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Archive for October, 2011

Construction of KB Ocean Front Park underway, not without hiccups

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The construction in Kure Beach for its new Ocean Front Park is finally underway, but not without a few hiccups. Mayor Dean Lambeth says when it is all said and done, the small beach town will have a new place to relax and mingle.

“This should be the renaissance for the entire downtown section of Kure Beach,” said Lambeth. “This is going to be the starting point to give the public some facilities they have never had before.”

The project, located on Atlantic Avenue, will include public restrooms, a playground and pavilion. The new space has been many years in the making and about $4 million from the town and grants for its development.

The latest construction has been replacing the boardwalk with a new and improved walkway.

“We have removed the benches, we’re lowering the fence, replacing the boardwalk in its entirety,” said Lambeth. We’re also going to have five bump out areas, which will have ada accessible ocean front swings.”

A dune infiltration system is also being installed in the space, which will be the fourth of its kind in the town. The mayor says so far Kure Beach is the first community in the state to have the technology.

“It has proved to be 97 percent effective at removing all contaminants that go through the storm water system and then we can vacuum out all the large particles that would end up on the beach,” he said.

However, the project has not been without issues. There was a hiccup in the construction of the 3,500 square foot pavilion. Lambeth says the concrete slabs were not poured correctly and will have to be fixed at the builder’s expense. He hopes it does not delay the project, which expects to be completed in March.

A public forum will be held at 5:30 tonight at city hall in Kure Beach to decide what the builder will do to fix the pavilion’s construction problem.

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SBI investigation possible corruption in Oak Island

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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NC Aquarium offers trick or treating under the sea

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — If you are looking for a spooky, but safe place to take the kids trick or treating, you may want to think about going under the sea.

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is having its tenth year of trick or treating under the sea starting Wednesday evening. There will be fun activities, games and even a few frightful sea creatures. Everyone is of course encouraged to dress up.

“In years past in has been one night and it was so popular that we split it into two nights, it has been such a success for the aquarium, and we love engaging the whole community and coming down before Halloween and doing something that is a lot of fun for the entire family,” said Robin Nalepa, the aquarium’s public relations coordinator.

You can buy tickets at the aquarium or in advance at www.ncaquariums.com. The event is Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Aquarium is also collecting old costumes and candy wrappers after the 31st as part of their Green Halloween initiative. They will accept the used ninja suits, princess dresses and all other spooky get-ups Nov. 1-30.

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SBI investigating possible corruption in Oak Island

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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Child taught parent how to operate a locomotive for Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This story is now in the Wilmington Railroad Museum archives.

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