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Beach parking in Oak Island might soon cost money

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videoOak Island Town Manager Steve Foster knew it was a hot-button issue when he proposed the town look into charging for parking. There is a perception it would steer visitors away from the island or impact residents negatively. Full story...
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Battleship attendance best in decade

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The Battleship North Carolina's second half century in Wilmington got off to a good start with visitors. The Battleship announced today that attendance for the Fiscal Year 2012 was the best the ship has had in 10 years. Full story...
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Bike paths attract bikers to Outer Banks

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Officials on the northern Outer Banks say five-foot bike paths along N.C. 12 are attracting visitors. Full story...
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Beach Business Booms at Oak Island

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video Tourism dollars can make or break a business at the beach. One Oak Island man took a risk and opened a restaurant in the heart of the recession. Thanks to a busy summer, that risk paid off. He's not the only one seeing dollar signs. Full story...
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Battleship North Carolina expects overnight guests

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The Battleship North Carolina is making plans to host overnight guests. The StarNews reports officials plan to spend about $2.5 million to renovate areas where sailors had their berths as well as the ward room aboard the vessel moored across from downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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Tourism spending up in NC, Cape Fear

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video Tourism money is good money, it is a green and giving industry that every community wants. In North Carolina tourism spending is up, here in the Cape Fear we are cashing in. Full story...
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Visitors spent more in all 100 NC counties in 2011

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State tourism officials say each of North Carolina's 100 counties experienced increased visitor spending in 2011. The Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development reported Tuesday that of the 100, seven counties had double-digit increases. Full story...
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Carolina Beach Boardwalk rated among nation's best

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"Food & Wine" magazine has ranked the Carolina Beach Boardwalk among the top 10 in the country. Full story...
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Mid-week holiday crowds big boost for beach businesses

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video It's no secret that on Independence Day many locals and vacationers make their way to the beach. What may be surprising is how much businesses there rely on the influx of people. Full story...
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Beach rentals sold out for 4th for first time since 2007

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video The 4th of July is just days away, and the rental home business is heating up to a level it hasn't hit in years in our area. One real estate company that deals with homes all over New Hanover County is all rented out for the 4th. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Wrightsville Beach laws face a line in the sand

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video With a smoking ban under consideration at Wrightsville Beach, many people wonder if the town could even enforce such an ordinance. So what is legal? What's not? And where? At Wrightsville Beach the line in the sand is drawn at high tide. It's called the 1939 Line, which defines town property from the dunes to the high water mark. Full story...
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Threat of storm not dampening Memorial Day at the beach

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video Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and many people are excited to spend the long weekend outside, but those outdoor activities may have to wait. Full story...
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Amusement rides come back to the beach

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Just like tourists and warm weather another popular beach fixture is coming back. Just off of the boardwalk at Carolina Beach they are bringing back the rides. Full story...
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Wrightsville Beach to crack down on visitors parking in neighborhoods

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video Don't expect much free parking at Wrightsville Beach this summer. Town leaders say starting Memorial Day, if you park in the residential parking district without a permit you're likely to get a ticket. Full story...
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Beach business booming earlier than usual

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video Warmer weather earlier in the season means more people are already making their way to the beach. That's boosting business and morale. Full story...
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