Recycled Christmas trees to be used for dune-building in Carolina Beach

Recycled Christmas trees are used to rebuild dunes on parts of Carolina Beach. Photo courtesy of the Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation.

While most municipalities take their residents’ old Christmas trees to a landfill to be recycled, Carolina Beach uses them for a different purpose: to help build sand dunes on the beach. A partnership between the town and the Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation brought the project to fruition in 2014, both as a way to reduce […]


Beach nourishment underway on Pleasure Island

The last Carolina Beach nourishment wrapped in early 2013. Photo by Ben Brown

Much-needed sand has started to come to the shores of Kure Beach and Carolina Beach after a couple months of delays. Parts of the town’s beaches are getting built back up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers through their coastal storm damage reduction projects, also known as beach nourishment, which occurs every three years […]


Necropsy reveals unhealthy organs in humpback whale found on Kure Beach

An onlooker gets close to the humpback whale that washed up in Kure Beach Wednesday morning. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

After a 7.5-ton humpback whale was found on the sand in Kure Beach Wednesday morning, a team made up of scientists from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington’s Marine Mammal Stranding Unit, students from the school’s marine biology program and researchers from the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher performed a necropsy on the […]


7.5-ton humpback whale washes ashore on Kure Beach w/VIDEO

A humpback whale washed up on Kure Beach Wednesday morning. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

Dozens of locals of all ages gathered on the beach strand south of Kure Beach Pier Wednesday morning to see something that’s not often seen here: a dead humpback whale that had washed up overnight on shore. According to Robin Nalepa of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which is assisting the Marine Mammal […]


Parking removed on side streets in Carolina Beach’s north end

A blocked off side street between Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North in Carolina Beach after a recent storm. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

With support from residents, the Carolina Beach Town Council officially removed all on-street parking on side streets between Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North in the town’s north end. “This is long overdue,” said Bonnie Warner, who lives on the 1300 block of Canal Drive and owns four properties there with her husband. “I […]


Carolina Beach holding public hearing on removing north end street parking

A blocked off side street between Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North in Carolina Beach after a recent storm. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

After months of reviewing options on adjusting traffic patterns in the north end of town, Carolina Beach is holding a public hearing during Tuesday night’s town council meeting regarding removing some street parking in that area. Town officials are considering making 16 streets between Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North open to two-way traffic […]


Year in Review: Most-read general news stories in 2015

ElGaleon arrival Wilmington

The waning days of 2015 saw Port City Daily taking a look back at the most read stories of the year in several categories, including high school sports, crime, business and more. But which general news stories had readers clicking and sharing when they first published? Below is a listing – in countdown order – […]


Area winter forecasts call for temperature swings

Blooming roses at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Photo by Hannah Leyva.

“It looks like there’s a rollercoaster ahead of us.” That’s how Steve Pfaff, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington, describes the long-range temperature predictions for the Cape Fear region over the next few months. After a spell of above-average temperatures in December, locals were shocked back into reality, with lows […]


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