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:

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


Town of Pine Knoll Shores

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 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. 


Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, May 30, 2017

On May 18, 2017 we were able to hear a presentation on how PKS has developed over the past 20+ years.

Mr Evan Hill, a student at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, presented findings on a semester-long study he and a colleague had recently completed that looked specifically at how additional impervious surface has impacted stormwater in PKS from 1993-2014 (20 years).

Mr. Hill and his colleague used aerial imagery and conducted a fascinating study of these 2 time periods. The study area was specifically for Pine Knoll Shores. 

To listen to his presentation, click here

To view the Power Point, click here

To look at a Watershed Fact Sheet, click here

Hurricane Prep Message #2

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

One of the most important items of business for storm readiness in PKS is communications.  The best storm plan in the world is useless if we do not have a reliable mechanism to get the word out.  This message presents 5 items related to communications that are important when it comes to Emergency Management in Pine Knoll Shores.

1.      Use the Town email system--The best way to immediately get the word on PKS-specific information related to storms/emergency management is via this email system.  So if you are reading this and you regularly get Town emails, you will receive information on:

  •         Weather information
  •         emergency declarations
  •         bridge conditions
  •         curfews
  •         power outages
  •         re-entry into Town
  •         road conditions
  •         Vegetation Cleanup 

2.      Visit the Town Facebook Page- every message passed in the areas mentioned in 1. above is also posted on the Town’s Facebook Page:  In the event that Town Hall loses its internet connection and cannot send emails (as we did during our last recent major storm), we will use a wifi hotspot and post our messages directly to Facebook.  Reminder—you do not need a Facebook account to view these messages…just enter the link shown earlier in your browser.

3.     Sign up for Code Red- We have decided to abandon our siren system in town.  A much better way for everyone to be immediately notified of an important event or an emergency is to sign up for CodeRed, which will call a home phone or cell phone (or both).  You have to go the County website to enroll in CodeRed: 


4.     Have an AM Radio so you can listen in on 1610, the PKS Town Radio Station- The Town has a 5-watt radio station which will broadcast emergency messages.  The same messages which go out on email and are posted on Facebook are also broadcast on 1610 AM, so in the event your home has no phone/power/internet capability, you can still get the word.

5.     Call Town Hall to get the latest word prior to driving to PKS after a storm event-  The same messages which are sent out on email, posted on Facebook, and broadcast on 1610 AM are also read on our message machine at Town Hall when we actually encounter a hurricane event.  It’s a good idea to call and check out the status in Town before driving here from several hours inland only to be turned around.  Call 252-247-4353.


Hurricane Prep Message #1

Scott Sherrill - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Good Afternoon Everyone,

We are just a couple of weeks away from hurricane season. It is our hope that we are spared this year, however being in coastal NC, we all know hurricanes like to visit us from time to time. I have attached a hurricane preparedness list with some helpful websites (click here). Please look over the list and visit the websites. We care about our citizens and want you to be prepared just in case the unthinkable happens.

If you have not been by the public safety building to get your disaster reentry pass, please do so as soon as possible to avoid having to possibly wait in line to receive one should a hurricane be baring down on us. I am in the office Monday-Friday 8 to 4:30, but I do typically go to lunch 12:30 to 1:30. The firefighters can assist you if I am away from my desk. Please remember to bring some type of document with your address here in Pine Knoll Shores. Acceptable documents would be closing documents, utility bills, etc.

I hope everyone has a great afternoon. My contact information is below if any of you have questions or need assistance.

Dune Building

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, January 05, 2017

Old Christmas Trees Can Build New Dunes

Published in the Coastal Review: 

ATLANTIC BEACH — The holidays may be over but that evergreen tree that symbolized the season can now be put to a new use, improving the health of the dune system on a nearby beach.

Natural Christmas trees with all decorations and lighting removed are being collected now through Jan. 22 in both parking lots at Fort Macon State Park, 2303 East Fort Macon Road. The state park began collecting trees this season on Dec. 26.

Several beach towns along the North Carolina coast also collect trees for use in rebuilding dunes, but not all coastal communities or state parks accept trees, so if your community isn’t listed below, be sure to check before hauling off the tannenbaum.

Paul Branch, a Fort Macon National Park ranger, places a recycled Christmas tree on a dune at the park. The rangers use the trees to catch sand and rebuild the dunes. Photo: Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom, U.S. Marine Corps

Paul Branch, a Fort Macon National Park ranger, places a recycled Christmas tree on a dune at the park. The rangers use the trees to catch sand and rebuild the dunes. Photo: Lance Cpl. Cory D. Polom, U.S. Marine Corps

Fort Macon’s repurposing program has continued for more than 50 years. Park Ranger Paul Branch explained that Fort Macon has been collecting natural Christmas trees since the winter of 1964.

“At that time, the park staff was doing a lot of work for erosion control and someone thought to go get some loads of Christmas trees from the town dump after that Christmas. The trees worked very well, so they repeated it the next year. Eventually they moved on to having public appeals to bring Christmas trees to the park and we have been doing it ever since,” Branch said. “I have been here 35 years and have participated each year. It is amazing how well it works in just a short time. We get a baby dune line started and keep adding additional layers of trees on top in successive years until a full sand dune line is established.”

Fort Macon Superintendent Randy Newman added that Christmas trees have been used to repair damage to sand dunes caused by foot traffic and strong winds and to prevent the natural material from going into landfills. The trees collected at the park are placed in areas where vegetation no longer exists to hold the sand in place.

There are other benefits as well.

“The trees provide cover for the birds during the winter, and the birds deposit seeds while in the trees. The trees quickly decompose, providing nutrients for the seeds. The seeds germinate and vegetation is reclaimed,” Newman continued. “When we have hurricanes that damage our dunes system we can lay the trees out in rows and they catch the sand as the wind blows it down the beach. Works better than a sand fence.”

Branch detailed the process the rangers go through to get the trees ready and in the dunes. “About 1,500 trees are dropped off annually,” he said. “We have a couple of designated drop-off points at our bathhouse and fort area parking lots, and people just pile them up.”

Then the trees are taken out on the beach and placed where needed.

“This is the labor-intensive part because we have to load up four-wheel-drive vehicles and drive them over near where we want to place them,” Branch continued. “Then they have to be dragged one by one to the point we are going to place them in a row along the top of a dune we want to build up or lining a blowout hollow that we want to fill in.”

Trees placed in areas where the wind or tide over-wash could displace them are secured in place with twine and stakes.

Cub scouts from Troop No. 130 Morehead City placing trees in the sand dunes at Fort Macon State Park. Photo: Randy Newman

Cub scouts from Troop No. 130 Morehead City placing trees in the sand dunes at Fort Macon State Park. Photo: Randy Newman

“We are sometimes fortunate to have Boy Scout groups or other volunteer groups to help drag them into place,” Branch said.

To volunteer or find out more about Fort Macon’s program, call 252-726-3775.

While other parks, such as Fort Fisher State Park in Kure Beach, Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head and Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro, have collected trees for natural resource projects in the past, officials at these parks said in response to emails that they are not collecting trees this year.

Towns Collecting Trees

Some coastal towns, including Pine Knoll Shores and Emerald Isle, have also begun collecting natural Christmas trees for use in dune rebuilding.

In Pine Knoll Shores, trees may be left at any time in the parking lot at the Iron Steamer Beach Access. The town’s public works staff will relocate the trees to the dunes.

A Pine Knoll Shores town truck is used to carry trees to a spot along the dunes. Photo courtesy Pine Knoll Shores

A Pine Knoll Shores town truck is used to carry trees to a spot along the dunes. Photo courtesy Pine Knoll Shores

Pine Knoll Shores Town Manager Brian Kramer explained that years ago a few residents participated in Fort Macon’s Christmas tree recycling program.

“Here in Pine Knoll Shores, the Public Services Department workers, who themselves installed the 4.5 miles of sand fencing in town, suggested we invite our citizens to dispose of their trees right here in town for our own dunes,” Kramer explained. “Using our social media we passed the word and arranged a pickup point at the Iron Steamer public beach access.  Our Public Service Department personnel then moved the collected trees to areas of the town’s beach strand.”

Kramer said the program has been successful. “Each year we seem to get more trees, and each year Mother Nature does her job. The trees do an incredible job of collecting blown sand. Just as with the sand fences, the predominant southwest winds cover the trees over time and our storm surge protection is enhanced.”

For questions about the tree recycling program in Pine Knoll Shores, call 252-247-4353.

In Pine Knoll Shores, Christmas trees may be dropped off in the southwest corner of the Iron Steam Public Beach Access for use in building dunes in town. Photo courtesy Pine Knoll Shores

In Pine Knoll Shores, Christmas trees may be dropped off in the southwest corner of the Iron Steam Public Beach Access for use in building dunes in town. Photo courtesy Pine Knoll Shores

Frank Rush, town manager in Emerald Isle, said natural Christmas trees are being collected as part of that town’s weekly yard debris collection service. Also, residents with oceanfront property are encouraged to place their natural Christmas trees in the dunes to promote sand accretion. They are welcome to collect old trees from the curbside in their neighborhood for placement in the dunes as well. However, they are asked not to block pedestrian or vehicular access on the beach strand.

“The town of Emerald Isle encourages any interested oceanfront property owners to collect used Christmas trees from the curbside after Christmas and place them in the dunes to promote additional dune accretion,” Rush explained. “It’s a great way to put the used trees to productive use, and every little bit of dune accretion helps provide additional storm protection and natural habitat on the oceanfront.”

To learn more about Emerald Isle’s efforts, call 252-354-3424.

Kitty Hawk has tree-recycling program for residents who need trees for their properties.

W.S. Midgett, Kitty Hawk’s public works director, said town staff collects the trees and places them in the corner of the public works department’s parking lot, where property owners can get them as needed.

“Residents then pick them up and place them on the beach at their properties to assist in catching sand. This is on a first come, first served, self-service basis,” he said.

A handful of municipalities and counties along the coast use the trees in different ways, rather than placing them in the dunes.

Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer explained that town staff collects all trees placed at the curb every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from Jan. 9 and January 30 and takes them to the County Landfill to be mulched.  This is a free service to residents.

“We also work with the Surfrider organization to provide them with trees that are used to help improve our dune ecosystem,” he added.

This year, the Cape Fear Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s fourth annual project will take place around the Periwinkle Lane beach access. Volunteers will place the trees at the toe of the dunes to collect windblown sand and build the dune system.

Dare County Public Works Director Edward Mann said Christmas trees collected by the county are put to a different use.

“We recycle our trees along with the other vegetative debris by grinding it into mulch and giving it away to our citizens,” Mann said.

In Duck, trees will be collected again on Jan. 9 as part of the town’s residential trash collection.

In Kill Devil Hills, curbside collection of natural Christmas trees will begin Jan. 11. Trees should be placed curbside no later than Jan. 10.

Nags Head’s curbside collection of Christmas trees is by appointment only. Call 252-441-1122 to schedule pickup.

For residents of Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Manteo, towns will pick up trees curbside, “in a timely fashion,” according to information on the county website.

Residents of unincorporated areas of Dare County are encouraged to bring their trees to either the Buxton or Manteo recycling collection centers, where the trees will be recycled into mulch.

Onslow County, as with many other counties across the state, accepts trees at its convenience center sites.

Lisa Rider, assistant solid waste director for Onslow County, said the county has a long tradition of recycling Christmas trees.

Onslow County Solid Waste accepts trees at its landfill drop site at 415 Meadowview Road, Jacksonville, from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at $25 a ton; and at Folkstone and Midway Park convenience center sites, 8 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at $1 per tree, Rider said.

Other coastal towns may also collect natural Christmas trees for dune preservation or to deliver collected trees to a nearby oceanfront town. For example, Beaufort’s public works department will collect natural Christmas trees on Jan. 11-13 to deliver to Fort Macon State Park.

Contact your town or county to see what programs they offer.

2017 Recycling and Yardwaste

Scott Sherrill - Thursday, December 08, 2016

Recycling is every other MondayDepending on where your home is, you will either be an “A” week or a “B” week.  Please read ahead to see what collection area your home is located in.

            “A WEEK” - Sycamore to the East

            “B WEEK” - Everything West of Sycamore

CLICK HERE for a 2017 calendar of recycling and yardwaste pick-up dates along with their guidelines. 

CLICK HERE to see the collection area maps to help determine if you are in section “A” or “B”.  

Calendars are available for pick-up at Town Hall.

The break for “A WEEK” on Sycamore is at the intersection of Sycamore and Beechwood – it does not go past the boat basin to the west.   

104,106 & 108 Beechwood and 226 Salter Path Rd are included with “B” WEEK.

Please note that the residences on the west side of Sycamore are on “B” week and across the road on the East side will be “A” week. 

Please rememeber to place your recycling and trash containers out the night before your scheduled pick-up. 

Louisiana Relief

Scott Sherrill - Friday, August 26, 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen of Pine Knoll Shores,

A concerned citizen came to us yesterday and asked that the Town try to rally support for the victims of the horrible flooding in Louisiana.  I THINK HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT: PKS is a great community that helps our neighbors.  This time they’re just a little further away.

If your situation allows, I would ask each of you to consider finding a way to help out.

There are a myriad number of groups that have organized on-line fund raising, and we are all careful about what charitable agencies we support.  With that in mind I have attached an article from CNN that lists some legitimate organizations which can help.  Some of the major groups:

  • The Red Cross: The American Red Cross in Louisiana 
  • Louisiana Strong, a GoFundMe site: Louisiana Strong
  • The Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund: Gulf Coast Floods Children's Relief Fund
  • The United Way: United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Please see the article below---there are more organizations than the ones I have highlighted.  There are even some that are looking for volunteers to travel to Louisiana!

Thanks for considering this.  We on the coast know that we are one storm event away from being the people in the news!

Ken Jones

Mayor, Pine Knoll Shores

How to help Louisiana flood victims

By Amy Chillag, Jennifer Grubb and Jacqueline Gulledge, CNN


Impact Your World has identified charities providing support for the victims of the most recent historic flooding in Louisiana.  The Salvation Army is sending out support personnel, setting up canteens (mobile feeding units), and distributing hygiene kits. You can volunteer or donate money to the Salvation Army's Gulf Coast fund to help the cause.

FEMA Director Craig Fugate tells CNN they currently have 2,000 people on the ground helping individuals and families sign up for aid. To register for assistance, visit FEMA's site or call 1-800-631-3362.


The American Red Cross in Louisiana is providing meals and dozens of shelters for residents needing a safe place to sleep. You can also text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you would like to volunteer, you can fill out an application.  Residents in affected areas can let loved ones know they are safe by filling out an American Red Cross Safe and Well form.


People in the flood zones are in desperate need of toiletries and basic health items. Louisiana Strong is a GoFundMe campaign that will distribute those items and other essentials to victims and first responders.

MAP International is also distributing hygiene kits and masks to prevent the spread of airborne diseases in affected areas.

Operation Blessing International has deployed volunteers to help with cleanup efforts. The organization is also providing hot meals. If you're interested in volunteering, email

Samaritan's Purse is in need of volunteers who can commit to at least three days. Volunteers will help residents with debris removal. Samaritan's Purse will provide accommodations and food for volunteers.

Also accepting people willing to assist in the response and recovery efforts is Volunteer Louisiana. Register online or email

The United Way invites you to help flood relief efforts by volunteering or making a donation through the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. You can also drop off or send toiletries and other items to several locations. Citizens in need of services should dial 211, which is a hotline operating 24/7.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana is distributing thousands of pounds of food, water and supplies to flood victims.

Convoy of Hope is providing food, water, equipment and relief supplies to southern Louisiana. You can support their work here. Please indicate you want the money donated to go towards the Louisiana August 2016 flood relief efforts.

Save the Children deployed an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish specialized spaces within emergency shelters where children's unique needs can be met. To support their efforts, you can donate to the Gulf Coast Floods Children's Relief Fund.

The Rho Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority at Louisiana State University is raising money through GoFundMe to distribute $500 gift cards to families and students directly affected by the floods that can be used towards essentials in the recovery efforts.

Impact Your World will continue to monitor for ways you can help.