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New sunscreen regulations aim to block out confusion

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video Your bottle of sunscreen will soon look different. That's because the Food and Drug Administration introduced new guidelines today. The new rules will tell consumers just how well products protect against cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. Full story...
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Crowds flock to Carolina Beach to kick off summer

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People flocked to Carolina Beach to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday today. The beach was packed this afternoon as people celebrated with a day off from work. Full story...
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"And the Winner is..." BEST BEACH

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video Spring is in the air, and it's starting to feel like summer. That means it's time to hit the beach. So in this week's edition of "And the Winner is..." we want to know which of the natural treasures along our coast is the best? Which has the softest sand and the wildest waves? Which is the best strand to soak in some rays, build a sandcastle or just frolic in the sun? Let us know which is the BEST BEACH in the Cape Fear. Here's how the votes are washing in (9 a.m. Thurs.):
Ocean Isle Beach - 57%
Carolina Beach - 11%
Sunset Beach - 9%
Wrightsville Beach - 9% Full story...

Beach businesses hope Memorial Day sparks hot summer

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video With Memorial Day weekend being one of the biggest beach weekends of the year, Carolina Beach businesses prepare for the crowds and hope for the best. Full story...
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Soccer tournament a pre-summer boon for Cape Fear

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video This weekend's Seaside Soccer Classic brought into town more than 300 teams and thousands of families to the Cape Fear region. Many of them enjoyed things other than soccer, like going to the beach. Full story...
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Sunshine and summer temps mean beaches full of families and friends

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After a long, cold winter and a stormy spring, the summer weather has arrived, and beach goers are out in full swing this weekend. Full story...
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Report: Hurricanes pose risk to 1.8M costal homes

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More than 1.8 million homes along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are at great risk of being damaged by a hurricane, three times the number located in federally defined flood zones, according to a report released Tuesday. Full story...
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Lawmakers consider cap on coastal jetties if new bill passes

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House members want to limit the number of coastal jetties that could be built if legislation passes allowing coastal communities to build hardened structures. Full story...
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Creative solutions to endless pollution

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video With the rising temperatures and clear skies, many folks are making their way to the beach. Wrightsville Beach says they are trying to clean up their act and they are hoping their creative strategies will mean less litter. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Car owners would pay for Wave's beach bus plan

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video Years ago the main way to get from Wilmington to Wrightsville Beach was by trolley. If Wave Transit gets its way, the Beach Car may again roll to the ocean, but it would come at a price. Full story...
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Opinions on offshore energy welcome

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If you have an opinion on offshore energy, Governor Bev Perdue's Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy wants to hear it. Full story...
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Beach businesses make transition to fall

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video It's official. Summer ended late last night. Businesses that rely so much on tourism based on sun and surf now have to figure out how to survive in the fall. Full story...
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Visitors beat heat at beach a day after Earl

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video Many people thought Hurricane Earl was going to swoop in and ruin their Labor Day weekend here in the Cape Fear region. Instead, the sun was shining today, and there was not a cloud in the sky. Beachgoers say they couldn't ask for better weather. Full story...
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Beach businesses hoping for big weekend despite storm threat

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videoBy all indications, it's been a good tourist season along the Cape Fear Coast. Beach businesses hope this last big weekend of summer will not be a wash out thanks to Earl and Fiona Full story...
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Surf City allows alcohol on beach

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videoA change to a Surf City town ordinance has many beach visitors tipping their cups and drinking alcohol on the sand without worrying about getting in trouble. The changes have people split. Full story...
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