September 30, 2010

Video: Carolina Beach September 30 2010

Here are some scenes from Carolina Beach this morning. Although TS Nicole is no longer a tropical storm, it has been the final act of a multi-day 20 inch rain event. Carolina Beach Lake has had extensive flooding but the North End looked fairly dry this morning.

September 28, 2010

Machine Gun Band Rocks the House During Island Day

The following Youtube video posted by castromusicfreak is of the Machine Gun Band performing "Your Love" during their Island Day performance this past weekend. Make sure to catch them next summer as they typically perform a couple of times for Thursday's Boardwalk Blast at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

September 27, 2010

Photos of Carolina Beach Lake Rising Waters

Here are a few photos taken this afternoon of the Carolina Beach Lake. At the time of the photos, there had been a lull in the rain for a couple of hours so I assume the lake pumps had already helped reduced the water levels. According to WECT weather, we have already received over 8 inches of rain and there is a lot more on the way so be on alert for possible flooding.

It sure is a good thing that Island Day was held yesterday ;-)

Beach Run 2010 Comes to Freeman Park

The General Manager at Hendricks Chrysler Jeep in Fayetteville, NC recently organized a jeep run from Fayetteville to Freeman Park. SolomonJagwe captured the day's adventures on video and recently posted the finished product on Youtube. And although they may have bent the rules a bit regarding driving on wet sand, they all appeared to have a great time visiting the Park. From the looks of it, they also showed up on a perfect weather day. Enjoy this well edited video!

Here is a handy brochure outlining the
rules/regs of Freeman Park.

September 26, 2010

Photos of the Island Day Donut Eating Contest

Here are a few photos from the Britt's Donut eating challenge which marked the end of the first annual Island Day. Seven brave souls stepped up for the challenge and each were handed two dozen Britt's Donuts. I'm sure a few may have thought that they might need another box...but, they didn't.

When the contest began, they all appeared to have their own unique way of taking on the task. Some squished several donuts into a thick hockey puck. Others were quick to make use of water while others, just seemed to enjoy the idea of getting to eat a whole bunch of free Britt's Donuts. But in the end, only one could win and that honor went to Dustin. He is in the last photo and has a yellow shirt around his neck. He ended up eating 18 or 19 donuts as told to me by the judge. Hey it's the island, who needs an exact count? As for his record time, well that too fell by the wayside. In the spirit of the island way, the contest continued until it became apparent that the contestants were just about done with the idea of gorging on donuts. The eyes can be very telling in these cases. But for anyone curious, I'd guess the challenge lasted no more than 10 minutes.

So in the end, the first annual Island Day was very successful. Everyone seemed to have a great time and I'm sure everyone will be back for the second annual event next year. One last note, Brit's is closed for the rest of the year and won't reopen until Spring 2011.

Photos from the 1st Annual Island Day at Carolina Beach Lake

Here are a few Island Day photos from earlier today. They had a wonderful turnout for the start of the event and everyone really seemed to be having a good time. Kudos to all that made this happen and I very much look forward to this new Island tradition. I hope to get back by 4:00pm to watch the doughnut eating challenge. Yes, I did say 'watch.'

Carolina Beach Today is Making a Change on Facebook.

Hello everyone, Carolina Beach Today is making a change on Facebook. There's been some ongoing confusion with having both the regular CBT Facebook account and with having the CBT Facebook "Page." So in order to keep things simple, we are going to delete the CBT "Page" and just use the regular account for all future postings. The Page will be deleted in a few days.

I hope this makes sense. To continue following Carolina Beach Today on Facebook, please come over to and press 'Like.' Or you can just click on the above CBT logo to be directed over.

Thanks and sorry for the trouble.

Island Day is Today (Sept 26th) at the Carolina Beach Lake

Hey everyone, just a quick reminder, today is the first annual Island Day at the Carolina Beach Lake and will run from 1:00pm until early evening. I hope everyone finds time to stop by and take part in this celebration of living on one of the best islands on the East Coast. For anyone with Facebook, visit the Island Day FB page for more information.

Below is a listing of events published on their FB page yesterday. However, if you read through their board postings, it appears there will be a whole host of additional events. Here are just a few I quickly spotted:

•Island Tackle & Hardware and The Last Resort will have activities for the children
•Brad from SURFHOUSE Cafe & Shop will be demonstrating paddle boarding
•Carolina Beach Community Acupuncture will soothe you with yoga demonstrations
•Parks & Rec from both towns will have many games for the young and young at heart
•Pet Adoption area: NC Rescue League, Pender Endangered Animal Rescue, Tails U Win will all have animals in need of a good
•Cape Fear Sail and Power Squadron will have boat safety and marine knot tying.
•NC Aquarium & Got-Em-On Live Bait Club will have hands-on activities for the kids.

The Fun Continues and the Value Increases as Visitors Fall for Kure Beach, N.C.

Kure Beach Is A Big Playground With Warm Fall Weather, Special Deals And A Variety Of Fun Events For The Entire Family

Kure Beach, NC (PRWEB) September 26, 2010

Fall has officially kicked off and Kure Beach, N.C., continues to offer an irresistible combination of activities and special deals for visitors. An autumn trip to this seaside town is filled with value and, best of all, it's one big playground.

Throughout the fall, Kure Beach is the headquarters for visitors who come to attend many events in the area. It shares this barrier island, known as Pleasure Island, with Carolina Beach.

On Oct. 9 and 10, Kure Beach visitors can jam at the annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Music legend Leon Russell will headline the event and will be joined by other regionally- and nationally-recognized musicians. The festival will also feature a Kidz Zone with magicians, juggling acts and clowns, and a Fine Arts Plaza, complete with crafts and wine tastings.

The family-oriented Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge will take place Oct. 15 through Oct. 17 and will give 250 surf anglers a chance to compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Big Buddy Program and the Cape Fear Volunteer Center.

Kure Beach itself offers one of the most unique experiences built around Halloween. Children and their families can have a howling good time at the North Carolina Aquarium's Trick Or Treat Under The Sea event on Oct. 27 and 28. The two-day party will feature indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, story-telling, magic shows and haunted gardens.

Kure Beach is known as “North Carolina's Small Wonder” and it's easy to see why. Located on the southern end of Pleasure Island, it's one of the most family-friendly beach towns on the East Coast.

As a single-stoplight town, it offers a relaxing atmosphere, yet there's plenty of action for those looking for more excitement. Kure Beach is surrounded by salt water and fresh water, offering lots of things to do for those who love the water.

Oceanside, the beach presents opportunities to stretch out and enjoy the gentle sun, take a stroll or do some fishing. Temperatures average in the 70s throughout the fall, but at midday, the strong Carolina sun makes the sand and air feel much warmer.

Scuba divers can enjoy exploring old shipwrecks under the sea just offshore. Gentler waterways are ideal for stand up paddleboarding and kayaking excursions that take visitors up close to area wildlife.

Fishing enthusiasts will love the Kure Beach pier. Built in 1923, it is the oldest pier on the Atlantic coast. It stretches more than 700 feet long and is a great place to see what's biting. Just up the road is the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina which offers several charter boats.

Fall is a perfect time to get in touch with nature and Kure Beach has numerous nature excursions and guided tours. The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area not only offers visitors a chance to walk along five miles of white, sandy beach, but also a boardwalk that leads over the sand dunes to the beach to see one of the few undeveloped stretches along the southern coast. There's also a variety of wildlife to see and touch, from sea stars and keyhole urchins to the endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

Family-friendly attractions are found everywhere in Kure Beach. One of the area's must-sees is the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which showcases marine life found in the Cape Fear River basin and the nearby beaches, estuaries and ocean. The aquarium also features daily shark feeding demonstrations in a 235,000-gallon shark tank; a half-acre conservatory with alligators, sturgeon and other freshwater species; and a gallery featuring 300 marine creatures.

For history buffs, Kure Beach is a treasure. A short distance from the aquarium is an area honoring the largest land fortress in the South, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Fort Fisher was one of the last strongholds of the Confederacy.

All that activity works up an appetite and Kure Beach has that covered too. Some of the freshest seafood anywhere is served in Kure Beach's coastal island-style restaurants.

Just a short drive from Pleasure Island is the charming city of Wilmington. There, visitors can enjoy a carriage tour or ghost walk, tour the USS Battleship North Carolina Memorial or see some of the area's historic homes.

Several Kure Beach accommodations offer discounted fall rates. To learn more about Kure Beach and its fall offerings, visit Also, find Kure Beach on Facebook and Twitter.

A Fall Getaway in Carolina Beach Means Festivals, Food and Affordable Seaside Family Fun

North Carolina Beach Town Offers Seasonal Celebrations, Coastal Pleasures And Great Values During The Fall

Carolina Beach, NC (PRWEB) September 26, 2010

Carolina Beach is the perfect destination for a fall getaway. Fall means family-friendly festivals and events. It's always play time. The autumn is special in Carolina Beach where events and activities happen nonstop. There's a lot to do and an added bonus of uncrowded beaches. Carolina Beach is a popular summertime destination, but in the fall, with its special rates on accommodations, it delivers exceptional value.

Events take center stage on Oct. 9 and 10 at the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival at Fort Fisher. Music lovers can soak up two days of non-stop jazz and blues performed on two stages by nationally- and regionally-recognized musicians. This year's headliner is Leon Russell. Seafood lovers can enjoy scrumptious seafood from some of the area's best restaurants. There's also shopping at booths hosted by crafters and local shop owners, a fine arts plaza and a wine tasting. For the kids, there is a special Kidz Zone with inflatable amusements, face painters and much more.

Some of the other highlights of the season include the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge on Oct. 15, 16, and 17. This fun competition is awarding over $12,000 in cash and prizes. On Oct. 27 and 28, take the kiddies to the North Carolina Aquarium's Trick or Treat Under the Sea for some unique Halloween fun.

There's lots of ways to relax and have some traditional family fun. Stroll hand-in-hand along the shore or on the boardwalk. Leave your cares behind and have a picnic, hike along the nature trails and do a little bird watching, or rent a paddleboat at Carolina Beach Lake Park. If you love to fish, grab a pole and join a fishing excursion. Several charter fishing boats are available for rental at the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina. Drop a line off the pier or try your hand at surf fishing. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle your cares away. Take a ride through town on a surrey bike. Outdoor adventure is all around.

Sharing the barrier island of Pleasure Island with Carolina Beach is Kure Beach, which offers more sites to see. Vacationers can explore the Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum, which is home to the largest earthen fort in the South. History buffs will also want to visit the North Carolina Military History Museum, which has a variety of exhibits encompassing all branches of the military.

Spend some time looking under the sea at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. It features a 235,000 gallon saltwater shark tank; the half-acre Cape Fear Conservatory with alligators, sturgeon and other freshwater species; and the Open Oceans Gallery that focuses on marine creatures and the nearby ocean reefs.

While staying in Carolina Beach, venture out to nearby Wilmington and enjoy its historic charm. Walk along the waterfront, take in the sights and historic homes on a carriage tour, or even take part in a ghost walk.

To learn more about Carolina Beach and Fall-for-All, go to Follow Carolina Beach on Facebook or Twitter.

September 22, 2010

The Treehouse Bistro Scores Two Great Reviews (Star News and Encore Online)

Kudos to the Treehouse Bistro for receiving two very favorable reviews this week. The write-ups were from the Star News and Encore Online.

I'm really pleased to see them receive this publicity as they are one of my favorite places on the island and they deserve the recognition. And in case you haven't tried the Bistro, head over there this Thursday as they offer a free wine tasting from 6-8pm.

Star News review:
Underwood is perched for fun at Treehouse Bistro

Encore Online:
Climbing Trees: Carolina Beach bistro offers fresh flavor

Photo from the Treehouse Bistro website

September 21, 2010

Big Sweep September 25th @ 9:00am

An Annual Cleanup of New Hanover County Waterways

What happens to litter? In a county surrounded by water like New Hanover, chances are good that it ends up in the river or the ocean fairly quickly. Once it hits the water, litter becomes marine debris - one of the most prevalent sources of pollution in our oceans today.

On Saturday, September 25, 2010 hundreds of volunteers throughout New Hanover County will gather to reduce the amount of litter that becomes marine debris during Big Sweep, an annual cleanup of our waterways. Big Sweep will begin at 9am in Wrightsville Beach at Access #4 (the L-shaped lot), Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and Access #36 (near Oceanic), Carolina Beach at the Boardwalk Gazebo, Kure Beach at the Pier, and Greenfield Lake at the boathouse.

Volunteers are needed! Refreshments, bags and gloves will be provided. Please come prepared to be outdoors, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Help us reduce the amount of plastic at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gloves if you have them.

Big Sweep began as a beach sweep in 1987 and is now an annual statewide event. Since its inception, more than 192,000 volunteers have retrieved over six million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s waterways. It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that involves approximately 90 countries and 55 states and territories. Locally, the event is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, Cleaner Greener Wrightsville Beach, the Town of Carolina Beach, the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, the Town of Kure Beach, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear River Watch.

For more information, please call Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County at 798-4404 or visit


September 20, 2010

Shark Spooks Swimers in Carolina Beach

The following video was just posted on Youtube and shows a shark passing quite close to swimmers who were in less than knee deep water while swimming at Carolina Beach. At about the 18 second mark, you'll see the shark pass within a few feet of the young girl on her boogie board. Judging from the video, the shark appears to be about five feet in length.

Now keep in mind, when one decides to swim in the ocean (at any beach), one may end up sharing the water with a shark. But the vast majority of the time, you won't even know if a shark is in the area as they typically have no interest in us. On the very rare occasion where one may spot a shark, they will typically be hunting fish and are focused soley on that prey.

The video submitter,
elgatoxl, first told of the incident when she posted the following description in a comment to an earlier CBT blog post (Video of Shark Cruising the Kure Beach Surf):
Posted September 15, 2010 9:49 PM
My family and I are visiting Carolina Beach and yesterday (9/14/10) off Seashorse Ln., we saw a shark in the water and have video of it swimming very close to the shoreline. It swam right past me and my children when we realized what was happening and ran out of the water. My husband just happened to be video taping us when it came by. We've been trying to identify the type of shark but it's a bit hard to tell looking on the small camera screen. We were a bit afraid to go to the beach today so opted to wait until tomorrow. I'm still feeling a bit anxious. It was a cool, yet unsettling experience. Feeling mixed emotions here. Hope we don't see anymore tomorrow. There were quite a few lg. fish jumping in the water the day we saw it....probably a good indication of what was nearby.

September 19, 2010

In the End, the Tide Always Wins

Facing overwhelming odds, these two little troopers demonstrate noble perseverance as they construct their sand castle while facing a ferociously increasing tide at Carolina Beach. At around the 2:00 mark, it becomes quite clear that mother nature will ultimately win the battle.

Enjoy this fun Youtube video posted by EkeKaneoha.

September 11, 2010

"Freaky Friends" has Returned to NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Kure Beach, NC - Get ready for the spookiest time of the year with the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher! The Aquarium’s popular educational Outreach program entitled “Freaky Friends” has returned this year. Meet North Carolina natives, such as snakes and sea urchins, whose costumes and acting skills help them survive the wild. Get up close and personal with a glass lizard and a soft-shelled turtle, which are always a sight to see! Participants will learn about these silly and sometimes spooky creatures through a variety of activities and hands-on experiences.

The Freaky Friends program is available throughout the month of October. The cost for a small group presentation is $100. Outreach programs are perfect for schools, day cares, civic groups, churches and festivals. Each interactive program is designed specifically to fit your needs based on age, size, and focus of your group

For more information or to book an Outreach visit or call the Outreach Coordinator at 910-458-8257 ext. 236.

17th Annual Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival October 9th &10th

Visit the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce website for more information and to obtain tickets.

September 9, 2010

Kure Beach 2010 Family Vacation Video

Here's an excellent Kure Beach family vacation video posted on Youtube by connell11. I was extremely impressed by the production quality and humor of this home video and connell11 was nice enough to allow us to post it on the blog. I'm sure you'll enjoy this one!
(PS. You'll want the volume turned on)

North End SUP Following the Passing Effects of Hurricane Earl

Here's a cool video of SUPing the North End posted by one of the CB Surfriders--zog1963. It is shot from a very interesting perspective.

September 8, 2010

Carolina Beach: One of "the Best Tourist Seasons in Years"

Check out this news story from WWAY where Britt's Donuts says they had one of "the best tourist season in years." When you consider the nationwide economic situation, that statement from one our town's most prominent businesses reflects positively on our town's continued tourism efforts.

Congrats to all who keep putting forth the effort to improve our lovely town and a big congrats to our town leaders who continue to make leaps and bounds area wide improvements. Next year will only be better!

September 7, 2010

Save the Ta-Tas Bachelor Auctions at The Last Resort September 12th

This Sunday, September 12th, the Last Resort will be holding its second annual "Save the ta-tas" bachelor auction event. Last year, they raised $4,000 and they hope to beat that number this year. The money raised will assist under insured women in New Hanover county obtain Mammograms.

September 6, 2010

Morning Images from Fort Fisher Towards Bald Head Island

Here are a few photos from a walk this morning from Fort Fisher towards Bald Head Island. It was a beautiful morning with temps starting in the mid 60's. Enjoy!

September 5, 2010

The Wilmington Star Discuses the Central Business Road Diet

In today's Star News, Reporter Shannan Bowen does an excellent job of presenting a fair and objective look at the recently implemented Central Business District traffic plan. I highly recommend checking it out.

Carolina Beach's 'road diet': Safety was part of the plan; traffic back-ups weren't

September 3, 2010

Black Bear Vacationing in Carolina Beach?

You hear it from one person and you say nahh, you hear from a second person about a second sighting, and well, it becomes worth mentioning. Apparently a juvenile black bear has been sighted roaming the neighborhood around the 7th/8th and Fayetteville/Hamlet area and he evidently likes to help himself to an opportune trash can buffet on the evening before trash day. Now I'm not aware of anyone catching a photo of the little fellow but I'm sure if he lingers around long enough, someone will snap a shot. Of course, this is assuming that 'he' really is a bear and not someone's portly black lab trying to pass himself off as Yogi.

If you recall from last year, there was a black bear in Landfall that was raising some high eyebrows with residents there. In that case, the NC Wildlife Resource Commission stated they would not issue a 'relocation permit' noting that Landfall was most likely just a temporary resting place for the roaming bear. I would imagine Carolina Beach would receive a similar response considering that the CB State Park is just a few blocks away from the sightings. Of course, if the little fellow were to become a nuisance bear or aggressive, then it would be different story. But to be honest, I have no idea as I'm not up to speed on the black bear policies in Carolina Beach. Now if he turns out to be a busking bear, then...oh, well forget it.

Anyway, that's all I've heard for now. If someone has some more insight please post a comment here or on the facebook page. Thanks

Photo credit: Cute Zoo Babies--LA Times

September 2, 2010

HD Video: Sights and Sounds from Pleasure Island, NC as Hurricane Earl Nears

Here are some morning images and sounds from Fort Fisher, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach as the winds and waves began to pick up with the approach of Hurricane Earl. Although the storm is expected to pass a couple hundred miles offshore from the lower Cape Fear coast, the area will still see increased winds and surf throughout the day. Enjoy!

Fort Fisher Morning Photos as Hurricane Earl Approaches

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