August 30, 2011

Co-Ed Softball Returns to Carolina Beach for Fall 2011

Attention fun seekers...grab your bat and glove and come celebrate the return of co-ed softball to Carolina Beach this fall! Even if you are not a softball player yourself, please spread the word to your family and friends and let them know about this new community activity.

The league is for adult players ages 18 and up. Teams must have a minimum of two female players and must have at least 11 players per team (maximum is 20 players per team).

The games will be played Mondays and Wednesdays at Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach it will start at 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, or 9:30pm. The league kicks off on September 19, 2011 and the season will consist of 16 games.

Rules are based on ASA

Cost is $500 per team. If you have a team with 14 players, the cost per player will equal $35.72 which breaks down to less than $2 bucks per game. Not a bad price for a guaranteed evening of fun.

As of 08/24/2011, the league has four team signed up which leaves only four team slots left.

Registration forms are available at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center. For additional information, please contact Jeff Harvey at You can also get more information via the league facebook page.

Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches of Carolina, Kure & Wrightsville Welcome Visitors After Brush with Hurricane Irene

Wilmington, NC – August 2011 – Good News for Labor Day holiday travelers! The Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce that Hurricane Irene has come and gone and that Wilmington, North Carolina’s Historic River District & the Island Beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are already open and welcoming visitors.

“We are very fortunate that Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina, Kure, and Wrightsville escaped the worst of Hurricane Irene, the eye of which passed offshore on Saturday after it was downgraded to a Category 1,” states Kim Hufham, President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority. “Our destination experienced only minimal damage from tropical storm conditions. Recovery crews went to work immediately and, in a matter of only a few hours, the beach bridges were open, our roads were clear, and the majority of our hotels and attractions were ready to welcome visitors.”

Visitors arriving this week for a Labor Day holiday getaway in Wilmington, N.C. and the beaches of Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville can expect to find business-as-usual along the city’s vibrant historic river district and the coast’s sparkling beaches. Visitors who have not yet made plans for the upcoming holiday will find helpful visitor information on the website Visitors with reservations are encouraged to contact accommodations in advance of travel to confirm their plans.

From the Cape Fear River to the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington, N.C.’s Historic River District and Island Beaches (Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville) is a year-round destination with more than 50 attractions and dozens of events. For an online visitors guide and complete event calendar, please visit the website or call toll-free 1-866-266-9690.

Video: Kiteboarding in Hurricane Irene Winds at Bald Head Island

Some run away as tropical storm winds bear down, others see it as an opportunity to push the limits of their sport. Check out the insane heights this wind surfer is able to reach in this 25 second video.

The video was posted on Youtube by
beatcopter on August 26, 2011. You can also view more videos and read their first hand account of the day's events at their Coastal Urges Adventure Blog

Star News: Beachcombing after the storm

August 29, 2011
by Shannan Bowen

I blogged today about how several tires washed ashore after Hurricane Irene blew past North Carolina’s coast. Unique shells and marine life also washed up after the storm passed. Many beachgoers flocked to the strand Saturday afternoon to see what they could find...

Click here to read the post and see numerous photos of beach finds.
Photo from article

Click here to see what one of our facebook followers found
on her hunt.

Wilmington Star: Tires wash ashore with Hurricane Irene

August 29, 2011
by Shannan Bowen

Some interesting things washed ashore after Hurricane Irene’s path cleared the area.

There were shells of all shapes and sizes, large starfish and – tires.

Old vehicle tires washed up on several North Carolina beaches Saturday and Sunday after the storm knocked them loose from artificial fishing habitat reefs. Sometime in the 1970s the tires were dropped with chains into the ocean to help build the artificial reefs and produce attractive fishing grounds – a practice that has since been discontinued...

Read the full story
Photo from article

August 29, 2011

DC Reporter Gets Covered in Sewage While Reporting on Hurricane Irene in Ocean City, MD

We typically post these type of stories only of our Facebook page but this news' clip is so insanely crazy, we just had to share it on the blog.

This DC Fox affiliate reporter is covering Hurricane Irene from Ocean City, MD. While he's giving a live report, he keeps getting doused with heavy doses of brown foam. The anchors keep asking about the foam and the reporter keeps replying that he doesn't know what it is other than it has a bad smell and at one point, a bad taste. This poor guy eventually learns that the foam is from an apparent sewage leak.

We typically sign off on a video post with the word 'enjoy.' That's just not appropriate for this one. So, here you go:

Reporter Gives Update Covered In Sea Foam:

Photo of Irene Wall Cloud Supposedly Making Landfall in NC is Fake

After receiving several messages regarding this photo, I had to find out the truth about it. It did not look like a storm cloud associated with an approaching hurricane and the edges appeared Photoshopped. Not to mention, the water was just too calm.

Thanks to the message board at, one person was able to find the same photo from a Twitter post back on August 12, 2011. The photo was attributed to a storm in Pensacola Beach, FL.

Readers have also identified it as a
shelf cloud.

I can't say whether it is a legit photo but I can most certainly state that the photo was not taken of Hurricane Irene.

The photo has been making the rounds on Facebook and has been attributed to Irene's landfall in both North Carolina and Virginia.

You can read the Snopes thread here and view the 8/12/11 Twicpic here.

As a follow up, I received this later today and it appears to be the from the same system in Pensacola:
So based on this pic, it does appear legit...just from a different system in a different state.

Town of Carolina Beach Storm Debris Removal from August 29 through September 7, 2011


From August 29, 2011 through September 7, 2011, the Town of Carolina Beach will offer free pick up of storm debris resulting from Hurricane Irene. Residents do not need to call in for pick up. Please have debris curbside. Leaves, small branches and straw should be bagged. Large vegetation such as large branches and trees needs to be cut into 4 foot pieces. If you have questions, please call 910-458-2999.


Public Works will begin picking up storm-related debris today, free of charge. No need to call Public Works to schedule this pickup. Please separate any vegetation debris from other storm-related debris and put at the curb. Any debris that is left at the curb that is not storm-related will be picked up on Thursday for a fee.

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach Are Open for Business

Pleasure Island is fully open for business...c'mon down as the last days of summer draw to an end.

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) - There are scant signs that Hurricane Irene passed the beach towns south of Wilmington.

Hundreds of people were on the shore at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach on Sunday under sunny skies as waves come in rolling in gentle swells.

There are some piles of branches and palm fronds along the roads and standing water in yards.

At Carolina Beach, sand had been plowed from the beachfront road where sea water washed over during the storm.

There were signs of beach erosion and several lifeguard stands at Kure beach were blown over.

Farther south, at Fort Fisher, the stairs leading to two dune walkovers were washed away, leaving a drop of about 10 feet to the beach. Several black pipes that carry rainwater to the beach were also uncovered.

Click here to view some post Irene photos on our facebook page. (Pics were taken Saturday morning.)

ONE OTHER NOTE-From the CB Amusment Park Facebook Page:
The Park will be up and running full swing @ 5p.m. Monday the 29th. Also some area's of the park will remain open the week after Labor Day.

August 26, 2011

Video: Ocean Surf at Fort Fisher as Hurricane Irene Approaches

This video was shot at around 4:30 on 08/26/2011 as Hurricane Irene worked her way up the coast. Sorry for the camera shake but the heavy winds got the better of me.

I was hoping to get some video from Carolina Beach and Kure Beach but had a problem with the camera. Hopefully we'll have some more videos tomorrow.

Photos: Kure Beach and Fort Fisher as Hurricane Irene Nears

Here are a few photos from around the south part of Pleasure Island. The condos with water creeping in below are the Riggins which are the last residential units on the south part of the Island.

Snow's Cut Bridge Will Close When Sustained Winds Reach 45MPH

Press Release: The Town of Carolina Beach, in coordination with the Town of Kure Beach and New Hanover County Officials, anticipates that the Snow’s Cut Bridge could close as early as 5pm on Friday, August 26th as tropical storm force winds approach the area. The bridge will be closed when sustained winds reach 45 mph.

August 25, 2011

10-Year-Old Suffers Shark Bite at Holden Beach

Several news outlets are reporting that a 10 year old boy was bitten by a shark at Holden Beach on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

According to the victim's father, they boy was swimming in three to four feet of water when he suffered a shark bite on his heel.

The boy was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery. His father stated that his son faces a long road to full recovery.

Read more about this shark bite at Star News and WECT.

Photo from this 2008 video of a shark sighting at Holden Beach.

This marks the forth shark bite this year on Carolina Beaches. There was a fifth bite that occurred far out to sea:
August 17, 2011: Kure Beach
August 11, 2011: Beaufort Inlet (13 miles off shore)
July 19, 2011: Ocracoke Island
June 26, 2011: Topsail Island

August 23, 2011

Outer Banks Voice: Rare stranding may yield clues to little-known whale

by Sam Walker
August 22, 2011

Marine experts say last week’s stranding of a True’s beaked whale on the Currituck Outer Banks was a rare event, but they are using the opportunity to learn more about the marine mammal.

The Outer Banks Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the whale was spotted on the beach in the Ocean Hill section of Corolla on August 16.

Shortly thereafter staff from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, and the the stranding network arrived on the scene...

Read the full story
Photo from article

August 21, 2011

Video: Fishing Redfish from a Kayak at Fort Fisher

Here's a very nice video posted by harleygrip on youtube and features a fisherman having a good day catching redfish from his kayak at Fort Fisher.

Wilmington Star: Take the kids on Carolina Beach pirate adventure

By Shannan Bowen
August 21, 2011

Out on the waterway on a clear August day, a pirate foe named Pete stands in the way of a crew of good pirates searching for treasure.

The good ones – kids less than 10 years old – decide with the help of their leaders to attack Pete with water guns. They succeed and eventually find treasure hidden below the water near Carolina Beach.

The kids are on a boat ride called Pleasure Island Pirate Adventures, a new business based in Carolina Beach's municipal marina that offers activities and surprises along Myrtle Grove Sound and the Intracoastal Waterway for children...

Read the full story here.

Cost: $22
Time: 90 minutes
Age group: Generally under 10

Greater Wilmington Business Journal: Surf House Cafe & Shop establishes mainland beachhead

August 19, 2011
By Laura Guidry

When Surf House Cafe & Shop opened its doors in Carolina Beach in 2009, a new community was born. Two friends with very different experiences, Craig Love in restaurant development, and Brad Jones as a surf retail representative, joined together to bring Carolina Beach a unique sort of surf house.

Since then, Surf House has expanded inland, opening a new location on Racine Drive bringing its unique café to a new audience. UNCW was a pull and the expansion of downtown, said Love. The beach is seasonal so we wanted to find a location that was more year-round.

Racine Drive offered the perfect location. Opening in the former Connection Café, Surf House now plans to attract students and young professionals with its proximity to campus...

Click here to read the full article

Photo from article

August 20, 2011

Thank You to the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue (Group Photo)

Thank you to the fine men and women who make up the Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue team. Day in and day out, they do a phenomenal job of keeping beach goers safe and they really proved their mettle this week when they put themselves in harm’s way to warn people about the approaching waterspout.

(2011 CBOR)

August 19, 2011

Shark Bite at Kure Beach

kure beach sharkAccording to a lifeguard with Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue, a young female adult was bitten by a shark in Kure Beach on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at around 5:00pm.

The victim was in fairly shallow water and sustained a shark bite on the ankle/foot area. The lifeguard stated that there was no question that the injury was the result of a shark bite.

Following the bite, the beach was closed and the victim was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment. The lifeguard stated that the injury did appear quite severe.

If this is confirmed as an actual shark bite, it will mark the fourth shark bite in NC waters & the third bite at NC beaches this year.

August 11, 2011: Beaufort Inlet (13 miles off shore)
July 19, 2011: Ocracoke Island
June 26, 2011: Topsail Island

EDIT: The Star News has now confirmed the attack and states that the victim was a female in her early 20's. Star News article.

Photo from a 2008 video of a shark cruising the Kure Beach surf.

Video: Explore Carolina Beach State Park with NC Weekend

Join Derek Long from NC Weekend (UNC-TV) as he explores this gem of a state park located in Carolina Beach, NC.

August 18, 2011

Boy Bitten by Shark in Myrtle Beach on August 15th

When this story first came out earlier this week, it was unclear if a bite victim in Myrtle Beach had actually been bitten by a shark or some other form of marine life. But authorities are now saying that 7 year old Rudy Varney was most likely bitten by a black tip shark.

Last Monday, Rudy was wading in the ocean with his brother when he suffered the bite. His family knew something was wrong when they heard Rudy start crying and noticed blood in the water. They immediately took him to shore and medical help was summoned.

Rudy underwent surgery to repair a severed tendon and laceration on his foot.

Photo credit: WMBF News.

Water Spouts/Tornadoes Hit Carolina Beach

Today, just after 10:00am, several waterspouts & at least one tornado were seen in the Carolina Beach area. One waterspout made landfall (becoming a tornado) near Atlanta Ave and tore apart a wooden beach access walkway.

Because the rain had subsided at the time of the spouts, the number of videos and photos on Facbeook, Twitter and News outlets are quite large. Here are a few images from this morning. Thanks again to all who shared their photos!

(Photo courtesy of Steve Shuttleworth)

(Photo courtesy of Lynne Willis)

(Photo courtesy of Luke Epps)

(Photo courtesy of Betty Gallagher-mckenzie)

(Photo courtesy of James Lowe)

(Photo courtesy of Becca Semon)

(Photo courtesy of Lexi Callahan)

(Photo courtesy of Becca Semon)

(Carolina Beach Today)

(Carolina Beach Today)

(Photo courtesy of Kimberly Watson - the tornado briefly touched down at the CB Lake)

(Photo courtesy of Mark Miller)

Some wild videos:
This was uploaded by awmoran

Uploaded by reddfoxx

Uploaded by mcclaymm

Uploaded by cqholshouser89 (definitely too close)

Uploaded by sunhildr

Uploaded by ajear11 (if you jump to the 9+ minute mark, you'll see the walkway flying through the air. Panicked birds are also visible).

For more images, check out these news galleries:
Wilmington Star News

August 17, 2011

VA Tech Class Ring Returned to Owner After Writghtsville Beach Discovery

The Washington Post
By John Kelly

August 16
, 2011

In late June,
Brian Neumann, a 22-year-old from Bethesda, was throwing a football in the surf at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., when he watched in horror as his Virginia Tech class ring slipped from his finger and tumbled into the Atlantic...

Then a month later, he got an e-mail from Shirley Fleet. Shirley works in Tech’s alumni office. A woman named Judy Mullins had stepped on a class ring in the surf. Her father-in-law, Bill Mullins, brought it along to Blacksburg, Va., on a business trip.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Brian said. “I still hadn’t told my mother, who bought me the ring...”

Read the full story here.

Message in a Bottle: From Rhode Island to Hilton Head, SC and then Back to Sea

The Island Packet
August 16, 2011
By David Lauderdale

Walk six miles a day on the Hilton Head Island beach, and you'll find lots of odd stuff.

Last week, Jack Shea found something less tangible than a bleached shell, a gull's feather or a rusted bit of iron. He found hope.

At first he thought it was litter. He was about to get perturbed when he noticed that the green wine bottle that washed up at his feet had a note inside...

Read the full story here

August 16, 2011

No Winner Selected in Our State Magazine Photo Contest

Unfortunately, no winner was selected in this year's Our State Magazine 'Summertime in North Carolina Photo Contest.'

On their website, they state the following:
Thank you to all who entered a photograph and voted in this contest. Unfortunately, during the course of reviewing and tabulating the votes, we noticed irregularities that left us unable to declare a winner of the contest. Because we were unable to fully validate all the votes cast, we could not, in good faith, affirm any single photograph as the winner.

A panel of Our State judges did review the photos and they selected some judge's choice photos to share with readers. Click here to view the photos which range from the beautiful NC mountains to the beaches up and down the NC coast.

Photo Credit: 'Fishing Pier at Low Tide' - Early morning on Carolina Beach at low tide. Photograph by Brian Wear of High Point.

Video: Landing a 6' Sand Tiger Shark at Fort Fisher

Here's a fun video of dad and son working together to land a six foot shark at Fort Fisher, NC. Jamie Sneed (son) works the reel while Alex Sneed (dad) works the camera and provides some lighthearted commentary. This was a catch/release. The video was posted on Youtube by Jamborini. Enjoy! PS. Thanks to Jamie for giving me the headsup on this.

August 15, 2011

Video: A Gorgeous Day at Kure Beach

Here's a serene video posted by NCleanne on Youtube and it features some boggy boarders enjoying a beautiful day at Kure Beach, NC.

August 14, 2011

Video: A Night to Remember, Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Prorgam, 8/3/2011

This is a video recap of the events of Wednesday night, August 3rd when Pleasure Island had an excavation, a hatching and a sea turtle nest laid all in the same evening. This trifecta chain of events equated to one very busy night for the PISTP volunteers.

The video was originally posted on the PISTP facebook page by Neal Dorow and was recently uploaded to
Youtube. Enjoy!

August 13, 2011

News & Observer: Red wolf comeback in N.C. helps other animals thrive

August 13, 2011
By Helen Chappel

Good news for a wolf is good news for a turkey. At least it is in Eastern North Carolina, where red wolves are making a comeback and helping other animal species along the way. Since the wolves were reintroduced in 1987, biologists have watched them rattle all the links in the food chain.

"We've certainly seen turkey come back. We've seen quail populations increase," said David Rabon, coordinator of the Red Wolf Recovery Program.

Wolves' role in helping these ground-nesting birds is well known, Rabon said. Raccoons eat the birds' eggs, and red wolves prey on raccoons. More wolves mean fewer raccoons, and fewer raccoons mean more quail and turkey. Connecting the dots, more wolves mean more birds...

Read the full story here.

Photo credit

(Love this video of a pack of Red Wolves howling. If you're a dog owner, turn up the sound and watch your pup react.)

August 12, 2011

Man Bitten by Bull Shark 13 Miles off Beaufort Inlet

Last evening, the first news reports started coming in about a shark bite off the coast of Beaufort Inlet. Initial reports stated that a man fishing off the coast jumped into the water from his boat and landed on a shark that in turn bit him. But it turns out those reports were false.

According to a detailed report in the Carteret County News Times, a family was out for a fishing trip 13 miles off Beaufort Inlet. Before heading back to shore, the group decided to go for a swim in order to cool off.

The victim, Donnie White of South Carolina, was the last person to return to the boat. As he was reaching for the ladder, the others on board spotted the bull shark heading for the victim. They yelled for him to get aboard but he thought they were kidding and before he pulled himself up the ladder, he was bitten in the lower right leg.

The boat immediately returned to shore and Mr. White was transported to Carteret General Hospital for treatment.

This marks the third shark bite in NC waters this year. (July 19th Ocracoke Island, (June 26, Topsail Island)

Read the full story @
Carteret County News Times (includes photo of victim being transferred to emergency personnel)

Photo Credit: Tagging Bull Sharks in the Neuse River)

Donnie White gives an interview to ABC's Good Morning America and provides new details about the attack:

August 11, 2011

Video: Aerial View of Carolina Beach Boardwalk

This cool video features an aerial view of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and the surrounding central business district. It was shot from atop the Double Ferris Wheel (located at the boardwalk amusement rides) and was posted on Youtube by Roman007M. Enjoy!

August 10, 2011

Business Week: America's Most Fun, Affordable Cities - Wilmington, NC Ranks 7th

August 2011
By Venessa Wong (BusinessWeek)

It can be difficult to enjoy the wealth of dining and nightlife options in big cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco after housing and other expenses are paid. Fortunately, many areas outside of major metropolises offer both affordable homes and a variety of restaurants and bars, according to a new report from Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate. The company, with real estate data company Onboard Informatics, evaluated 6,106 Zip Codes where the median home price is within 20 percent of the state’s median home price. It then selected the 25 areas with the greatest number of bars and restaurants. The list of fun, affordable places includes tourism destinations, such as Honolulu and Myrtle Beach, S.C., which tend to have a greater number of restaurants and bars, as well as college towns, such as Wilmington, N.C., and Tempe, Ariz.

To see the list, click here.
Photo from article

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