July 31, 2011

Video: Baleen Whale Washes Up on the Beach at Sanderling, NC

The following video was posted on Youtube by sandwichestime and it shows a baleen whale which washed ashore today in Sanderling, NC. According to the description, a marine biologists which examined the whale stated that it most likely died of natural causes approximately one week earlier and it was probably between 15 to 20 years old at the time of death.

Photo: Alligator at Waterfront Villa Marina in Carolina Beach NC

The following photo was taken this morning by Laura Snyder at the Waterfront Villas & Yacht Club in Carolina Beach, NC. Laura estimates that the alligator was about three feet long.

When Laura returned to the marina later this evening, she saw a young boy carrying the alligator to a nearby wildlife officer. The boy told her that the alligator had suffered an injury possibly from a boat propeller. Laura didn't see the injury and noted that it looked to be in good condition. So more than likely, the officer had the boy release the alligator back into the water.

July 29, 2011

70 Year Old Man Fends Off 10 Foot Alligator with his Fist in Hilton Head, SC

The Island Packet newspaper (Hilton Head, SC) is reporting that a 70 year-old fisherman was attacked by a ten foot alligator.

On Thursday, a gentleman who was vacationing at the Sea Pines resort in Hilton Head was enjoying a good day of fishing at a nearby lagoon. After catching a fish, he was preparing to let it go when a 10 foot alligator exploded from the water’s edge and latched onto the man’s leg. The gentleman immediately let loose with a volley of head punches and gouged at the alligator's eyes. This was apparently too much for alligator and it released its grip and the gentleman was able to get free.

The gentleman was taken to the hospital for stitches and then released. Authorities found the gator and put it down. It should also be noted that no one has ever been killed from an alligator attack in South Carolina.

Read the full story
Photo credit

July 28, 2011

Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off Road: Carolina Five-0

September 2011
By Ali Mansour

...For nearly a decade now the Carolina Beach Police Department has been in charge of patrolling the beachfront wheeling area known as Freeman Park. Located at the northern end of Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Freeman Park is a year-round wheeling destination that attracts fishermen, surfers, and wheeling enthusiast of all types. Working within a limited state budget, the CBPD doesn’t have the luxury of outfitting its patrol fleet with high-end off-road pickups like the Ford SVT Raptor or Dodge Power Wagon. Instead, the department primarily uses a mostly stock ’08 Ford F-250 to patrol the island and coastal wheeling acreage. Outfitted with stock tires, a mild V-8, and a host of police gear, the truck can be a bit underequipped at times when traversing the ever-changing beach conditions. Since the officers are constantly working hard to keep one of the last beachfront wheeling areas open and safe, we thought we would lend them a hand and give their F-250 a much-needed performance upgrade.

Teaming up with 4x4 experts at Low Range 4x4 in Wilmington, North Carolina, we grabbed the keys to the Carolina Beach Cruiser and went to work. Our goal wasn’t to pimp their ride, but rather to upgrade it into a more capable patrol vehicle that will allow them to respond faster, go farther, and work better both on- and off-road. To achieve our goals, we installed a heavy-duty 6-inch suspension system from BDS Suspension and outfitted the truck with a wider footprint courtesy of 37x12.50 Dick Cepek Fun Country IIs. Knowing that the police rig is a very active patrol vehicle, we kept function and performance in mind with our upgrades, and we’re extremely pleased with the results...

Read the full story here (includes numerous photos & detailed info of upgrades)
Photo from article

July 26, 2011

Uncle Vinny's Pizzeria Ristorante Delivers 28 Pizzas to the Set of HBO's Eastbound and Down

On Monday June 26, 2011, the cast & crew of HBO's Easbound and Down ordered 28 pizzas from Uncle Vinny's Pizzeria Ristorante. Vinny Doria, the pizzeria's owner, personally delivered the pizza to the set. And fortunately for us, Greg George was there to document the fun.

Photo: View from Kure Beach Pier

Here's a very cool photo of Kure Beach, NC. I have no idea what type of effects were applied to the photo but I sure do like the end product. The photo was taken from the Kure Beach Pier. Click the photo to view the full size version on Flickr.

(To avoid seeing tags on the photo, make sure to keep your mouse to the side.)

July 25, 2011

Wilmington Star: Carolina Beach innkeepers share passion for bed and breakfast

By Shannan Bowen
July 21, 2011

Bed and breakfast Innkeepers Noah and Charlotte Gunnell clean up after their guests at the Beacon House in Carolina Beach. The young couple moved from Portland, Ore., at the end of June without any prior knowledge of Carolina Beach or managing a bed and breakfast, but decided to make a living at it...

Check out the full article here.
B&B website: http://www.beaconhouseinnb-b.com
Check them out on Facebook and follow their blog here.

Wilmington Star News Reporter Visits Bird Island off Fort Fisher

July 23, 2011
by Matt Born

Once a year the US Army Corps of Engineers and Audubon North Carolina take the media out to South Pelican Island. The island is a spoil island located between Fort Fisher and Southport on the Cape Fear River. It is one of 7 islands in the area that is monitored and protected by Audubon North Carolina. Many people refer to the islands as “Bird Island” but they all actually have specific names...

Read the full article here (includes numerous photos from the trip)
Photo from article

Video: The Fort Fisher Ferry is More Than a Ride; It's a Family Event

Check out this video of the Fort Fisher ferry posted by jrefrom on Youtube. It really shows that the ferry is more than just a ride across the water, it's a fun family event where memories are made. And how about that weather? It looks absolutely gorgeous out there.

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Barbara Tillison

Here are some wonderful photos from around Pleasure Island. The photographer is Barbara Tillison and she's been nice enough to share some of her island photos with blog readers.

Barbara is a freelance photographer and is available for weddings, events, portraits, and photo restorations. When not freelancing, one of her favorite subjects is capturing the beauty that abounds in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.

If you would like to contact Barbara about her photography, she can be reached on Facebook.

NOTE: If anyone else has some favorite photos from Pleasure Island and would like to share them with blog readers, please send an email to admin@carolinabeachtoday.com. Thanks!

July 24, 2011

Busy Week for Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project

It's been a busy past week for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project, PISTP. As of Saturday morning, they had eight nests on Kure Beach and six on Carolina Beach.

Friday morning brought news that a new nest discovery on Carolina Beach, nest number 6, may actually be that of a Kemp Ridley sea turtle. The Kemp Ridley is considered to be one of the rarest sea turtle species and is critically endangered. The PISTP feel that it may be a Kemp Ridley due to the unique flipper pattern left by the mama turtle as she moved about the sand. They do emphasize the word "may" and say they won't know for sure until the nest hatches. With the unknowns surrounding this particular nest, it will most definitely be one to watch closely...let the excitement commence!! (Shannan Bowen/Star News wrote an informative piece about this nest discovery)

Yesterday morning, the PISTP had a successful hatching of their first nest of the season (nest number 1 on Carolina Beach). The nest began to boil at around midnight and PISTP personnel were on hand to oversee the safety of the little ones as they wiggled their way down the pre-dug trench to the ocean surf. The fantastic photo to the right is of the mama turtle leaving nest #1 back on May 26, 2011.

Also, Saturday morning saw the discovery of nest number 8 in Kure Beach. Unfortunately, before this nest was discovered by PISTP volunteers, either a dog or a coyote had dug into the nest and destroyed six of the eggs. But the good news is they believe the remaining eggs are just fine.

So what will this week bring? Well, we'll just have to sit back and wait but I'm told that there is a good chance that nest number 2 may hatch later in the week.

Before we sign off, check out this photo which was posted by the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project. The photo was taken in Duck, NC and visually shows the dangers that beach holes pose to sea turtles. Here's what they said:

A note about holes in the sand on the beach Please take a look at this recent photo from Duck, NC (which is in the Outerbanks) for an example of why it is so important to fill in holes before you leave the beach. As you can see, there is a set of sea turtle tracks that goes straight into this hole in the sand. Fortunately, this particular hole was shallow enough that the mama loggerhead was able to crawl out and continue on her way. However, if the hole were any deeper, she would have been stranded there. So if you or your children dig holes while playing in the sand, please fill them in before you leave! It is dangerous for them to remain there overnight. A turtle, or a person for that matter, could fall right in.

NOTE: Shannan Bowen/Star News wrote an excellent piece about the dangers of beach holes and the fines one could face on Wrightsville Beach for not filling them in when leaving the beach. In addition, here's an interesting article from WMBF News about a new ordinance in North Myrtle Beach regarding unattended beach holes.

Two top photos from PISTP & bottom photo from WBSTP

July 23, 2011

Photo: Second Shark Washes Up on Kure Beach in Same Week

On Wednesday, we told you about Mary Davis coming across a dead shark while on her early morning walk in Kure Beach. Well yesterday morning, she came across a second shark in nearly the exact same spot on M Avenue.

And just like last time, town personnel were called to remove the shark from the beach.

Thanks again to her daughter Libby Davis Gibson for allowing us to post the photos:

July 22, 2011

Video: Distressed Whale Entangled in Net Off Rodanthe, NC

WTKR is reporting tonight that a 40' foot humpback whale off the coast of the Outer Banks is in distress due to a net entanglement.

A fishing charter boat was at sea today off Rodanthe when they spotted the whale approximately 100 feet from their position. At first, all on board were thrilled by the close encounter but their elation turned to concern when they realized the whale was entangled in a net.

Source: WTKR full story.

Video: One Man Defies the Seas and Goes on an Ocean Swim at Kure Beach

What a fun video!! It was posted on Youtube by bikeourplanet and features a man's daring attempt at entering the ocean surf at Kure Beach. This 1+ minute video is guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Struggling Shark Pulled Ashore by Swimmer in Kill Devil Hills

Have you ever wondered what is the best way to draw a crowd? I think I have the answer, drag a shark to shore. WITN reports that a 5 1/2 foot sand tiger shark was pulled ashore by a swimmer in Kill Devil Hills earlier today. Over a 100 onlookers gathered around to see the shark.

Apparently the shark was in severe distress and was spotted rolling around in the ocean surf. A swimmer grabbed the shark by the tail and pulled it to shore where it was turned over to Animal Control for removal.

Ocean Rescue believes that the shark had been caught offshore and the line cut.

WITN for video and additional photos.

Photo: Manatee Makes a Return Visit to Murrells Inlet Marina

A manatee has once again made a return visit to the Marlin Quay Marina which is located in Murrells Inlet, SC - approximately 14 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The manatee has been spotted at the Marina in prior years and he arrived for this visit about a week ago (based on an earlier report by a boater in the same area).

You typically hear about manatees in Florida so I was surprised to learn that they will sometimes head this far north. I guess word is getting out in the manatee community about the beauty of Carolina beaches.

So attention boaters headed south to Myrtle Beach and beyond, these lumbering herbivorous of the sea are out there so you need to remain vigilant.

Thank you to Marin Quay Marina for allowing us to post the photo.

PS. If Mr. Manatee is actually Ms. Manatee, I extend my apologies.

Photo: Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue Warm Up with a Game of Frisbee

Here's a fun photo from Cindy Mandel. She snapped the pic earlier today of the Ocean Rescue lifeguards warming up for their morning shift in front of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

She notes that they do their warm ups every morning and typically do sit ups, go for a run or jog in the water. Today, they mixed it up by having a game of Frisbee.

We can never say it enough, but thank you to the men and woman who make up the Ocean Rescue squads of both Carolina Beach & Kure Beach. You all do incredible work and represent both towns in the finest manner.

Lumina News: Sharing Sand Turf

by Jenny Yarboroug
July 21, 2011

Though the entities share common conservational spirits and grounds, typically Audubon North Carolina employees and Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project volunteers troll the beach strand separately. But after Audubon North Carolina coastal biologist Lindsay Addison and WBSTP coordinator Nancy Fahey met at Hammocks Beach State Park during an annual meeting led by Matthew Godfrey, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission sea turtle biologist, the pair decided to join efforts.

"It just made sense," Addison said, that both groups were aware of what one another was doing on Wrightsville Beach...

Read full story here.
Photo credit: Bodhi Surf School

July 21, 2011

Video: Ferry From Fort Fisher to Southport

Here's a 3+ minute video of the ferry ride from Fort Fisher to Southport, NC. It was posted on Youbube by philaccounts.

I've seen other videos of the Fort Fisher ferry but this one was shot very well and is set to music. Not to mention, the videographer captured quite a few scenic images that would make perfect photos. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

UNCW Marine Quest Particpants Learn to Surf on Carolina Beach

Participants in the UNCW Marine Quest program spent the other day at the Hamlet Avenue beach access on Carolina Beach learning to surf. Instructors from Odysea Surf and Kiteboard School were on hand to show them the ropes and introduce them to the incredible world of surfing.

UNCW Marine Quest if part of the Division for Public Service and Continuing Studies at UNCW and their aim is to be one of the most unique marine and environmental education programs in the country.

For more than 30 years UNCW MarineQuest, in conjunction with the Center for Marine Science and the Watson School of Education, has provided exciting academic enrichment opportunities for young people interested in the marine environment.

MarineQuest’s mission is to offer programming that:
•provides young people with opportunities to explore, discover and value our marine habitats
•and encourages them to develop into environmentally responsible adults.

To achieve this they offer summer academic enrichment programs and school programs for all ages, from pre-school through pre-college. All of their lessons and activities are designed to make the learning process fun and engaging and many are based on the research of UNCW scientists.

Whether young people experience MarineQuest as summer campers exploring the ocean or as students on a field trip discovering a marsh, the outcome is the same: MarineQuest is more than just another day at the beach; MarineQuest is making waves in environmental education.

You can view more photos at Odysea's Facebook Page

News & Observer: Sand between the toes and fish on the line

Jul 21, 2011

KURE BEACH -- The grinding whir of a transmission laboring along in low gear sounded in perfect harmony with the ultra-low rumblings of ocean waves rolling up and then back down the tawny sand.

Rick Keenan, the park ranger at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, drove his four-wheel-drive vehicle out of one rutted pathway, crossed a hump of sand, then bottomed out the tires in another of dozens of wheel ruts crisscrossing 100 yards of flatness between the waving sea oats of the dunes and the foam of the surf...

He said he has seen many stuck vehicles, but that if people use common sense, anyone can experience a fantastic surf fishing trip

"Our numbers are up for summer attendance, compared to last year," he said. "Fourth of July weekend was very busy.

"On weekends, we see lots of people who just want to drive on the beach. But, on weekdays almost everyone you see is surf fishing, and it's never very crowded."

Keenan drove along, waving to anglers who tended their surf rods and sunbathers reclining in folding chairs...

Read the full story here.
Photo from article

July 20, 2011

Carmike to Bring New "BigD" Enhanced Experience to Wilmington, NC with Summer 2012 10-Plex Theater Opening Slated for the Village at Myrtle Grove

Press Release
July 20, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ga., Jul 20, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc., a leading DIGITAL cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced the projected summer 2012 opening of a new Carmike entertainment complex to be located at The Villages at Myrtle Grove in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The new Carmike location will feature ten screens with total seating for 1,800 and will be highlighted by a state-of-the-art "BigD" DIGITAL EXPERIENCE auditorium, Carmike's premium theater environment. With the opening of the new location, the Wilmington, NC area will join a select and growing list of domestic regional markets offering Carmike theatergoers the exciting new "BigD" format.

Carmike President and CEO David Passman noted: "We look forward to providing the ultimate entertainment experience for our friends in Wilmington, NC and surrounding towns with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Carmike 10-plex next summer. All screens will be DIGITAL, several 3-D compatible, and our "BigD" auditorium will showcase our large format DIGITAL EXPERIENCE featuring a bigger screen, bigger sound and luxurious theater seating for cutting-edge presentation and the definitive enjoyment of our audiences."

The Village at Myrtle Grove, located at 5511 Carolina Boulevard, provides Carmike's new theater location with an attractive and strategic high-traffic intersection (where Highway 421 and Piner Road meet) in the heart of a retail hub, and also convenient to southwest Wilmington and nearby beaches. A population of over 100,000 resides within 15 minutes of The Village at Myrtle Grove, making it an ideal location for a brand new theatre.

"Bringing a theater group of Carmike's high quality to Wilmington's Southside and greater Carolina Beach/Kure Beach area is something we recognized as very important and I applaud both Carmike Cinemas and center owner Ziff Properties (ZPI) for their commitment to make this happen," said Bryan Greene, Cape Fear Commercial Senior Vice President and broker representing ZPI on the deal. "This will be a major amenity to area residents and seasonal visitors and a major addition to the local economy."

Area movie-goers to the "BigD" Experience" will be drawn by the many enhanced theater amenities offered by a colossal wall-to-wall screen measuring 60 feet wide and over three stories tall, boosted by the latest in 7.1 surround sound and DIGITAL projection of both 2-D and 3-D features. In technical terms, Carmike's "BigD" DIGITAL Experience is powered by a cutting-edge Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector, which is also capable of projecting 2-D images. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.

The new environment will be further embellished by the comfort of plush leather high-back rocking seats placed for optimal viewing in a stadium seating configuration.

"The success over the past years of 3-D releases including 'Avatar,' 'Toy Story 3,' 'Transformers Dark of the Moon,' and this past week's record-breaking new 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2,' proves that audiences are not only excited about and enjoy the new DIGITAL experience, but they are also demanding it," added David Passman. "These early successes will no doubt persuade producers to release more movies and alternative content in this format, and with the "BigD" experience -- in either 3-D or 2-D DIGITAL -- Carmike is proud to provide our guests with the best-in-breed technology and total luxury that brings theatergoing to an even higher level."

Commenting on the summer 2012 addition of Wilmington to Carmike's "BigD" Experience locations, Terrell Mayton, Director of Marketing noted: "Whether it is a Hollywood movie, musical concert, live sporting event, motivational speaker or church service, our valued patrons will find "BigD" placing them at the heart of the event."

About Carmike Cinemas /quotes/zigman/87233/quotes/nls/ckec CKEC -2.33% - www.carmike.com

Carmike Cinemas, Inc. is a U.S. leader in digital cinema and 3-D cinema deployments and one of the nation's largest motion picture exhibitors. As of March 31, 2011 Carmike had 240 theatres with 2,223 screens in 36 states. Carmike's digital cinema footprint reached 2,091 screens, including 200 theatres with 597 screens that are also equipped for 3-D. Carmike's focus for its theatre locations is small to mid-sized communities.

About Ziff Properties -- www.zpi.net

Ziff Properties (ZPI) is an entrepreneurial real estate firm with a focus on the southeastern United States.

We are engaged in the development, acquisition and ownership of shopping centers, office buildings, flex centers and light industrial properties. Ziff Properties owns properties in approximately eighteen cities throughout the southeast including three significant assets in Wilmington, NC.

SOURCE: Carmike Cinemas, Inc.

Former American Idol Contestant Katelyn Marks to Perform at Carolina Beach Boardwalk July 21st

Make sure to head down to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk this Thursday evening to hear former American Idol contestant Katelyn Marks perform at the Boardwalk gazebo. Katelyn begins performing at 6:30pm and the fireworks will light up the sky starting at around 9:00pm.

About Katelyn:
Born in Virginia and raised in the Carolinas, this girl knows her music. From her upbringing, she discovered artists such as Faith Hill, Leann Rimes, Patsy Cline, and Shania Twain, all of whom shared a lifelong dream of being a country-recording artist.

Katelyn also realized her commercial potential in August of 2008, when at the age of 19 she auditioned for American Idol in Jacksonville, Florida. After making it to the 4th round in front of judges Randy, Simon, Paula, and Kara, she felt on top of the world. Her determination to catch her dream became a reality as she stepped in front of the cameras. When asked by Simon why she should be the next American Idol, Katelyn’s response was “My goal is to not only be a recording artist, but be a role model to those around me. I want to touch people’s lives with my music.”

After performing at the 2007 GMA Music in the Rockies, in Estes Park, Colorado, Marks attracted the attention of the legendary Nashville-based songwriter and producer Lonnie Wilson. Duly impressed with Marks, Wilson teamed up with her in Nashville to produce her 2008-released self-titled EP. The EP captures stories of heartache, love, and just good-time country anthems. Katelyn said “I want people to be able to relate to who I am and what I've experienced through my music and it seems I’ve got a good start at that with this EP.”

Katelyn has since polished her skills as a country singer/songwriter and has been increasing her fan base and maintaining her presence in the Carolinas.

Learn more about Katelyn and hear samples of her music on her official Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/katelynmarksmusic

Photo: Passerby on Kure Beach Finds Dead Shark

This morning at around 6:15am, Mary Davis, who was out for her daily morning walk looking for shark's teeth, came across a lot more than just teeth. This morning she stumbled across an entire shark near the M Ave. beach access.

The blacktip shark had been caught by a fisherman overnight and it appears that it sustained major injury during the catch and evidently, died from those injuries. Typically speaking, most sport shark fisherman in this area practice catch and release.

Mary notified local authorities and the shark was removed from the beach by town personnel.

Thanks to her daughter Libby Davis Gibson for allowing us to post these photos:

5-Year Old Suffers Shark Bite off Ocracoke Island

Multiple media outlets are reporting that a 5 year old was attacked by what appears to be a shark off of Ocracoke Island.

Shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday, Hyde County emergency crews and personnel from the National Park Service responded to a call about a shark attack at Ramp 72 on Ocracoke Island.

The young girl had been in shallow water on her boogie board when the attack occurred. She was bitten on the lower portion of her right leg and on her foot. Fortunately, her mother
was watching her from 10 feet away and was able to come to her immediate aid.

The five year old victim was transported by an air ambulance to Pitt County Memorial Hospital for treatment. As of Wednesday morning, the girl is in critical condition.

This is the second shark bite in NC this year (the first occurred at North Topsail on June 26th. Last year, there were five reported shark bites in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. Florida had 13 reported shark incidents.

Photo credit: Outer Banks - a recent video posted on Youtube of a surf fisherman on Ocracoke Island pulling in a 5' (approx) bull shark.

[Correction: This afternoon, the park service stated that the victim was six years old as of March of this year.]

[Update: NBC 17 reports that the family releasd the following statement: "Our daughter is in good condition after receiving a shark bite to the right leg. The shark attack occurred in two feet of water on Ocracoke Island. Mom was ten feet away and witnessed the event. Paramedics arrived promptly and she received excellent medical attention from EMS personnel, life-flight crew, and Pitt County Memorial Hospital medical staff in Greenville. She is in good spirits, declaring this morning that, "I hate sharks. I like dolphins way better. From this point forward, we will not be releasing any additional information about her condition. Also, we will not be granting any media interviews. Thank you for respecting our privacy."

July 19, 2011

Video: Sunrise at Kure Beach Pier July 19, 2011

Here's a video from this morning's sunrise at the Kure Beach Pier. It truly was a beautiful morning!

Related photos

Photos: Carolina & Kure Beach Sunrise July 19, 2011

Here are a few photos from around the island this morning. The pelicans were very cooperative and made appearances in many of the shots. For a few more photos, visit our facebook page.

July 18, 2011

Video: NC Meteorologist Pulls in a Nice Marlin Off Carolina Beach, NC

The following video features WXII 12 Weather Plus meteorologist Austin Caviness fishing for Marlin aboard the Stress Reelief charter boat out of Carolina Beach, NC. After a good fight by the Marlin, they are able to get it on board for some quick photos before releasing it back into the water. The video was posted on Youtube by TheSTRESSreelief.

Austin Caviness reports on his trip to the gulf stream aboard the Stress Reelief charter boat out of Carolina Beach, NC. Austin is a WXII 12 Weather Plus meteorologist and outdoors reporter located in the Piedmont-Triad area. Austin hooks up several mahi mahi and then his fish of a life time, an 82 inch white marlin.

WECT Reports that Carmike Cinemas Will Open 10 Screen Movie Theater in Myrtle Grove in Summer 2012

WECT is reporting that in Summer 2012, Carmike Cinemas will be opening a ten screen, 1800 seat, 3D movie theater at the Villages at Myrtle Grove off Highway 421 in the Home Depot shopping plaza.

Their featured screen will measure 60 feet wide and be over three stories tall. It will feature the latest in 7.1 surround sound and Digital projection of both 2-D and 3-D features. In technical terms, Carmike's BigD DIGITAL experience is powered by a cutting edge Christie Brilliant 3-D flash projector. Images are projected onto a colossal wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screen. The end result is a light output of 30,000 lumens, creating a picture quality with noticeably higher resolution than HD.

This is fantastic news for our part of the county. The theater will be located approximately 8 miles from Carolina Beach and be about 10 minute drive.

[EDIT: Carmike has issued a press release.]

July 17, 2011

Nutritionella: A Wild Weekend on Carolina Beach

July 11, 2011
by Elle

I never thought I’d be happy to see Monday morning but after the insane weekend the girls and I had, I welcomed my 6am wakeup call and gym session before class today!

Some of my fav girls from school and my good friend Stephanie, who came to visit me from Pittsburgh, packed up 3 cars on Saturday morning for an adventure to remember… destination: camping on Carolina Beach...

The day started off great. Good weather, good food, good people = good times.

Then, around 5pm, a storm cloud as dark as night appeared in the distance. Within minutes we bolted for our cars and tents to take shelter...

here to read the full blog post. Includes weather photos.
Photo from blog post

Video: Time Lapse of Outer Banks Dredging

The following video was posted by Michael Marabella on Vimeo and features time lapse footage of 24 hours of dredging work on the Outer Banks coastline compacted into two minutes. Very cool!!

Time Lapse - Dredge from Michael Marabella on Vimeo.

July 16, 2011

Photo: Beautiful Day on Pleasure Island, NC

Here's a great shot of Fort Fisher that was taken today by Jamie Jacobs. We had beautiful weather here with temps in the 80's and a light ocean breeze. Thanks Jamie for allowing us to share the photo with readers.

Mansfield News Journal: A mailbox with great returns to sender

July 16, 2011
by Jennifer Graham

...For the past two summers, we've spent a week at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Wrightsville is a four-mile stretch of beach island, just east of Wilmington. The community of 3,000 or so also includes an interior island called Harbor Island and pockets of commercial properties on the mainland.

For me, it's the perfect balance of activity to toes-in-the-sand relaxation. There are ample restaurants and shopping, museums and miniature golf, but the crowds are minimal and the traffic flows smoothly...

During a morning walk to the end of the beach -- a walk I've taken at least a dozen times -- I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. There were strings of shells hanging off driftwood in the dunes, glass bottles and trinkets atop a foundation of wood. I heard my friend Nene's voice in my head: "It bears investigation."

It was a mystical spot, and for a moment I felt like I was intruding -- and yet there it was, right on this most public beach. As I got closer, I saw that atop the foundation sat a plastic mailbox, the plastic covered in wood strips, and marked ever so clearly, "God's Mailbox."

God's mailbox? When did this get here? I certainly had never noticed it.

I hesitated in opening the box, but felt I had to...

here to read the full story and find out what was in the mailbox.
Photo from article.

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park Groundbreaking Ceremony July 16th

Kure Beach Ocean Front ParkThe Town of Kure Beach will be hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ocean Front Park on July 16, 2011 at 1:00pm. The Town has contracted with Integrity Builders LLC and construction of the Ocean Front Park began earlier this week.

The park site will include an open air pavilion with a stage area for concerts and educational events; a public restroom; a small playground for young children; a rain garden; walking path with memorial pavers, native plantings and swings and benches. The park site will also include an underground storm water infiltration system that will retain approximately four blocks of storm water.

Additionally, as part of the construction, the Town will replace the paving on Atlantic
Avenue in front of the park with asphalt sloped to pervious pavers in the parking spaces for storm water management. The Town will also replace the two blocks of existing boardwalk from K to L Avenue.

Since start of the construction phase, all parking on the west side of Atlantic Avenue in front of the park site has been removed and the area will be used as a construction staging area. The Town has identified seventy-six (76) new parking spaces two and a half blocks north of the pier and will be placing signage at these locations.

The town apologizes in advance for any inconvenience the construction may cause. Atlantic Avenue and the boardwalk will remain open as much as possible during this time. Due to circumstances beyond the Town’s control and grant timelines, the town was forced to begin construction during summer. The Town anticipates no work will be done to Atlantic Avenue or the boardwalk until after the Labor Day weekend.

The Town will be offering the opportunity in the near future to contribute to the park
by sponsoring a bench, swing, garden and or plantings, memorial pavers and general
donations for future additions or upkeep.

July 15, 2011

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Benson Stephens

Here are some wonderful photos of Pleasure Island. The photographer is Benson Stephens and he's been nice enough to share his interesting work with blog readers.

For several years now, Benson has been capturing unique images from around Carolina Beach. He has amassed quite a portfolio we had to go through a lot of photos to narrow down the list for this blog post...trust me, it wasn't easy as he has many fantastic shots.

NOTE: If anyone else has some favorite photos from Pleasure Island and would like to share them with blog readers, please send an email to admin@carolinabeachtoday.com. Thanks!

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