August 29, 2010
Stay tuned for next weekend as they are now predicting waves in the 7'+ range as Earl approaches the Carolina coast.
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Posted: August 23, 2010
Earlier this week, under the cover of darkness, and without human witness, Bald Head Island’s first recorded leatherback turtle nest hatched...
This past Saturday night, volunteers from the Bald Head Island Conservancy, led by Environmental Educator Maureen Dewire, excavated the nest to see if any turtles remained. To their delight, and to the delight of a crowd of around 250 people gathered on East Beach, one live baby leatherback was found...
Read the full story here.
Some General Highlights from her Presentation:
•Planning continues for December 2015 opening
•Jennette's Pier in Nags Head scheduled to open in May (1st of the 3 piers)
•Total cost for pier, land and related facilities approx $20M (Aquarium to pay $16M and Carolina Beach to pay $4M--CB seeking grants to cover their portion)
•More modest pier house than Nags Head 10,000sf vs 17,000sf
•Pier would be self-sustained or subsidized by aquarium admission receipts.
•Town and Aquarium to appoint 8 member pier steering committee.
•UNCW School of Business conducting pier economic benefits study (Oct completion).
•Pier operation to have 10 full time year-round employees with numerous seasonal employees.
Specific Pier Project Amenities:
•1,000ft concrete pier with wooden decking
•10,000 square foot pier house
•Conference space with kitchen facilities
•Possible Aquarium exhibits
•Pier store with equipment rentals
•ADA accessibility with ocean view balconies
•Outdoor movie/stage area
•Bathhouse (showers and dressing facilities)
•New lifeguard station
•Children's park & recreation area
•Installation of marina canoe/kayak launch
•Boardwalk to be connected to pier complex
NC Aquarium's Goals for the Carolina Beach Pier:
•Provide diverse recreational fishing opportunities
•Increase & enhance public beach access
•Demonstrate sustainable practices (storm water control, energy generation, water use)
•Provide opportunities for coastal/oceanic research and instruction
•Encourage/promote public and private partnerships to further NC Aquarium's mission
•Inspire appreciation/conservation for NC aquatic environments
Here is a high quality (3.44MB) rendering of the pier project. Once clicking for full size version, it's worth zooming in further and having a look at all the proposed amenities extending from the town marina to the pier:
August 23, 2010
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August 20, 2010
I spoke with a lifeguard who told me that alligator was approximately 6 feet in length. However, a gentlemen nearby told me that he thought it was closer to 8 to 9 feet. He was retired military and stated that in all his years of coming to the beach, he had never seen anything like it. A few times, the gator came to shore but quickly turned around and headed back into the wave breaks. The gentlemen commented that the gator did not look healthy and may have been in the ocean for some time now.
He stated that officials were attempting to snag they alligator using a weighted hook but were so far unsuccessful. Additionally, they had a alligator transport tube ready to go in case they were able to bring it to shore.
Lifeguards and law enforcement officials were warning swimmers about the hazard and the vast majority of the people were wisely staying out of the water. I did see a few people wading up to their their knees but there were not many. Here are a few pictures from today's afternoon search:
(Lifeguards were out in full force)(Unfortunately, an empty transport tube)
Although sightings of alligators swimming in the ocean is quite rare, there was another one captured in Hilton Head, SC just last month. That one was 9 foot in length.
[Edit at 5:30: WECT news has some excellent video footage of the alligator in the surf. Click here to watch]
August 19, 2010
Here's the location ('A' marks the spot):
August 16, 2010
Join us at the First Annual Island Day celebration, scheduled for September 26th from 1 to 5 pm around the lake at Carolina Beach. Island Day is a joint event between the towns of Carolina and Kure Beach and will be a day of fun for all citizens of our island.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Carolina Beach Arts & Activities Committee, and is a cooperative effort between the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, Boardwalk Makeover Group, and police, fire, public works, and parks & recreations departments from both towns.
“We see this as a day to bring our Island together for an old fashion, hometown picnic to celebrate the end of a great summer, and the wonderful life we share.” says Dan Wilcox, Carolina Beach Councilman and member of the Boardwalk Makeover Group.
Think Andy Griffith but “beach style”, wearing shorts and flip flops….red checkered tablecloths, hot dogs, sack races, dunking booth, and a host of other family activities, topped off with some great music and lots of family and friends.
Dean Lambeth, Mayor of Kure Beach, welcomes this opportunity to work with Carolina Beach in a joint effort to bring island residents together, “We all have worked hard to create this island treasure and we look forward to starting an annual tradition of celebrating our slice of paradise.”
Christine Higgins, with the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities Committee, is calling for volunteers to help for the one-day event. “This is a fun gathering for our community and we want the entire island to participate.
We are also seeking help from non-profit organizations, groups, and individuals that might want to provide family related displays or activities, or simply help with event organization. So email me if you want to get involved.” (email@example.com)
Mark you calendars now – September 26th, rain date October 3rd. And keep a look out for more information about Island Day – A Celebration of Our Island Community.
Photo from the 2009 Chowder cook-off.
August 15, 2010
The marina complex (boat basin, fuel dock, boat ramps, store, parking lots and fishing deck) is closed for renovation. Construction is expected to be completed in September 2010.
Updated: 2010-08-10 12:08:36
The $2.5 million renovation project includes replacement of bulkheads, floating docks, additional boat slips, fixed walkway system, fuel tanks, improvements to the facility's two boat ramps, a redesigned parking area, and dredging of the marina basin and access channel.
August 13, 2010
August 12, 2010
The event, also known as TOTUS, features indoor trick-or-treating for children from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Sponsoring a booth is a wonderful way to promote your business by interacting with families in the community at this fun and popular event. Vendors can also win prizes for their decorating efforts.
Booth space is available for $75 per day. A $10 discount is offered to vendors who book both days. Vendors may attend one or both nights. Sponsors decorate booths and provide enough treats for the several hundred children expected each night. Sponsors bring their own tables, decorations and power cords. Returning vendors get first priority with an August 31 deadline.
Booth sponsorships are available first-come, first-served. For more information or to register, call Special Events Coordinator Terry Bryant at 910-458-8257 ext. 218 or 202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 10, 2010
By Shannan Bowen
Plans for N.C. Aquarium Pier advance after Carolina Beach council vote
For now, the N.C. Aquarium Pier at Carolina Beach is merely a plan on paper and a debt noted in the budget of the town of Carolina Beach and a nonprofit set up to obtain property for the project.
But that plan is on its way to receiving a formal nod of approval from state agencies, as the Carolina Beach Town Council approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night outlining the steps the state's N.C. Aquariums division and the town will take to make the project a reality.
That reality, however, will depend on the aquarium's success in acquiring a grant from the state's Division of Coastal Management to purchase the parcel of land at 234 Carolina Beach Ave. N. to build a 1,000-foot-long concrete pier complete with a pier house, educational facilities and tanks to showcase marine life. The state would then purchase the adjacent lot at 236 Carolina Beach Ave. N. for pier parking and to provide public ocean access, according to the memorandum of agreement...
Read the full Wilmington Star article here.
August 11, 2010
2010 - 83,028 passengers
2009 - 79,498 passengers
2008 - 85,364 passengers
Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach
2010 - 54,485 passengers
2009 - 50,714 passengers
2008 - 59,599 passengers
2010 - 13,944 passengers
2009 - 12,814 passengers
2008 - 13,495 passengers
2010 - 13,474 passengers
2009 - 11,775 passengers
2008 - 12,530 passengers
Bayview-Aurora (Pamlico River)
2010 - 11,287 passengers
2009 - 11,326 passengers
2008 - 14,093 passengers
2010 - 6,254 passengers
2009 - 4,084 passengers
2008 - 6,080 passengers
2010 - 5,469 passengers
2009 - 3,493 passengers
2008 - 5,137 passengers
2010 - 169,157 passengers
2009 - 166,369 passengers
2008 - 169,683 passengers
2010 - 7,277 passengers
2009 - 6,816 passengers
2008 - 7,359 passengers
For more info on the NC Ferry system: http://www.ncdot.org/ferry
August 10, 2010
August 10, 2010
Carolina Beach A six-to-eight-foot shark washed up on the shore of Carolina Beach late Monday night, drawing spectators to the beach near the town's boardwalk, according to the tow truck driver (Wayne Gunter) who hauled the dead shark away...
Gunter said Monday night was the second time in a month he's removed a shark from a beach in New Hanover County. Last month, Gunter said, he pulled a 14-foot shark from the sands at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.
Read the full article here (with photo)
Back in April of this year, I came across the below Youtube video (uploaded April 4, 2010) of a shark being removed from Carolina Beach by Mr. Gunter from the Pleasure Island Towing Company. Judging from the video, I'd say the shark was probably 10 to 12 feet in length. There was no description so I have no idea when the video was taken or exactly where the shark was located.
I've seen Mr. Gunter's tow truck pulling numerous vehicles from the sands at Freeman Park and Fort Fisher; however, until I read the above story, I never realized that he was our resident shark disposer as well.
PS. If you ever need the assistance of a 4X4 tow to get you out of a sand trap, Mr. Gunter is always available to help. Not to mention, he's a very friendly fellow as well.
PPS. And if you decide to check out the South-end while pulling a U-Haul trailer...well, I would strongly suggest that you keep his phone number close as hand. This bogged down vehicle pic is from their Facebook page. With that, I have nothing further to add ;-)
Read the full WWAY story here.
August 9, 2010
607 N Lake Park
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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August 5, 2010
KURE BEACH -They may squint their eyes, brace their shoulders and cover their ears, but few kids can resist the booming sound of a Civil War era cannon. And that’s just what they’ll experience at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site program Cannoneers: “Load, Ready, Fire!” set for Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At this free event, costumed staff and volunteers will fire the site’s 12 lb. bronze Napoleon cannon and teach visitors about Civil War artillery and the soldiers who used them. Cannon firings will be held at 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Tours led by a costumed interpreter begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Regular scheduled tours are hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Throughout the day, kids age 4-13 are invited to join the ‘Junior Reserves,’” said Fort Fisher Assistant Site Manager Amy Manor Thornton. “Upon completion of the ‘Junior Reserves’ activity book, they receive a certificate and ‘Junior Reserves’ patch.” Site visitors, residents, and motorists are advised that noise from cannon firings is extremely loud. Visitors are warned to stay out of barricaded firing ranges for their own safety. Smoking is prohibited in the firing areas. Visitors are cautioned to turn down any hearing aids, warn children, and control pets during all firing. Please note, due to circumstances beyond our control, all demonstrations are subject to change.
Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River. After two massive bombardments, the fort fell to a Union infantry assault on January 15, 1865. With the capture of Fort Fisher, Wilmington’s port-”the lifeline of the Confederacy”-was closed to foreign trade.
Fort Fisher offers visitors a variety of experiences, activities, and historical treasures. Visitors can tour the remaining portions of the historic earthworks along the shaded scenic tour trail that winds around a portion of the fort’s land face. They can also enjoy the many exhibits in the visitor center, ranging from a fiber-optic battle map of the 2nd Battle for Fort Fisher to amazing artifacts recovered from the shipwrecked blockade-runner Modern Greece.
The Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C. 28449. For more information on this program or the site, call (910) 458-5538 or visit www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is part of the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities, and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.
August 4, 2010
So Kudos to them for bringing some excellent exposure to their restaurant/surf shop and to the island as a whole.
August 3, 2010
Although we all know that sharks are continually patrolling our favorite swimming spots, it is somewhat rare for someone to actually catch them on video. Enjoy!