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Green is where the Heart Is for May 28th, 2014

“On CBS Radio the news of [Ed Murrow's] death, reportedly from lung cancer, was followed by a cigarette commercial.”  ~Alexander Kendrick

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

25 years ago three people in Malibu, California made a difference in our world.  Three people on the other side of our country effected Carolina Beach and Kure Beach today.  How is that possible?  These three people had a passion to protect their ocean and they organized and worked with local municipalities with the mission of protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.  That was the beginning of the Surfrider’s Foundation.  Today they are doing this same thing in about 18 countries around the world including our little Pleasure Island. 
According to their website, “You can think about that as three concepts. "Protection and enjoyment", we don't want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. We're surfers, we're beach goers, we're watermen... we enjoy the coasts. We're a user group. Next up is "oceans, waves and beaches." Think coastlines, we're engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines. "Powerful activist network" speaks to how we go about this mission. We are a grassroots organization. We're local in many coastal regions.  We're moms, we're surfers, we're kids and teens... we're you. We're engaged to protect what we love: oceans, waves and beaches.”
Ethan Crouch, of the Cape Fear Chapter of Surfriders, attended the rally at the Kure Beach Town Council meeting opposing seismic testing off our coast.  While in conversation outside the meeting, one thing led to another (as with all synchronicity) and the idea came up from the Shoreline Access, Beach Protection and Parking Committee of Kure Beach for the need for cigarette butts receptacles like the ones provided down at Carolina Beach at the public beach accesses.  
The KB council approved the idea for this committee to move forward providing the receptacles.  Tony Gonzalez, a member of the committee put all the pieces and parts together. 
Members like Susan Walters approached HOA’s to see who would like them near their entrances.  Surfrider’s Foundation presented a check for $500.00 to pay for them.  There was enough for all the public beach accesses and 2 private HOA’s, including Kure Estates and Kure-by-the Sea, about 28 altogether.
As long as there will be smokers on the beach, we can protect our beaches and ocean by providing a place for them to put their butts.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, 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, 20 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.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.

Left to right: Ethan Crouch of the Surfrider's Foundation presented a $500.00 check to Susan Walter's of the Kure Beach Shoreline Access, Beach Protection and Parking Committee to help fund cigarette butts receptacles for the beachfront.