5:44 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Downtown Wilmington Needs 7,000 More Residents to Lure Major Grocery Store


Downtown Wilmington is sprouting new hotels, a marina – and a bevy of new housing options. 

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4:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Microbreweries Burgeoning in the Cape Fear; Making It Pay Off Requires More than a Great Brewmaster

Glass of Beer
Remi Mathis

Microbreweries are pouring into the Cape Fear region.  

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5:20 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

NC Attorney General Investigates PA Company Offering Fracking Leases

Illustration of hydraulic fracturing
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Now that hydraulic fracturing is legal in North Carolina, oil and gas companies are soliciting property owners for land leases. 

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1:24 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Comment Period Opens for Potential Terminal Groin at Bald Head Island

Imaging for the Bald Head Island Shoreline Stabilization Project, Including Phases 1 & 2 of the Terminal Groin Construction
Village at Bald Head Island

The comment period for a terminal groin proposal at Bald Head Island is now open.  If approved, this could lead to the construction of the first terminal groin in North Carolina since lawmakers legalized such structures in 2011.  

A terminal groin is a hardened structure which controls sand flow so as to rebuild beaches.  Mike Giles of the North Carolina Coastal Federation says if the island installs such a structure, they should remove the existing groin field made up of smaller, sand-filled tubes that slow down erosion:

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4:13 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Shark Bites: It's a Case of Mistaken Identity

Great White Shark
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_white_shark#mediaviewer/File:White_shark.jpg)

A great white shark named Katharine has been visiting the Wilmington region for the past week. WHQR dives into the behaviors and risks of sharks in the area. 

The chance of a shark biting a human is one in twelve million, and only two percent of those bites are fatal. This is according to Dr. Lankford, an Associate Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW. He prefers the term “shark bite” to “shark attack,” as most sharks retreat after mistaking a human for prey:  

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7:17 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

CoastLine: Is Public Policy on Sea Level Rise Keeping up with Coastal Planning Needs?

What does sea level rise, now widely-accepted by the scientific community, mean for coastal areas in North Carolina?  How concerned do we really need to be?   

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5:26 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

North Carolina Division of Coastal Management Announces Clean Marinas

North Carolina Clean Marinas are eligible to fly the Clean Marina flag and use the logo in their advertising.
North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Twenty-three marinas in North Carolina have gone above and beyond the state’s environmental regulations. North Carolina Clean Marinas certifications were released this week. 

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Local - 8/27/14 @ 2pm
10:58 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Next CoastLine: Arts Education and Children

On the next CoastLine, Wednesday, August 27 at 2 pm, we will be discussing the importance of the arts on child development. The experts say it's necessary - but is it? Is there a tangible payoff to engaging children in the arts? Is art education a necessity or a privilege? What programs do we offer kids to engage with art in the Cape Fear Region?  

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CoastLine phone:  910.343.1138 
Email:  coastline@whqr.org
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5:56 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

NC House Moves to Maintain Current Film Tax Rebate

Representative Davis' Amendment to Senate Bill 763 aims to keep film crews working in North Carolina.
AiClassEland at en.wikibooks [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

A film incentive grant program is included in the current budget compromise. But an amendment proposed by Republican Representative Ted Davis from New Hanover County would maintain the existing structure of the film tax rebate for one year. The proposal passed the House during Thursday's session by a wide margin.

Ted Davis’ amendment to Senate Bill 763 would extend the current tax rebates for one year, which would allow time for an independent study to be completed.

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9:36 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

CoastLine: Arts & the Economy - What Will CFCC's Fine Arts Center Mean for Competing Venues?

Arts and the local economy:  will a new performing arts venue, the largest in the region, edge out smaller theater companies in the competition for ticket buyers? 

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