Our History Here: Wrightsville Beach

By Judy Royal

Soon after crossing the drawbridge from the mainland, you’ll reach a fork in the road and face your first decision at Wrightsville Beach. Bearing left will take you to the famous Johnnie Mercer’s Fishing Pier and near the site where a giant sperm whale named Trouble once washed ashore and refused to leave. Bearing right will take you to the classic downtown and points south, including the Coast Guard station and the site of the late, great Lumina Pavilion. 

Either way, you can’t go wrong. 

Either way, you’ll find a vibrant mixture of old and new.

Either way, amid landscape-altering attacks by both nature and developers, you’ll find the constancy of waves against sand.

So begins the synopsis of Wrightsville Beach: The Luminous Island by Ray McAllister, a 2007 book that explores the history and heart of this wildly popular vacation destination near Wilmington. With a year-round population of 2,604 that expands to 45,000-50,000 in the summer months, people have been flocking to Wrightsville Beach for fun in the sun for years through various periods of development.

The seaside town occupies one of the numerous barrier islands along North Carolina’s coast, which is 1,000-5,000 feet in width and stretches almost 4 miles from Masonboro Inlet to the south to Mason’s Inlet to the north (it lies between Figure Eight Island and Masonboro Island). This island containing Wrightsville Beach was once owned by the State of North Carolina and known as New Hanover Banks. It was transferred into private hands in three separate grants between 1791 and 1881. Development would have to wait, however, because distance and lack of transportation other than boats impeded accessibility. From the late 1700s until near the end of the 1800s, there were no residents and very few visitors except for some fishermen and hunters. Sailing soon became popular, and frequent races led to the founding of the Carolina Yacht Club in April 1853. Its members built a clubhouse, the first structure on what was now being called Wrightsville Beach after the Wright family who owned land on the nearby mainland. The Carolina Yacht Club held dozens of races every year and is now recognized as the third oldest yacht club in the country.

More development followed: another yacht club, two hotels, and several beach cottages. Wrightsville Beach was incorporated on March 6, 1899, with about 40-50 mostly seasonal residents. Just prior to that, accessibility to the beach began to improve when Shell Road, a passage for horse-drawn carts topped by oyster shells and following the route of current Wrightsville Avenue, was completed. Just a few months later, Wilmington Seacoast Railroad Co. built rail transportation, known as the open-air Beach Car, from downtown Wilmington to the Hammocks (present-day Harbor Island, a sizeable land mass formed as a result of dredging spoils from the Intracoastal Waterway in the early 20th century) with a footbridge to the beach. During the same year as incorporation, the rail line was extended across the Hammocks and onto the barrier island and then southward along what is now South Lumina Avenue. The Beach Car served as the lifeline to Wrightsville Beach, transporting thousands of visitors every summer until the trolley era began to give way to the automobile in 1935, when a two-lane bridge was built across the Intracoastal Waterway to Harbor Island and then over Banks Channel to the beach.

At the end of the Beach Car line was the sprawling and magnificent Lumina Pavilion, built in 1905 and offering 12,500 square foot of games and activities – including a dance hall, bowling alley, snack shop, shooting gallery, and movie screen in the surf – on three levels. Virtually every Big Band era band played there until the last, Vaughn Monroe, took the stage in early 1952. By then, times were changing and the Lumina’s popularity was waning. Crowds diminished as the trolley line came to an end in 1940, and the building deteriorated to the point of being condemned in 1972. It was demolished in 1973.

While the Lumina is no longer physically present, those who yearn for a simpler time when Big Bands played and people danced the night away can relive that era during Lumina Daze. The 21st annual event, chock full of nostalgia and reminiscing, will be 5-9 p.m. Aug. 27 at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd. in Wrightsville Beach. Lumina Daze features live music, dancing, an inflatable movie screen showing a film on the lawn, a cash bar, food, a silent auction, and history displays. Tickets are $20 in advance at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 303 W. Salisbury St. in Wrightsville Beach, or Blockade Runner, and they will also be available at the door. For more information, visit http://www.wbmuseumofhistory.com/events/lumina-daze, email wbmuseum@bizec.rr.com, or call 910-256- 2569.

Over the years, Wrightsville Beach’s year-round population grew as the area weathered and survived hurricanes, including Category 4 Hazel in October 1954, and a 1934 fire that destroyed hundreds of buildings on the north end of the island. Although the Beach Cars and Big Bands are gone, visitors still jam the streets as they make their way to the salt and sand at one of the nation’s most popular beaches.

For more about Wrightsville Beach’s history, including a timeline of events, visit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History website or, better yet, make plans to stop by to browse the exhibits, discover how life was lived in a typical summer cottage, and check out the museum’s centerpiece, a 12-foot model of Wrightsville Beach as it looked circa 1910.

Now that you know Wrightsville Beach’s past, let Intracoastal Realty help you make the storied area part of your future. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 13 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island.

May Area Events

5/1 – 7: 2017 Wells Fargo Championship (PGA Tour Event) – Eagle Point Golf Club

  • 5/1-2: PGA TOUR Professional Practice Rounds
  • 5/4: First Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/5: Second Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/6: Third Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/7: Final Round of Competition & Closing Award Ceremony

5/1 – 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

5/1-6: Paint Out Wilmington – Various Locations in Wilmington

5/2,3: Dirty Dancing LIVE – CFCC Wilson Center

5/4: It’s A Gimmie Movie Night (Happy Gilmore) – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/5, 6: Caddy Shack Concerts – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/6: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Presents: HMS Pinafore – CFCC Wilson Center

5/6, 13, 20, 27: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park/ 5 N Water St.

5/7, 21: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/11: Arsenio Hall – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/11-20: The Nina & Pinta Visit Wilmington – Port City Marina

5/12: Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament – Kure Beach Fishing Pier

5/13: BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road – Ocean Isle Beach

5/13: 1st Annual Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off – BBQ Road, Ocean Isle Beach

5/18 – 28: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/19-21: Wilmington Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

5/19: Inaugural Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge – Lazy Pirate, Carolina Beach

5/19: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

5/19, 20: USA Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach

5/20 – Summer: Oakdale Cemetery WWI Historical Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

5/20: Carolina Beach Arts Festival – Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

5/20: Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach, NC

5/20: 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields Wilmington

5/20, 21: Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields

5/24: Brit Floyd – Immersion World Tour 2017 – CFCC Wilson Center

5/24: Sunset Beach Concert Series – The Village Park on Queen Anne, Sunset Beach

5/26: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: Jack Jack 180 – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

5/26: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

5/26: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

5/27, 28: Orange Street Artfest – Orange Street between Front and Third & the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

5/27 – 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/28: Free Movie Night (Trolls) – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/29: Memorial Day Observance – Battleship North Carolina (FREE)

Southeastern North Carolina Beach Access Rules for Dogs

By Judy Royal

If you’re in the market for Wilmington NC real estate or you just want to take a vacation in the area, there’s a good chance you might be factoring a four-legged family member into your plans, as pet ownership is steadily on the rise; 65 percent of U.S. households, or about 79.7 million, own a pet, according to the 2015-2016 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, an increase from 56 percent of U.S. households in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.

While you’ll find a variety of pet types in American homes, the most common are dogs and cats. Cats can settle into (and, let’s face it, take over) practically any dwelling space and be perfectly content with never venturing beyond the walls of your residence. Dogs, however, are the pets you’ll be most likely to take on excursions with you. Southeastern North Carolina, with its numerous public beaches, is a prime location for an interactive adventure with your canine companion.

Before you pack up the pooch and embark on such an excursion, though, there are some things you need to know. It’s not a Fido free-for-all out there. Each beach has various rules (and hefty fines for those who don’t comply) so people and animals can live in harmony while enjoying fun in the sun. But no matter where you are, keep your dogs off the dunes and be sure to bring plenty of poop bags – and use them – so your furry pal doesn’t leave behind any unwanted surprises.

New Hanover County

Carolina Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the municipal beach strand anytime October 1-March 31 and only between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. April 1-September 30. Town Council recently voted on the latter, making its municipal beach strand the only one in New Hanover County to allow dogs during peak tourism months, even with restricted hours.

Freeman Park, however, located off the municipal beach strand on the north end of Pleasure Island, has the following rules: Leashed dogs are allowed year-round during all hours. They may be unleashed and under voice control October 1-March 31 if the owner is within a reasonable distance.

Kure Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the municipal beach strand anytime October 1-March 1. They are not allowed at all April 1- September 30.

Fort Fisher State Recreation, however, located off the municipal beach strand on the south end of Pleasure Island, has the following rules: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours.

Wrightsville Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach anytime October 1-March 1. They are not allowed at all April 1- September 30.

Masonboro Island, however, located across the rock jetty just south of Wrightsville Beach and accessible only by boat, has the following rules: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours.

Brunswick County

Bald Head Island: Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours. They must be on a leash from sunset to sunrise during sea turtle nesting season, which is May 1-November 15. They may be unleashed and under voice control at other times.

Caswell Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours. They may be unleashed and under voice control year-round from dawn until 9 a.m. and additionally October 1-April 30 from 3 p.m. until dark.

Holden Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach anytime September 11-May 19 and only between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. May 20-September 10.

Oak Island: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours. They may be unleashed and under voice control October 16-March 15 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. in locations with the rule indicated on beach access signs.

Ocean Isle Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach anytime Labor Day-Memorial Day and only between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Sunset Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach anytime from the day after Labor Day-the Thursday preceding Memorial Day and only between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. from the Friday preceding Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Pender County

Surf City: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours.

Topsail Beach: Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach year-round during all hours. They may be unleashed and under voice control October 1-May 14.

Whether or not you have pets, Intracoastal Realty is here to meet your Wilmington NC real estate needs. We are a full-service real estate brokerage operating since 1976, and we currently have 12 offices with over 400 agents and staff to serve Southeastern North Carolina, including the areas of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Leland, Hampstead, and Topsail Island. Let us know how we can make your home or vacation dreams come true!


Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Waterfront Home

Think selling a waterfront home is a no-brainer? Think again.

We’ve covered general tips for selling a house before, what about selling a waterfront home? While selling a waterfront home has similarities to selling a house say, in the suburbs, there are distinct differences that need to be accounted for. Though waterfront homes are a coveted item for buyers, they don’t just sell themselves. Learn what missteps to avoid (and correct) here!

1. Choosing the Wrong Agent

You’re going to need an agent on your side for this, specifically, one with experience selling and dealing with waterfront homes. Though appraisals aren’t necessarily a must for every home getting ready to enter the market, they are extremely valuable for waterfront homes, particularly because the value of waterfront homes differs so vastly from one home to the next based on their location, amenities and so forth. In light of the overall price of the home and the associated costs that tag along with selling, appraisals should be considered money very well spent.

Agents should conduct a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) in order to determine the value (and, subsequently, the asking price) of the home. Factors that should be included in this assessment include:

  • Location (naturally)
  • Waterfront size, or the size of the body of water that the property is located on/near.
  • Amenities of the property, such as docks, beaches, etc.
  • Frontage, the land the bridges the property and the water, or the general amount of land surrounding the property. Agents need to consider the amount of frontage, as well as its condition. Is it available for recreational use? Is it even and easy to traverse, or steep and sloped?

2. Pricing Too High

Waterfront homes will almost always possess a higher value than your average landlocked home. This does not automatically garner an astronomical listing price though! The factors mentioned above will do much to determine what a fair asking price should be, in conjunction with a recent appraisal. People are generally more willing to spend more on waterfront properties, but they also expect a certain amount of amenities and property requirements before doing so. When selling your waterfront home, make sure it lives up to the listing price. If all your property has to offer is a view of the water, it should not be listed alongside the likes of houses with private beaches and docks. Again, appraisals do much to determine the right price from the get-go.

3. Neglecting “Water” Appeal

You’re probably familiar with the term “curb appeal,” and that still applies to waterfront homes. Additionally, however, is “water appeal,” the view of the house from the water. While investing in a clean, tidy house by view of the street is a must, so is investing a picturesque view from the water. Other elements to pay heed to are:

  • The condition of docks. Are docks covered in green film? Or are they bright and clean? Are they safe? Do they look inviting?
  • “Pristine” shores. Whether it’s just seaweed or literal garbage, both “clutter” shores (And one is bad for the environment, a major no-no when trying to sell your waterfront home!) Make sure shores aren’t littered with big debris that would deter potential buyers.
  • Water access. How accessible is the water from your home? Do you have a dock? Can you launch a boat from it? Is the water deep enough? Is there a place for new buyers to lounge or fish?
  • Waterfront visibility. This is a big one. Almost all buyers looking for a waterfront home are envisioning themselves waking up to the view — but can they actually see the water from the house? Make sure overgrown shrubs are kept at bay and windows are crystal clear!

4. Lackluster Marketing

An experienced agent will do more than just sell the house, they’ll sell the lifestyle! A waterfront home is a lifestyle, so missing this detail is a major mistake. Listings should include all amenities, whether physical (like docks) or activity-based (such as the fact that the home is conducive to backyard water skiing, for example). They should include descriptions of the view, and the natural beauty. Better yet — they should include pictures of said natural beauty.

Waterfront homes should feature photography or videos of both the home’s interior and exterior, as well as the surrounding property, so that potential buyers, especially those that may be searching for their dream waterfront home from afar, can better visualize all that the property has to offer. Listings should also be advertised via a variety of platforms. A sign in the frontyard won’t cut it, and neither will a solitary listing. In order to get all eyes on your waterfront home, agents should employ multiple strategies via social media, housing web platforms and more.

5. Skipping Important Details

It’s not exactly surprising that waterfront homes can be more susceptible to the elements, and that means flooding. If your waterfront house needs flood insurance, this is a detail that needs to be conveyed early on in the process, and not at the final moment before everyone signs paperwork. Flood insurance on a waterfront home can drastically change the mortgage payments that buyers can expect, so waiting can lead to either lost buyers or major delays at the time of closing. Buyers also need to be made aware of circumstances such as whether or not the property has a holding tank, septic tank or access to public sewers. If the home uses a tank, buyers need to know when it was last pumped.

Selling a waterfront home certainly has its advantages, being as desirable as they are among buyers, and with these tips, selling yours should be relatively stress free!

Looking for a helping hand to sell your waterfront home? Drop us a line or give us a call at (800) 533-1840. Being so close to the coast, we have lots of experience in this area!

June Area Events

6/1, 8, 15, 22, and 29: Sunset Beach Concerts – Village Park, Sunset Beach

6/2, 9, 16, 23, and 30: Fireworks By the Sea & Boardwalk Blast – Boardwalk at the Gazebo, Carolina Beach

6/3 and 17: Airlie Gardens Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

6/3, 10, 17, and 24: Downtown Sundown Concert – Princess & Water, Downtown Wilmington

6/3, 10, 17, and 24: Oak Island Summer Concerts – Middleton Park Soccer Field, Oak Island

6/3, 10, 17, and 24: Ocean Isle Beach Concerts – Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach

6/3:  SOJA with special guest Allen Stone – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/3-4 Fisherman’s Post Ocean Isle Inshore Challenge, Ocean Isle Beach

6/4: 31st Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival – Carolina Beach

6/5-6/12: Port City Music Festival Various Venues

6/5, 19: Boogie in the Park Series – Ocean Front Park, Kure Beach

6/5, 12, 19, 26: Holden Beach Concerts – Holden Beach Pavilion, Holden Beach

6/6-7: Cape Fear BBQ Festival – Old River Farms, Burgaw

6/7, 21, 25: Calabash Concert Series – Calabash

6/7, 21, 28: Calabash Concert Series – Calabash Town Park, Calabash

6/8:  The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/9, 23: Leland Concerts on the Coast – Leland Municipal Park, Leland

6/9:  Jazz at the Mansion – A Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

6/10: Annual Bank Bridge to Bridge 4.0 – Wilmington

6/11: Art Moves Midtown 5K & Minnie’s Mile Fun Run, Wilmington

6/15-19: Jolly Mon King Classic – Ocean Isle Fishing Center, Ocean Isle Beach

6/18: East Coast Sports Annual Kids Fishing Tournament – Soundside Park, Topsail

6/18: Historical Southport Bicycle Tour – Southport


6/20: North Carolina Blueberry Festival – Burgaw

6/20: Blake Kearney Band – Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville

6/20: First Day of Summer

6/20: 15th Annual Snead Ferry Lions Club Pinfish Tournament – Sneads Ferry

6/20: Howl at the Moon – East Beach Access 39, Bald Head Island

6/21: The Hoppers and The Whisnants Gospel Music Concert – Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville

6/24: 4th Friday Gallery Night – Various Venues

6/25: NC 4th of July Festival Freedom Run and Color Outburst – Waterfront Park, Southport

For more June area events in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Pleasure Island, click here. For more events in the Oak Island / Southport area, click here. For more events in the Ocean Isle Isle, Sunset Beach, and Holden Beach areas, click here



May Area Events

5/5: Waterfront Market, Sunset Beach

5/5-8: Wilmington Wine & Food Festival, Wilmington

5/7: A Day on the Oleander Express, The Arboretum

5/7: 5th Annual Coastal Cluck Coop Tour, Wilmington

5/7: GFWC South Brunswick Islands 3rd Annual Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby FundRACER, Supply

5/7-15: Far Out Shoot Out, Ocean Isle Beach

5/8: Happy Mother’s Day!

5/12: Waterfront Market, Sunset Beach

5/14: South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club Fore! Kids Golf Tournament, Ocean Isle Beach

5/14-15: 35th Annual Blue Crab Festival, Ocean Isle Beach

5/19: Waterfront Market, Sunset Beach

5/21: Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival, Carolina Beach

5/21: Run Sunset Beach, Sunset Beach

5/26: Waterfront Market, Sunset Beach

5/27-30: Cobia Clash, Ocean Isle Beach

5/30-31: Fisherman’s Post Inshore Challenge, Ocean Isle Beach

For more May area events in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Pleasure Island, click here. For more events in the Oak Island / Southport area, click here. For more events in the Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, and Holden Beach areas, click here. Bookmark this page on our website for easy access to all of these events throughout the month of May.

REALTOR® Action Day 2016

REALTOR® Action Day is a day for fellow REALTORS® and WRAR Members to serve their community by participating in a number of events around town. This is a great opportunity to brighten our community, gather with co-workers to work together as a team while bring awareness to the impact REALTORS® make in the community.

Intracoastal Realty agents participated in REALTORS®Action Day 2016 today from 9 am until noon in a number of activities.

The following agents participated in the Lumps to Laughter event hosted by Intracoastal Realty at their corporate office in Lumina Station:

Sarah Burris
Sherri Ingle
Melisa Gallison
Sara Morris
Sonia Morris
Clare Kiley
Julie Pettee
Karen Boney
Sharon Pate-Batts
Jeff Hovis
Happy Clark
Jennifer Davis
Heather Archer
Jennifer Hensley
Jennifer Davis
Lenora Norris
Jane Dodd
Deb Hays

The following agents participated at the 2016 RAD Kure Beach event:

Gail Bailey
Joyce Barnwell
April Congleton
Alicia Devereaux
Becky Lothe
Cynthia Remahl

The following agents participated in the 2016 Wrightsville Beach event:

Keith Beatty
Barbara Biedenbach
Lisa Bisanar
Karen Boney
Jill Boring
Bill Boyer
Sam Crittenden
Walter Crouch, Jr.
Walter Crouch
David Eggleston, Sr.
Mary Ann Euverard
Bob Fannon
Gus Franklin
Linda Franklin
Phillip Galloway
Ashley Garner
Don Harris
Gwen Hawley
Amy Holcomb
Helen Sanders
Phillip Galloway
RP Holding
Devin Warren
Nan Weiss
Dan Willard
Tee Woodbury
Sounia Nejad Chaney
Trey Wallace
Jimmy Hopkins
Gene Ingle
Rachel Kastner
Shanon Kelly
Pam Kittredge
Laurie Leighton
Chris Livengood
Christina McInnis
Casey McKinney
Brenda Mitwol
Tricia Monteleone
Ellen Northen
Joyce Nunes
Drew Pittman
Terry Quinn
Helene Rexing
Maureen Robison
Elizabeth Schuett
Eddie Keith
Robin Summerlin
Diane Steelman
Keith Suttle
Ed Thear
Dianne Thistle
Buzzy Northen


Here is a list of the activities:

  • Mulching Flower Beds
  • Planting marsh grass on beachhead and debris pickup with the Carolina Beach State Park March Grass Crew
  • Planting sea oats at Carolina Beach
  • Raking and cleaning up Castle Hayne Park
  • Landscaping & Painting at the Community Boys and Girls Club
  • Playing bingo, serving ice cream and singing at the Davis Community Meet and Greet
  • Planting azaleas, spreading pine straw, and picking up pine cones at Hugh MacRae Park
  • Landscaping and planting at the Kure Beach Community Center
  • Muching landscape beds at Monterey Heights Park
  • Landscaping renovations and installations at New Hanover County Senior Resource Center
  • Cleaning up walking trails at New Hanover County Senior Resource Center Nature Trail
  • Building raised planter beds and seating areas and filling the beds with fresh soil at St. John’s Community Garden
  • Cleaning up debris at Topsail Beach
  • Mulching planter beds and tree rings at Veterans Park
  • Ogden Dog Park
  • Wrightsville Beach
  • Provide data entry and administrative assistance to Lump to Laughter, a non-profit breast cancer support group that provides financial assistance and support to those in need in our area. Hosted by Intracoastal Realty

Participation numbers were estimated at nearly 600 area REALTORS® from WRAR, and Intracoastal Realty agents participated in events across our area. Here is a map of some of the events from today, courtesy of WRAR.

Realtor Action Day 2016

Take a look at our gallery of Intracoastal Realty agents in action, giving back.

April 2016 Area Events

4/2-3: Coastal Living Show, Wilmington

4/6-10: Annual NC Azalea Festival, Wilmington

4/9: 20th Annual Chowder Cookoff, Carolina Beach

4/9-10: Azalea Festival Historic Home Tour, Wilmington

4/16: Oak Island Lighthouse Run/Walk, Oak Island

4/14-17: Master Gardener Plant Sale, The Arboretum

4/23: British Motor Club of the Cape Fear, Wrightsville Beach

4/23-24: Days at the Docks, Holden Beach

4/30: 2016 Kure Beach Street Festival, Kure Beach

For more April area events in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and Pleasure Island, click here. For more events in the Oak Island / Southport area, click here. For more events in the Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, and Holden Beach areas, click here. Bookmark this page on our website for easy access to all of these events throughout the month of April.

Wrightsville Beach Bridge Bike Improvements

During the DOT meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016, it was mentioned that improvements will be made to Wrightsville Beach bridge during the summer.  The good news is that it will not occur in middle of summer!  Below is the information about the bridge improvements and time line.  This is from the Wrightsville Beach town manager, Tim Owens.

Bike Improvements On the Bridge

NCDOT has funding in place to install plates over the grates on the drawbridge to make biking more safe.  The plates (about 2.5 feet in width) will be bolted onto the decking on each outside lane.  The travel lanes will be narrowed to 11 feet from their existing width.  The project will be let in June.  The begin date will be after Labor Day.  Construction work and lane closures will be allowed weekly from 9am to 4pm with the exception of weekends or during night time  hours.  There could be a few night time bridge closures during the construction process.

Wrightsville Beach Welcomes Boy Scouts In Their Journey Across The US To Battle Cancer

BikeLoud RouteToday at 11:00 am, Wrightsville Beach, NC will welcome seven Boy Scouts as they wrap up an ambitious bike journey from the west coast seaside town of Florence, Oregon. The journey has taken them throughout the United States and spans 66 days and 3,900 miles. The seven boy scouts embarked on their journey this summer with to memorialize a schoolmate they lost to cancer and to raise awareness and funds for teen cancer programs.

The seven boy scouts from Chapel Hill are completing their 10-week trip which has garnered international media coverage and captured the hearts of many across our nation. The trip included successfully navigating some of the beautiful aspects of our great country including the Cascades and the Rockies, crossing the Continental Divide, and descending into the Great Plains. Traveling through the Appalachian Mountains to reach North Carolina’s charming Piedmont region and onward towards our breathtaking coastline. The entire trip was navigated without vehicle support.

The expedition was appropriately dubbed Bike Loud! and comes to an end today at Wrightsville Beach’s iconic Blockade Runner Beach Resort with a synchronized dip of bicycle wheels into the ocean, which is how their journey began in Florence, Oregon at the Pacific Ocean.

Bike Loud Beginning of Trip in florence Oregon
Biker’s names in Pacific Ocean photo, Florence, Oregon (left to right): David Margolies, Brian Richardson, Alex Broz, Andrew de Figueiredo, Max Morgan, Will Owen, Sam Billings. Source: ncpressrelease.org

The journey was quite a feat in itself, and to learn of the story and the motivation behind these 7 boy scouts is quite captivating. The 7 boy scouts have spoke of the opportunity to honor their classmate, Sophie Steiner, and to raise funds for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

Sophie Steiner was diagnosed with germ-cell cancer in November 2012 and died a short nine months later at the young age of 15. Before she passed, Sophie expressed a strong desire to help other teens facing an overwhelming cancer diagnosis with non-clinical needs. Sophie’s wish led to the creation of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation which supports teen cancer programs at UNC Hospitals.

For more information regarding the journey, the boy scouts involved and other details:

Click here for Bike Loud! Website and news from the road

Click here for updated ETA, media materials, photos, itinerary, and logos

Wrightsville Beach Accommodations 

Bike Loud Facebook Page


Dale Baron
Media Contact
Cell: 415-279-2007

Paul Margolies
Media Contact
Cell: 919-265-9255

Jackie Harlow, Site Logistics
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Phone: 910-256-2251