October 30, 2012

Pic of the Day: So Long Hurricane Sandy Sunrise

Today's sunrise clearly says so long to Hurricane Sandy. What a fantastic shot by Ned Leary Photography from the north end of Wrightsville Beach. http://www.nedleary.com

Video: Blizzard in the NC Mountains Compliments of Hurricane Sandy

I guess we all slept thru Halloween and Thanksgiving because Aunt Sandy has already delivered Christmas.  This video was posted on youtube by RomanticAsheville and was taken in the high mountains of North Carolina, including Carver's Gap at Roan Mountain.

It's very pretty but it just doesn't quite feel right when you consider that we are still in O C T O B E R.

Photo Credit

Photos: The Riggings Condos Post Hurricane Sandy

Photos by Danny Rose. The Riggings condos in Kure Beach appeared to have weathered the storm quite well although the sand bags took more of a beating. All in all, they have once again looked mother nature in the eye and have come out the victor. 

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Pam Nelligan

Here are some very cool photos of various sunrises over the Carolina Beach boat basin. The photographer is Pam Nelligan and the pics are from what she calls the "why I am a morning person" series.

You can view more of Pam's photos on her website at www.pjnelligan.com. At the moment, most of her work are images from Vermont, New England work and various portraits.

Pam mentioned to us that she moved here from Vermont but that she absolutely loves being in Carolina Beach. Judging from her photos, I can surely see why.

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. 

October 28, 2012

Pic of the Day: Post Hurricane Treasures

What do you do when the storm finally passes? Run to the beach to see what treasures may have been left behind. Thanks to Danielle Richardet and her two children for allowing us to share their fun photo. (Wrightsville Beach) 

News & Observer: Second wild red wolf found slain in North Carolina

Oct 27, 2012 
By Jeanna Smialek 

RALEIGH -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering $2,500 for information about a red wolf found dead in Beaufort County on Oct. 12, apparently of a gunshot wound – the second rare wolf killed in North Carolina in two months. 

Friday’s announcement came less than a week before Wake County Superior Court is scheduled to hear a complaint against a rule that allows hunters to shoot coyotes at night. North Carolina is home to the world’s only wild population of red wolves, with only about 100 living in an area that spans five northeastern counties, and red wolf activists worry hunters will mistake those wolves for coyotes... 

Read the full story here.

Videos of Hurricane Sandy Battering NC Beaches

Here are some 'wow' videos from other areas in NC also getting smacked by Hurricane Sandy.  All the videos have been obtained from Youtube and posted by the noted person.  We'll add more videos if they become available. 

 Mirlo Beach Rodanthe posted by Outer Beaches Realty

The Frisco Pier in Hatteras barely hangs on. Posted by myers mike

Hurricane Sandy Continues Beating on Pleasure Island, NC

Here are two videos from this morning at around 8:00am.  The first one is from the Kure Beach Pier and the second is from the Riggings condos in Kure Beach.  As you can see, Hurricane Sandy has continued to beat on the condo complex which butts up to the Fort Fisher rock barriers.  (View videos from Oct 27th here)

The good news is that the storm is now moving north of us and we should continue to see improved conditions throughout the day.

Pic of the Day: Hurricane Sandy Rocks Fort Fisher

Wow, this may very well be my favorite photo from all the ones I've seen on Hurricane Sandy. This photo from Fort Fisher was taken by Barbara Jackson Tillison.  View more of Barbara's work on her website: http://barbaratillison.webs.com/products.htm

October 27, 2012

Videos: Hurricane Sandy Impacts Pleasure Island, NC

Although Hurricane Sandy will pass well over 100 miles to our west, this massive storm is having an impact on Pleasure Island with minor storm surge, winds nearing 40mph and heavy rain.

Here are some videos taken today in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach (The Riggings Condos) and Fort Fisher.

October 26, 2012

Pic of the Day: Sunset Off Florida Ave in Carolina Beach

Last evening's beautiful sunset taken by Stephen Taylor from his front deck off Florida Ave. in Carolina Beach. You just gotta love the beach!!

October 25, 2012

Pic of the Day: Harbor Masters Restaurant

Here's a cool shot of Harbor Masters Restaurant located at the Carolina Beach Marina. The photo was taken by Michael Sing.

Video: Fisherman Accidentally Catches a Four Foot Shark in Cast Net

What do you not expect to catch when using a cast net to scoop up some bait fish?  Answer: a four foot bonnethead shark.  Well that's exactly what happened to this fisherman in Charleston, SC early this month.  

This crazy video was posted on Youtube by toughguy7777777. The actual video part starts at the 18 second mark.  Enjoy and remember...mind your toes!

October 24, 2012

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Kevin Giannini

It's that time again to say oooh and ahhhh.  This week we have some fantastic photos from Fort Fisher, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach taken by photographer Kevin Giannini.

Kevin describes himself as being an enthusiastic photographer who really enjoys shooting the natural beauty of our area.  He currently splits his time between New Hope, PA and Wilmington, NC but hopes to move to NC full time in the near future.

Kevin is primarily a photographer of birds, specifically birds in flight, but he has recently been concentrating on landscapes, sunrises, and the blending of multiple exposures.  You can view more of his wonderful photos on his website at www.newhopeimages.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 -Thanks.

Kure Beach Beautification Project on K Avenue

Beginning Monday, October 15th, DOT will begin replacing the orange cones on K Avenue at the intersection of 3rd Avenue with a median planter. A variety of plantings to include knockout roses, Yaupon Holly and Palmetto palm trees will be included along with a bike rack. 

This is a project sponsored by the Town's Beautification Committee.

Cape Fear Kite Festival Nov 3 and 4, 2012

Come watch as we paint the Cape Fear Sky! Flyers from all over will be joining us for our Third Annual Cape Fear Kite Festival, held November 5th and 6th on Wrightsville Beach, in front of Shell Island Resort. 

We will be filling the sky with color from countless kites of unbelievable sizes and styles! November on the Carolina Coast usually provides wonderful weather and a good breeze to keep everything flying, but be sure to bring a jacket, as it can be chilly in the mornings!


WISTV: Ga. agency says sea turtles finally rebounding

Associated Press 

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia wildlife officials are saying for the first time that loggerhead sea turtles are recovering along the state's coast after more than 24 years of ups and downs for the threatened species. 

Department of Natural Resources biologist Mark Dodd said Thursday the giant turtles laid a record number of nests on Georgia beaches for the third straight year this summer. He says the numbers make experts confident the population of turtles hatching in Georgia is rebounding after years of fluctuations that indicated recovery was flat... 

Read the full article here
Turtle photo credit

October 18, 2012

Video: Vacationer Encounters Bull Sharks as they Nearly Come Ashore at Emerald Isle

The following shark videos were taken by Ashley Stinnett during his summer vacation on Emerald Isle, NC in late September 2012.

Ashley is from Charleston, WV and he comes to Emerald Isle every year to enjoy some Carolina sunshine and the warm ocean waters. But this year, he had quite a change of pace when he just happened by some bull sharks feeding on bait fish at the water's edge.

Fortunately for us, Ashley was carrying his iPhone and was able to capture some of the action on video. He mentioned that at one point, he waded in a little closer for a better shot and found himself within just a couple feet of the motivated diners. But all ended well and he was able to capture some fantastic images during his amazing chance encounter.

Ashley estimates the size of the sharks were between 4 to 6 feet. He did share the videos with staff from the NC Aquarium and they confirmed that they were bull sharks. 

What a truly cool experience for Ashley and we greatly appreciate him sharing his story & video with us.

October 15, 2012

Video: Mountains to the Coast Bike Tour Ends in Carolina Beach, NC

On October 6, 2012, cyclists participating in the 14th annual Mountain to the Coast Bike Tour arrived in Carolina Beach after completing a 451 mile bike trek which began in the mountains of Brevard, NC.

During the seven day ride, riders overnighted in Brevard, Lake Lure, Shelby, Matthews, Rockingham, Lumberton, White Lake and Carolina Beach. The cyclist traveled between 40 to 80 miles per day and were exposed to gorgeous NC landscapes, historical sites and had the opportunity to take in the culture of each unique area.

There were a total of 1,129 participants and they came from 38 states, the District of Columbia, Russia, Great Britain, Switzerland and Canada. The average age of the riders was 56 with the youngest being just five years old and the oldest 84.

Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is a fully supported cross-state recreational bike tour of the Tarheel state. Formed in 1999, Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote physical fitness and health, provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities statewide while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity.

Check out this fantastic 20 minute video with highlights from the event including some nice shots from Carolina Beach.  The video was posted on Youtube by Mr Tandemguy

Friends of Fort Fisher Annual Meeting on Saturday November 10, 2012

by Paul Laird
Executive Director

All are welcome and invited to attend the Friends of Fort Fisher Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 10 at Fort Fisher. You will learn first-hand the exciting plans in store for the battle-field site over the next few years. Site Manager Jim Steele will deliver a “State of the Site” presentation focusing on our newly approved strategic plan. The Friends were instrumental in development of the plan so you’ll be the first to see how the plan will unfold and the many improvements being planned for Fort Fisher.

The Friends are governed by a board of directors elected by the member-ship and new directors will be elected at the Annual Meeting. If you would like to be considered for a director’s position please contact Executive Director Paul Laird (plaird@friendsoffortfisher.com), who will be happy to elaborate on the responsibilities and duties directors are asked to embrace.

The Friends are also preparing to enter a first-time funding campaign so Annual Meeting attendees will be the first to learn more about the campaign goals and projects.

This will be a time to meet new Friends, welcome interested potential members and take pride in the wonderful accomplishments over the year. Light refreshments and socializing will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program starting at 10:00 a.m. and concluding by 11:15 a.m. For planning purposes please RSVP to Paul Laird by November 5th. See you at the meeting!

Learn more about the Friends of Fort Fisher in this month's The Powder Magazine 

October 14, 2012

Cape Fear Rescue League Fundraiser Event November 3, 2012

What: "Love Rescued Me" Cape Fear Rescue League Fundraiser Friends Event 
When: November 3, 2012
Time: 3:00pm to 10:00pm
Where: Uncle Vinny's Pizzeria Ristorante; 1012 S. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach

We all know that pets make our lives complete, especially dogs....and there are so many out there that need our help...dogs that have been abused, abandoned, left to fend for themselves.....and they need our help....Pat Lambert started the non-profit organization called Cape Fear Rescue League to do just that!

Pat and her foster families care for puppies and dogs alike, medically, emotionally with love , whether they are found or "dropped off" and when they adopt out a puppy or dog they go rescue another
from the local shelter. And they do this out of their own pockets.

All of the dogs that are up for adoption are in foster homes and looking for furever homes.....we will have some of the dogs that are up for adoption at the event and PLEASE feel free to bring your own puppy/dog with you to the event.

Even if you can't adopt, you can come to the fundraiser to have fun, donate dog food or $$$...there will be raffles for things like Kiteboarding/Paddleboard lessons from Odysea Surf School, Gift certificate from Erin at Liquid hair salon for cut and style, hand blown glass pendants from Sean Kengla @ Euphoric Glass, gift Certificates for oils changes/auto detailing from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, Chop's Deli gift certificate, and honestly there are SOOOO many raffle items I can't list them all here!! annnnnd 50/50, delicious food available from Uncle Vinny's and live music with Sol-Tree, Gene Gregory, Future Trip, Loretta Rainmaker, Velvet Jane and of course our headliner for the night....The Dylan Holton Band!!!!! You don't want to miss this!

So come on out and have some food, fun and music and help support this wonderful organization!

100% of the proceeds go directly to Cape Fear Rescue League!!

Pic of the Day: October Sunset in Carolina Beach

Gorgeous sunset in Carolina Beach. Photo by Benson Stephens taken on October 4th.

Pic of the Day: Carolina Beach at the End of the Rainbow

The real treasure at the end of a rainbow...Carolina Beach. Great shot taken October 1st by Kevin Hern.

Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the Fort Fisher Aquarium October 24 & 25, 2012

Alligators bobbing for apples, spooky garden trails, bats in the eel cave–find these and more at Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher this Halloween season. The popular, aquatic-themed festival will be held at the Aquarium from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25.

Now in its 11th year, Trick or Treat Under the Sea offers fun for the whole family! Dress up in costume (no masks for adults, please) and get in on the fun. Scoop up candy and prizes, play Halloween-themed games, treat yourself to face-painting and enjoy two magic shows per night by No Sleeves Magic Camp. Don’t miss the spooky divers swimming with the sharks and rays in the Cape Fear Shoals habitat. Those looking for an extra thrill are invited to explore two sets of haunted gardens – one for the very brave and another for more cautious goblins. 

Local merchants, costumed for the event, will distribute treats and coupons to trick-or-treaters. Judges will also recognize the merchant booth with the most imaginative, spooky and environmentally-friendly theme each evening.

The fun begins in the conservatory with live animal presentations, face painting and kid-friendly fortunes. Those haunted by hunger can dine at the Sharkbites snack bar on the outdoor deck both nights.

Advance tickets available here and at the Aquarium beginning Oct. 1, $8 each. Children 2 and younger are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door the nights of the event.

Please note: Umbrella strollers only. Children 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Be green and bring your own trick-or-treat bag.

The North Carolina Surf to Sound SUP Challenge November 19, 2012

Wrightsville Beach NC . . . Elite standup paddlers will perform a Le Mans style beach start, brave the open Atlantic Ocean, battle through Masonboro Inlet straits, and navigate the channel currents behind Masonboro Island, before reaching the finish line for the North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge, Saturday, November 19 (alternate weather date: November 20).

SUP Banks Channel Joshua Mc
Joshua McClure

For the intermediate paddler, a flat water competition will embark from the sound side beach and traverse canals and deepwater channels for approximately four miles encircling Wrightsville’s picturesque Harbor Island.

Both races promise to be great spectator events, surf and sound, and will launch from the Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

Wrightsville Beach Paddleboard Club organizers expect to attract paddlers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond during this three-day weekend. Spokesman Haywood Newkirk said today: “We are really excited about being part of the season ending fall race here at Wrightsville Beach. Having the event at this location will allow us to have a more challenging ocean start for the Elite Race, while simultaneously holding an enjoyable flatwater race for the recreational paddlers that are so important for the growth of this sport.”

William Pope, Director for the World Paddle Association said: ”It has been amazing to watch how quickly the stand up paddleboard (SUP) sport has grown throughout the country, especially in the Wrightsville Beach area. Wrightsville offers so many different types of water and conditions it appeals to everyone. As the SUP community continues to grow around the world, Wrightsville Beach will be at the heart of that growth on the East Coast.”

Registration is $60 and includes welcome reception, Friday, Nov. 18, race jersey, entry into one of two races (Elite or Intermediate) Saturday morning, Nov. 19, awards ceremony and celebration. Cash prizes will be paid to the first male and female to finish in the Surf to Sound Challenge. Prizes will be awarded in each class for both races.

Also featured on site, Saturday, 12noon to 6pm, is the Waterman’s Expo. This water sport display is FREE and open to the public. The expo will showcase local retailers specializing in SUP, surf, kayaking, sailing and fishing merchandise, equipment and outer wear. Included will be demonstrations of advanced paddle techniques and fly casting.

Proceeds will benefit “For Masonboro” a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the co-existence of wildlife habitat and human recreation through education efforts to preserve the pristine, eight mile, uninhabited barrier island located between Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach in Southeastern North Carolina.

Contact information:
Race Registration: www.surftosoundchallenge.com
Race Chairman: Shawn Spencer, surftosoundRace@gmail.com, (910) 256-2545
Expo Chairman: Jason St. Clair, surftosoundExpo@gmail.com, (910) 256-7115
Accommodations with board storage packages: (910) 256-7115
Accommodations: www.blockade-runner.com or call: (800) 541-1161

October 11, 2012

Photo: Boater Drifts Aground with Carolina Beach Mooring Balls in Sight

For the last several months, I've been reading the many comments/opinions being posted on Cruiser.net regarding the new Carolina Beach Mooring field. (Click here for the town's website).  

For the most part, the comments have been favorable with many stating that the $20 fee is quite reasonable when compared to other mooring fields. The nominal fee provides peace of mind as boaters go ashore to enjoy the town's amenities and attractions without having to worry about their vessel slipping away due to the inlet's current.

But some have objected to paying the $20 overnight mooring ball fee and state that they can get away with just anchoring instead.  That may very well be the right decision for some veteran boaters but as you can see from this photo (taken this morning near the Carolina Beach mooring field-photo by Chris Higgins), the mooring ball fee can be the best money spent especially if your boat gets damaged while dragging along the sound floor.  Not to mention, your neighboring boaters might not be too happy with your thrifty decision when your boat attempts to mate with theirs.

Below is a brief sample of some of the latest comments from Cruiser.net.  To read more opinions, go to their page and do a search (in the upper right corner) of: Carolina Beach Mooring.

-Great news . Looking forward to stop for a few cold ones. Carolina beach good work.
Ed & Joyce

-Those of us who prefer to anchor, and I have done so many times successfully in Carolina Beach, think the “slap in the face” is what we are getting! I know and trust my anchoring gear, and I go where I can use it. I didn’t spend thousands of dollars on it just to carry it around with me. Hopefully, sufficient room for anchoring will be retained.
John Kettlewell

Our trawler Antares is based in Southport, and we’ve anchored at Myrtle Grove Sound once or twice a year for the past four years or so since we arrived here. The area has a lot to offer with regard to restaurants, entertainment for children, beach, etc. (you’ll need a dinghy, of course). It’s a calm, quiet anchorage (now mooring), and certainly a great stop on the way north or south just off Snow’s Cut on the ICW.
Captain Bob Fuller

I worked hard for 60 years to make my millions and I could care less about $20 vs a REAL secure spot for the night and a good night’s sleep. No matter what you do, no matter where you do it, and no matter who you do it for, there are jerks out here who will complain about anything and everything. I once gave a friend $50,000 and, believe it or not, he complained about the English saddle leather attaché I gave it to him in.
In the past 40 years I’ve anchored, moored, and slipped. Each has its advantages and disadvantages–I would assume most cruisers are aware of them. The moorings at Myrtle Grove Sound offer a reliable and safe alternative for many recreational boaters who may not have your multi-thousand blue water miles under their keels.
Captain Bob

Check out Cruiser.net here http://cruisersnet.net/more-opinions-on-carolina-beach-mooring-field-carolina-beach-nc-aicw-statute-mile-295/

First Annual Carolina Beach Pumpkin Carving Contest & Pumpkin Walk October 27th

Get your creative carving juices flowing for Island Montessori School's FIRST ANNUAL Pumpkin Carving Contest & Pumpkin Walk! 
Submit your pumpkin creation to Island Montessori School by Friday, October 26, between 4PM and 7PM. Cost to enter contest = $5/pumpkin.  The school is located at 222 Winner Avenue, Carolina Beach.

Our contestants' Jack-O-Lanterns and about 100 luminaries will be on exhibit during our Pumpkin Walk, Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6PM to 9PM. 

A panel of judges will select a winner in each of the following categories: Scariest, Funniest, Cutest, Traditional, Most Unusual, Characters/Faces, and Best of Show, and the public will be invited to vote on their favorite Jack-O-Lantern by putting a dollar (or more) in the pumpkin's corresponding container. The pumpkin with the most money will earn the People's Choice title. Best of Show and People's Choice winners will earn a prize.

Come in costume, help support Island Montessori School, and enjoy a night of Halloween fun! FREE admission and FREE refreshments provided by local businesses. 
For more information, call (910) 381-7567 or visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/enniferjay#!/events/286887914753214/

October 10, 2012

Pic of the Day: Carolina Beach Swing

A wonderful evening for a swing at the Carolina Beach Lake. Photo by JMKinney Design. 

Dredging & Beach Renourisment to Begin in Carolina & Kure Beach Later This Year

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently seeking bids for maintenance dredging and beach renourishment in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Bald Head Island.  Per the notice, the work is not to begin before November 16, 2012 and must be completed by April 30, 2013.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District requires a contract to provide Maintenance Dredging, Wilmington Inner Harbor and Carolina Beach and Kure Beach Storm Damage Reduction, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, North Carolina. The work shall consist of dredging, transporting, placing and shaping beach fill and performing all pre and post construction beach surveys. The borrow area for Carolina Beach is located in Carolina Beach Inlet and the borrow area for Kure Beach is located offshore. Required in place beach fill will be approximately 700,000 cubic yards on Carolina Beach and 400,000 cubic yards on Kure Beach...

All beach work will not begin until 16 November and must be completed by 30 April. Dredging with pipeline dredges will be limited to the period of 16 November through 30 April to comply with the beach disposal window. Hopper dredging will only be allowed from 1 December through 31 March to comply with the environmental window...

View additional photos/illustrations/plans here.
View bid solicitation here.

October 7, 2012

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by Michael Sing

Here are some fantastic photos from around Pleasure Island, NC. The photographer is Michael Sing (Micheal Sing Photography) and he has been nice enough to share some of his fantastic photos with blog readers. 

Micheal has recently been experimenting with HD photography and has captured some very unique and interesting photos from around the Island. 

I always enjoy viewing his work but it did make for a quite difficult task as we had to narrow down a short list for this blog post.  To view more of Michael's work, you can visit his website or follow his page 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 -Thanks. 


Video: Southport Wooden Boat Show Has Record Attendance

Check out this video from the Southport Wooden Boat Show which was held on Saturday, September 6th on the grounds of the Old Yacht Basin in Southport, NC. 

According to an article in The State Port Pilot, the event had record attendance as over 5,000 showed up to view these unique maritime vessels and take part in a day of music and festivities.

The video was posted on Youtube by The State Port Pilot.


Brochure: Management of Black Bears in North Carolina

Here's an interesting and informative brochure put out by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission that discusses various black bear management issues in the state.  Click the photos to view the brochure in the original pdf format.

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