Microchip Clinic in Carolina Beach on April 3rd

The Animal Medical Clinic and Saving Animals During Disasters are offering a Microchip Clinic on April 3rd from noon - 2 pm. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice, and is inserted just under your pet's skin. It stores your information and can be scanned should your pet be found without identification. It is no more painful or traumatic for your dog or cat than a regular vaccination.

According to HomeAgain, the provider of the microchips, one in three pets will become lost at some point during their lifetime. If yours is one of them don't you want to do everything you can to increase the liklihood that they will return home safely?

Event Details:
  • What: Microchip Clinic 
  • When: April 3rd 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm 
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Animal Medical Clinic - 801 Saint Joseph St., Carolina Beach,  NC

  • Cost: $30 - cash or check accepted for payment
Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation contact Jeannie Mintz at 910-520-6810.


Easter Egg Hunt at Mike Chappell Park in Carolina Beach

The Town of Carolina Beach Parks & Recreation Department is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and under at Mike Chappell Park on Saturday, April 3rd from 11 am to noon. The Easter Bunny will be hopping by to pose for pictures, and kids can also participate in games and crafts.

Event Details:
  • What: Easter Egg Hunt
  • When: Saturday, April 3rd
  • Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

  • Where: Mike Chappell Park - 501 S Dow Rd, Carolina Beach, NC
For more information call 910-458-2977.


Spring Sales on Pleasure Island - Southern Charm, Linda's Fashions, & Island Tackle

It's time to freshen up your wardrobe for Spring and thankfully Linda's Fashions and Southern Charm are making it a little easier with their great sales.

Southern Charm Boutique has new gift items, Switchflops, tops, jewelry, and spring clothing in stock. Mention "Chamber Discount" and receive 20% off one non-sale, in-stock item between now and March 31st. (Not good with any other offers.) Visit them at 1206-C N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach.

Linda's Fashions is having a pre-Easter sale with all sale merchandise at half price. All new spring merchandise will be 25% off - just in time to shop for Easter dresses. Linda's Fashions is in the heart of Carolina Beach at 201 N. Lake Park Blvd.

If fishing gear and power tools are more your style you won't be left out - Island Tackle and Hardware, located at 801 N. Lake Park Blvd., is having a "Customer Appreciation Day" this Saturday, March 27th. This event will include:
  • In store specials on hardware, fishing tackle, and clothing
  • Tent sales featuring clearance items
  • Drawings for prizes
For more information contact:
Southern Charm Boutique - southerncharm64@aol.com or (910) 458-4214
Linda's Fashions - jrallen@comspeco.net or (910) 458-7116
Island Tackle and Hardware - islandtackle@charter.net or (910) 458-3049

The Island Ice Factory Opens April 1st - Special Offers on Opening Day

The Island Ice Factory on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will be opening their doors on April 1st. Special offers that day include:

1. Buy $15 or more and receive a free Island Ice Factory T-Shirt (while supplies last, limit 1 per purchase); and

2. Buy a Large Gelato, Sorbetto or Italian Ice and receive a Free Refillable Island Ice Cup (limit 1 per purchase).

Their hours for Easter Weekend will be:
Thursday: 5-8 p.m.
Friday-Monday: Open at 12:30

Call The Island Ice Factory at (910) 620-6657 for more information.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is open for the 2010 season

Signs of Spring are all around and the latest is the opening of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. It opened today, Friday, March 26, at 8:00 am. Surf fishing is a popular pastime on Pleasure Island, and both local and visiting fishing enthusiasts will be excited to learn that this popular spot is open for the 2010 season.

This is a great time of year to get out there with a rod and some bait to see what is biting. Pick up a copy of Fisherman's Post to see what others had good luck with.

If your fishing excursion to the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier delivers fun and fresh air but few fish, don't worry - you can always stop by Fish Bites Seafood Restaurant & Fresh Market for something to take home for dinner. We won't tell!

The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is located at 1800 Carolina Beach Ave. N. in Carolina Beach and also has a tackle shop where you can rent equipment or purchase bait. Call (910) 458-5518 for more information.


Changes to Southport - Fort Fisher Ferry Schedule

If you are planning a trip to Pleasure Island or Southport, NC via the Southport - Fort Fisher Ferry take note of the new schedule, effective today, March 23, 2010.

The ferry will depart from Southport at:

5:30 am   1 pm
7 am   1:45 pm
7:45 am   2:30 pm
9 am   3:15 pm
10:15 am   4 pm
11:30 am   4:45 pm
12:15 pm   6:15 pm

The ferry will depart from Ft. Fisher at:

6:15 am   1:45 pm
7:45 am   2:30 pm
9 am   3:15 pm
10:15 am   4 pm
11:30 am   4:45 pm
12:15 pm   5:30 pm
1 pm   7 pm

When vacationing at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, or Fort Fisher a wonderful addition to your visit is a trip across the water on the Fort Fisher Ferry to spend an afternoon in historic Southport. Grab a bike from Wheel Fun Rentals and lunch to go from Surf House Cafe, both in Carolina Beach, and head South! The one way fare for the ferry is just $2 for bicycle riders.


Hometown Hero, Sgt. Kimberly Munley, Makes a visit to Carolina Beach

Sgt. Kimberly Munley, a true American hero and Carolina Beach native, will be returning to Pleasure Island this weekend to visit her father, Dennis Barbour, owner of Island Tackle & Hardware. Sgt. Munley is credited with ending the violent shooting rampage of Army Major Nidal Hassan at Fort Hood this past November. She was injured during the encounter, but is well on her way to recovery.

Sgt. Munley was recently a distinguished guest of honor during the President's State of the Union Address, and has been announced as Parade Marshall for the 2010 Azalea Fest in Wilmington. If you see her around Carolina Beach this weekend be sure to say hello, and express appreciation for her service and sacrifice for our country.

We are extremely proud of our hometown hero, and glad that the sun and warm weather have come out to welcome her home!

Bingo Bash at Carolina Beach - Katie B. Hines Senior Center

It's time once again to dust off your lucky charms and head to the Katie B. Hines Senior Center for Bingo Bash!

Doors open at 9:30 am for this monthly event, and the games start at 11:00 am. Seating is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis. There are 17 cash games that will be played. Get ready to yell, "BINGO!"

The Katie B. Hines Senior Center  is located at 308 Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach, NC.

Island of Lights Seeking Volunteers - Help Plan Holiday Events in Carolina Beach & Kure Beach

The Island of Lights is created by dedicated volunteers that sponsor events to promote Pleasure Island. These events occur during the Holiday Season and their popularity increases every year.

Island of Lights events include:
You are invited to join the fun and take pride in all that this Island has to offer those who visit and live here.

Event Details:
  • What: Island of Lights Monthly Meeting
  • When: Every 1st Tuesday of each Month
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: The CB Community Center on the corner of 3rd and Raleigh
For further information contact them at P. O. Box 2334, Carolina Beach, NC 28428.

Britt's Donuts Opens for Business March 26th, 2010 at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk

We know you've been dreaming about it through this long, cold, and dreary winter. The smell of doughnuts frying...the long line that is totally worth waiting in...the sugar burning your fingers because you just can't wait...Britt's Donuts is officially back!!

Announced by the handwritten sign that is eagerly awaited each year, the cherished Carolina Beach doughnut shop opens for the 2010 season on Friday, March 26th at 4:00 pm. Throughout the early spring Britt's Donuts will be open only on the weekends during the following hours:

Friday: 4 pm - Evening
Saturday: 8:30 am - Until...
Sunday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
world famous Britt's Donuts

You can expect a crowd on opening night with Britt's Donuts fans coming from miles around to get their first bite of the season. The locals will be there as well, arriving by flip flop, beach cruiser, and golf cart for their Britt's fix.

If somehow you have never had a Britt's doughnut, don't wait any longer! Make your way to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on Friday, March 26th for the handmade delicacy, dipped in glaze and hung to cool on long wooden dowels. And whatever you do - don't just order one!

Update: Wondering when does Britt's Donuts open in 2012? We've got the answer here!

Spotlight on Business - Surf House Cafe & Shop

There is a lot going on this "off" season at Surf House Cafe & Shop at 604 N. Lake Park Blvd. in Carolina Beach.

If you haven't had a chance to stop by the former Cove Surf Shop location, you are missing out on Carolina Beach's best kept secret.

Having opened in August of last year, the team (led by Brad Jones and Craig Love) has continued to build its business through a diverse and healthy range of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items, creative and niche brands in its surf shop, and a full calendar of community events that include monthly local artist receptions and Surf Cinemas.

The shop in general is a concept built on combining the retail and cafe environments into a place where the community can visit at every hour of the day. Mornings provide a great spot for coffee with free wi-fi and great breakfast items that include a cake bread french toast, made-to-order egg sandwiches, and the recently added skillet potato hashes.

Lunch at the cafe is extremely popular. A wide array of menu items that feature our hormone-free meats and local produce from Federal Point Farms, have solidified the cafe as a "must go" location in the area. The menu changes seasonally and new items are incorporated in daily specials all the time. Their ability to stay creative and use the freshest ingredients so that guests can find something new on frequent visits has been proven with their seasonal additions that include daily homemade soups, the "Best Hot Chocolate in the World Menu", Mulled Apple Cider, and the aforementioned Breakfast Hashes.

The dinner menu features flavorful dishes that are designed to give guests a value option for dinner. Surf House features "date nights" - Monday through Thursday - that offer two dinners for twelve dollars, and wine and beer start at $2 with an ever-expanding range of selection.

The surf shop aspect is that of a classic surf shop that continually looks to introduce exciting new brands. Spring and Summer will showcase new retail brands yet to be found in the area and a quiver of new boards from local surf board shaper Will Allison among a ton of other product, apparel, and surf accessories.

Additionally, with one of the core tenets at Surf House being to measure itself by its impact on the community, the group is expanding its event makeup - looking to introduce a range of options this spring, from beach cleanups and group paddle board outings, to beer tastings.

Surf House launched its non-profit community program, "A Swell Cause", by raising dollars for a local family in need this holiday and contributing additional dollars to Carolina Beach Elementary School "Go Green Club", and is working hard to identify additional opportunities to rally local causes.

The team at the shop is dedicated to being green (all of their TOGO ware is compostable, all print materials are on recycled paper, and the group recycles all plastic, glass, and metals in shop) and the shop itself utilized a TON of reusable materials in the build-out phase, that included reclaimed barn wood from a 100 year old tobacco barn.

You can find more information on Surf House Cafe & Shop by visiting their website (www.SurfHouseNC.com) or finding them on Facebook , or stopping by the shop to meet Brad and Craig.


Huge Kids Consignment Sale

The Kure Memorial Lutheran Preschool will hold a kids consignment sale.

You will be able to shop for gently used items including:
  • children’s clothing sizes newborn to 12, 
  • toys and books, 
  • nursery items/furniture and
  • baby gear. 
Also on site, will be a raffle featuring donated items from many local businesses and restaurants so don’t miss your chance to win big.

This sale is cash only.

Event Details:
  • What: Huge Kids Consignment Sale
  • When: Saturday, March 20th, 2010
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
  • Where: Kure Memorial Lutheran Preschool, 117 North Third Street in Kure Beach.
For further information visit KMLPConsignmentSale.webs.com


Responsible Alcohol Sellers Program (RASP) from the Pleasure Island Chamber

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce has scheduled another Responsible Alcohol Sellers Program (RASP).

The purpose of this class is to certify everyone who volunteers to serve beer at any of our events.

Program Benefits:
  • Learn the latest techniques in detecting underage and intoxicated patrons.
  • The program is free of charge and is designed for both on and off premise businesses.
  • You will receive a certificate that will also be on file with the State.
Event Details:
  • What: Responsible Alcohol Sellers Program (RASP)
  • When: Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
  • Time: 6:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Police Training Room at the Carolina Beach Town Hall Offices
If you are interested in attending, please contact Aimee at (910) 458-8434. 


New Members of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce - February 2010

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

New Members in February 2010:

Tamara O’Neill
E-Interchange - Internet marketing Solutions - Content management solutions, e-campaign execution, search engine optimization, custom applications.
PO Box 1556
Carolina Beach 28428

John Garrity

Holmes Security Systems - 102 year old security company with offices in Fayetteville and Wilmington. Burglar & fire alarms; 24-hour monitory service (local); CCTV; access systems and central vacuum systems
109 Hinton Ave., Ste 12
Wilmington 28403

Ken Badoian
Sea Eagle Sailing Squadron - Adaptive sailing programs for wounded & disabled veterans & families
8123 Bahia Honda Dr.
Wilmington 28412

Karen Salder
Touch of a Paw - Art prints (dog paws)
12 Delham Ct.
Wilmington 28412
www.DogPerils.com (temporary site)

Doris W. Eakes or Lori Harris
Trinity Children Foundation - 501(c)3 foundation in support of abused and neglected children in North Carolina, India and Africa
PO Box 149
Kure Beach 28449

M. Troy Slaughter
Winner RV Park - RV Park
(Winner Enterprises of Carolina Beach)
PO Box 321
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Peggy Hendrix
Woodbury & Co. - Full service independent agency - commercial property and casualty, employee benefits, life & health, personal lines home and auto
Carolina Beach 28428

Steve & Cindy McMunn
Chamber Friends
Carolina Beach 28428

Martin & Diane Teasdale
Chamber Friends
Carolina Beach 28428


Kure Beach to Recognize Students - Tuesday March 16th, 2010

On Tuesday's March 16th regular meeting, the Kure Beach Town Council will recognize six Carolina Beach Elementary School students from grades K-5.

These students are the winners of an art contest to design t-shirts for the 4th Annual Kure Beach Street Festival.

The Town Council will present these students with a trophy and certificate for their achievements.

Event Details:
  • What: Kure Beach to Recognize Students
  • When: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
  • Start Time: 6:30 p.m
  • Where: Kure Beach Town Hall located at 117 Settlers Lane
The Town would like to encourage everyone to stop by to help congratulate the winners.


An Invitation from Island Women in Business

Island Women in Business (IWB) is a non profit group in Pleasure Island run by women in business for women in business and is a division of IslandWomen.org. Join them for their next meeting.

This new group offers great networking opportunities and provides consistent professional and efficient support and a strong platform of events through which members share experiences and best practices.

This month’s speaker will be Claire Cates, Principal Developer, SAS Institute, who will speak on “Simple Steps You Need to Know to Secure Your Computer and Personal Information”.

Event Details:
  • What: Island Women in Business Meeting
  • When: Monday, March 15, 2010
  • Time:  7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Havana's Restaurant,
                One North Lake Park Blvd,
                Carolina Beach, NC 28428
If you would like to attend, please email Claire or call 910-458-7667.


Splash Park in Carolina Beach to Move Ahead

A proposal for a splash park in Carolina Beach sparked many comments from residents at a town council meeting this week, forcing a late-night vote from Carolina Beach council members who ultimately approved the park's conditional use permit.

The splash park will operate during the summer and will be located at at 107 S. Lake Park Blvd. and 100 and 104 Hamlet Ave. in Carolina Beach according to Jeffrey Mechanick who applied for the permit.  It will feature inflatable slides.

Residents who attended the town council meeting were split between those who feel that the splash park would draw families and visitors to town and provide family oriented entertainment and those who feel that the park is too close in proximity to private residences.  The latter were concerned about noise from the park and potential foul odors from portable toilets.

The Star-News reports that Carolina Beach Councilman Dan Wilcox summed it up this way: “Everyone seems to think it’s a great idea, they just don’t want it by their house.”

 The board voted to approve the splash park's permit with the condition that the noise be monitored and the hours adjusted if necessary.

See and hear the minutes from the March 9th Town Council meeting here: Carolina Beach Town Council Meeting Minutes.

Read the coverage from the Star-News here: Splash park wins approval in Carolina Beach


Carolina Beach Gives Initial OK for Freeman Park Music Festival

The Star-News reports that the Carolina Beach town council last night gave preliminary approval to Michael Oliver's Revolution Evolution of Love Music Festival to be held at Freeman Park this summer.  Freeman Park is the undeveloped north end of Carolina Beach accessible only by foot or 4WD vehicle with a purchased daily or annual permit.

Michael Oliver proposed a weekend long, free music festival on the beach featuring local bands of many genres including reggae, bluegrass, folk, jam bands, and classic rock.  The board had some concerns about the logistics but unanimously approved the festival with changes to be worked out to address the board's concerns.

Among the Town Council's concerns are how to supply food vendors with the necessary resources to abide by health codes, supplying enough portable toilets, having extra police officers on duty, and that the timing make way for the beach nourishment project in April.  While some councilman were concerned about excessive partying and drugs, Mayor Joel Macon was quoted as saying "I'd rather it be planned than impromptu if they're going to do it anyway. I'd rather work together to make it a safe environment."

To read the full Star-News article, please see: Carolina Beach gives initial OK to music festival at Freeman Park

Carolina Beach Sign Ordinance Public Input - 7pm on March 11

On Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 7 pm, the Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission will hear about a proposal to relax the town's sign ordinance.  A recommendation will be presented to the town council  next month and public input is welcome.

The Commission will meet in the council room of the Carolina Beach Municipal Administration Building at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.

It was reported in the Star-News on March 9th, 2010 that Carolina Beach town officials are considering a change to the current ordinance governing commercial signage in the community.

Currently, the length of time allowed for temporary banners in Carolina Beach is set at four weeks.  Town officials are considering whether to lengthen that time period and are also considering "whether to permit vehicle/trailer signs, A-frame boards, balloons, and humans in costume" such as are allowed in other parts of New Hanover County.

The Star-News reports that some Carolina Beach business owners want more leeway to present signage promoting their products, services, specials, or events.  Other people want to see the ordinances stay the same or become even more restricted in order to preserve the aesthetics of the beach town.

If you have an opinion about this topic, please attend the meeting to share your views:

  • What: Carolina Beach Town Planning Commission public meeting
  • When: Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 7 pm
  • Where: Counsel room of the Carolina Beach Municipal Building at 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd
  • Info: For more information, please contact Jeremy Hardison, zoning administrator, at 910-458-2991 or jeremy.hardison@carolinabeach.org.
To read the full Star-News article, please see: Carolina Beach considers relaxing sign rules


Spend Saturday Morning at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center Pancake Breakfast

The Senior Center is offering their Pancake Breakfast.

Breakfast includes:
  • Pancakes,
  • Eggs,
  • Sausage,
  • Fruit,
  • Coffee, Tea or Juice
Meal prices:
  • $6.00 for adults,
  • $4.00 for children over 8, and
  • free for children under 8.
Take outs are also welcome.

Event Details:
  • What: Pancake Breakfast
  • When: Today, Saturday, March 6th, 2010
  • Time: 7:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
The Katie B. Hines Senior Center is located at 308 Cape Fear Boulevard in Carolina Beach.


American Legion Fish Fry Friday, Carolina Beach

The American Legion Hall will be hosting their monthly fish fry.

Today $8.00 will get you a plate with:
  • Fresh Fried Fish,
  • Hushpuppies,
  • Cole Slaw,
  • Potato Salad,
  • Corn on the Cob,
  • Ice Tea & Coffee.
Desserts will be sold by the Ladies of the Auxiliary starting at 5:00 p.m.

Event Details:
  • What: American Legion Fish Fry
  • When: Today, March 5, 2010
  • Time: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Where: The American Legion Hall is located at 1500 Bridge Barrier Road, just south of the Post Office in Carolina Beach, NC.
For more information call (910)458-4253.


Island Woman Seeking Donations for Annual Yard Sale

 On Saturday, April 17th, the Island Women will be holding their 3rd Annual Yard and Bake Sale.

They are currently accepting donations.

Event Details:
  • What: Island Women Annual Yard and Bake Sale
  • When: Saturday, April 17, 2010
If you would like to donate an item or items, please contact Marcia at (910) 599-2524.

All proceeds are dedicated to making life better on Pleasure Island. www.IslandWomen.org


NC Aquarium hosts Scales and Tails Event

Do you like being up close to rarely seen animals? The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will host its annual Scales and Tails event on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, 2010. The event is a two-day celebration of our amphibian and reptile friends.

Visitors will have an opportunity to see, touch and learn about our cold-blooded neighbors.

Aquarium staff and invited experts will introduce the public to dozens of live amphibians and reptiles, including alligators, snakes, iguanas, lizards, turtles and MORE!

There will be exhibitors and Aquarium staff personal collections of rare and interesting animals that aren’t normally on display.

Event Details:
  • What: Scales and Tails Event
  • Where: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • When: March 6, 2010 and March 7, 2010
  • Start Time: 9 AM
  • End Time: 5 PM
  • Admission: Free with Aquarium admission
For more information please contact the Fort Fisher Aquarium at 910-458-8257.


Sunday Night Movie at Carolina Beach Lake - 2010 Lineup

Snow might be in the forecast, but the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is busy thinking about a fun-filled summer season here at the beach!

And to get you all thinking about warmer times ahead, we've announced the 2010 movie line-up for the annual summertime series: Sunday Night Movie at Carolina Beach Lake.

There is something for everyone this year and the series will kick off with the 9-time Oscar nominated Avatar on May 30th! Other movies in the weekly series include Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, Star Trek, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Blind Side, Where the Wild Things Are and more!

Please visit our website for details on the full line-up: Sunday Night Movie at Carolina Beach Lake.

Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown - New Hanover County 2010

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 will be the 15th Annual Be A Tourist in Your Own Hometown Appreciation Day for all New Hanover County residents.

Participating area attractions will open their doors to New Hanover County residents free of charge so that they can become “tourists in their own hometown”. Offering free admission is a fun and rewarding way to thank the residents for their support.

A number of Pleasure Island businesses will be taking part in this event.

Those businesses are:
Event Details:
Some special conditions apply.

To see a complete list of businesses and conditions please visit www.CapeFearCoast.com/hometown.


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