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Archive for May, 2009

Talk & Squawk – Community chatter and social media May 10-16

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The focus of Talk & Squawk will continue to be about what the Cape Fear community is talking about on blogs and Twitter, but it also will include information on social media and technology.

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McIntyre to present New Hanover County Fire Department with funding

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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The New Hanover County Fire Department will receive some much needed funding Monday.

Congressman Mike McIntyre will be at the New Hanover County Courthouse to present a check to the New Hanover County Fire Department. McIntyre will present more than $61,000 to the fire department for operations and safety improvements.

It begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning in the Assembly Room of the courthouse.

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Congressman Mike McIntyre will be at the New Hanover County Courthouse to present a check to the New Hanover County Fire Department.

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Weekend of soccer gives Cape Fear economy a boost

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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Nearly 4,000 soccer players came to New Hanover County this weekend for the 16th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic; a big score for the Cape Fear economy.

Two-hundred and ninety soccer squads competed in this weekend’s Seaside Classic. Only ten squads are from Wilmington. That means 280 teams came into the Port City looking for a place to play, stay and eat; despite the mud puddles on the field.

“We’ve helped the local economy. Staying in hotels and eating at local restaurants and entertainment type things,” said High Point soccer parent, Tom Sypniewski.

The High Point soccer coach Chris Glover said, “We went all over. Some went to the beach, some went to the hotel pool and we ate at places like Subway and Cracker Barrel. We were all over the map. Judging by the size of this tournament a lot of other people did as well.”

Tournament director Antonio Saviano said the Seaside soccer event is responsible for more than it’s fair share of hotel occupancy this weekend. “I would say about 4,000 to 4,200 rooms. There were about 4,200 families that came in for this weekend,” he said.

The Cape Fear Convention and Visitors Bureau does not keep score on the field, but they did figure out the economic impact for this event. “6 million dollars for New Hanover County. That’s a lot of money and that’s why we like it,” added Saviano.

The soccer players muddied their way through 40 fields at seven different locations throughout New Hanover County.

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videoNearly 4,000 soccer players came to New Hanover County this weekend for the 16th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic; a big score for the Cape Fear economy.

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Kure Beach Boardwalk receiving finishing touches before Memorial Day

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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Carolina Beach is not the only place getting ready for Memorial Day weekend. In Kure Beach, the boardwalk extension is almost complete for the unofficial start of the summer season.

Last year, residents were split over whether the town should extend the boardwalk. But now that it is almost done, some residents along Atlantic Avenue said it will be a big help. “It’s going to take out a lot of the foot traffic that’s on the road and it’s going to help with the street traffic, and it’s nice it’s beautiful,” said Kure Beach resident Bill Ferrell. “It’s going to be a good thing to look at, look at the ocean everyday and see the nice boardwalk.”

The boardwalk should be ready by Memorial Day, but with a struggling economy, Kure Beach had a bit of an early rush. Several hotel owners said they were booked because many people came to visit this weekend to beat holiday prices.

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Carolina Beach is not the only place getting ready for Memorial Day weekend. In Kure Beach, the boardwalk extension is almost complete for the unofficial start of the summer season.

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Anticipation builds as Carolina Beach sets up amusement rides

Monday, May 18th, 2009

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Crews in Carolina Beach are working to finish setting up amusement rides near the boardwalk before Memorial Day weekend. Visitors and business owners can not wait until the Tilt-a-Whirl is up, and running.

“I’m really excited because I’ve really never had an amusement park right by where I live,” said Carolina Beach visitor Rachel Piedmont.

Boardwalk store owner Juanita Dail said, “Children will come down the streets and the first thing, start looking, pointing.”

They are pointing at the new rides next to the boardwalk in Carolina Beach. It has been nearly a decade since the town got rid of the amusements, but next weekend Tilt-a-Whirls and fun houses will once again be up and running at the beach. Local businesses are happy to welcome them back. “I think it’s great you know, the boardwalk used to be a lot of fun and now a lot of people like to come down here and vacation, but there’s not really anything for them to do down here,” said Tara Slocum of Britt’s Donut Shop.

Parents and kids both agree; an amusement park is exactly what the beach needed to add to the already entertaining atmosphere. “I think it will fit in perfectly because it will be more family oriented, you know your kids and everything it will just give the parents more peace of mind,” described Johnnie Adams.

“I’m excited,” Emily Piedmont said. “It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

But bringing back the rides has not come cheap. It cost $20,000 just to run the power lines, and a $10,000 deposit for the electricity. Business owners said tourists will more than make up the difference. “I just hope that everyone has a great season and that it’s an answer to a prayer,” added Dail.

Business owners said they expect the rides to provide a big boost for business. Even in a down economy, many are expecting summer sales to be up at least 50 percent.

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videoCrews in Carolina Beach are working to finish setting up amusement rides near the boardwalk before Memorial Day weekend. Visitors and business owners can not wait until the Tilt-a-Whirl is up, and running.

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