Scott Sherrill - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pls see below re; a msg from Rudi, our Shore Protection Officer.  He has a very good grasp on the interaction of storms and the island, and as you’ll see below is tied in with UNC-IMS on storm surge.

Also: pls don’t let this morning’s news on the track fool you.  We remain in as dangerous as situation as many have seen since Hazel.  This is a deadly storm.   All should on the road off the island by now.

VR Brian

Dear Beach Commission et al.,

Hope everyone is well into storm preparation by now and just wanted to pass along a few notes regarding Florence and potential impacts.

(1) Track Change – As you are probably waking up to by now, there has been a steady shift in the model guidance that is stalling, then pushing Florence almost due west once she hits land near Wilmington OR possibly just miss Wilmington and Cape Fear altogether (see 5 AM NHC advisory below).  Nonetheless, we will exposed to the northeast side for a very prolonged amount of time and across multiple high tides.  In terms of the actual storm surge (the water being pushed along the northeast quadrant of the eye wall like a bulldozer blade), we seem to be in a “better” situation (very relatively speaking) beach wise as the center of the storm continues to drift the storm west of us per the models.   The prolonged east winds however from Florence will really pile up the water Down East and other locations, which indirectly leads us to the next bullet.

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(2) Water Level Estimates and ADCIRC – I’m sure you have seen predicted maximum water levels via the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and/or parlayed on television.   Honestly, they are coarse and difficult to read/interpret.  However, immediately below is the web address for the ADCIRC model pioneered by our own Dr. Rich Luettich at UNC-IMS.  This is an interactive site and predicts water levels generated by storm surge, wind forcing, etc. based on the NHC’s track/intensity of the storm – it is not predicting where the storm is going, just the impacts if you will.  It will update just a couple/few hours after each of the NHC Major advisories at the “5s” and “11s”.   Below are a few screen grabs – in the first one below, notice the red circles that indicate what NHC Advisory it is modeling, the color-coded maximum water level legend, AND the little graph looking icon on the left side of the page.   If you click your cursor on this icon and left click on an area --- it will provide a water level graph at the cursor’s location.  See the second image below.   The zoom and other features are very good.

(3) More on Water Levels – The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has been busy installing temporary water level gauges across the State.   This will provide actual measurements and can help calibrate models for better performance in the future.    They also have a good interactive website -  Click your cursor inside the “select event” drop box and it will provide event options for Florence and past storms. 

(4) Pre-storm pictures – Were taken Monday and are available at   When the storm finally passes, we will take post storm pictures as discussed earlier.

(5) Post-storm Survey – Again has been activated and we have been in constant communication with Geodynamics concerning access to the island and other logistics.

Beach Safety

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Click Here for a wonderful resource for rip current identification and safety. The Town will be adding a section to our website that includes some of this information as well as where to see our surf condition flags and their meanings.  


Scott Sherrill - Thursday, December 21, 2017

At the December Board meeting the Commissioners took action to require that bags of household garbage be placed in containers and not left on the side of the road in plastic bags.  Coyotes are feeding on these bags, and as we deal with the concerns of coyotes in Town one of the most important recommendations from biologists with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission is that we remove food sources for these animals. 

Over the past decade we have established two convenience sites to allow our second homeowner property owners to drop off garbage and recycling prior to leaving PKS.   These are located at Town Hall and at the lot next to the Public Safety Building.  These are open 24/7/365 to PKS citizens only. 

Pls help us deal with the coyote issue in Town by preventing them from getting an easy meal in the middle of the night.


Scott Sherrill - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,

If you did not see our email of 29 November regarding our campaign plan for coyote management in PKS, pls see below.  Our plan is called Operation P.R.E.A.C.H.  Last time we reminded everyone that the “P” stands for Pets.  We want everyone’s pets to remain safe, and offered some suggestions for this.

This message focuses on the second letter of our campaign’s acronym.  “R” stands for REPORT.  A group of your fellow citizens (the Wildlife Action Committee) have volunteered their time to help us track and record information on coyote sightings in PKS.  With this information we will be better able to zero in on problem areas in Town where food sources are being inadvertently provided, or perhaps dens are located.

Action requested: if you see a coyote, please let us know.  We ask that you do this by sending an email to Ms. Natalie Gabble (at cc).  She will provide you with the email address of your Wildlife Action Committee representative and you and he/she can then trade information.  The information our Committee representatives will try to record is on the attached form.  This information boils down to this

  • the name of the person who saw the coyote (we only want first person reports)
  • The location/date/time/weather conditions
  • Actions taken by the person who saw the coyote
  • The coyote’s behavior
  • Any special circumstances surrounding the sighting

 Form to Report Sightings


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. 


  • 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.


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

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)


Mixed Metals & Wire                                    Medical Waste                       

Hoses                                                                Clothing

Food Waste                                                       Plastic Bags



Scott Sherrill - Friday, September 08, 2017

NWS Newport has updated their severe weather briefing.  This can be viewed throughout this storm period at

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.


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

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

Click Here and here