September 30, 2012

Video: Shark Feeding Frenzy at Mouth of Cape Fear River in North Carolina

The following video was posted on Youtube by LRHBBBS and shows a large scale shark feeding frenzy about 2 miles off the shore from Oak Island near  the Cape Fear River entrance to Southport, NC

September 28, 2012

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

We are again very fortunate to feature some photos from local photographer Benson Stephens. 

As always, Benson has captured some fantastic shots from around Carolina Beach. In particular, you just have to love these sunrise/sunset pics. 

Great shot! 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 If you would like to view the entire Guest Photographer Series, click here.

Video: Midair Collision Over Freeman Park

What? A midair plane crash over Freeman Park you say? I do...but I should add that it was a remote control T28 Trojan model airplane. 

I've been a huge fan of the videos that ChromeRay has been posting of various remote control aircraft flights over Freeman Park.  They have captured some fantastic aerial shots from the Northend over the last many months. 

Unfortunately, the other day things took a bit of a turn for the worst when two of their planes had a midair collision. But at the very least, it made for some very cool video for the viewers. Collision occurs at the 9:10 mark. 

We wish them a quick recovery and hope they are back in the air soon making some more awesome videos from Carolina Beach.


Pic of the Day: Catching Bait Fish

Here's another fantastic shot by David Franklin Blackman of fishermen gathering some bait fish before heading out to get the big boys. 

Uke Fest on Carolina Beach, NC

Hawaiian musicians Michael Keale, Gordon Velasco, and Moses Kamai soak in the warmth of Carolina Beach while playing some fantastic songs from their homeland during their regular monthly meeting. 

Michael was in town from Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi to perform a series of concerts which were held in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia from Sep 15 thru 24. For more information on Michael's tour, visit" 

Thanks to Moses Kamai for allowing us to share the pic.

September 25, 2012

Carolina Beach to Welcome Nearly 1,000 Bicyclists as 2012 Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast Bike Tour Ends

Carolina Beach, N.C.- On Saturday, October 6, an estimated 1,000 amateur cyclists from more than 35 states and four countries (Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia) will converge on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. That's when the Cycle North Carolina’s 14th annual Mountains to the Coast Bike Tour of the state will conclude its weeklong odyssey.

Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS)—a non-profit organization that hosts the Powerade State Games of North Carolina—Cycle North Carolina is a fully supported recreational bike tour. Formed in 1999, the event is designed to promote physical fitness and health, provide economic impact and publicity to communities across the state, while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity.

The 14th Annual Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast Bike Tour will take place September 29 through October 6, 2012 along a back-road tour of the Tar Heel State from Brevard to Carolina Beach. This year's cross-state route allows cyclists to explore the diverse topography, culture and history of North Carolina¾from the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains to the Piedmont to Wilmington’s historic river district, Greenfield Lake, the Intracoastal Waterway and the big finish at Carolina Beach’s original boardwalk.

The overnight communities of Brevard, Lake Lure, Shelby, Matthews, Rockingham, Lumberton, White Lake, and Carolina Beach will welcome Cycle North Carolina participants. According to event organizers, more than 1,000 bicyclists visit different towns each year generating an estimated economic impact of $200,000-$500,000 for host communities.

2012 marks the third year that Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches have been chosen as Cycle North Carolina’s final destination. Riders previously visited in the years 2000 and 2005, when the rides ended at Battleship Park. This year’s End-of-the-Ride celebration in Carolina Beach will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on October 6 at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The event will feature a healthy dose of Southern hospitality with an end-of-ride meal and celebration featuring local entertainment. Cyclists staying overnight will have the option to camp on the beach or on the river side of the island at Carolina Beach State Park. Many cyclists will opt for overnight hotel accommodations.

According to North Carolina Amateur Sports, Cycle North Carolina riders are active bike tourists who are environmentally conscious, adventurous, and appreciate heritage tourism. This year’s participants range in age from 5 years to 84 years, with an average age of 56. Most riders have professional careers.

“We are delighted to once again be the final destination for this unique sports event,” states Kim Hufham,

President/CEO of the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority. “The CVB and its travel partners welcome all Cycle North Carolina participants and hope they enjoy our destination so much that they will soon return with friends and family to enjoy even more of our historic riverfront town and island beaches.”

With four distinct yet mild seasons, Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches host a wide range of sports events year-round. For more information about Cycle North Carolina, call the N.C. Amateur Sports office at 1-919-361-1133 or visit the website or For a free official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, please call 1-866-266-9690. For visitor information and a complete event calendar, please visit

September 22, 2012

Music, Seafood, Fishing and Family Fun Awaits This Autumn in Kure Beach, North Carolina

21 September 2012 –Kure Beach, North Carolina, may be known as North Carolina’s small wonder, but this small coastal community is big on things to do this fall. With an exciting lineup of family-friendly events, mild weather, and great deals on lodging and accommodations, fall is the perfect time to explore all Kure Beach has to offer.

The fall kicks off in a big way with the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival on October 13-14. This family-friendly event will showcase a weekend of non-stop musical talent on two stages, featuring nationally recognized artists and award-winning, locally prepared seafood. Gregg Allman, famed Southern rocker and lead singer of The Allman Brothers Band, will headline the festival. Tickets are available now for purchase online.

The waters surrounding Kure Beach are home to some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in North Carolina. For those anglers looking for some competition, the annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge will take place from October 19-21 in Kure Beach and nearby Carolina Beach. The tournament is the area’s premiere land-based fishing event that offers fun for the whole family and great prizes for winners. Fishermen are encouraged to register for the tournament early as admission fees increase closer to the event.

For a unique and safe way to celebrate Halloween, look no further than Trick or Treat Under the Sea at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Take a frightful tour of the aquarium, complete with indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, story telling and the haunted gardens. You might even catch a glimpse of some spooky divers in the massive fish tank called Cape Fear Shoals. Experience the “thrills and gills” for yourself on October 24-25.

Kure Beach offers a naturally beautiful setting and small-town atmosphere unlike any other that allows visitors and residents alike to unplug and reconnect with what really matters. It’s a great time to book your vacation to Kure Beach to take advantage of the off-season deals in October and November. Whether you’re looking for a family-owned motel, a beach rental home or condo, Kure Beach has the perfect lodging option at any budget for you and your family. Visit our website for details on special offers and last minute deals.

About Kure Beach Kure Beach, North Carolina’s small wonder, offers a naturally beautiful setting and small-town atmosphere. The coastal beach community, with its relaxed pace, lets visitors unplug and reconnect while they enjoy an undeveloped beach and signature state attractions, including the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For more information, go to or call (800) 631-1460. Find us on Facebook at and Twitter @KureBeachNC.

Support for the Carolina Beach Aquatics Center Continues to Grow

As community support for the Carolina Beach Aquatics Center continues to take full hold, Councilman Bob Lewis offered his thoughts on the project via a comment on our Facebook page:

Bob Lewis (September 21, 2012):
With my financial business background I am always scrutinizing projections and proposals of this sort as it relates to our town government. Some I have calculated to be "White Elephants" but I must say when I did the research, ran the numbers and reviewed the proposal for the Aquatics Center it came out conservative in its revenue projections and spot on in its expense projection. 

This is a solid financial and business plan which if managed by a good Aquatics Manager will produce enough revenue to offset the expense line. The concept of an Aquatic Center and not just a community pool makes this a Win-Win for the residents of Carolina Beach. Additionally, potential County Parks bond money could make the current projections even better. The town can borrow money over the life of the facility at rates so low it provides the town with very little downside risk if any. 

Various members of council have already been contacted by Swimming Teams, Senior Water Aerobic Instructors and others who can not find space to rent for their programs in the area. 

A community pool has been a project that the town has had as part of its Parks and Rec Master Plan for over 14 years, but up till now there was no way to fund it. This project now has the means to generate enough revenue to offset the investment in building and maintaining the center. 

This same council led by Steve Shuttleworth developed and implemented the property management plan to generate enough revenue to offset all of its annual costs including our note payment for the property formerly acquired for the now non-funded pier project. We are way above our revenue projections for the first year of this plan. We know how to make good financial decisions which provide value to the residents while managing the downside risk and cost to the taxpayer.

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Fall is Ideal for an Active Getaway in Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches

WILMINGTON, NC – Athletes of all skill levels will find Wilmington, North Carolina’s Historic River District and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach an ideal fall destination. From Wilmington’s riverfront to nearby seaside towns, there are many ways to enjoy an active getaway. Visitors find it easy to stay fit while away from home by taking advantage of fitness opportunities.

In Wilmington, the Gary Shell Cross City Trail offers an off-road, multi-use trail with bicycle and pedestrian access to recreational, cultural and educational destinations. Wilmington’s municipal parks afford a wide variety of sports facilities, including hiking and cycling trails, tennis at the Althea Gibson Tennis Center at Empie Park and golf at the highly acclaimed Wilmington Municipal Golf Course, among others. Local athletes gather for regularly scheduled runs ( and organized bicycle rides ( Five public courses beckon golfers and three ocean fishing piers lure anglers. At our island beaches, visitors can take standup paddleboard lessons or join a group SUP excursion.

There are also hiking trails at Carolina Beach State Park, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and The Loop at Wrightsville Beach Park. Each beach town offers tennis and basketball courts. Carolina Beach has its own skate park. Kure Beach has a disc golf course and bocce ball court. Carolina and Wrightsville beaches boast sand volleyball pits. At any time of day or night, visitors can enjoy a jog on our beaches or a stroll along Wilmington’s mile-long Riverwalk.

Visitors with a competitive spirit will find exciting sports events nearly every weekend from September through November. From triathlons and half-marathons to 5k/10k races, as well as fishing tournaments, tennis championships, cycle rides, and a youth soccer classic, there is something for nearly every sports enthusiast. Some of the state’s largest events take place along Wilmington’s coast this fall when the temperatures are mild, the beaches and roads are less crowded, and hotel rates are more affordable. Approximately 1,000 cyclists will finish the 2012 Cycle North Carolina mountains-to-the-coast Fall ride at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on October 6. Two large triathlons will take place in Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington: the Wilmington YMCA Triathlon on Sept. 22 and the PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon on Oct. 20. In November Wilmington will host two large tournaments: the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Combo State Championships (Nov. 1-4 & 8-11) and the Beach Soccer Classic (Nov. 17-18).

There are also nearly two dozen smaller sports events from the river to the sea. With all this activity, it’s no wonder Outside magazine (Oct. 2011) included Wilmington (a N.C. Fit Community) among its “2011 Best Towns”.

Here’s a sampling of Fall sports events for those who seek an active vacation*:
Sept. 21-23: Newbridge Bank Wild King Classic. Seapath Marina, Wrightsville Beach. 910-512-3637;
Sept. 21-23: Fall Junior Classic L4. USTA sanctioned 8U to 18U junior tournament. Althea Gibson tennis Center, Empie Park, Wilmington. 910-341-4631;
Sept. 22: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon. 7am. USAT sanctioned race. Wrightsville Beach.
Sept. 22: Autumn 5K Fun Run. 8am. Abbey Nature Preserve, Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington. 910-686-9518;
Sept. 27-30: Truong Wheelchair Grand Prix. USTA sanctioned wheelchair tournament. Porters Neck Country Club, Wilmington. 910-763-3947;
Sept. 29: Swim the Loop. Dockside Restaurant/ Harbor Island, Wrightsville Beach. 252-412-5453;
Sept. 29-30: Carolina Fall King Challenge. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Johnnie Mercer Pier. 910-538-0115;[
Oct. 6: Cycle North Carolina–End of Ride Celebration. Carolina Beach Boardwalk.
Oct. 6: Run for the Ta-Ta’s 5K. 8am. Mayfaire Town Center, Wilmington.
Oct. 6: Combat Mud Run 5K. 8am. 2412 Infantry Rd., Wilmington.
Oct. 6: Riverfest StandUp Paddle Race. Wilmington Riverfront. Registration 8:30am; race at 10am. Details:
Oct. 7: Run the River 8K Race. 8am race/6:30am register. CFCC parking lot (beside PPD), Wilmington.
Oct. 18-20: Cape Fear Red Trout Celebrity Classic. The Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach. 910-256-4148;
Oct. 19-21: Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher. 910-352-0603;
Oct. 20: PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon. 7am. Ranked among the top 10 iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete magazine. Wrightsville Beach/Downtown Wilmington.
Oct. 27: Pine Valley Delivery Dash 5K/10K. 8am. Pine Valley, Wilmington.
Oct. 27: How Far To the Bark Halloween 5K. 5pm. Carolina Beach Municipal Docks.
Oct. 28: Halloween Trick-Or-Treat 5K. 8am. New Balance at Mayfaire Town Center, Wilmington.
Nov. 1-4 & 8-11: USTA Southern Combo State Championships. Althea Gibson Tennis Center, Empie Park, Wilmington.
Nov. 2-17: Martini’s Fall Hook-A-Hoo Rodeo. Wrightsville Beach. 910-512-1089;
Nov. 3: “Flat Bottom Girls” Flounder Tournament. Dockside Marina, Wrightsville Beach. 910-617-7637;
Nov. 4: Battleship NC Half Marathon & Port Land Grille Battleship 5K. 8am.USATF certified. Battleship NC, Wilmington.
Nov. 17: N.C. Surf to Sound Challenge. SUP race. Wrightsville Beach.
Nov. 17-18: Beach Soccer Classic. Various fields in Wilmington.
Nov. 22: Gallop for the Gravy 5K. 8am. Wilmington Family YMCA, Wilmington.
Nov. 22: Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot. Race at 8:30am/Register 7:30am. Wrightsville Beach Loop.
Nov. 24: 8th Annual WRRC Turkey Trot. 9am. Carolina Beach State Park.

*Before traveling great distances please confirm details directly with event organizers.

With four distinct yet mild seasons, Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches offer year-round outdoor recreation. For visitor information, including special offers, packages, featured events and experiences, visit the destination website For a free official Visitors Guide to Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, please call 866-266-9690, or email

September 21, 2012

Pic of the Day: Otter Creek

Feeling blue? Michael Sing took this very cool shot at Otter Creek off the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin. 

Michael's website:

September 20, 2012

WECT: Two cats released at Holden Beach

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) –Residents in Holden Beach can expect to see some furry, four-legged friends around their neighborhoods.

The town adopted two cats from the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, spayed/neutered them, and then released them at the beach...

Read the full story here
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1940s Postcard of Beach Babes on Carolina Beach, NC

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This is an original vintage postcard from the 1940s. It shows beautiful women in swimsuits posing on the beach near sunset. "Beauty on the Beach- Greetings from Carolina's Playground, Carolina Beach, N. C." There is a scribbled pencil message written on the back. The postcard is in EXCELLENT condition, minor wear at the edges.


Very nice review of CB's new mooring field. And kudos to the dockmaster Randy for going the extra mile. 

From Cruisers' Net (09/19/2012): 
What a great addition to this area. Arrived on Monday night 9/17/12. There is a big sign upon entering, just grab a ball and call or register on line. Boats from 26′ – 55′. Randy the dockmaster is great. He will come to your boat and collect the $20 fee not to mention that he offered to take us ashore or bring us ice if needed. Really glad to be on a ball during the big blow on Tuesday. 
Capt. RL

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On this episode of Road Trip Story, Joseph and James visit the site of an important Civil War battle in Wilmington, North Carolina. Fort Fisher fell to a Union amphibious assault on January 15, 1865, cutting off a vital supply line to Robert E. Lee's Confederate army. Road Trip Story is a travel series about American Parks, History, and Culture. 

Video posted on Youtube by roadtripstory:

News & Observer: Civil War cannon to be dedicated Tuesday at N.C. history museum

September 17, 2012 
By Jeanna Smialek 

It once played a loud, fiery role in the combat between Confederate and Union forces at Fort Fisher. 

But the relic of North Carolina’s history has waited silently in front of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh’s Bicentennial Plaza recently, wrapped in gray plastic sheeting and ringed in bright caution tape. 

After it is unveiled Tuesday, museum Director Ken Howard hopes the artifact will serve as a clue to the cultural wealth the building behind it has to offer... 

Read more here
Photo from article 

September 17, 2012

Guest Photographer Series: Scenic Images from Around Pleasure Island by JM Kinney Design

For this week's Guest Photography Series, we are lucky to have some fantastic shots by photographer Jeffrey Kinney.

Jeffrey has taken many unique shots from around Pleasure Island and he was more than happy to share a few of them with our blog followers.

JMKinney Design is a growing photography & graphic design company based out of beautiful Carolina Beach, NC. Jeffrey specializes in portraiture & product photography, but nothing is out of the question as he is always up for a new challenge!

You can learn more about JM Kinney Design via the website at or you can email Jeffrey directly at

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.


This year’s Artist for the 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is local artist Barton Hatcher from Wilmington, North Carolina with his tropically-inspired musician playing the blues as sunset descends over the Cape Fear River masterpiece.  You can almost feel the breeze and smell the salt water.

Growing up on his grandfather’s farm in Bladen County, North Carolina, Barton Hatcher discovered his special artistic and creative gifts early in his life. A self-taught artist and mixed media sculptor, Barton’s eclectic style is admired by many. His work has been showcased in several North Carolina galleries alongside prominent artists such as Ivey Hayes. On several occasions he has been commissioned to do customized art designs for clients to fit their individual taste and desires.

His work is in the private art collections of North Carolina residents Linda MacRae, Rick and Marilyn Davis, and Mike and Kathy Allen, as well as New Jersey residents Charlie and Liz McCluskey, to name only a few.

Barton owns and operates Gardens by Barton, a landscape design business in Wilmington, NC, where he uses his artistic talents to create customized garden designs, including building hardscapes such as arbors, trellises and garden sheds. 

Before starting his own business, Barton was employed for 25 years by Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown, NC, where he was an art buyer and designed and built prototypes for furniture. 

An avid gardener and fly fisherman, Barton draws inspiration for his artistic designs from nature itself.  Barton lives’ in Wilmington NC.
We are proud to have Barton represent the 19th year of this great Festival.  Barton will be attending the Festival where he will be signing posters and offering additional selections of his unique artwork and sculptures in the Arts and Wine Garden.

Posters are on sale now at the Chamber office (T-shirts soon) and will be available at the Festival as long as supplies last. Again, Congratulations Barton!!

For event information and/or to book tickets, click here.

September 13, 2012

Fall Culinary News: Encore Restaurant Week, Food Events and Tours, Festivals & Dinner Theatre Spice Up the Season

(Press Release) Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches nourishes the soul with a historic riverfront town and beautiful coastline. As an emerging dining destination, it also whets the appetite and satisfies the palate with a full spectrum of dining options from Wilmington, NC’s historic river district to the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. A dining renaissance in recent years produced outstanding restaurants and chefs, including Catch Modern Seafood Cuisine’s owner/chef Keith Rhodes, a 2012 Bravo TV “Top Chef” contestant. N.C. Department of Agriculture “N.C. Best Dish” awards go to Kornerstone Bistro, 3rd place-Casual Dining and Marc’s on Market, 3rd place-Fine Dining Wilmington’s first dedicated dinner theatre, TheatreNOW, opened in July with chef Denise Gordon overseeing the kitchen and local actors engaging audiences with weekly comedies, murder-mysteries, children’s shows, a Sunday gospel/jazz brunch, and dinner-and-a-movie nights. 

Food tours and events provide a great opportunity for visitors to experience restaurants and food traditions. Each week food writer/culinary tour guide Liz Biro leads lively Culinary Adventure tours of downtown restaurants, bars, and farmers’ markets. Visitors to Carolina Beach will enjoy Tasting History Tours featuring island eateries. Food events and cultural festivals from the river to the sea help to round out an exciting culinary scene. More than 40 area restaurants from the river to the sea participate in the bi-annual Encore Restaurant Week (now in its fourth year), held in the fall (October 17-23) and spring (March). The inaugural Taste of Wrightsville Beach showcase follows on October 27.

Here’s an appetizing roundup of Fall food happenings to spice up the season:

Sept. 8: Dash Around the Table with celebrity chef Jon Ashton. Schwartz Center, Wilmington. 910-343-2037.
Sept. 18: A Taste of the Town. Thalian Hall, Wilmington,
Sept.22: Oktoberfest. Lumina Winery & Brewery, Wilmington. Advance tickets required.
Sept. 29: Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk. Downtown Wilmington.
Oct. 13-14: Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area, Kure Beach.
Enjoy seafood & live music with headliner Gregg Allman.
Oct. 17-23: ENCORE Restaurant Week. 40+ restaurants in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach serve delicious meals at fixed prices. Restaurants/ menus available at
Oct. 19-20: Oktoberfest. Government Center Complex, Wilmington.
Oct. 19: Airlie Oyster Roast. Airlie Gardens, Wilmington. 910-798-7700;
Oct. 20: Back Door Kitchen Tour. Downtown Wilmington.
Oct. 20: Lighthouse Beer Festival. 3400 Randall Parkway, Wilmington.
Oct. 27:Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Showcase of 30+ Wrightsville Beach eateries and beer/wine vendors.
Roberts Market parking lot, 32 N. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach.
Nov. 3: St. Stan’s Polish Festival. St. Stanislaus Church, Castle Hayne.
Nov. 10: Festival Latino. Ogden Park, Wilmington. 910-264-4915.

Ongoing - Farmer’s Markets: Riverfront Farmer’s Market Downtown Wilmington (Saturdays thru mid-Dec.;; Pleasure Island Fresh Market, Carolina Beach Marina (Saturdays thru Dec. 3; 910-805-3014); Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market, 10200 US 17 N. (Weds. thru Dec. 14;
Ongoing - Culinary Tours: Culinary Adventures with Liz Biro ( & Tasting History Tours (

Ongoing - Dinner Theatre: TheatreNOW (weekly shows), 19 S. 10th St., Wilmington; & Porch Theatre Company (Sept. 14), Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington;

Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville offer a dynamic dining scene with more than 400 restaurants to suit every budget and palate. For a free official Visitors Guide, call 1-866-266-9690 or visit For specials, packages, events and experiences, visit;;; and

September 12, 2012

Third Annual Island Day to Be Held in Carolina Beach on September 30, 2010

The Third Annual Island Day is back by popular demand. The event will be held on Sunday, September 30th from 1pm to 5pm at the Carolina Beach Lake. This year’s event is sponsored by the Carolina Beach Arts & Activities Committee, and is a cooperative effort between the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, Boardwalk Makeover Group, and the Police, Fire, Public Works, and Parks & Recreation Departments of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. 

This event is a good opportunity to slow down, relax and get reacquainted with your neighbors that live on Pleasure Island. The event is free, fun and family oriented. There will be food, music, games, island information, art and more. We are seeking applications from businesses and community organizations to participate in this event. 

More information will follow as the event nears. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in the event, please contact Lani Thompson at the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Center at (910) 458-7416. Additional information on the event and an application to participate as a vendor can be found at

Here is a video we made that contains some photos from the 2010 Island Day celebration.  The 2010 event was almost cancelled due to record rainfall just prior to the event being held.  Video: Rain Won't Dampen the Pleasure Island Spirit

When Does Britt's Donuts Close for the Season?

Although the day is not always set in stone, they typically close the last weekend in September.  Last year, they shuttered their doors on Sunday, September 25th.

They are currently operating on a limited schedule and open on Fridays at 4:00pm and Sat & Sun at 8:00am.  As to when they close on those days, their answer is that they close when people stop showing up.  The good news for customers is that Britt's now has a telephone so you can always call ahead and make sure they are open.  Britt's telephone number is (910)707-0755.

So no matter how you look at it, the time to get a Britt's donut is quickly slipping away.  So while you still can, hurry down to the boardwalk and get your last bit of deliciousness for the season.

September 10, 2012

Carolina Beach May Soon Get an Indoor Community Pool

It's been talked about for years but it now seems to be much closer to a reality. The CB Town Council will hear a presentation on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 about constructing an indoor pool next to the Carolina Beach Rec Center.

The plans being considered are for an indoor, eight lane - 25M pool with a deep end dive well. Preliminary figures have the price tag at 737,500 which includes a year round dome, locker room/admin facility, and outdoor landscaping.

The current thought is that both construction and annual operating costs can be nearly covered by pool user fees.  As of now, the annual pass for families may be as low as just $75. In addition to the annual passes, they expect to pull in additional revenues from visitor passes, scuba diving classes, water aerobics instruction, swim lessons, triathlon training and other special events. 

Both Councilmen Steve Shuttleworth and Bob Lewis weighed in on our facebook page and both appeared very much in favor in moving forward with this project. In addition, there was strong support by readers for possibly upgrading the project to a 50M pool which could be used to attract various swimming events to the island. Both councilmen seemed open to this possibility as well. Stay tuned folks... 

The Island Gazette has additional information on the project, click here to read their article.

Pic of the Day: Bald Eagle Soars Over Fort Fisher Carrying Lunch

Deb Neidhardt Frye captured this fantastic shot of a Bald Head Eagle flying over Fort Fisher with a fish firmly in the grasp of its talons. The photo was taken on September 7, 2012.

Star News: New Hanover County to get two new charter schools

By Pressley Baird 
September 6, 2012 
Star News

New Hanover County will have two new charter schools next year after the state Board of Education voted Thursday to approve 25 new charter schools across the state. 

Island Montessori Charter School, which will be run by educational organization Cape Fear Village Montessori, will provide students in Carolina Beach and surrounding towns with what the group calls a high-quality Montessori education, said Jennifer Friend, founder of Cape Fear Village Montessori... 

Island Montessori plans to open kindergarten through fifth grades with about 150 students... After five years, Island Montessori will enroll kindergarten through eighth grades... 

Read the full article here

WWAY: Commissioners approve Pleasure Island beach renourishment

by Marissa Jasek, WWAY 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Commissioners unanimously approved a more than $14 million renourishment project for both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Part of the price tag is being funded at the federal and state level, something that commissioners say could soon come to an end.

The project agreement calls for the county to fork up more than $9 million, money that would come from the county's room occupancy tax... 

Read the full story here.

September 7, 2012

WWAY: Sunny Point allows bow hunting on Pleasure Island

by Katie Harden 

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Deer hunting season with a bow officially kicks off tomorrow, and some land that was banned earlier may now be open to military hunters in Kure Beach. Residents on Pleasure Island are not happy about the new hunting grounds... 

Word has spread on Kure Beach that Sunny Point soon may allow people to bow hunt on the weekend. Residents say they never heard of such thing and they're worried about the animals and themselves. 

We did not hear back from any officials from Sunny Point, but Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth says the rumors are true... 

Read the full WWAY story here
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2012 Pleasure Island Beach Sweep to be Held on Saturday, September 29, 2012

Volunteers are needed for this year's Pleasure Island Beach Sweep which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012.  The sweep will take place from 9:00am to 12 noon and volunteers should meet at the Carolina Beach gazebo at 9:00am. 

Refreshments, bags and gloves will be provided. Please come prepared to be outdoors, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Help us reduce the amount of plastic at the event by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gloves if you have them.

Volunteers will receive free Britt's Donuts with coffee and juice.  There will be a raffle and a DJ will be on hand to get the place hopping.

Big Sweep began as a beach sweep in 1987 and is now an annual statewide event. Since its inception, more than 192,000 volunteers have retrieved over six million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s waterways. It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that involves approximately 90 countries and 55 states and territories. Locally, the event is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County, the Town of Wrightsville Beach, the Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project, Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation, Cleaner Greener Wrightsville Beach, the Town of Carolina Beach, the Pleasure Island Parrotheads, the Town of Kure Beach, the City of Wilmington and Cape Fear River Watch.

For some added fun, the Pleasure Island Parrot Heads plan some extra celebratory events revolving around the Big Sweep.  On Friday, Sept. 28th, they will have a meet & greet at the Lazy Pirate @ 6:00pm.  On Saturday, Sept. 29th, they will have a Beach Sweep fundraiser at the Lazy Pirate starting at 6:00pm.  The event will have a silent auction, raffle prizes and Latitude will be performing from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.  For more information on the PIPH, visit their website here.  Click the pamphlet on the right for more information on the PIPH's Big Sweep events.

Video: Hendrick Chrysler 2012 Jeep Beach Run to Carolina Beach

Every year I look forward to viewing the video put out by Hendrick Chrysler of their annual Jeep beach run from Fayetteville, NC to Freeman Park in Carolina Beach. They always do a great job of putting together a fun video.  Previous videos: 2010, 2011.

Here's the video description as posted on Youtube by christilowemedia:

Hendrick Chrysler Jeep Beach Run 2012 at Carolina Beach, NC. Jeep lovers of all ages joined our ride to the water on Sunday, August 26th, 2012. We had tons of fun in the sun, food, drink, and of course, Jeepin'! If you missed it, contact Hendrick Chrysler Jeep today and we'll catch you next time! 

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