Kure Beach Votes "No" to Proposed Bike Path Location

The Star-News reported today that the Kure Beach Town Council voted to oppose the Pleasure Island Greenway project. While the council does support an Island-wide bike path, they did not think the proposed location was in the best interest of the town's residents.

Many Kure Beach residents expressed to the council members their concern about noise and safety issues with having a public bike path running so close to their homes. The town council voted according to those concerns.

The Pleasure Island Greenway Committee was hoping to create the bike path on a separate route away from the road out of concern for biker and pedestrian safety. With this opposition from the Town of Kure Beach, they will have to come up with an alternate route through this part of the island.

Council members and residents who opposed the bike path proposal say they are willing to work with the committe to come up with an alternate route.

Do you live in Kure Beach? If so, what are your thoughts on this vote and on the Pleasure Island Greenway?

Link to Star-News Article

About Kure Beach, NC


Step Up For Soldiers, Carolina Beach / Kure Beach NC

Tom Russell and Step Up for Soldiers are selling engraved brick pavers to be placed at the Fallen Soldiers Memorial located on Pleasure Island.

4x8 brick pavers are $50.00 for 3 lines / 20 characters per line (including spaces).
12x12 brick pavers are $1,000 with 3 lines of text plus your logo.

For more information, please contact Tom Russell at (910) 297-4981.

Thank you for your continued support of this important project.


Pier to Pier Beach Cleanup / Island of Lights Fall Fashion Show - Carolina Beach & Kure Beach, NC

Lots going on today on Pleasure Island!

From 9am until noon, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach had their annual Beach Sweep community cleanup. There was coffee, juice, and Britt's Doughnuts available and afterward, everyone enjoyed beach volleyball, bocce ball, and horseshoes on the beach. Thanks so much to all our Beach Sweep volunteers. Your work really makes a difference in keeping our beaches clean!

This year's Island of Lights Fall Fashion Show is currently going on at the Marriott Hotel in Carolina Beach from (11:00 - 2:00 TODAY, September 27th, 2008). Tickets for this event included lunch, the fashion show, silent auction, and raffle. Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!


Free Seminar Tonight - Responsible Alcohol Seller Program

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting a FREE RASP (Responsible Alcohol Seller Program) seminar tonight. Details:
What: RASP, Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Class
When: Thursday, 9/25/2008, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Where: Carolina Beach Town Hall, Police Training Room
Why: The purpose of this class is to certify everyone who volunteers to serve beer at any of the events hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. This class is also open to businesses who serve alcohol and their employees. Everyone attending will receive a certificate showing they have taken this ABC Commission course.
The Responsible Alcohol Seller/Server Class was developed to assist permittees in training employees and volunteers on the responsible sales and service of alcoholic beverages. The program teaches the latest techniques in detecting underage and intoxicated patrons.

This program tonight is FREE of charge and will last approximately 1 hour. The program is designed for both On and Off premise businesses. Topics covered during the class include:
  • Preventing underage sales
  • Detecting intoxicated patrons
  • Dram Shop liability
  • Detecting fake, altered, and imposter ID's
  • Acceptable identification
The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce offers regular seminars for members and non-members to help provide educational opportunities to our small business owners, dedicated employees, and aspiring business owners.

If this type of opportunity is valuable to you, please consider joining our Chamber. You can get more details at our Become A Member of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce webpage.



Check out our Pleasure Island, NC Lens on Squidoo.com

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce has created a Lens on Squidoo.com. We think you'll love it:

Pleasure Island, NC Squidoo Lens

This is like a web page, blog, news feed, and social media portal all in one. We love it because it connects all of our online resources together in one place, it's easy to find, looks great, and it offers tons of information about Pleasure Island and the Chamber.

Enjoy! And don't forget to pass the link along to your friends!



Pleasure Island Chamber offers Small Business Seminars

One of the benefits of membership in the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is access to seminars and workshops for small businesses hosted by the Chamber. The Chamber is dedicated to helping local businesses thrive. In offering these seminars, they are able to help educate business owners on a variety of topics from licensing to marketing. Business owners from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Monkey Junction, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and beyond are invited - members and non-members alike.

The seminars cost $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required and you can sign up using the form that comes in your monthly newsletter or by emailing Visitor@PleasureIslandNC.org. Sandwiches or pizza, soft drinks and water are provided.

Just last night, there was a great seminar held in the Carolina Beach Town Hall Building called "Supercharge Your Website" where presenter Andrew Grey, an internet marketing professional, discussed strategies for making your website visible to people searching out your products or services online. He taught the why's and how's of using Google Adwords, Search Engine Optimization, and website tracking using free programs such as Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools.

There was a great turnout for this seminar and we're sure everyone went home with some new goals and resources for supercharging their own website.

Be on the lookout for the October newsletter with information about any upcoming small business seminars.

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce


Star-News Editorial About Pleasure Island Greenway

The Star-News Editorial column today in the Opinions section discusses the editorial staff's view on the Pleasure Island Greenway Project.

The editors are proponents of creating a bike path that runs the length of Pleasure Island, from Snow's Cut boat ramp to Fort Fisher. The positives outweigh the negatives, in their opinion, and the benefits include:
  1. Exercise
  2. Neighborliness
  3. Bringing people together
  4. Positive attraction for visitors
  5. Saving money on gas by walking or biking instead of driving
Given these benefits, the editors agree that there needs to be a compromise to make sure resident's concerns are addressed but that the pedestrian and bike path should not be shelved completely because of these objections.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Link to Star-News Editorial


Pleasure Island Greenway Location

The front-page headline in today's Star-News reads "Pleasure Island split on bike-trail location." The story discusses the response of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach citizens to a planned bike trail between Snow's Cut and Fort Fisher.

At issue is the location of the bike path, or Pleasure Island Greenway. Most residents agree that a bike path spanning the island would be an asset for residents and visitors alike.

In August, New Hanover County called a public meeting to solicit input on plans to develop the Pleasure Island Bike and Pedestrian Greenway, a multi-use paved path from the Snow's Cut boat ramp in Carolina Beach to the Fort Fisher Historic Site, south of Kure Beach. From the news release calling the meeting:
"The proposal calls for a 12-foot wide paved path that would extend over most of the existing fire break separating the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach from property owned by the federal government, including the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area. The greenway would provide a safe and green alternative for travelling around Pleasure Island."
The Star-News reports that hundreds of residents turned out to discuss the proposal and a number of them were opposed to using the fire break for a public access path. The reasons they listed included:
  1. Concerns about crime and noise
  2. Safety
  3. Security
  4. Police and fire protection in that area
  5. Trash pickup
  6. General maintenance
Opponents to the proposed location suggested using Dow Road instead while planners with the Pleasure Island Greenway Committee felt that Dow Road was too far away from the downtown areas of the beach towns. They want to encourage inclusion and accessibility to help foster a sense of community in these beach towns and make connections with the people and places of Pleasure Island.

Greenway planners are open-minded about finding the right location for the bike path and will continue to listen to residents to try and find the right solution.

Link to Star-News article


Pleasure Island Chamber Hosts SEO / Adwords Workshop

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is holding a Search Engine Optimization and Google Adwords seminar on September 17, 2008 from 6:00 - 8:30pm at the Carolina Beach Town Hall Police Training Room.

The focus of this seminar is online marketing for your Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, or Wilmington, NC business. If your business has a website or if you're thinking about starting a website for your company, then this seminar is for you. It's not enough to just have a website. To really get your money's worth, you need to market your website so that people can find it and use it.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) involves website design and creating content for your site so that the search engines (like Google, Yahoo, etc) understand what it is about and recognize it as a relevant and important resource for your targeted search terms. If you can get your website to appear on the first page of Google results for a given search term, then you're likely to get more organic traffic to your site and ideally more business leads.

For instance, if you sell and install hurricane shutters in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, then you want your website to turn up on the first page of results for the search term "hurricane shutters carolina beach nc." Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) are the tools to help you get those results.

The seminar will cover:
  • Basics of Google Adwords Advertising Program
  • Writing effective ads
  • Tracking your success
  • SEO basics
  • How to build traffic through inbound links
  • Intro to Google Webmaster Tools
You can sign up for this seminar by visiting the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Website and sending an email or calling the number listed on the contact info.


Welcome to Pleasure Island, NC

Home to Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Fort Fisher

Greetings from the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce! We're excited to bring you our Official Blog where we hope to keep you updated on upcoming events, new and existing members, and the state of affairs here on the Island. Our official Pleasure Island Chamber website is also a wonderful resource for information on the Island and of course our Member Directory.

We have close to 400 members and we're growing every month. A wide range of businesses are reflected in our membership from restaurants and charter boats, to hotels and motels, to retail and real estate - you name it, you can find it in our Member Directory. Our businesses are located anywhere from Carolina Beach to Kure Beach, Wilmington and Monkey Junction.

Local business owners recognize that the Pleasure Island Chamberof Commerce is a powerful networking tool for the area and that it works hard to promote life and economic development on the Island. Plus we like to have fun and we like to make sure our members, residents, and visitors are having fun as well.

Contact the Pleasure Island Chamber today to get information on becoming a member or visit our website for details about the area.


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