Wrightsville Beach http://whqr.org en Cape Fear Region Boasts Three of Nation's "Superstar" Beaches http://whqr.org/post/cape-fear-region-boasts-three-nations-superstar-beaches <p>Area beach-goers planning to hit the waves this Fourth of July weekend can rest easy in one respect. Three Cape Fear-area beaches have fetched high marks on this year’s report card from the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC—an environmental watchdog group that grades beaches based on water quality. Out of 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches, only 35 were deemed “superstars”—and this elite grouping counts sections of Wrightsville Beach, Sunset Beach, and Topsail Beach.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 57224 at http://whqr.org Cape Fear Region Boasts Three of Nation's "Superstar" Beaches New Hanover County's 2013 Municipal Elections: The Beach Towns http://whqr.org/post/new-hanover-countys-2013-municipal-elections-beach-towns <p>The only Mayoral contest in New Hanover County was in Carolina Beach – where newcomer Dan Wilcox ousted incumbent Bob Lewis by just five votes.&nbsp;</p><p>LeAnn Pierce, owner of a small hotel in Carolina Beach, won the most votes and will join the re-elected Gary Doetch on Town Council.</p><p>In Kure Beach, Dean Lambeth, who ran unopposed for Mayor kept his seat.&nbsp; And the two council candidates – Craig Blozsinsky and Steve Pagley - won the two open seats on Kure Beach Town Council.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:36:50 +0000 Rachel Lewis Hilburn 45725 at http://whqr.org New Hanover County's 2013 Municipal Elections: The Beach Towns Wrightsville Beach Candidates Tackle Flood Insurance Concerns http://whqr.org/post/wrightsville-beach-candidates-tackle-flood-insurance-concerns <p>Five candidates are running for two seats on the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen this November. Of top concern to the town is impending legislation that would increase its home and business owners’ flood insurance rates. The two alderman hopefuls who attended last night’s beach town forum at WHQR are both campaigning on their mission to delay implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act. This federal law is meant to recover recent losses to FEMA’s Flood Insurance Program, and stands to significantly raise local insurance rates.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:16:12 +0000 Katie O'Reilly 45014 at http://whqr.org Wrightsville Beach Candidates Tackle Flood Insurance Concerns Wrightsville Beach Smoking Ban Complicated by Property Lines http://whqr.org/post/wrightsville-beach-smoking-ban-complicated-property-lines <p>Last week residents of Wrightsville Beach presented a smoking ban petition to the board of alderman which has rejected the ban twice in two years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WHQR&rsquo;s Sara Wood reports some town officials say the real complication about the proposed ban is a little-known property divide called the 1939 State Line, a line dividing ownership of the beach.</p><p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:52:35 +0000 Sara Wood 14845 at http://whqr.org Wrightsville Beach Smoking Ban Complicated by Property Lines