January 29, 2012

Video: Pelicans Are Center Stage at the Kure Beach Pier

Attention Pelican fans...this ones for you! This video was posted on Youtube by Roman007 and features some great shots of our teradactal-like featherd friends. Enjoy!

January 28, 2012

2012 BBQ Cook-Off in Carolina Beach to Benefit Step Up For Soldiers - Feb 28th

The first annual Step Up For Soldiers barbecue cook-off will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. It's going to be a wonderful event with 25 entries and will also feature live music, beer, wine, oyster roast and fun-in-the-sun as temps near the upper 60's.

Click the link for more info: http://www.stepupforsoldiers.org/bbqcookoff

WECT: Agreement reached to dredge Carolina Beach, Lockwoods Folly and New Topsail Inlets

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The US Army Corps of Engineers and North Carolina have come to an agreement on dredging at Carolina Beach, Lockwoods Folly and the New Topsail Inlets, according to Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC 7).

A release from the Congressman's office says a memorandum of agreement has been reached to allow the state and local communities to pay the Army Corps to dredge those areas in the Intracoastal Waterway.

The agreement is only a short term fix...

Read the full story here
Photo credit

Video: Overview of the Friends of Fort Fisher

Learn about the Friends of Fort Fisher in this 2 minute video. BTW, did you know that Fort Fisher is the most heavily visited state historic site in North Carolina? Neither did I until I watched this video.

January 27, 2012

2012 Seaside Bridal Showcase at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott March 11th

Seaside Bridal Showcase
Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 11am – 3pm

Extravagant exhibition showcasing over 40 of the area’s finest wedding vendors as well as trends and styles that will help make your upcoming nuptials simply unforgettable.

Join us at the Carolina Beach Courtyard in our Cape Fear Ballroom & Oceanfront Dining Deck for…

•Door Prizes & Raffles
•Menu Samplings
•Receive a “Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses” swag bag
•Fashion Show begins at 12:30pm

Pre-order your tickets today for just $15.00 each or two for $25. Contact Abby Federmann at 910.458.2618 or email abby.federmann@crestlinehotels.com. Five lucky couples will win a special “Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses” wedding packages courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott, Carolina Beach and some of the area’s finest wedding specialists.

For more information, visit the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott website.

Opening of Carmike Theater in Monkey Junction May Be Delayed Until 2013

Wilmington Star News
Jim Brumm

...The entertainment complex planned for construction at The Villages at Myrtle Grove next to the Monkey Junction Post Office will feature 10 screens with total seating for 1,800 and will be highlighted by a state-of-the-art BigD auditorium, the company said when it announced the project last summer.

The Monkey Junction theater is one of seven Columbus, Ga.-based Carmike expects to open this year, Rinderman said.

He said the opening of the new Monkey Junction complex had slipped from the summer 2012 projected in the July 2011 announcement, adding it could come as late as early 2013...

Read the full story here

Star News: Carolina Beach still looking for answers about aquarium pier

By Shannan Bowen
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Carolina Beach officials plan to return to Raleigh to put more pressure on state officials for answers about funding earmarked for the proposed state-operated pier project that's been in limbo for a couple of years.

The town council made the decision, along with several others about the project, at Wednesday evening's joint meeting with CBP3 Inc., a nonprofit the town created to purchase and hold $4.3 million in taxpayer-funded properties while the town applied for grants to cover the cost of the proposed project...

Read the full article

January 17, 2012

Exploring The History of Kure Beach, N.C. from the Civil War to Today

Kure Beach, NC - 01/16/2012
Some tourists might pass through Kure Beach (http://www.visitkure.com) without realizing that one of the Civil War’s turning points and the East Coast’s oldest fishing pier are in their backyard. A North Carolina beach destination popular with those looking to come and unwind, Kure Beach is a treasure trove of fascinating history. From the Civil War era to the present, Kure Beach’s fingerprints are everywhere.

The Civil War At Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Constructed in 1861 and a stronghold during the Civil War, Fort Fisher kept Wilmington’s port open for business to blockade runners ferrying supplies inland to the Confederate army. Toward the end of the war, the fort was the only remaining open supply route to Gen. Robert E. Lee’s forces. Two heated battles were fought here in 1864 and 1865, with the latter preceding the end of the Civil War by a mere three months. Today, at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, visitors can tour the battleground and view a scale model of the battle in the Civil War Museum (http://bit.ly/rjYiL0).

The area will observe the N.C. Civil War Sesquicentennial during “The Lights of the Great Armada: 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher from Saturday, Jan. 21 to Sunday, Jan. 22. The annual event draws a large crowd and never fails to wow visitors young and old with live cannons and more.

Kure Beach Fishing Pier
The Kure Beach Fishing Pier is the oldest fishing pier on the entire Atlantic Coast. L.C. Kure constructed the first rendition of the pier in 1923, which stood only a year until sea worms destroyed its wooden pilings. The pier was rebuilt in 1924, only to be demolished by the winds of Hurricane Hazel in 1954. A third rendition of the pier, though at times tested by other hurricanes, still stands today and serves as a benchmark of Kure Beach history (http://bit.ly/rzxT6f). Today, it attracts both adults and children looking for a chance to catch “the big one” at the beach (http://bit.ly/qamU3T).

World War II
During World War II, Fort Fisher became the firing range for Camp David, a military base northeast of Wilmington. At the height of the war Fort Fisher was fitted with automatic cannons, machine guns and anti-aircraft training facilities. Today, visitors can still take a look at one of the remaining bunkers located behind the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which was inhabited by the famous “Fort Fisher Hermit” for nearly 17 years (http://bit.ly/rjYiL0). The N.C. Military History Museum at Fort Fisher houses artifacts from the Civil War and World War II, as well as other military items.

Kure Beach Today
Kure Beach became officially an incorporated town in April of 1947. Since then, the town has seen both population and visitation growth, but remains family-friendly as ever, with welcoming with warm, clean sands and a variety of seaside fun for all ages (http://bit.ly/ldliNN) – not to mention plenty of educational and historic sites. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a must-see with its 235,000-gallon saltwater tank, educational programs, and exhibits on loggerhead sea turtles, megalodon sharks, a rare albino alligator, and more.

For more information on the history of Kure Beach and its vivid history, go to http://www.visitkure.com.

The Lights of the Great Armada: 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher
Saturday, Jan. 21 -Sunday, Jan. 22
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a variety of weekly programs and events.

N.C. Jazz Festival
Friday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5 (in nearby Wilmington)

Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival
Friday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5 (in nearby Wilmington)

For all event information, visit http://bit.ly/rKA7k4.

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About Kure Beach, N.C.
Kure Beach offers visitors an inviting, small-town seaside retreat on North Carolina’s beautiful coast. This naturally beautiful setting with easy access to the big attractions the area has to offer is the perfect place to bring the family year-round to unplug and unwind, enjoy a more relaxed pace and reconnect with what really matters. For more information, go to http://www.VisitKure.com or call (800) 631-1460.

KB Pier Photo

January 15, 2012

Pleasure Island Special Olympics Polar Plunge Feb 18, 2012

Dare To Bear It
Special Olympics
New Hanover County

Take the Polar Plunge Feb. 18, 2012 at the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach, NC. The event starts at 11:00am and the Plunge is at 3:05 pm. Proceeds will help the New Hanover County Special Olympics. Here is a break down of the day's events:

•11:00 Gates Open.
•11:00-2:00 Silent Auction & live music
•1:30 Costume Contest
•3:00 Line up for the Plunge
Area 1 - Special Olympians & Plungers Under 15
Area 2 - Plungers 15 & older
Area 3 - Plungers and Pooches
•3:05 All Plunge
•8:00-11:00 Special Event (Machine Gun) Under the Big Top (admission charged)

To pre-register or to get general information about the plunge, please visit the event website or you may call (910)341-7253.
(photo from the event website)

January 12, 2012

Video: Carolina Beach Surfing, July 2011 HD

Are you ready for summer? This video recently posted on Youtube by Roman007 will most certainly get you in the mood for some Carolina Beach sunshine. Enjoy!

Visitors Get Creative With Carolina Beach, N.C. Winter Getaways

(Press Release) - Jan 12, 2012 -
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C.–This winter, the adventurous are skipping the trip westward and trading their snowmen for sand castles. Why hit the slopes when you can hit the sand with an original winter getaway at Carolina Beach?

For some travelers, Carolina Beach (
http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com) puts a decidedly original spin on the winter getaway they seek. Lively local festivities, including the 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher, complement a fantastic variety of area amenities, including locally owned shops and restaurants, as well as rentals and accommodations at discounted rates.

Budget-Friendly Beach
Looking for a wallet-friendly winter getaway after the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Carolina Beach makes it easy to plan for a long weekend or extended family getaway with rental options for any budget. Motels, hotels and many beach condos offer low off-season rates that make Carolina Beach an attractive destination during the winter and throughout the year(http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/lodging/). Others might check out the special offers at area hotels and motels (http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/lodging/hotels_motel ...).

A Different Kind Of Winter Chill
With high temperatures often reaching into the 60s in January, Carolina Beach offers milder winter getaway weather than other traditional destinations. Outdoor adventurers seeking an active getaway will be pleasantly surprised at nature’s bounty this time of year. Speckled trout and striped bass are especially plentiful in area waters, much to the delight of both seasoned and amateur anglers (http://bit.ly/pLY3Uv). And an array of unique birds make their winter homes at Carolina Beach State Park, from the belted kingfisher and Boat-tailed Grackle, to Bonaparte’s Gull, the Bufflehead, Forster’s Tern and more (http://bit.ly/oY5L9N). Bundle up and hike along one of the park’s six nature trails. Sugarloaf Trail, named for the 50-foot sand dune near the bank of the Cape Fear River, offers a three-mile journey that is an excellent place for watching water birds, exploring the tidal marsh, and observing fiddler crabs as they travel over the mudflats.

Move Forward In The New Year By Going Back In Time
On Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22, nearby Kure Beach hosts a celebration of original local culture and history by commemorating the N.C. Civil War Sesquicentennial with “The Lights of the Great Armada: 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher” (http://bit.ly/rIRoiw), the largest amphibious operation of the Civil War. Historians and re-enactors will be on hand to regale visitors with stories of the Union Navy and Marine Corps operations, as well as Confederate military personnel.

To find out about more about original winter getaways at Carolina Beach, visit http://www.carolinabeachgetaway.com/.

The Lights of the Great Armada: 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher
Saturday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Jan. 22

N.C. Jazz Festival
Friday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5 (in nearby Wilmington)

Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival
Friday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5 (in nearby Wilmington)

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a variety of weekly programs and events.

For all event information, visit http://bit.ly/rIRoiw.

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Carolina Beach is an original and unique North Carolina beach. This recently renovated seaside town offers family-friendly fun all year long where visitors can experience a classic boardwalk, interesting festivals and colorful characters. For more information, visit http://www.CarolinaBeachGetaway.com or call (800) 641-7082.

January 8, 2012

Fayetteville Observer: Fort Fisher to mark anniversary of Civil War battle

By Henry Cuningham
Military editor

KURE BEACH - This month, Fort Fisher will mark the 147th anniversary of its major Civil War battle with a different twist.

In the past, programs and battle re-enactments focused on the role of the infantry in one of the Civil War's largest amphibious assaults...

On Jan. 21 and 22, Fort Fisher State Historic Site will present "The Lights of the Great Armada: the 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher..."

Read the full article here.
Photo from article (easily one of the best I've ever seen from Fort Fisher)

Video: UFO Sighting Over Wrightsville Beach

The following video was posted on Youtube by hazletay and was shot near Shell Island in Wrightsville Beach. The poster provided the following description:

This is the VERY next day after my first sighting at the same beach! None of the stars show up in this video simply because they are too far away, and not bright enough, this video is very relaxed compared to our first sighting of the same lights!

We saw 2 of the same lights the previous night, and they were VERY active, fast, and bright. They were doing complete circles, and zig zags.

January 7, 2012

Video: Carolina Beach Elementary Chorus

The following video was posted by hardy5675 and features the Carolina Beach Elementary School Chorus. Enjoy...and watch out American Idol.

Jacksonville Daily News: Bears Destroy Beehive

Jacksonville Daily News
January 07, 2012 1:30 AM

A family of bears tore apart a Southwest area [Jackonville, NC] beehive colony this week looking for honey and bees to eat, according to a local beekeeper who says he is out more than $15,000.

Julian Wooten, who has been keeping bees for more than 50 years, said he has never seen a bear attack on a beehive like the one that happened this week...

Read the full story here.
Photo from article.

PS. You are correct, who would of ever thought that we would have two back to back bear posts on this blog?

January 2, 2012

Two Large Black Bears Taken During This Year's Hunting Season in the Coastal Carolinas

This bear was taken by 15 year old Lucas Clemmings near the Green Swamp Bear Sanctuary in Brunswick County, NC on December 10, 2011. The bear weighed a whopping 509 pounds.

You can read more about the hunt in this
Wilmington Star article or you can follow the comments on this reddit message board.

This bear was taken on December 23, 2011 in the north east area of coastal North Carolina. The hunter was Hilena Hunt and her bear weighed in at a massive 742 pounds which set a record for a female hunter.

Vilena told WomenHunters that they were shocked to see such a huge bear and that they were only looking to feed their family of five children. Both she and her husband are Lumbee Indians and live in a region of North Carolina known for large bears.

The posting of this story on the Carolina Beach Today Facebook page brought about some heated exchanges about the merits of bear hunting in the comment section.

Carolina Beach State Park Listed in 10 Great Places in the Carolinas Just For You and Mother Nature

Charlotte Observer
By Amber Veverka
Correspondent, Jan. 01, 2012

A sweeping vista of lake and gorge. The only place on the planet meat-eating Venus flytraps grow. A forest of trees so breathtakingly large they seem primeval.

These are just a few of the Carolinas' natural wonders to put on your list for 2012 - standout places in two states blessed with an abundance of magical, wild spaces...

Carolina Beach State Park
There's just one place on the globe where meat-eating Venus flytraps grow, and it's here, in part of a 60-mile radius around Wilmington. Sundews, pitcher plants and Venus flytraps cluster, snagging unlucky insects and wowing visitors. If a park staffer is available, ask for a guided tour, which will improve your chances of finding the plants.

This pocosin ecosystem, named for an Algonquian word for "swamp on a hill," also features longleaf pines growing on sand dunes that are relics from an ancient coastline. Before Europeans came, Cape Fear Indians called the region home, and their arrowheads, pottery shards and oyster-shell mounds are found throughout the area...

To read about the other nine, click here for the full Charlotte Observer article.

Video: Dolphins at Kure Beach Pier

Here's a cool video of a pod of dolphins off the Kure Beach Pier. The video was uploaded on the first of the year by jrossmarinebio.

January 1, 2012

Impromptu Carolina Beach Polar Plunge to Ring in the New Year

What do you do to kick start the new year? Well in the case of this trio, they decided to go for an early morning ocean dip off the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.

Paul Como, Robert Morris and Mike Honious braved the 37 degree air temperatures and 54 degree water temp to go for a 7:15am swim this morning. Their antics surprised early morning beach goers who couldn't resist snapping some pics of this unusual winter scene.

So kudos to these guys for embracing the Carolina Beach spirit by showing that no matter the time of year, you can always have fun in CB. And special thanks go out to Mike for his service to our country. Mike is currently on leave from Ft. Still in Oklahoma.

Photo credit: Paul Como

Trivia: Which shark species is responsible for the highest percentage of human attacks?

The Most Dangerous Shark
by Editor
December 31, 2011
All About Wildlife

here are at least ten species of sharks that will occasionally bite, and even kill, humans who enter their habitat. By far, however, the species responsible for the most attacks, non-fatal as well as deadly, on human beings is the_________.

Click here for the answer in this "All About Wildlife" article.

Video: Family Memories Created with Wintertime Trip to Kure Beach

Here's a lovely video of a family's trip to Kure Beach via the Southport/Fort Fisher ferry. It just goes to show you that wonderful family memories are made on Pleasure Island all year round. The video was posted on Youtube by RBRBooks.

Video: Miniature Horses Enjoy the Sand on the North End of Carolina Beach, NC

One of the unique things about living on Pleasure Island is that horses are allowed on the North End (Freeman Park) of Carolina Beach, NC during certain months of the off season. There's just something inherently cool about sharing the sand with horses.

Here is a fun video posted by ClassyArabian of miniature horses enjoying a day in the sun this past October, 2011. These horses are from Stampede of Love and are used in animal therapy for people with disabilities. It's always nice when these little gems get to have a day off and come to Carolina Beach for a little R&R.

CB horse regs: http://www.carolinabeach.org/site_new/pages/documents/HorsebackRidingOrdinance.pdf
In short:
•Allowed at Freeman Park from Oct 1 to Mar 31.
•Only allowed on the beach during daytime hours and are not allowed in vegetated areas.
•Owners must clean up after their animals
•Owners must ride in a safe manner

Finally, here are a few photos from a ride last year at Freeman Park (thanks Julie for allowing us to share the pics)

Photos: 2011 News Year's Eve Celebration at Carolina Beach

Here are some excellent photos taken by Paul Boroznoff of Southern Digital Art of last night's New Year's Eve celebrations at Carolina Beach. Click here to view all 58 photos.
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