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Cape Fear Pride 2008 - Holden Beach

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It's day two of our Cape Fear Pride series. Tonight, we're experiencing the charm of a southern Brunswick County beach town. Holden Beach is a great beach community that draws thousands of people every summer. There are also about 900 hundred residents that call Holden Beach home year round. Dean Carroll has worked at Sandman's Candyland for six years. She sees a lot of families, and many are impressed with the town's atmosphere. "For it being a family beach, I think it produces those family values and you see families vacationing here year after year," said Carroll. In 2005, USA Today ranked the 9-mile island-town as one of the top ten beach destinations for families. Lexington Virginia resident Beverly Fine said, "It's very very quiet, very peaceful, friendly people always." The area we now know as Holden Beach was a very different place in the 1930s. There were no paved roads, and no electricity, just land and open opportunity. In a quest to change that, the Holden family brought development to Holden Beach -- a small hotel and a beach fishery were the first two buildings. The Holden's were the first family to live on the beach. Holden Beach mayor Alan Holden said, "Me and my brother were the only kids on the beach. Entertainment was making your own toys, fishing, and picking up shells." Holden remembers the early days on the island when you had to take a ferry to get back and forth to the mainland. As the years passed, there was more development and more people living on the beach. Then came Hurricane Hazel on October 15th, 1954. The storm ravaged the area, but the hardy souls who lived there were eventually able to put their lives back together. Holden Beach officially became a town on February 14th 1969. Things really opened up when the causeway bridge was opened in the 80's. Holden Beach doesn't have the commercial activity of many other beaches, which is just fine with the people who live and vacation here. If you would like to find out more about the history of Holden Beach visit

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