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March 31, 2011

Carolina Beach Boat Slips to be Sold at Auction

ROCKINGHAM, N.C., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced today that 37 Boat Slips at Harbour Pointe Marina in Carolina Beach, NC will be sold at public auction. This auction is being ordered by a local financial institution who has contracted with Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. of Rockingham, NC to conduct the auction.

Eight slips will sell regardless of price with the balance selling subject to the owner's confirmation. Harbor Pointe Marina features 102 deeded slips from 30 feet to 70 feet with a fabulous waterfront clubhouse and pool and with a large parking lot. The project is of the best construction and exceptionally maintained. The auction will be conducted on April 30, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Carolina Beach.

Tom McInnis of Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. states, "These slips represent the best construction of any marina project that we have ever had the opportunity to sell. With the location at Snows Cut, the Coastal Waterway and the great Atlantic Ocean are only minutes away. We look forward to transferring these slips to new owners on auction day."

Complete information is available at www.ironhorseauction.com. For further information, contact Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. at 910.997.2248 or 800.997.2248
Photo credit

March 30, 2011

Video: A Little Love for Britt's Donuts

Britt's Donuts is now open which is a sure sign to locals that summer is close at hand.

This fun little tribute video was made using pics from Google images and features a song known to all ketchup lovers. Aferall, can anyone think of a more appropirate tune considering that we all have gone months without tasting a comfort donut from Britt's?

If you are on Facebook, you can 'Like' Britt's
here.

March 29, 2011

Video: Britt's Donuts Opens for 2011 Season

As everyone knows by now, Britt's Donuts has opened for the 2011 season. Of course in this area, the opening of Britt's signals the approach of gloriously warm weather and the beginning of the summer tourist's season.

Check out the news video segment from WWAY on the opening. It was done well and it really made me want to run down for a hot one!


Click the pic to go to WWAY websit to watch.

Alligator Egg Hunt at Fort Fisher Aquarium Starts April 16, 2011

Alligator Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Friday, April 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Come join the fun at the Aquarium's annual Alligator Egg Hunt. The junior egg hunters will get to see a live baby alligator and will learn about these fascinating animals. They will also create their own special alligator egg basket and then go search for candy filled “alligator eggs.”

Price: $15.00 per child, includes admission to the Aquarium. Adults will just need to pay admission to the Aquarium.

Age Restrictions: Recommended for ages 3-10. Ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Call 910-458-7468 or e-mail ncaff.registrar@ncaquariums.com to register. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY April 13, 2011. Limited Space is Available.

March 28, 2011

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Mike McGirt (2nd Round)

This week, we have a return photographer to our series. Mike McGirt has been busy adding more photos to his ever growing portfolio and he has been nice enough to parse out three fantastic shots for the blog.

The three photos are from the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin and include the areas near the Blackburn Brothers Seafood. Mike now has a website so you can check out more of his photos plus he has information on various photography session specials. http://www.mikemcgirtphotography.com/


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.
Currently, we have no one in the pipeline for next Monday so the door is open. Thanks!

March 27, 2011

Video: Kayaking the Waters Around Zeke's Island

Here's a relaxing video posted on Youtube by crunchyuncle. The video is from the lower Cape Fear River off Fort Fisher and features kayakers taking a leisurely paddle to a sandbar from Zeke's Island. Watching this video will make you want to jump on a kayak and head out exploring. Enjoy!

March 25, 2011

Cloudy Day Scenes at Carolina Beach State Park

Even though March decided to pull a quick one on us by bringing back temps in the 50's and some overcast skies, there were still a few nice shots to be had at the Carolina Beach State Park.



More photos on our Facebook Page

Video: Miniature Horses Frolic on the North End at Carolina Beach

Are you having a bad day? Well, that's about to change in three minutes time. This is by far one of my favorite videos that I've come across in recent times. The video features two miniature horses trying to figure out the ocean surf just north of the Carolina Beach Pier at Freeman Park.

The video was posted on Youtube by
ClassyArabian. Now I typically sign off on video posts with the word "enjoy." But on this occasion, there's just no need to say it as I know you'll love it. PS. What a great song choice!

March 24, 2011

Photo: Fort Fisher 1865

Here's an interesting photo from Fort Fisher dated 1865.

Fort Fisher fell to Union forces on the evening of January 15, 1865 following a two day bombardment from 56 Union ships and a land assault by 8,000 Union forces.


Click photo for full size version.

Photo from the Confederate National Congress Album

March 22, 2011

4th Annual Kure Beach Street Festival April 30, 2011

Begins 11:00AM @ JOE EAKES PARK
(Corner of 7th and K Avenues)

The Kure Beach Annual Street Festival has become one of our town’s “rites of spring.” Mark your calendars and join us for a day of old-fashioned family fun.

LIVE ON STAGE
11:00 am SOUTH OF K (Kure Beach’s local Bluegrass band)
12:30 pm Pleasure Island Dance Students
1:30 pm Tommy B. and The Stingers (Oldies)
4:30 pm Open Line Dancing (Join in on the fun!)
6:00 - 9:00 pm The Mako Band (Blues, Classic Rock & Funk)

PLUS… A CAR SHOW!

KIDS CORNER ACTIVITIES
INCLUDING CLOWN ENTERTAINMENT, 2 BOUNCE CASTLES and an 18-FOOT HIGH, INFLATABLE SLIDE. FACE PAINTING and BALLON CREATIONS WILL FINISH OFF THE FUN.

FABULOUS FOOD!
Chicken, seafood, sausage & gyro sandwiches, cotton candy, fudge, funnel cakes, lemonade, fries, hot dogs, blooming onions, beer, wine & soft drinks!!

UNIQUE ARTS AND CRAFTS!
Jewelry, face painting, embroidered and crocheted items, lampworks, glass beads, hand-woven sweaters, blouses, candles, stained glass, painted windows, stepping stones & benches.

AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF...FIREWORKS!!!
Please do not bring pets or coolers
http://www.townofkurebeach.org/special/StreetFestival.htm
Photo Credit: Beach Portraits

March 21, 2011

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Scott Garrett

Here are some great bird shots from the Fort Fisher recreation area. The photographer is Scott Garrett and he has been nice enough to share the photos with our blog readers.

Scott was visiting our island from Alaska last summer and he spent a lot of time taking in the many scenic opportunities that Pleasure Island has to offer. He stated that Fort Fisher was one of his favorite places because it felt like you were on your own private island.


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 -Thanks.



March 20, 2011

Update on the Status of Pleasure Island Boat Ramps


If anyone has been down to the Fort Fisher boat ramp (Federal Point) lately, you will have noticed that it is blocked off. The good news is that it is only closed temporarily as they are preparing to pave the lot, the work should be completed in a few weeks. As for the Snows Cut ramp, it also should be reopened in just a few weeks

Here's an email response from the NCWRC:

Ft Fisher parking lot is getting paved. It should be opened back up in a few weeks.

Snows Cut is also getting very close, pending final inspections and punchlist items, a few weeks as well.

Sorry for the inconvenience, we'll get them both opened up as soon as is possible.

Response is from:
Division Chief of Engineering Services
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Division of Engineering Services

March 19, 2011

WECT News Video of the Steve Haydu Lo Tide Run

It looks like it was another highly successful year for the Steve Haydu Lo Tide Run as more than 1,000 participants took part. To date, nearly $140,000 has been raised to assist local cancer victims in financial need.

Check out the WECT news video. They did a great job covering the race. Click image to go to the WECT video landing page.

15th Annual Budweiser Wing Fling at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk March 26, 2011

The annual Budweiser Wing Fling is coming to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on March 26, 2011. In year's past, the event had been held in Wilmington but due to ABC permitting issues and parking problems, they found themselves without a home. But fortunately, for all the wing lovers on the Island, dreams came true when the event found its way to Carolina Beach.

The Wing Fling is an annual fundraiser by Pi Sigma Epsilon which is a fraternity of business students at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Event Details:
•General Admission: $15 - gate opens at 11:30 am
•Tickets are not available at the gate (to get tickets, visit: http://www.wilmingtonwingfling.com/

•No BYOB - No backpacks - No tents
•Small lawn chairs permitted
•$2.50 ice-cold 16oz. Budweiser & Bud Light(cash only)
•$5 wine from Silver Coast Winery (cash only)
THIS EVENT IS STRICTLY 21+

Live Music By:

•Bag of Toys
•Machine Gun
•Tim Elliott and the Wheels

Photos (2008 Wing Fling at Hue McRae Park) from the UNCW Pi Sigma Epsilon Chapter website.

WECT: Sales More than Double for Freeman Park Passes

WECT – People are lining up to get their passes to Freeman Park in Carolina Beach. Last year the town agreed to increase fees after March, so beachgoers are rushing to pay the lower price.

Town officials Freeman Park pass sales have more than doubled compared to last year. This time last year, Carolina Beach sold 1,655 passes. This year they've already sold 3,491...

Read the full WECT article here

March 18, 2011

Kure Beach is Going Green with Free Yard Waste Bags

Go Green in Kure Beach for this years free collection of yard debris which will take place on April 14, 2011

From the Island Gazette:
"It is very difficult for their Public Works Department to process and mulch debris collected in plastic bags. Ultimately, those bags end up in the county landfill. This year, they are asking residents to use the 30-gallon paper bags designed for yard debris. ACE Hardware and Island Tackle & Hardware (True Value), on Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach, are working with the Town by selling the bags at cost. In addition, the Kure Beach Town Council will provide one free bag (upon request), per property, to encourage residents to GO GREEN and NOT use plastic bags for yard debris..."

Read the full Island Gazette article
here
(the IG has info on how to get your free bag from the town as well as cost info for the hardware stores)

March 17, 2011

Fort Fisher Aquarium Named as One of the 'Top 10 Aquariums in the US' by My Travel Guide Posts

Last month, the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher was named as a top wedding destination by The Knot magazine. And now, MyTravelGuidePosts.com has named the Aquarium as one of the top 10 in the United States.

Here's what they had to say:
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located not far from the lovely Kure Beach, which is one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches to visit in the US!

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a great place where you can learn about North Carolina’s wildlife and marine life, and you can easily spend a couple of hours watching the cool video displays and the petting tanks.

Besides seeing the nice exhibits, one of the main reasons the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is on our list of top ten aquariums in the US is because of the cute albino gator named Luna!

3rd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Starts March 18th

Wilmington, NC: Outstanding fishing, hunting, boating, and camping opportunities in Wilmington & North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast (Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach) provide an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. On March 18-20, the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo returns to Wilmington, North Carolina for three full days packed with more exhibitors, workshops, and activities than ever before. This year's expanded expo will take place at the Coastline Conference & Event Center and the new Wilmington Convention Center. During the three-day expo, more than 100 exhibitors will showcase products and services for outdoor enthusiasts. The 3rd Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event, is a family-friendly event that features wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-tying and decoy-carving demonstrations; sport-fishing and hunting simulators, conservation exhibits; fishing seminars; wildlife workshops; outdoor sports guides and outfitters, contests and more.

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo encourages youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor related sports and events. The expo's goal is to heighten public awareness of natural resources and to encourage conservation of these natural resources. Interactive kid-friendly stations are designed to connect families with nature, test their outdoor skills, and educate about wildlife conservation. Kids will enjoy interactive activities such as Sensory Safari (a 36-foot wildlife exhibit-on-wheels), Aquatic Trailer (an aquarium with two 300-gallon tanks), and the Glitter Gulch Mine (kids mine for gem stones). New exhibits this year include a Mallard Madness LASER SHOT simulated hunting station. Back by popular demand are archery ranges, call-maker demonstrations, casting and calling contests (for ducks, swans, geese).

Each day, kids ages 2-10 and 11-17 will have the opportunity to participate in fun and educational Wild Child Scavenger Hunts. By solving wildlife riddles, children will learn about conserving natural resources. They'll also learn fun facts about wildlife. Scavenger hunt gear will be available at the information desk in the lobby entrance of the Wilmington Convention Center.

There's plenty to keep adults engaged too. On Friday, the Quality Deer Management Association will offer a workshop series covering topics such as: Managing Longleaf Ecosystems for Wildlife (Fri. 2:30pm); Aquatic Furbearers of North Carolina (Fri. 3pm), Top Dog: Flounder Fishing (Fri. 3pm & Sun. 1pm); Learn to Hunt with Your Eyes Closed (Fri. 3pm); Fascinating Gulf Stream (Fri. 4pm & Sun. 2pm); Whitetail Vocabulary (Fri. 4:30pm); and N.C. Freshwater Fishing Discoveries (Fri. 5pm). This year the expo adds 12 hands-on academic Kids Gone Wild workshops for youth ages 10-12, also on Friday. All this and more awaits visitors who attend the 2011 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo.


http://www.capefearcoast.com/press/article.html?submitparam=Search&idparam=507

March 15, 2011

Worst Case Scenario, Pleasure Island, NC Could See 6 Foot Tsunami

As several area news organizations take a closer look at our area and the safety of the Progress Energy's nuclear power plant in Brunswick County, N.C, the Sun News in Myrtle Beach took a different angle and looked into the possibility of a large Tsunami hitting the general area.

The good news is that the odds of any sizable wave hitting our shores are slim. But if those slim odds came due one day, "scientists who study earthquakes and tsunamis say the most likely worst-case scenario for the Grand Strand would be a 9.0 quake in the Puerto Rico Trench, a 500-mile long undersea gash in the earth that lies southeast of us... If that were to happen, northeastern South Carolina would likely see a 6-foot tsunami within four to five hours."

As for the Brunswick nuclear plant, a spokesperson stated that the earthquake risk was factored into the design.

Check out the full story, it's pretty interesting:
www.thesunnews.com/2011/03/15/2039077/scientist-strand-tsunami-likely.html#ixzz1GhiyMpeM

•2010 Brunswick Nuclear Plant
Safety Pamphlet
•For anyone who is a gluten for punishment, you can listen to a full volume test of their
warning sirens.

March 14, 2011

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Alexander G. Torres

Here are some cool photos from around Pleasure Island, NC. The photographer is Alexander G. Torres and he has been nice enough to share the photos with our blog readers.

Alexander has a unique photographic style which he described as the following: "Most of my photos are taken with inexpensive low grade cameras; I have very little interest in the technical aspects of photography. I love the imperfections, the under and over exposed, lens flairs, vignette, cross-process, all the funky and uncontrollable, the surprises. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do."


Well Alexander, I sure did enjoy looking through your photos and must say, it was difficult narrowing down the list to come up with this blog post. Also, you can check out more photos on his website: http://www.wix.com/altoro/photos


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 -Thanks.




March 13, 2011

SandSweepers: Beach Clean Up at Kure Beach Pier March 26th

I just received a heads up about a cool new blog that focuses on keeping Pleasure Island beaches clean. The blog is appropriately titled "Litter Sucks."

It turns out they will be having a clean up event at Kure Beach on March 26th starting at 10am. Here's the write up for the event:

Kure Pier is the location for the first organized litter pickup by the SandSweepers, a tiny little subcommittee of the Island Women’s environmental committee.

The pickup is not just for island dwellers or women, so please join us from 10-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26. We will meet at the beach access next to the pier just before 10:00. Please bring anything you’ll need, like gloves and trash bags.

Energetic people who like to crawl are encouraged to explore under the pier, where a wealth of debris tends to reside. We’re also hoping to get a cigarette butt count so keep track if you can.

If you can’t join us here, please pick up litter somewhere. It’ll make the planet
happy.
http://littersucks.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/sandsweepers-kicking-butt-at-kure-pier

So make sure to click the link and check out the blog. The blog author has spent a lot of time walking our beaches picking up litter and particularly, cigarette butts. She reminds us that one person can make a difference. So lets all pitch in and scoop up any litter we may see when enjoying our wonderful island beaches.

March 12, 2011

Fort Fisher Aquarium 2011 Summer Camps

The Fort Fisher Aquarium will be holding various summer camps from June to August 2011. The camps will combine fun and learning into unforgettable adventures. Children will enjoy outdoor activities, animal interactions, crafts, videos, behind-the-scenes action and much more.

The camps offer kids the opportunity to learn more about the plants and animals that inhabit our coastal waters, and also enjoy an opportunity to learn what it’s like to work at the Aquarium.

The camps are open to the following age groups:
Aquanauts, Ages 5-6: become immersed in weekly topics through animal interaction, play, story telling, crafts, and hands on outdoor activities.

Marine Detectives, Ages 7-9: use their investigative skills in animal programs, outdoor excursions, and interactive games to better understand new concepts.

Ocean Explorers, Ages 10-12: participate with staff in experiences outdoors, and behind the scenes at the Aquarium, to discover each weekly topic.

Coastal Crusaders, Ages 13-14: venture farther to explore different coastal environments, such as black water swamps. These campers also interact more directly with staff behind the scenes to assist with animal care.

To view the camp dates and obtain sign up information, please visit the Fort Fisher Aquarium website.

Video: 2011 Polar Plunge at Carolina Beach

Here's a fantastic video of the 2011 Polar Plunge at Carolina Beach, NC. The video was the posted the other day on Youtube by bobg and is just over 5 minutes. The poster put together a very entertaining video and even included a few special effects. Enjoy!

March 11, 2011

Humpback Whale Stuck in Core Sound Euthenized

Sadly, WCTI12 is reporting that the humpback whale that was stuck in Core Sound was euthenized today. I read earlier today that they had discovered that the whale had eight deep wounds from a boat propeler blade. The wounds were so deep that the muscle underneath the blubber had been sliced. But they were still hopefull that it would survive and make it out of the sound. Unforutnately, it was not to be a Disney ending:

CARTERET COUNTY -- A humpback whale visited sound-siders in Carteret County this week. That visit ended in a way that no one directly involved would have wanted.

While many hoped the whale would make it back into the ocean, none hoped its life would end in the Core Sound.

The whale, which was suffering wounds from a propeller, had to be put down on Friday. It was being attacked by sharks and scavenger birds, said Vicky Thayer, a representative from the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

It was suffering and couldn't make it back out to the open ocean because of its wounds, Thayer said.

Involved in checking on the whale are personnel from UNC Wilmington, N.C. State University Veterinary School, N.C. Maritime Museum, Duke University Marine Lab, National Marine Fisheries Service and Tow Boat U.S. Also assisting with flights are N.C. Marine Patrol and Cherry Point; Boat transportation has been provided by the U.S. Coast Guard and Cape Lookout National Seashore
Story and video here...... http://www.wcti12.com/news/27166720/detail.html

A Bloggers Account of a Day Hike at Fort Fisher

Blogger Aurel Mihai posted a great account of a day hike through Fort Fisher. Additionally, there are an array of park photos presented in the order that you would encounter the locations as you went about the same hike.

I really enjoyed reading this post and I'm sure you will as well.
http://aurelmihai.com/2011/03/09/fort-fisher-state-recreation-area-north-carolina

March 9, 2011

Volunteers Needed at Fort Fisher for Park Day 2011

Date: April 2, 2011 (Rain date 04/16)
Time: 8:30am to 1:00pm
Place: Fort Fisher 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd, Kure Beach, NC

As part of
Park Day 2011, volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, to help beautify and preserve Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fortification in the Confederacy, which once protected the port of Wilmington and the vital blockade running trade on the Cape Fear River.

Park Day, now in its 15th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Civil War Trust to assist with the maintenance of America's Civil War Sites. The event is funded with a grant from HistoryTM, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Volunteers aged 10 and up, of all ability levels, are encouraged to participate. Many activities are appropriate for groups such as Scout troops, service clubs, and church youth groups.

At noon, volunteers will be treated to lunch provided by the Friends of Fort Fisher, a nonprofit group that helps support the site. The event will conclude with a small arms demonstration. All volunteers are asked to register in advance by calling 458-5538 ext. 201 or e-mailing amy.thornton@ncdcr.gov.

Video: The Original Plan for the Pleasure Island Greenway

Here's a video that was recently uploaded to Youtube by tomsoftware regarding the Island Greenway. The in-depth video goes over the original concept which takes the bike trail from the Carolina Beach boat launch all the way down to Fort Fisher.

The original plan had a portion of the trail being constructed along the firebreak behind homes in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Unfortunately, some Kure Beach residents opposed the idea and the KB Town Council would not support the plan in its original form.

In case you never saw the original concept, here it is. It's a great video and in my opinion, the original plan made a lot of sense. But you can decide for yourself.

March 8, 2011

Massive SC Megalodon Fossil to Be Auctioned Off

Although I initially posted this story only on the Coastal Carolinas Today blog, I had to do a post here now that this cool video has surfaced.

This record sized Megalodon fossil is set to be auctioned off by the Heritage Auction Galleries on June 12 and the starting bid is $625,000. The jaw measures 11 feet wide by 9 feet tall and the majority of the Megalodon teeth were found in South Carolina rivers.

Prior to going to the auction house, the jaw will be displayed at the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas, TX. The following video shows the arrival, set up and final display of this truly impressive fossil. Enjoy!

Substantial Increases in NC Ferry Passenger Charges on the Table

The Wilmington Star reports that Rep. Ric Killian, R-Mecklenburg, stated on Tuesday the state ferry system must recover more of its costs from passengers. Currently the NC Ferry Division recovers about 5% of its operating costs from passengers.

One of the proposals on the table would call for an increase in the Fort Fisher/Southport ferry run from the current $5 per automobile to $18 but lower increases are also possible.

Personally, I know quite a few people who regularly use the ferry for work but I can't imagine they would pony up $36 a day for a round trip ride.

Check out the
Wilmington Star for more information.

Video: High Tide Swallows Jeep

As signs of summer begin to appear (Britt's Donuts opens soon), it seemed like a good time to pass on a friendly reminder: be mindful of the tides at Freeman Park

As for the outcome, they did get the vehicle to dry land but for some odd reason, it would no longer start.

March 6, 2011

When Does Britt's Donuts Open for the 2011 Season?

Every year in early spring, I can count on several things happening: weeds begin to green the lawn, tourist start arriving on weekends, new visitors appear at the bird feeder, and the number of google searches for Britt's Donuts begin to surge.

It is an annual event here at Carolina Beach...trying to find out when Britt's Donuts opens for the season. People from all over the island try to work their sources to ferret out the magical date. Whether large sums of money exchange hands is unknown, but people will do what they have to in order to find the date. Why? Well, come this time of year, people are ready to leave all signs of old man winter behind and embrace the first hints of Summer by devouring a hot, yummy Britt's donut. This ritual is one of the Island's true indicators that summer is near.

Well search no longer, the answer is in. The good folks over at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce have posted on their
Facebook page a photo of a handwritten sign taped to the entrance of Britt's.

Opening Date:
•Friday, March 25th @ 4:00pm
For the remainder of the off-season:
•Saturday & Sunday only from 8:30am until late

Summer Hours:
typically Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day
•8:30am until 11:00pm
•7 Days a Week


I can never pass up an opportunity to post this photo of Britt's menu. I don't know if it is fact, but with only four items on the menu, I wouldn't be surprised if Britt's holds the record for the smallest menu.

15th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off Saturday, April 16, 2011


2011 CHOWDER COOK-OFF CONTESTANTS

•17th Street Deli (Wilmington)
•Havana's (Carolina Beach)
•O'Charley's (Wilmington)
•Seaside Grill @ Marriott (Carolina Beach)
•Surfhouse (Carolina Beach)
•Tangerines Caribbean Grill (Carolina Beach)
•The Lazy Pirate (Carolina Beach)
•Treehouse Bistro (Carolina Beach)

Each year chefs from restaurants all over the area gather on Pleasure Island for our famous Chowder Cook-off competition.

Your job is to bring the family and your appetite, sample to your heart’s content, and vote on the Best Chowder.

Chowder, Live Music, Games for the Kids and More!

In addition to serving up the area's best chowder, this daylong event includes live music and the Kidz Zone which will have face painting, balloon art, and giant inflatable slide. There will also be hotdogs, funnel cakes, soft drinks and beer and wine for sale. (No coolers, no pets please!).

So come to the beach for the weekend and spend the day with us at this great party! Call 910-458-8434 or email the
Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce for more information. Also be sure to check out our Pleasure Island Events Calendar for more fun events at the beach throughout the year.

March 5, 2011

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Danny Rose

Here are some fantastic photos from around Pleasure Island, NC. The photographer is Danny Rose and he has been nice enough to share the photos with our blog readers. Also, in case you missed it, we featured a very cool photo by Danny earlier in the week. You can view it here.

The first two photos are from the Fort Fisher boat ramp area. The third photo is from the North End (Freeman Park). And the last two photos are of to local Carolina Beach surfers.

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
-Thanks.





Impressive Shark Video from Sydney Australia

As regular readers of this blog know, we just can't pass up a good shark story. The following video was taken near Sydney Australia and was recently released exclusively by Field & Stream.

The video features researches making an instructional film on how to catch and safely release a marlin. It is being shot from on board a boat as well as from a photographer bobbing in the water. Everything is going as planned until they get the marlin next to the boat and prepare to set it free. At the point, a monster mako shark appears out of nowhere and violently takes hold of the tethered marlin.

What makes this video so impressive is that the photographer in the water continues shooting the attack as a large pool of blood begins to fill the water. You gotta give a hand to Australian photographer Al McGlashan for showing some serious guts.

March 4, 2011

New Blog Covering the Coastal Carolinas

If you have enjoyed reading Carolina Beach Today, we think you'll be equally happy with our new blog Coastal Carolinas Today.

Our goal with the new blog is to track interesting and cool stories about the Coastal Carolina region and hopefully find stories or videos that you might not otherwise have heard about. So if you have a few minutes, head on over and check it out. And if you like what you see, we would greatly appreciate it if you told your friends.

And of course, if you ever have any suggestions or post ideas, please let us know at admin@carolinabeachtoday.com

Blog:
http://www.coastalcarolinastoday.com/
Facebook:
Coastal Carolinas Today
PS. CarolinaBeachToday will continue as always!

March 3, 2011

Carolina Beach & Kure Beach Experiencing High Growth

The Wilmington Star News has done a great job of breaking down the recent census information and have posted an interactive data map on their website. Here's a breakdown of the three beach towns in New Hanover County.

The Town of Carolina Beach has seen a 21.38% growth in population since 2000. In 2000, there were 4,701 residents and in 2010, the number of residents increased to 5,706.

The Town of Kure Beach has seen a 33.51% growth in population since 2000. In 2000, there were 1,507 residents and in 2010, the number of residents increased to 2,012.

The Town of Wrightsville Beach has seen a 4.47% decrease in population since 2000. In 2000, there were 2,593 residents and in 2010, the number of residents decreased to 2,477.

Based solely on a personal observation, I have noticed more new homes being built in the last 12 months than I've seen in some time. It appears that people are beginning to take advantage of this real estate market to finally get their dream home at the beach. I can fully understand why many are choosing Pleasure Island as it has so much to offer compared to many other NC beach locations.

March 2, 2011

Carolina Beach Photo Art Exhibit and Sale on March 12th

On March 12, 2011, The Yankee Trader & Frame Mart Gallery will be hosting a photo art exhibit and sale. The event will be from 10am to 4:pm and will feature the works of local artists Paul Boroznoff (Southern Digital Art.com), Josh McClure and Steve Vaughn. In addition, other local arts and crafts will also be on display.

The Yankee Trader and Frame Mart Gallery can turn any photo into canvas artwork. If you have a great shot of a Fort Fisher sunrise and have always thought it would make a great picture for the living room, head on down to The Yankee Trader and they can show you how to turn your 4x6 photo into a sofa size full blown gorgeous canvas print.

Saturday, March 12 · 10:00am - 4:00pm
THE YANKEE TRADER AND FRAME MART GALLERY
1009 N. LAKE PARK BLVD
Carolina Beach, NC


Photo from http://southerndigitalart.com
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