Carolina Shag Club New Year's Eve Party

Come ring in the New Year with Julie and Johnny at the Carolina Shag Club!

  • What: New Year's Eve Party at the Carolina Shag Club
  • When: Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 8:00 pm
  • Where: Carolina Shag Club, 103 North Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC
DJ Milton White will bring the best beach/shag music and Fran Reed and Brenda Benton will be preparing a buffet of heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Admission is $20 per person and the doors open at 8 pm. The Shag Club will provide the party hats, noise makers, and a champagne toast at midnight.

For more information, contact the Shag Club at 620-4025 or visit their website at www.CarolinaShagClub.net.


Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Countdown to New Year's

The Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Annual New Year's Eve Party and Fireworks celebration will be held in downtown Kure Beach this year.

  • What: Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration
  • When: Wednesday, December 31st at 9:00 pm
  • Where: Kure Beach Fishing Pier, Pleasure Island NC
Music will be provided by DJ Tommy King who will play the Best of the Oldies, Beach Music, and Top 40 hits.

Come join Kure Beach & Carolina Beach Mayors countdown the New Year and watch the Kure Beach Fire Department drop a giant Beach Ball to bring in 2009.

Best of all - fireworks and entertainment are FREE! So come on out and join us in bringing in this new year Pleasure Island-style.

See you there!


Christmas Tree & Holiday Recycling for Pleasure Island, NC

New Hanover County residents can resolve to start the New Year in a greener way by putting their holiday greenery to good use.

Christmas tree recycling is a good way to reuse those firs and helps spruce up our local landscape. Please recycle your Christmas trees at the following locations:
  • Smith Creek Park, off Gordon Road, Wilmington
  • County Landfill, 5210 US Highway 421 North, Wilmington
  • Diversified Biomass, Sunnyvale Drive, Wilmington
  • Myrtle Grove Middle School, 901 Piner Road, Wilmington
Trees can be taken to these locations from December 26th through January 31st. Please remove all decorations and lights. Trees will be ground into mulch for landscaping material or boiler fuel.

All used wrapping paper and cardboard boxes can be recycled at the following locations:
  • Market Street behind Blair Elementary School
  • Monkey Junction at Moose Lodge 353 on Carolina Beach Rd.
  • Murrayville at Lowe's Foods
  • Veteran's Park behind Murray Middle School
  • Castle Hayne beside Hardee's
  • County Landfill, 5210 US Hwy 421 North, Wilmington
Beach town residents with curbside recycling can place their paper in their recycling bins


The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Holiday Schedule

Due to the holidays, the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce will be closed on December 24, 25, and 26. We will be reopening at 9:00 am on Monday, December 29th.

Warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday and new year!

Your friends at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Enjoy Michael's Seafood on Christmas Eve!

Spend Christmas Eve with Michael's Seafood in Carolina Beach! In addition to the full regular menu, the Christmas Eve dinner specials will be:
  • Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
  • Carolina Oyster Roast including a cup of delicious seafood chowder, steamed Stump Sound oysters, peel & eat shrimp, tender little neck clams, smoked sausage, grilled corn on the cob, roasted potatoes, and homemade coleslaw and cornbread.
Need a last minute gift idea??

Michael's Seafood Restaurant offers gift cards in any denomination. Captain M's Seafood Chowder is also available hot, cold, or frozen in large quantities.

Michael's Seafood Restaurant is located at 1206 A North Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC.

For reservations or more information, please call Michael's at 458-7761 or visit their website at www.MichaelsCFood.com.


Charter Communications, Carolina Beach, Moving to New Location

Effective December 22, 2008, Charter Communications will be moving just a few blocks from their current Carolina Beach location into a new office at 1401 N. Lake Park Blvd, Suite 24 in the Food Lion Shopping Center.

Charter Communications is a Cable TV, High Speed Internet, and Telephone Service located here in Carolina Beach, Pleasure Island, NC. Visit them at their new location for all your cable, internet, and telephone needs. Or call them at 1-888-GET-CHARTER.


Spoiled to the Bone Mobile Pet Spa

Santa's Beach Dog Special

Is your V.I.P. (very important pet) ready for Christmas? Want to give your dog a nice, relaxing spa treatment while also getting him/her spruced up for the holidays?

Spoiled to the Bone Mobile Pet Spa will come to you for your convenience and your dog's comfort! Terris uses all natural products and TLC galore for that one-on-one experience for your dog.

Regular bathing, cut of choice and the works - Regular price is $50 (for Pleasure Island beach dogs only) and take an additional 10% off for the 2008 holidays (including Wilmington, NC residents).

Call Terri at 910-368-7416 or visit www.SpoiledtotheBone.com.

Located in Carolina Beach, NC.


Pleasure Island Locals Appreciation Night Tonight at Harbor Masters!

Pleasure Island Locals Appreciation Night is at Harbor Masters TONIGHT! You don't want to miss this one...

  • What: Pleasure Island Locals Appreciation Night at Harbor Masters Restaurant
  • When: Tonight, Thursday, December 18th at 7:00pm
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive in Carolina Beach, Pleasure Island NC
Whether you live on Pleasure Island or your business is based on the Island, you are invited! Harbor Masters,a Carolina Beach seafood restaurant, will be offering drink specials and David Wade of Music Tyme Entertainment will be supplying the hors d'oeuvres including shrimp, chili, grouper nuggets, crab dip and more, PLUS David will provide the musical entertainment!

We hope you can make it tonight for this event. We all know Pleasure Island locals know how to have fun and tonight will be no different.

See you there!

Spotlight on Business - Michael's Seafood Restaurant

With the holiday season upon us, it may be time for you to think about your personal or company holiday gathering.

Michael's Seafood Restaurant & Catering in Carolina Beach, NC hosts a beautiful, festively decorated restaurant with a full service bar. Michael's has room to accommodate any size function up to 100 people. If you prefer to host your party in your home or at your business, they also do off premise catering for any number of people. Owners Michael & Shelly McGowan will be most happy to customize your particular affair to meet your needs.

Please contact Michael's Seafood Restaurant if you need additional information. They have a full service in house menu or an off premise party tray menu. Michael and Shelly are confident that you will be pleased with the ambiance, quality of food, and professional service they have to offer.

Come see why Michael's Seafood Restaurant was voted "Restaurant of the Year" & was awarded the "People's Choice Chowder Award" - they guarantee you will be impressed!

submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce newsletter by: Michael & Shelly McGowan


New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome a number of new members this month. We hope you'll check out their businesses and support our local economy!

And for anyone contemplating joining the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, please take a look at these statistics from a study by the Shapiro Group, an Atlanta-based market research firm:
  • When consumers know that a business is a member of the local chamber, they are 44% more likely to think favorably about it.
  • Consumers who are told that a business is a chamber member are 51% more likely to be highly aware of it and 57% more likely to think positively of its local reputation.
  • Consumers are 63% more likely to buy goods and services in the future from a company that they believe is a member of the local chamber of commerce.
Membership in your local chamber of commerce is positive for everyone - the business, the consumer, and the local community. If you have any questions about the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, please contact Visitor@PleasureIslandNC.org or visit the Pleasure Island Chamber website.

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island and have pledged their support by investing in the Chamber of Commerce. Please support our community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Jimmy Lippard
Ashley High School PTO, School Parent Teacher and Student Nonprofit Organization
555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway
Wilmington, NC 28412

James Duehring
C&J's Cleaning Service, Residential/Commercial cleaning service
6245 Riverwoods Dr. #106
Wilmington, NC 28412

Lani Minihan
Cape Fear Sudden Values, e-marketing business for small to mid sized local companies
905 Carolina Beach Ave. S.
PO Box 1644 (Mail)
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Shelly Palmer
Colonial Life, supplement insurance benefits
309 Carolina Beach Ave. S. #2
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Lewis A. Jones
Associate Member
215 Atlantic Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Maxine Thorne
Max's Barber Shop
915B Bennet Lane
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Jennifer A. Stewart
Mid-Atlantic Drilling, Inc., environmental and geotechnical drilling
201 Peninsula Dr.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

William Gubitz
Pinnacle Business Services, Xerox Authorized Platinum Agent
6624-C Gordon Road
Wilmington, NC 28411

Cathleen Smith
Tangerine Caribbean Grill, restaurant and bar
300 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Norman Taylor
Wal-Mart #1348, discount retail
5135 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412

Conor Caloia
Wilmington Sharks Baseball, Wilmington NC summer collegiate baseball from June-August, the most affordable family fun in the area!
2149 Carolina Beach Road
Wilmington, NC 28401


Wilmington Resort Map

The Wilmington Resort Map is conducting its 5th Annual Campaign. If you wish to have your business added to the advertising program, please contact Peter Kurki at 910-380-3738 or at peterkurki@resortmaps.com for rates and information.

The current interactive Wilmington, NC resort map can be viewed online in its entirety.

Wilmington Resort Maps looks forward to continuing to help promote Pleasure Island, NC businesses.


Pleasure Island Winter Business Hours

Now that Pleasure Island is in the off season, a number of our local establishments have commenced their winter hours. Here is a list of just a few businesses that have started their winter hours:

  • Black Horn Bar & Kitchen, Carolina Beach - Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant, Kure Beach - Closed Until March, 2009
  • Gulf Stream Restaurant, Carolina Beach - Will be Closed December 24 - January 2

If your Pleasure Island business has changed their hours, please post a comment and we'll inform readers about your winter operating hours.

And if you're a Pleasure Island business who is not already a member of our Chamber of Commerce, please visit our website to see how to become a member of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you!


Stroller Strides of Wilmington NC offers Little Black Dress Class

Are you nervous about fitting into that little black dress this holiday season? Or even just looking your best in that dress?

If this is your goal, then we have the class for you! Stroller Strides of Wilmington, NC, a stroller fitness workout program, is offering a Little Black Dress Class just in time for the holidays.

  • What: Stroller Strides Little Black Dress Stroller Fitness Class
  • When: Monday, December 15th at 10:00 am and Tuesday, December 16th at 5:45 pm
  • Where: Monday's class is at Halyburton Park Shelter #2 and Tuesday's class is at Hugh McRae Park Shelter #5
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that mom's can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of body toning and is great for any level of exerciser.

We hope you'll take advantage of this great fitness class - you'll look and feel better in time for this busy holiday season!



Carolina Beach Furniture offers 50% Off Year End Clearance

Carolina Beach Furniture is having a year end clearance just in time for the holidays, featuring merchandise at up to 50% off!

  • What: Carolina Beach Furniture Year End Clearance
  • When: December 2008
  • Where: Carolina Beach Furniture Store, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC
Visit Carolina Beach Furniture, just over Snow's Cut Bridge, to find that special item you've been longing to purchase - at a GREAT DEAL!


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Be A Child During the Holidays Event

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents "Be A Child During the Holidays" this weekend. The entire family can enjoy admission to the Aquarium at a child's rate. That means that admission for both children AND adults is only $6!

  • What: NC Aqarium at Fort Fisher's Be A Child During the Holidays Event - $6 admission for all!
  • When: Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th
  • Where: Fort Fisher Aquarium, US 421 in Fort Fisher, just beyond Kure Beach on Pleasure Island
Be sure to check out the Scuba Santa in the Big Tank, puppet shows, & crafts, the original Grinch Who Stole Christmas on the Big Screen, AND photo specials with Santa.

This is a great family holiday event at a GREAT PRICE!

See you there.

Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show

Downtown Kure Beach hosts its Annual Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show.

  • What: Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show
  • When: Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Downtown Kure Beach
This is a great show and fun for all ages. Attractions include singing, dancing, and characters galore. Be sure to pack up the family and enjoy the show.

Kure Beach is located south of Carolina Beach on Pleasure Island, NC.

See you there!

Sea Tow Christmas Oyster Roast Tomorrow

Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach cordially invites you to their Christmas Oyster Roast! Yum!

  • What: Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach Christmas Oyster Roast
  • When: Saturday, December 13th at 3:00 pm
  • Where: Sea Tow Office, 6432 Amsterdam Way
Along with oysters, Sea Tow will also offer burgers and beer.

Anyone wishing to attend needs to RSVP to 452-3798 by close of business today. Call now!

Sea Tow Wrightsville Beach is Your Road Service at Sea.

See you there!

Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Tour of Homes - CANCELLED

We are sad to announce that the Annual Island of Lights Tour of Homes on Pleasure Island has been cancelled for this year. We appreciate all the interest and the willingness of the families whose homes were scheduled to be on display for the tour.

We hope to see the Island of Lights Tour of Homes back in full swing next year.

For a full calendar of events on Pleasure Island, including the Island of Lights holiday events, please visit: Pleasure Island Events.

Thank you!


Free Oyster Roast at Harbor Masters Restaurant

Once again this Sunday, Harbor Masters Restaurant will be celebrating Customer Appreciation Day by offering a FREE OYSTER ROAST!

  • What: Customer Appreciation Day FREE OYSTER ROAST!
  • When: Sunday, December 7th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC
Come show your appreciation of local seafood and local Pleasure Island businesses with Harbor Masters on Sunday.

See you there!

Pleasure Island - Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla

The traditional Pleasure Island Christmas Flotilla is tonight! Don't miss this festive and fun chance to celebrate the Christmas season in Pleasure Island style - a parade on water!

  • What: Pleasure Island Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla
  • When: Tonight, Saturday, December 6th starting at 6:00 pm
  • Where: Along the Intracoastal Waterway in Carolina Beach
Judges will be watching from Harbor Masters Restaurant on Canal Drive in Carolina Beach so come on out and show your Christmas spirit by cheering for your favorite boat.

The Pleasure Island Island of Lights Festival is a month-long celebration of the Christmas season here on Pleasure Island. Please visit the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce website for a complete listing of Fort Fisher, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach events.

See you there!

Carolina Beach Fire Department Toy Drive Today

The Carolina Beach Fire Department will be holding their annual Toy Drive today. This is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit and teach your kids what the holidays are all about.

  • What: Carolina Beach Fire Department Annual Toy Drive
  • When: Today, Saturday, December 6th from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Food Lion and Maxway in Carolina Beach, NC
There will also be drop boxes located at CVS and Dollar General.

Don't miss your chance to put a smile on a face of a special child right here in our Pleasure Island community!


Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast

If you're not attending the Breakfast with Santa at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott, then you'll want to be at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center for their Pancake Breakfast!

  • What: Delicious Pancake Breakfast
  • When: Saturday, December 6th from 7:30 to 11:00 am
  • Where: Katie B. Hines Senior Center, 308 Cape Fear Blvd., Carolina Beach NC
  • Info: Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children over 8, and free for kids 8 and under
Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. It's sure to be a delicious and fulfilling way to start your busy weekend!

The Katie B. Hines Senior Center is a New Hanover County facility.

See you there!

Breakfst with Santa at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott

Enjoy breakfast with Santa tomorrow at the Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott!

  • What: Breakfast with Santa
  • When: Tomorrow, Saturday, December 6th
  • Where: Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott, 100 Charlotte Ave., Carolina Beach NC
  • Info: Breakfast buffet is $7.95 for adults and $4.95 for children
Bring your little ones down for that special holiday picture with Santa. You'll even receive a voucher for a discount on their breakfast buffet!

If friends and family are coming to visit for the holidays, remember - The Carolina Beach Courtyard Marriott has 144 rooms with a private balcony and full oceanfront view. They have an indoor pool and spa, exercise room, SeaSide Grille full service restaurant, high-speed wireless internet access, and is walking distance to the marina and Lake. This is North Carolina's only oceanfront Marriott and is a great place to spend the holidays - or any business trip, vacation, or weekend visit!

For more information, please call 458-2030.


Annual Christmas Parade Tonight!

The Pleasure Island Island of Lights presents the Annual Christmas Parade tonight at Carolina Beach Lake Park.

  • What: Pleasure Island Island of Lights Annual Christmas Parade
  • When: Tonight, Friday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park heading north on Lake Park to the old Food Lion Shopping Center
Show your holiday spirit and bring the family out for a fun parade of lights!

Remember - you can always visit our website for more information on upcoming Pleasure Island events.

See you there!


Mom's With A Mission Event Hosted by Stroller Strides

Jump for Kids! That's the name of the fundraiser put on by the Luna Moms Club powered by Stroller Strides. Kids get to have fun jumping to their heart's content at Monkey Joe's while a portion of their admission price will benefit other children who need special help and attention.

  • What: Jump for Kids! Fundraiser event
  • When: Wednesday, December 3rd between 10 am and 3 pm
  • Where: Monkey Joe's in Wilmington, Long Leaf Hills Mall
  • For: Benefit for the Yahweh Center of Wilmington
$1 of each child's admission will benefit the Yahweh Center of Wilmington. The Yahweh Center helps bring hope, healing, and restoration to traumatized children and their families.

Hope to see you there!


Beach Dogs Holiday Toy & Coat Drive

The Beach Dogs restaurant on Carolina Beach is collecting new, unwrapped toys and/or gently used coats for a holiday drive to benefit Pleasure Island families in need this Christmas season.

Help make this holiday special for our children on Pleasure Island by donating to this cause. The Christmas season can be so difficult for children and families in need so we can all pitch in to help spread some Christmas joy to those less fortunate on our island.

All items can be donated to the Beach Dogs Restaurant at 304 N. Lake Park Blvd. on Carolina Beach. The toys and coats will be distributed the week before Christmas.

For more information about this Holiday Toy and Coat Drive, contact Bill Reaves at 458-4623 or email Bill@BeachDogsCB.com.


Spotlight on Business - Kure Memorial Lutheran Church

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church evolved from Kure Memorial Chapel, a non-denominational Sunday School organized by a retired Lutheran pastor and a Baptist minister. In 1951, all residents of Kure Beach were invited to decide what denomination the only church in town at that time should be. The vote was for "Lutheran." The Baptists then began their fine church just a few blocks away. For over half a century KMLC has been proclaiming the good news of God's love on Pleasure Island.

So why now has this church (or any church for that matter) decided to join a community Chamber of Commerce?

It doesn't matter what you sell or what service you offer, any business or professional member of the Chamber is essentially in the business of creating and nurturing relationships. And that's what Kure Memorial is about also: creating and nurturing relationships among people, and between people and a loving God.

Our mission, as followers of Jesus Christ, is to be a welcoming and caring people, proclaiming the good news, sharing our faith, and serving God and this community. We build Habitat for Humanity Houses, support the HELP Center, and deliver Hospice meals. Four AA and NA programs meetin in our facilities. We established the first quality Pre-School in Kure Beach, our youth have a great time working together helping people here and as far away as Homestead, FL, adn we work with the great summer programs at the Agape/Kure Beach Retreat Center. Our growing membership is a joyful family of people with a delightfully diverse mixture of church, cultural, and regional backgrounds. Our worship is spirited, we are serious about serving, and we don't back off having a good time together. At KMLC we truly celebrate life!

We would love to be your church home. Kure Memorial is located at 117 N. 3rd Ave. in Kure Beach, just behind Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant and across the street from the Kure Town Center. On Sunday's we meet at 9 AM for Christian education for all ages, at 10 AM for worship, and at 11 AM for fellowship, fun, and sending out to serve.

For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Richard Graf, our pastor, at 910-458-9586, email rbgraf@gmail.com, call the church at 910-458-5266, or email kurememorial@charternet.com.

You are also invited to visit our web site at www.kurechurch.com

Submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter by: Rev. Dr. Richard Graf


Grant Awarded to the Pleasure Island Foundation

On Tuesday, October 28th, The Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community was presented a $5,000 donation from the Cape Fear Garden Club to benefit the Boardwalk Makeover Project.

Arlene Mancini was instrumental in seeking out the Grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club in June of this year. Also involved in completing the Grant packet was Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wilcox, the Town of Carolina Beach, and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wilcox stated he "would like to thank, on the Town's and Boardwalk Makeover Project's behalf, the Cape Fear Garden Club for selecting our project for their grant program. This location will be a pleasing sight for thousands of visitors every year, so we're excited they selected this project. I'm looking forward to the Garden Club members visiting this site when it's complete and perhaps including it in their 2010 Garden Tour!"

The Boardwalk Makeover Project is excited to start working with the resources from this Grant and truly appreciates the opportunity awarded them from the Cape Fear Garden Club.

Thank you!


Island Of Lights - Lighting at the Lake Celebration

The Annual Pleasure Island of Lights "Lighting at the Lake Celebration" takes place this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving!

  • What: Pleasure Island Lighting at the Lake Celebration
  • When: Friday, November 28th at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park, Carolina Beach NC
Walk a mile around the Carolina Beach Lake to view lighted displays, enjoy caroling, and a live nativity provided by community groups including the Boy Scouts and Carolina Beach Elementary Chorus. Refreshments will be served and Santa will even visit the celebration!!

This annual light-up celebration officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival on Pleasure Island.

Following the lighting at the Lake, the lighting of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will take place.

See you there!


Thanksgiving Dinner at Harbor Masters Restaurant

Tired of the endless hours cooking a huge Thanksgiving meal only to spend even more time cleaning up? Try something new this year and come down to Harbor Masters Restaurant on Carolina Beach and enjoy Thanksgiving without the mess.

  • What: Thanksgiving Dinner without the mess
  • When: Thursday, November 27, 2008 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach NC
Harbor Masters, one of our newest Carolina Beach restaurants, is offering a Thanksgiving Meal complete with all the trimmings for just $7.95!!

Enjoy turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie. All for $7.95 - Wow!

This sounds too delicious to miss out on! Head on down to Carolina Beach by yourself or with the family and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with our Pleasure Island neighbors and visitors.


2009 Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide

We are fast approaching completion of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 2009 Visitor Guide. There may still be a couple advertising spaces left so please call us ASAP if you are interested in advertising: 910-458-8434.

This Visitor Guide is distributed to ALL of the Welcome Centers in the state of North Carolina and to everyone who calls for a vacation package as well as throughout Brunswick County, along the Cape Fear Coast, U.S. Hwy 17 Corridor, Interstate 40 Corridor, Interstate 95 Corridor, and the Topsail Island area.

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide is a fantastic resource for anyone traveling to Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher, and even the Greater Wilmington NC area. Our advertising rates are very reasonable so area businesses should please call us now to inquire about available space: 910-458-8434.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the Visitor Guide or a complete vacation package, please call us or contact the Pleasure Island Chamber via our website or email Visitor@PleasureIslandNC.org.

Thank you!


Pleasure Island Holiday Walk

Spend a day on Pleasure Island this Holiday Season by taking part in the annual Holiday Walk. Participating Pleasure Island restaurants and retailers are kicking off the shopping season with a fun-filled day of deals and treats.

  • What: Pleasure Island Holiday Walk Shopping and Dining Event
  • When: Sunday, November 23rd from 12:00 to 4:00
  • Where: Throughout Pleasure Island where you see Boot Balloons
You can expect special discounts, refreshments, Christmas music, gift wrapping, prizes, and plenty of Holiday Cheer.

Just look for the Boot Balloons outside participating businesses.

For more information about the Pleasure Island Holiday Walk, please contact Snow's Cut Monthly at 458-0120.


Fort Fisher Aquarium hosts Aquababies Weekend

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be showing off their baby jellyfish, sea turtles, alligators, sea horses, fish, snakes, and more during Aquababies Weekend!

  • What: Meet baby sea animals
  • When: Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Pack up your youngsters and bring them out to the Aquarium to meet their underwater youngsters! We can't wait to see all these baby sea animals. Special programs will be offered all weekend. What a special event - don't miss it!

Fort Fisher is located at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, NC.

For more information visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher website or call 458-8257.


Pleasure Island Chamber's Newest Members

The Pleasure Island Chamber is approximately 25 members short of reaching the 400 member mark! Please visit our website or give us a call at 910-458-8434 if you would like to become a member of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. If you're already a member, please consider referring a friend, neighbor, associate, client, or vendor that would benefit from being a part of our wonderful networking organization.

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island and have pledged their support by investing in your Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Please support your community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Elizabeth Ann Montgomery
Associate Member
1315-1 Bowfin Lane
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Bryan N. Soden
North Carolina Connections, a Systems Integration Company working in a co-op effort with Miller-Motte College helping students gain experience
220 Seawatch Way
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Roxann Hubbard
Pleasure Island Drama Club, teaching drama and performing for the community
1016 N. Lake Park Blvd. Unit 19
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Tom Scuorzo
Tom's Marine, marine sales and service
900 Yacht Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Susan Ywaskevic
Unique Boutique, ladies wholesale clothing and accessories
207 S. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Coastal K-9 Bakery presents Photos with Santa Paws

Coastal K-9 Bakery is proud to present Photos with Santa Paws!

  • What: Holiday pet photos with Santa Paws
  • When: November 18th, 4 pm to 7:30 pm AND November 23rd from 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Where: Coastal K-9 Bakery, 5095 Carolina Beach Rd., #9
  • Contact: Jackie at 794-4014
  • Benefits the Adopt-an-Angel Pet Adoption Program
The Coastal K-9 Bakery sells all natural treats for dogs and cats. They were chosen as the Emerging Entrepreneur for 2008 by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

No reservations are required for the Photos with Santa Paws events.

Also, the Bakery will be holding a Christmas Open House on November 20th from 1 pm to 5 pm with fun, prizes, and special discounts for all.

For more information about any of these pet friendly events or to learn more about the bakery, visit Coastal K-9 Bakery or call Jackie at 794-4014.


Free Oyster Roast at Harbor Masters Today!

Jeremy Bailey of Harbor Masters Restaurant on Carolina Beach is hosting a Customer Appreciation event this evening, Sunday, from 4:00 - 7:00 at the Restaurant.

  • What: FREE OYSTER ROAST at Harbor Masters Restaurant for Customer Appreciation Night
  • When: Tonight, Sunday, November 16th from 4:00 to 7:00
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC
If oysters are your thing, or if you just want to celebrate living on Pleasure Island and the great businesses we have here, then be sure to come out to Harbor Masters tonight.

Please check the Pleasure Island Chamber website for a listing of Pleasure Island Restaurants, including Harbor Masters.



High Tide Lounge hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive

The High Tide Lounge at the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier will host a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit a local food bank.

  • What: Thanksgiving Food Drive on Carolina Beach
  • When: Friday night, November 14th and Saturday night, November 15th
  • Where: High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave. N, Carolina Beach NC
On Friday night enjoy the music of 2 Chord Cracker and on Saturday enjoy the Caribbean beat of Lucia and Levi.

Raffles will be held each night at midnight. Come have a great time and get a chance to win prizes all while benefiting a local food shelf at such an important time of the year. Don't forget to bring food to donate!

For more information, please contact the High Tide Lounge at 458-0807.


Pleasure Island Drama Club - Friday Night Club

Due to a family emergency, the Friday Night Club Night for this past week, November 7th, had to be canceled. The Club Night will resume on Friday, November 14th for kids in GRADES 6-9.

Kids are welcome to hang out at the "Club House" frpm 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in a safe, fun, and more mature environment.

Cost of entry is $10.00. For more information, please visit the Pleasure Island Drama Club website or contact Roxann Hubbard at 264-7379.

Thanks and enjoy!


Free Admission at the Fort Fisher Aquarium for Veteran's Day

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be offering FREE ADMISSION for every visitor on Tuesday, November 11th on honor of Veteran's Day.

Bring the whole family and spend a wonderful day learning about our aquatic friends and the Cape Fear Coastal region. You might even get to watch the Alligator feeding!

Fort Fisher is located beyond Carolina Beach and Kure Beach at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, NC.



Gurney Hood Barking Lot Clean Up Day, Kure Beach

Calling all Volunteers, Gardeners, and Dog Lovers!

On Sunday, November 9th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm volunteers are needed for the annual clean up of the Gurney Hood Barking Lot in Kure Beach.

Bring your rakes, shrub pruners/snips, and gloves and lend a hand helping to spruce up this popular doggie spot. Doesn't your dog deserve it??

The Barking Lot is located at the corner of 7th Street and K Avenue in Joe Eakes Park in Kure Beach.

Thank you!


Beach Dogs Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Come one! Come all! Beach Dogs is celebrating their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

  • What: Beach Dogs Restaurant Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
  • Where: Beach Dogs, 304 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach NC
  • When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
  • Time: 6:00 PM
Thanks for supporting Pleasure Island local business! Enjoy!


Canine Costume Contest @ Beach Dogs on Carolina Beach

Bring your favorite four-legged friend out in his Halloween costume tonight for a Canine Halloween Costume Contest.

  • What: Canine Halloween Costume Contest
  • Where: Beach Dogs Restaurant, 304 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach NC
  • When: Tonight, Halloween Night, from 4-7. Judging starts at 6pm.
This is sure to be a blast for all dog lovers - plus prizes will be awarded.

Happy Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Celebrate at the Carolina Beach Halloween Carnival

The Carolina Beach Department of Parks and Recreation continues the Halloween Fun tomorrow at their 2008 Halloween Carnival.

  • What: Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation 2008 Halloween Carnival
  • When: Saturday, November 1st from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Where: Carolina Beach Recreation Center
  • Ages: 12 and under
  • Cost: $1 plus at least 1 canned food item to be donated to the Federal Point Help Center
  • More details: Carolina Beach 2008 Halloween Carnival
The evening will be filled with games, candy, a haunted hallway, and spooky prizes as well as a costume contest to be judged at 8 pm sharp. There will also be Halloween cake and drinks.

So wash that costume (or don't) and come on down to join the festivities!

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!


Breakfast to Meet the Candidates

Here is another opportunity for Pleasure Island residents to meet our New Hanover & NC State candidates for public office.

  • What: Complimentary Breakfast to Meet the Candidates
  • When: Friday, October 31, 2008 6:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, Carolina Beach NC
Candidates expected to attend:
  • Michael Lee - NC State Senate District 9
  • Ted Davis - County Commissioner
  • Bill Kopp - County Commissioner
  • Jason R. Thompson - County Commissioner
This will be a great opportunity to meet these candidates and personally ask them your questions. The event is hosted by Big Talker Radio and the Republican Party.

Thank you!


NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents "Trick or Treat Under the Sea"

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher presents their annual Halloween celebration, "Trick or Treat Under the Sea."

  • What: "Trick or Treat Under the Sea" at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Pleasure Island
  • When: Thursday, October 30th 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Children of all ages are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes, rake in the candy, and participate in games with prizes, face painting, story-telling, a haunted cave featuring Scotty the Pirate Magician for younger kinds and a spooky trail for older children.

Bring your Halloween bags because children can trick-or-treat among the many booths operated by local businesses and organizations.

Tickets for NC Aquarium Society Members are $5; $6 for the general public; and children under 2 are free of charge. Only umbrella strollers will be allowed in the building for this event. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event from 5 to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are available and include early admission.

For more information, please contact the Aquarium at 910-458-8257 or visit their website at NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.


Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Posters & T-Shirts Available

Don't forget that the 15th Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival commemorative posters and t-shirts are available for purchase at the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Office, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach.

The Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival t-shirts feature this year's winning artwork by Carolina Beach resident Robert Knowles. The t-shirts are available in pink, white, and grey solids (short and long sleeve) and pink and blue tie dye and are $15 each.

The first 200 posters have been signed and numbered by the artist Robert Knowles and are available for $20 each.

If you attended this year's Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival, you know what a special event it was to have renowned legends Johnny and Edgar Winter perform for us right here in Pleasure Island! Add the 15th Annual Festival poster & t-shirt to your collection to remember and support this truly unique music and cultural festival for years to come.

Thank you!


Reception to Meet the New Hanover County & NC State Candiates

2008 Election Day is coming up soon - Only 9 days to go!

If you have not yet voted in the early, one-stop voting, please take advantage of this opportunity this week and up until November 1st. Find more details here: Carolina Beach Early Voting.

In case you're waiting to learn more about local issues affecting Pleasure Island, New Hanover County, and the State of North Carolina, you are invited to a reception to meet the candidates running for local and state office.

  • What: A Reception to meet the New Hanover County & North Carolina State Candidates
  • When: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Where: American Legion Post 129 in Carolina Beach
Light hors devours and a cash bar will be available.

The following candidates and representatives are expected to attend:
  • State Senator Julia Boseman - Senate District 9
  • Jonathon Barfield - Candidate for County Commission
  • Jan Brewington - Candidate for School Board
  • Pat Chappell - Candidate for School Board
  • Dorothy DeShields - Candidate for School Board
  • Jennifer Hardison - Candidate for Registrar of Deeds
  • Staff representative for Kay Hagan for US Senate
  • Staff representative for Barack Obama for President
  • Representative for Bev Purdue for Governor
We hope you'll take this opportunity to educate yourself about the candidates and make an informed decision for this important election.

Thank you!


Carolina Beach Special Public Meeting - Master Development Plan

The Town of Carolina Beach will hold an informational meeting concerning the Master Development Plan and Central Business District.

  • When: Thursday, October 30th, 2008, 6:30pm
  • Where: Council Room of the Carolina Beach Municipal Administration Building, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC

For directions, please visit the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Directions webpage.

For questions, please contact the Town of Carolina Beach.


The Steve Miller Band in Concert at Legion Sports Complex, Wilmington NC

IBX Promotions presents an intimate evening with The Steve Miller Band. Steve Miller will be the first to play at the 6,000 seat, seasonal amphitheatre that IBX Promotions is creating at the Legion Sport Complex in Wilmington, NC.

  • What: The Steve Miller Band live in Wilmington, NC
  • Where: Legion Sports Complex, Carolina Beach Road
  • When: October 26th, 2008 at 7:00pm
  • Tickets: $46.50 for reserved seating and $25.50 for seated, general admission
  • How: Tickets can be purchased online at Frontgate Tickets and IBX Promotions or by phone at 1-888-512-SHOW.
Enjoy the Show!


Got 'Em On Live Scholarship Golf Tournament

On Monday, October 27th, the Got 'Em On Live Bait Club will be hosting their 11th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Echo Farms in Wilmington. Check-in is at 11:00 am with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. A social will be held afterward at the Echo Farms Clubhouse.

For more information, please contact Donna Gurganuas at (910) 470-1374, by email at dgurganus@firstcancorp.com or visit the Got 'Em On Live Bait Club Golf Tournament webpage.

Proceeds from this Golf Tournament will help create fellowships that benefit graduate students in Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Carolina Beach Special Public Meeting - Arts & Activities Committee

The Carolina Beach Town Council Ad-Hoc Arts and Activities Committee will hold a special meeting to continue discussions about upcoming events:

  • When: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008, 10:00am
  • Where: Conference Room at the Carolina Beach Municipal Administration Building, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC

Please contact the Town of Carolina Beach for further questions.


Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge

The 2nd annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge will be held October 24-26, 2008. This tournament is brought to you by Fisherman's Post Newspaper and features over 40 ways to win an estimated $12,000 in prize money.

Saturday,October 25th will feature the Big Buddy/Little Buddy fishing tournament from 9 am until noon. This tournament will bring nearly 60 youths out for a special day of fishing. Many of these kids have never experienced the thrill of surf fishing, spending the day at the beach, and experiencing the excitement of catching their first fish.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Big Buddy Program and the Cape Fear Volunteer Center. For more information, please visit Fisherman's Post or call (910) 264-5487.


Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross Wine Tasting at Beau Rivage Clubhouse

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the American Red Cross - Cape Fear Chapter, a Red and White Taste and Toast Reception will be held on October 24, 2008 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Beau Rivage Clubhouse located at:

649 Rivage Promenade in Wilmington

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple which includes tasting of over 45 varieties of wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. All proceeds benefit the Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Want to help save a life? Donate Blood today!

Click here for Wine Tasting Details.


Fort Fisher Ferry to undergo Repairs & Maintenance

As of December 1st, 2008, the Southport - Fort Fisher Ferry will suspend it services for approximately 2 months while T.A. Loving Co. contracting company rehabilitates ramps at both ends of the route.

This will no doubt be an inconvenience to the hundreds of regular commuters who use the ferry to travel between southern New Hanover County and Brunswick County. Pleasure Island residents will have to travel north over the Snow's Cut Bridge through New Hanover County and enter Brunswick County via the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or the Isabel Holmes Bridge during the two months of work on the ferry.

Commuters who hold annual passes will have their passes extended two months after the work is completed.

The nature of the work is routine maintenance to avoid any problems down the road. The DOT chose December and January to do the work because those are traditionally the slowest months on the Fort Fisher ferry.

Will affect your commute? Please leave a comment to let us know how you plan to work around this transportation issue.

Source: Star-News: Ferries will suspend runs

More area resources: Fort Fisher, NC


One Stop Voting - Carolina Beach Election Polls Open 10/16

One Stop Voting for Pleasure Island Residents

Avoid the long lines on Election Day and vote early at a One Stop Voting Site.

From October 16th through November 1st, One Stop Voting locations will be open across the county for your convenience. For Pleasure Island residents, stop by the Carolina Beach Recreation Center at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd. to cast your vote.

For directions: Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Directions

One Stop Voting will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.

For more information about early voting, please contact the New Hanover County Board of Elections at (910) 798-7330.


Thanks to everyone for a great Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

The skies may have been cloudy on Saturday, but that didn't stop our festival-goers from having a great time at the 15th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. The food was great, the music was awesome, the Kidz Zone was better than ever and the festival was an all-around success.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and enjoying this event! Thanks to all the bands who entertained and the food vendors who fed us all! We already can't wait for the 2009 Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival.

Also a huge Thanks to our Sponsors for helping make this event such a success:

Bank of America
Bryant Real Estate
Coca Cola
Michelob Light
Island Gazette
Intracoastal Realty
Secof Construction
Century 21 Sweyer & Associates
106.7 The Penguin
103.7 The Bone
All American Bail Bonds
Charter Business
Lambeth Pools
Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach
Progress Energy
Time Warner Cable

Carolina Beach Special Meeting - Land Use Plan

The Town Council of the Town of Carolina Beach will hold a special meeting to consider a Land Use Plan Amendment to modify the limitations to building height in the Commercial 2 Land Use Classification Area.

  • When: Friday, October 17th, 2008, 6:30pm
  • Where: Council Room of the Carolina Beach Municipal Administration Building, 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC
  • What: Land Use Amendment regarding building height

Copies of the amendment are available for your review and may be checked out for a 24-hour period at the Carolina Beach Town Hall during normal business hours.

Your comments are invited and important to the Carolina Beach Town Council.

For questions, please contact Gary Ferguson, the Director of Planning & Development, at the Town of Carolina Beach.

[from the Notice of Public Meetings of the Carolina Beach Town Council]


Carolina Beach, NC "Summer Never Ends" Celebration

On Saturday, October 18th from 10 am to 9:30 pm, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Makeover and your Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce presents "Summer Never Ends."

This celebration takes place at the Boardwalk Gazebo with
  • arts & crafts
  • live music
  • pony rides
  • dance demos
  • the bounce house
  • face painting
  • a dunking tank
  • Police K-9 demonstrations
  • fabulous fireworks display
The arts and crafts begin at 10 am with all other activities starting at noon and fireworks rounding out the evening at dusk.

Mark your calendars - We hope to see you there!


Press Release - Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival

Please visit our link to the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival online press release:

15th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Featuring Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter

We also have an online press release for acknowledging the 2008 Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Poster Design Contest Winner, Robert Knowles:

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Event Poster Design Winner Announced

Thanks and Enjoy!

We'll see you there.


Official Posters for the 2008 Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival

The Official 15th Annual Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Poster is now available for purchase in the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce office (Directions to Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce). This year's winning artist is Robert Knowles of Carolina Beach.

Don't miss your opportunity to purchase the Official Poster, signed and numbered by the artist, for only $20.00. If you haven't already seen the poster, please stop by the Chamber offices to view the original which will be up for auction at next year's Touch of Class Charity Auction on May 8th, 2009.

You may view posters from past festivals on the Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival page on our website. Links to images of past posters are on the right-hand side. You'll also find complete festival information including the artist lineup and ticket info.

Congratulations Robert Knowles! Keep up the great work.


Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival 2008

The annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11th and Sunday October 12th 2008 at the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area along the Cape Fear River in Kure Beach, NC.

We hope you will join us for some amazing music from brothers Johnny Winter & Edgar Winter, performing their own sets and then together for the first time in years. This is an event not to be missed!

You'll also want to be sure and catch our other talented performers including:
  • Blues World Order
  • Sean Carney Band
  • Robin Rogers
  • Harper
  • Delta Moon
  • Lightnin' Wells
  • 10 Dollar Thrill
  • Medusa Does the Blues
  • Mardi Gras with Sammy O'Banion
  • Wahl Project
  • Kevin Kolb Trio
  • Dusty Long Trio
  • Bill Garfield Jazz Combo
  • Benny Hill Trio
  • EL JAYE Johnson & Port City Allstars
  • Charlie & Rose Lucasa
Please check our Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival Event Schedule & Ticket Information as well as our commercial for the event.

Tickets range from $15 to $30 depending on how many days you plan on attending and if you purchase in advance. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased from the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce with a Visa or Mastercard.


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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