Green is where the Heart Is for April 6th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 06 April 2016 04:00

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.”  ~ Loren Eiseley

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Those of us who live here and work here and play here may occasionally lament the fact that work has consumed our time and it has been weeks since we took a stroll along our beach.  
Some of my friends and neighbors walk the beach with bag in hand and pick up litter as they strive to get some exercise, breath in negative ions and soak up vitamin D from the sun. Kure Beach just created a new program that will keep our beaches clean AND give health benefits at the same time.  
I was speaking with one of my favorite Island Woman cohorts, Sara Smith, and she told me about a new program in Kure Beach called Adopt-A-Beach program.
This program is an effort to provide a great way for businesses, civic clubs, school groups, neighborhood associations and individuals to make a significant contribution to the preservation of our beautiful coastal environment. By participation, groups and individuals become strong advocates for the preservation of our beach community and the efforts to maintain a litter-free environment.  
Sara said, “When Emilie (Swearingen our new mayor) was on Town Council, she went to the Shoreline Access, Beach Protection and Parking Committee (August 2015, I think) and asked us to develop an Adopt-A-Beach Program for Kure Beach. A subcommittee consisting of Ann Hughes, Kerry Garrigan, Susan Walters, Linda Cheshire and myself met a number of times and developed the program. Kerry designed and created the website based on our sub-committee's discussions. We also met with Nancy Avery and Nancy Hewitt twice to ensure that what we developed would align with the Town's regulations and website.”
This committee is devoted to keep our beaches clean for residents and visitors while providing an extraordinary opportunity for individuals, groups, HOA’s, and businesses to come together in a positive community effort.  
Adoptions are commitments made monthly or quarterly depending on the season. There are 17 CAMA access points following KB’s beach.  To date 11 have been adopted for this year.  
According to their website, “If you or your group would like to adopt a little slice of sandy heaven in Kure Beach to keep clean, please register by completing and submitting the agreement form at www.kbadoptabeach.com. You can also find this link on the town's homepage (townofkurebeach.org) under "Quick Links.”
Instructions are clearly given for, “participants to provide own gloves, bags, water & sunscreen and to be careful when handling sharp objects and don't lift anything too heavy. Remember to drink water when you are out working on the beach.  No participant shall walk on, or disturb any dune or nesting turtle sites….. If you find any unusual trash, large items, or trash in the dunes, please don’t try to remove it, instead, contact Public Works by calling 910-458-5816.  If you spot a Live or Dead marine mammal stranded on the beach, or any injured bird or wildlife,  please contact, as soon as possible, the appropriate person listed on the “Marine Mammal & Water Fowl Stranding Response Info” button below or call Public Works at 910-458-5816.”  
Join in this awesome opportunity of accountability to care for our wonderful paradise and don’t forget your fitbit.  The benefit both you and Mother Nature will receive will be ten-fold.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.molinquist.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.

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