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Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Sept. 9. 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation is hosting the inaugural “Cruise for the Coast” to celebrate our estuaries and support the federation’s education programs. The three-hour cruise to Masonboro Island will depart from Carolina Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. aboard the 65-foot Winner Cruise Queen.   On the island, participants can walk the beach with federation staff and Richard Cecelski of Carolina Ocean Studies. The return trip will be through Snow’s Cut, just in time for the sunset, and guests can enjoy music, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages on the upper deck.   National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration that’s been held since 1988 to highlight the importance, beauty and vulnerability […]

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

Join Federation Advocate Mike Giles on a Rich Inlet Exploration

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation along with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours Inc. will sponsor two boat trips with the federation’s Coastal Advocate Mike Giles and Capt. Joe Abbate to explore Rich Inlet and the Lea Island complex of shoals and sandbars north of Figure Eight Island. The first trip is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 29 and the other for Friday, Sept. 26. Both four-hour trips start at 8 a.m. The boat trips, part of the federation’s Coastal Adventures series, will explore diverse marine ecosystems, visit important birding areas and see first-hand the unspoiled Hutaff-Lea Island barrier island complex. Lunch will be provided aboard Abbate’s boat, Shamrock. “The trips will give people the chance to […]

North Carolina Coastal Federation Report: A Sustainable Economic Development Vision for New Hanover

North Carolina Coastal Federation Report: A Sustainable Economic Development Vision for New Hanover

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 17, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation, in partnership with Cape Fear River Watch and local business leaders, has scheduled a media event at the Wilmington Riverfront Park at the corner of Market and Water Streets on Thursday August 21 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. This news conference is to unveil a collaborative effort to work with diverse groups and industries to kick-start the economic vision described in the report, “Pathways to Prosperity,” which was commissioned by New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington in August of 2013. Garner Economics of Atlanta prepared the report. “We have completed an exhaustive review of the Garner report and recommendations” says Mike Giles, a coastal advocate with the federation.  […]

Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation

Cruising, Clamming and Chowder with the North Carolina Coastal Federation

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 11, 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation’s Local Bites: Coastal Culinary Adventures on Saturday, August 23, will include a day of boat cruising, clamming, beach combing and feasting. Attendees will enjoy a boat ride and hear stories about the delightful shorebirds and stunning coastal environment, including information about the federation’s restoration and preservation efforts along the southern N.C. coast. “We look for creative ways to help people experience first-hand the amazing environment that we share in the Cape Fear region,” says Tracy Skrabal, the manager of the federation’s office in Wrightsville Beach. “At the same time, we help them to understand that stewardship of our coast is everyone’s business, and each person can help us to […]

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina to Host 2014 Walk for Wishes®

Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina to Host 2014 Walk for Wishes®

October 12th in Wrightsville Beach Annual Community Walk Presented by Cumulus Wilmington   MORRISVILLE, NC August 7, 2014 – Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina will host its 2014 Walk for Wishes® 5K at the John Nesbitt Loop in Wrightsville Beach on Sunday, October 12.  This community event, presented by Cumulus Wilmington and its five radio stations including WAAV 980 AM, WKXS 94.5 the Hawk, WMNX Coast 97.3, WGNI 102.7 and WWQQ 101.3, will raise funds to help grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Registration is free and is now open through www.WalkWilmington.org. Individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to form walk teams or sponsor existing teams to raise money for Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina.   Walk for Wishes […]

Experts to Discuss Oyster Research and Restoration at N.C. Coastal Federation’s Education Center in Wrightsville Beach

Experts to Discuss Oyster Research and Restoration at N.C. Coastal Federation’s Education Center in Wrightsville Beach

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 6, 2014 – Dr. Ami Wilbur, manager of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s shellfish research hatchery, and Ted Wilgis, oyster restoration specialist for the N.C. Coastal Federation, will discuss the population status, research and restoration efforts of oysters in North Carolina. The presentation is open to the public, and it will be held on Wednesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach. Wilbur and Wilgis will discuss the heritage of oysters in North Carolina, interesting facts about oyster biology, current research and why oysters are critical to the health of our estuaries. In this fourth presentation of the newly-launched Coastal Speaker Series, guests will […]

Lumina Daze Celebration Honors Wrightsville Beach Heritage and Timelessness

Lumina Daze Celebration Honors Wrightsville Beach Heritage and Timelessness

Enjoy a Nostalgic Evening of Wholesome Fun at 18th Annual Lumina Daze Celebration  WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC August 1, 2014 – What makes a great beach town? National Geographic Traveler contributor Bruce Schoenfeld recently wrote that a great beach town—in addition to being clean, picturesque and spacious—should be “timeless.” He went on to recognize Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in his roundup of “Last Best American Beach Towns” (National Geographic Traveler, June/July 2014). Though Wrightsville Beach has seen many changes over the past 100-plus years, it remains an idyllic beach town where vacationers can still enjoy nature’s beauty and life’s simple pleasures. This is cause for celebration for residents and visitors who relish Wrightsville’s easy island vibe. Each year in late August […]

Sunset Beach Activist, Developer Win Pelican Awards

Sunset Beach Activist, Developer Win Pelican Awards

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC July 31, 2014 – A Sunset Beach activist and a Wilmington developer have won 2014 Pelican Awards from the N.C. Coastal Federation. They are among six of the award winners along the southeast N.C. coast. Sue Weddle advocates for effective coastal stormwater regulations and tough enforcement of coastal development rules. Developer Burrows Smith won an award for being a local champion and pioneer of low-impact development, a new approach to controlling stormwater pollution. They are among the 15 statewide recipients of Pelican Awards this year. The annual award recognizes the exemplary work of people, organizations and groups to protect and enhance the N.C. coast. All will receive the awards Saturday at a luncheon at the N.C. Aquarium […]

N.C. Coastal Federation, Turtle Volunteers Plan Night Turtle Walk

N.C. Coastal Federation, Turtle Volunteers Plan Night Turtle Walk

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC July 28, 2014 – Visitors will walk alongside turtle experts from the Wrightsville Beach Turtle Project and staff of the N.C. Coastal Federation for a nighttime beach stroll on Aug. 7. During this family event, people will learn about the annual turtle migrations and this year’s turtle nesting activity at Wrightsville Beach and on nearby islands. They will also learn how turtles are affected by tides and phases of the moon, how to identify a “scute” and how sea turtles come onto the beach to build a nest and lay their eggs.  Trip leaders will demonstrate how the hatchlings use a temporary tooth called a caruncle to tear open the egg and how the hatchlings imprint onto the […]

Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina

Women’s Surfing Competition Returns to North Carolina

Wahine Classic kicks off week of surf contests, camps WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC July 15, 2014 – On the shores of the nationally ranked surf town in some of the country’s cleanest ocean waters, more than 100 female surfers from New York to Florida will compete in shortboard, longboard and standup paddleboard heats during the Wahine Classic in Wrightsville Beach, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 15-17.   The quintessential surf town made National Geographic’s short list of America’s Last Best Beach Towns in its June/July 2014 issue. Also in June 2014, Wrightsville Beach was named by the Natural Resources Defense Council as one of its 35 Superstar Beaches for its clean ocean waters.   Wahine Classic organizers Jo Pickett of Crystal South […]