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Archive for June, 2012

Beach rentals sold out for 4th for first time since 2007

Friday, June 29th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The 4th of July is just days away, and the rental home business is heating up to a level it hasn’t hit in years in our area.

One real estate company that deals with homes all over New Hanover County is all rented out for the 4th.

Intracoastal Realty says all its rental homes on Pleasure Island and all but one in Wrightsville Beach are taken for this coming week. Joy Donat, property manager for the Carolina Beach branch, says this has not happened since 2007.

Donat says she’s heard from other rental companies in the area that they are pretty much full, too.

“It is an indication that people are spending money again, taking a vacation again,” Donat said. “And I think that is just wonderful.”

Sharon Dalessandro and her family are making their first visit to Pleasure Island. She says they booked their vacation about six months in advance.

“You need a break from all the stress in life and just your every day routine,” she said. “If you can get away, you really need to get away. I think that’s very positive that people know that they need to destress and go on vacation.”

Donat says the fact that rentals are picking up means sales are, too. Some of the renters enjoy their stay at the beach so much, they end up making a permanent purchase.

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Port expansion could grow state’s economy

Friday, June 29th, 2012

N.C. Maritime Strategy study leaves door open for deepwater facility in Brunswick

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Blazing temperatures could impact Southport festival activities

Friday, June 29th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The annual NC 4th of July Festival kicks off tomorrow in Southport with a slew of different activities, including a firefighter’s competition. Though they won’t be fighting any fire, they will be battling some extreme heat all afternoon.

Southport’s fire chief says they plan to have lots of water involved to keep everyone cool.

“We’ll have plenty of water, plenty of beverages there and they can wet each other,” Chief Greg Cumbee said. “There will be a lot of people getting wet tomorrow. I’m sure the hoses will be turned on them in the barrel push, the bucket brigade and there’s a big pool of water. I’m sure a lot of them will end up in it.

The firefighter competition starts at 10 a.m. and will last in the afternoon. There’s also a 5K run that starts at 8 a.m., when the temperature should be a little cooler.

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Hitching rides to Masonboro illegal, dangerous

Friday, June 29th, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Masonboro Island is a popular destination on the 4th of July, but the increased population on the island during the holiday may cause some issues and even break some laws.

Masonboro Island has seen upwards of 2,000 people on summer holidays like the 4th of July.

The easiest and safest way to get to the island is by boat, so many people hire water taxis to get to the beach. But sometimes, beachgoers are left without a ride.

“The swim is dangerous,” said James Thornton, owner of Masonboro Water Taxi. “It’s windy in the afternoon, and they’re stranded, and it’s getting darker and it’s not a good position to be in.”

Thornton says his business provides rides to and from the island with a ticket purchase, but illegal boat rides are not as reliable.

The Coast Guard says if anyone is found operating an unlicensed service, they will be fined. Fines can reach thousands of dollars. The amount of that fine depends on how many people are being transported.

Thornton says people are not the only thing left behind, though.

“Trash is a big issue,” he said. “We’ve got to get it off the island. I don’t tolerate any garbage or litter or empty beer cans being thrown off my boat. We’ll double back immediately for those. I encourage any parties going out to take trash bags and take your trash with you.”

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says anyone left behind on the island are ultimately responsible for themselves and have to figure out a way to get back to the mainland.

Water taxis recommend if you would want to use their service to schedule as soon as possible.

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Ocean Isle Beach museum hires executive director

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Terry Bryant named

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