli Valsing

Intern

Town of Pine Knoll Shores

intern@townofpks.com

252-247-4353, ext 20

Know Where You Are on the Beach

Scott Sherrill - Friday, June 16, 2017

Ladies and Gents,

I am sad to report that a young 17 year old boy lost his life on Bogue Banks last week while swimming in the ocean.  Once again the culprit was a rip current.  There are things every person going to the beach should know before entering the water.

Know how to respond if caught in a rip current- If you are coming to the beach and bringing people who do not know this important life-saving technique, take the time to tell them.  When caught in a rip current a swimmer should not attempt to swim directly back to shore.  He/she should swim parallel to the shoreline until out of the current, and then swim to shore.

Recognize a rip current- Sometimes a rip current is actually recognizable.  When you see a calm/flat area in the area on the water where the waves are breaking immediately to the right & left , that is probably a deeper area where the water is moving fast away from the beach.  This could be a rip current.  Point this out to all in your party when you arrive.

Know where you are on the beach- One of the most critical elements of response by our Paramedics/EMT’s is to deploy them quickly to the right location.  You would be surprised by the number of people who do know where on the beach they are located.  All of our public beach accesses have a letter assigned as an identifying marker (see the map below).  For our two large eastern private accesses: Ocean Park is at 99 Dogwood Circle, and Hammer Park is between 101 and 103 Bay Street.  For everyone else: if you have will have friends and guests to your homes ensure they know the street address on Salter Path Road where they are located.

Beach Access Map

Public Input Session

Scott Sherrill - Friday, June 09, 2017

The Town of Pine Knoll Shores, in collaboration with the Eastern Carolina Council, will hold a one-day community-visioning workshop to provide public input for future development in Pine Knoll Shores.

Location:         Main Board Room, Pine Knoll Shores Town Hall, 100 Municipal Court, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Date & Time:  June 29, 2017, 9A – 5P

Other:             Coffee, snacks, and refreshments will be provided; lunch will be on your own.

RSVP:              Please email Ryan Griffith at rgriffith@eccog.org with the number of planned participants in your party.

The impetus of this session is the public involvement surrounding the potential development of the privately held 9.3-acre vacant parcel located at the corner of Salter Path Rd and Pine Knoll Blvd but is just one part of a larger study being conducted. The goals for this day-long, hands-on community workshop will be to develop a framework for an ongoing vision that may be used to guide other planning processes like development ordinance updates, land use plans, master plans, and other documents.

As a group, we will refine and agree upon a community vision for possible development goals and objectives of the community, which lists potential opportunities for growth and preservation, and includes a description of what the attendees wish the community to look and feel like in the future. We will utilize techniques to make sure that all members who attend actively participate in the process, and that we have experts on environmental science and design, market analysis, and others in the room. Real-time modeling using computer software will be utilized to display how development scenarios could affect the community.

Facilitating this process is Ms. Ryan Griffith of Eastern Carolina Council. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and a Master’s Degree in Community Planning. Ms. Griffith has extensive training and experience in market analysis and community building, and holds a certification as a National Charrette Institute Facilitator. Other experts on site are to-be-determined.

 Although there may be elected officials of the Board of Commissioners or Town advisory board appointees in attendance at this event, it is not, nor should it be interpreted to be, an official meeting of any of those entities.