May 30, 2010

Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park 2010 Information

[EDIT: For information on the 2011 season, click here]

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

• Tickets are $1.50 each
• Rides cost two to three tickets each
• All-day pass is $20
Family Value Ticket Packs:
• 12 tickets for $15
• 20 tickets for $20

**Be sure to check out the
Pleasure Island Vacation Guide for coupons to the park.

Check out the Boardwalk Amusement Park
Facebook Page for current information.

Volunteers needed for the Surf It, Save It: Aquarium Surf Festival

Kure Beach, NC- Be a part of the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Surf it, Save it: Aquarium Surf Festival by volunteering for coastal cleanups or sea oat planting. There will be two cleanups located at Masonboro Island and the Fort Fisher basin area, as well as sea oat planting during the weekend event.

The Masonboro Island cleanup will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 12PM - 5PM. Participants are required to attend an orientation session, sign a waiver and provide their own transportation to and from Masonboro Island.

The Fort Fisher Basin area cleanup will be held on Sunday, June 6 from 8AM - 12PM. Volunteers will meet at the Fort Fisher Basin Area for orientation (Located at the end of NC HWY 421 Carolina Beach Rd/Fort Fisher Blvd., past the Fort Fisher Ferry Terminal.) Participants are required to attend an orientation session, sign a waiver and provide their own transportation to and from the Fort Fisher Basin Area. Registration is required for both cleanups. To volunteer please call 910.458.7468 or email Trash bags will be provided. Volunteers should bring gloves and wear closed toed shoes that can get wet and muddy.

Help restore our dunes! The Aquarium needs 20 volunteers to help plant 1,500 sea oat seedlings on Sunday, June 6 at 8 AM on the North End of Carolina Beach. The project will begin with a short field class about dune ecology, sea oats and planting technique. Volunteers should be able to bend, squat and lift repeatedly for a few hours, as well as be out in the beach environment for a June morning. Lightweight long pants are highly recommended, as are closed-toe shoes and hats. Sunscreen, bug spray and drinks/snacks will be provided. To volunteer for sea oat planting contact Melanie Doyle at 910.458.8257 x250 or

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days). Admission: $8 Ages 13-61, $7 Ages 62 and up, $6 Ages 3-12, Free for children 2 and under, NC Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information:
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Large Piece of Satellite Covering Washes Up on South Carolina Beach

The covering to a satellite, launched from an Adrian 5 rocket, washed up on a Hilton Head beach last week.

To read the full story, click here for the Island Packet article. (Photo from the story)

News 14: Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue is Ready for the Summer Season

WECT: Traffic light for busy intersection near Carolina Beach (River Road & Carolina Beach Road)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new traffic light could be added to the intersection of Carolina Beach and River Roads just before the Snow's Cut Bridge into Carolina Beach...

The North Carolina Department of Transportation are taking bids for the job right now and hope to have a traffic light in place by mid-September...

here for the full story & video

WWAY: Michael's prepares to defend international title, Chowder to be sold at Harris Teeters

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- A Carolina Beach restaurant's seafood chowder is not only recognized locally, but internationally. Now Michael's Seafood Restaurant is looking for win number two and looking forward to expanding its reach.

Michael's seafood chowder won the Great Chowder Cook-off in Rhode Island last year. The win over chowders from Alaska, Seattle, Aruba and Ireland helped put Carolina Beach seafood on the map...

Michael's is ready for another big thing. The chowder from the small family restaurant will soon appear on Harris Teeter shelves...197 stores from Washington, DC, to Georgia will carry the international award-winning chowder...

here for the full story & video

Carolina Beach Bicycle Survey

Here is the link to Town of Carolina Beach May 2010 Bicycle Multi-use Transportation Plan Citizen Input Survey. It doesn't take more than 10 minutes to complete and your input would be most appreciated.

May 17, 2010

5th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival Rocks The Carolina Beach Strand in North Carolina

Carolina Beach, N.C.: Do you love beach music? Do you enjoy shag dancing? Then Carolina Beach, North Carolina is the place to be during the 25th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival on Saturday, June 5th. Held on the beach between Harper and Hamlet Avenues, the annual summer music extravaganza features the best in beach music, a laid-back style of rhythm & blues with roots on the Carolina coast. The fun begins on Friday night with a free kickoff party at the Gazebo stage at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

The Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival takes place on Saturday beginning at 11:00am with continuous live music until 5:30pm. This year’s bands include: The Holiday Band (11:00am); Mark Roberts & Breeze (12:30pm); The Magnificents Band (2:15pm); and The Fantastic Shakers (4:00pm). Gates open at 10:30am, so bring your chairs, sunscreen, and dance shoes so you can spend all day on the sand listening and dancing to classic beach tunes. A shag dance contest follows at Shanty’s II Beach & Blues Club.

The 25th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival is presented by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are now on sale and cost $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce (1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.) and at Linda’s Fashions in Carolina Beach. For details and online ticket purchases, please visit or call 910-458-8434.

Make a weekend of your visit to Pleasure Island. Jump-start the weekend on Thursday evening (6:30pm-9:30pm) with live music by Mark Roberts & the Breeze followed by fireworks over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. On Friday night, there’s a free festival kick-off party with live music by Sea Cruz (6:00-9:00pm) at the Boardwalk’s Gazebo stage. Spend all day Saturday dancing on the sand at the Beach Music Festival (10:30am-5:30pm). Later Saturday evening, shag dancers and beach music lovers will compete for prizes during the Shag Dance Contest at Shanty’s II Beach & Blues Club (103 N. Lake Park Blvd., behind El Zarape restaurant) in Carolina Beach. Doors open at 7:00pm; contest begins at 8:00pm (admission is $5 in advance; $8 at the door). Dancers of all ages can sign up for the competition in three categories: Pro, Non-Pro and Club-Social. Or, just have fun watching as serious shag dancers kick up their heels and boogie the night away. Wind down on Sunday evening with a Free Movie by the Lake at the Stingray Amphitheater at Carolina Beach Lake. This week’s family film is “Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian” (begins at 8:45pm).

Discover Carolina Beach’s simple pleasures and unexpected treasures, such as the Venus Flytrap Trail at Carolina Beach State Park. Cast your rod and reel from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Venture out on a kayak/canoe nature tour; check out daily catches at the Carolina Beach Marina. Just minutes away, explore Kure Beach-North Carolina’s small wonder-where you can fish from the state’s oldest fishing pier and meet a rare albino alligator and a loggerhead sea turtle, or observe sharks and marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. You can also stroll along a 5-mile stretch of undeveloped beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, explore Civil War history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, or take a ferry across the Cape Fear River. Relax on the wide sandy beaches of Carolina, Kure and Fort Fisher. Shop the island’s beach boutiques for souvenirs and summer fashions. Dine at restaurants specializing in fresh seafood and regional fare. At day’s end, bunk in at one of the island’s accommodations that range from oceanfront hotels and condominiums to independently-owned motels, beach cottages, or a bed-and-breakfast inn.

For a FREE Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington & North Carolina’s Cape Fear Coast, please contact the Visitors Bureau at 866-266-9690 or visit for a complete online calendar of events. For travel packages and specials, visit and for last-minute hotel discounts, visit

May 13, 2010

Wrightsville Beach Alderman Votes Down the Proposed Beach Smoking Ban

The Wilmington Star is reporting that the Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman voted down the proposed ban on smoking at the beach but they did increase the littering fine to $250.

May 12, 2010

Wilmington Star: Wrightsville Beach holds smoking ban hearing Thursday

By Patricia E. Matson
Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wrightsville Beach will hold a hearing and might vote Thursday on whether to ban smoking along the shoreline.

First raised at a candidates' forum in October by a resident who hates the cigarette butts left behind by smokers, the possible ban was also discussed during the aldermen's retreat in February.

Some smokers visiting the beach this week strongly opposed the idea.

“I think banning smoking on the beach is too far an approach into people's lives,” said Scott Walker of Raleigh. “What's next? I want to ban people talking on cell phones on the beach.”

He said he was a “staunch opponent to littering” and carries his butts away, and even picks up others' trash to leave the beach a better place...

But other beachgoers supported a ban.

“I'd be thrilled if there were a ban,” said Lynn Dilen of Cary, who recently got a headache from a nearby smoker.

“I think that's a good idea. … There's butts all over the place,” said Gregg Dilen.

Marc Crocco, Spencer Robinson and Spencer Percy, who just graduated from Wingate University, supported the idea.
“I want it to be clean,” said Crocco...

Read the Full Article

As for my two cents, I support the ban. Cigarette butts on the beach have been a pet peeve of mine for years. I'm forever dismayed when I see smokers use public beaches as an oversized ashtray. Don't these people know how to field strip a cigarette and take the butts with them? Unfortunately, many don't or they just don't care.

If this was strictly just a litter issue, I probably wouldn't support the initiative. Disgarding cigarette butts on the beach is littering and violators can be ticketed (if it was actually enforced). But cigarette butts are also a danger to sea life/sea birds and can cause serious harm. So not only are butts a public nuisance, they are a hazard as well and we should be proactive in ensuring that they do not end up on our beaches. If you want to know the scope of the problem, talk to anyone who has volunteered for the various beach cleaning events that take place throughout the year. Cigarette butts always make up the majority of the litter removed from area beaches.

As a former smoker myself, I understand the frustrations of smokers as they are being slowly forced away from public areas. But unfortunately for them, it just a sign of the times as more and more people become concerned by the secondary effects of cigarettes.

Side notes:

The Wilmington Star has an editorial on the issue and they do not support the ban although they feel it might be a good idea to have smoking/non smoking areas on the beach. Read here.

This 12 year old has her own very creative idea on how to solve the problem. Read here.

Don't let this fellow catch you flicking your butts on the Island. Read here.

May 9, 2010

PISTP Sea Life Art Auction & Wine Tasting May 16th, 2010

The other day I received the following updated information on the upcoming Pleasure Island Sea Life Art Auction and Wine Tasting.

PISTP Sea Life Art Auction
and Wine Tasting
Sunday May 16th, 2010
2PM - 5PM
Ocean Grill Restaurant
1211 South Lake Park Boulevard
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

We invite you to join us at our annual fund raising endeavor as “Ernie Manzella” of Divine Wines presents a variety of wines and opportunity to purchase your favorites at a discounted price with a portion of the proceeds being donated back to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital.

Tickets are available at leSoleil and United Beach vacations $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Price includes a complimentary wine glass.

For more information call Nola 232.0318

Art to be Auctioned:
•Hand sculpture sea turtle by Dumas Gorham
•Original 18x13 Watercolor signed by Ginny Wagner
•Ceramic Plaque of sea turtle boil Terry Ostovar
•19x19 watercolor sea turtle under water by Sue S Ernest
•Framed Print acrylic by Jan Magic-Banks
•Pottery by Motsy Wynn
•Framed Photo of Bird on a pole 8x12 print by Tyler Idleman
•Turtle pendant donation from Alfred Rhodes Jewelers
•Basket by Charma McKnight
•Swimming dolphins print by Barbara Bayer
•Beautiful wax and dye batik on silk by Kristen Gibson
•Pottery by Pat Holleman
•24x18 original painting by Raffale Palgia
•Print framed by Emily B Daugherty
•Original hand painted stool by Kate Cooper
•20" x 30" framed print by Dan Sheridan
•Photograph printed on canvas Jasmine McKee
•Sterling silver cuff brass sea turtle embedded by Chris Higgins

May 8, 2010

R.I.P. Satu Harris

I just read that Ms. Harris was killed in an auto accident involving a drunk driver in Brunswick County . I did not know her but we had exchanged a few emails last year when she gave me permission to use one of her photos of a beached humpback whale on Oak Island. Since that time, I've kept up with her blog as she was an exceptional photographer and I enjoyed seeing the many wonderful photos that she took of our area.

It is beyond sad when a life is taken so needlessly. We should all keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.

Her blogs:

Video: Early Visit by Leatherback Sea Turtle at Oak Island

The Beach Renourishment Project is Moving Right Along

Here's a Youtube video of the beach renourishment on the North End of Carolina Beach. It looks like they are making good progress but due to earlier unforeseen issues with the dredging equipment, the project completion date has been extended to May 31st.

Video: Britts Donut Shop...all I can say is WOW!

mackgoodman2010 posted the following video from Britts Donuts on Youtube. The video was posted on May 01, 2010 and this was his description:
"Britts Donut Shop in Carolina Beach, NC is recognized as the best donuts on the East Coast. I don't know about that, but all I can say is WOW! They are good."

May 7, 2010

Carolina Beach to Hold Public Meeting on the Town's Bicycle/Multi-use Transportation Plan on May 19th

The open house meeting will be held at Carolina Beach Town Hall on May 19th from 7:00PM to 9:00 PM. The scope of the meeting will will cover the town's entire bike/multi-use network including the town's bike path on the MATSO property and all the other existing bike lanes and paths. One objective is to fill the gaps in the current trail network so everyone's feedback/suggestions will be appreciated and considered. There will be a hard copy survey for participants to fill out (in addition, it will be available on-line at the Town's website).

Please find some time and attend this important meeting as everyone's support is needed. With your help, Carolina Beach will become a model as a bike/pedestrian friendly community.


May 1, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill to Impact the East Coast?

UF expert says oil spill could spread to east coast of Florida

By Joe Callahan
Staff writer
Published: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 2:42 p.m.

A University of Florida professor and oceanographic expert says he believes the east coast of Florida might see the worst of the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

...The oil slick that's growing south of the Louisiana coast could get caught in what's called the “Loop Current,” which flows through the Florida Straits and becomes the Gulf Stream.

The Gulf Stream runs up the eastern coast of Florida. Sheng said he believes it is entirely possible, even probable, that this will happen, thus impacting the beaches from Miami to Jacksonville. The Loop Current is about 35 miles south of the slick, which currently is 125 miles wide and 40 miles long.

“I would say the east coast of Florida has the higher probability (of being impacted by the oil spill),” said Sheng, adding his opinion is based on NOAA's ocean current forecast and wind direction...

Full Gainesville Sun article
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