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Feb 15, 2019

Navy Week To Coincide With Azalea Festival

By Sherri Crawford, posted Feb 15, 2019

The U.S. Navy is coming to the Port City this spring, coinciding with the N.C. Azalea Festival. Wilmington is among the 14 selected sites – including Miami and Puerto Rico – to host Navy Week 2019.   Sailors from across the U.S. will participate in the outreach program sailing into Wilmington April 1-7.   Navy Weeks are designed to give people the ...

Feb 15, 2019

Tourism Group Names Azalea Festival Top Event

By Staff Reports, posted Feb 15, 2019

The Southeast Tourism Society recently named the N.C. Azalea Festival one of the group’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April this year.   The festival, which this year falls on April 3-7, features more than 30 events attended by several hundreds of thousands, according to organizers.   Georgia-headquartered Southeast Tourism Society is a nonprofit ...

Feb 6, 2019

Wilmington City Council’s final Tuesday vote on short-term rentals allows whole-house rentals in residential zones with some restrictions, a compromise that received mixed reviews from locals who have been involved with the issue since the beginning. The restriction states that establishments eligible for whole-house lodging should have a separation distance of 40 ...

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Posted Jan 2, 2019
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Feb 1, 2019

Boosting The Choose Cape Fear Campaign

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 1, 2019

New funding options for the Choose Cape Fear campaign will be explored this year. The regional economic development marketing initiative, which developed around the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament in May 2017, received public funds for campaign efforts.   Most of those funds, however, were committed through the first phase of the campaign, said Natalie Engl ...

Feb 1, 2019

ILM'S Next Flight Plan

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Feb 1, 2019

Landing a third carrier and new flights at the Wilmington International Airport triggered unprecedented growth in passenger traffic last year.   The new additions came as the airport embarks on its $60 million expansion that will increase ILM’s ability to handle more travelers in the coming years.   Just over 934,000 passengers flew through the airport ...

Jan 23, 2019

Blockade Runner To Partially Reopen In February

By Cece Nunn, posted Jan 23, 2019

Historic Wrightsville Beach landmark Blockade Runner Beach Resort is reopening its largest block of rooms Feb. 15, with another big portion to follow in March and April, according to an announcement Wednesday. Blockade Runner closed in September to repair substantial damages caused by Hurricane Florence.   “The reopening will be in two major stages,” ...

Jan 18, 2019

Hurricane Delays Aquarium Exhibit

By Sherri Crawford, posted Jan 18, 2019

Construction has been delayed for one year on a new exhibit at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Originally slated to open in 2019, construction of the new Asian otter exhibit was supposed to begin this month. “The aquarium has been planning this build for a long time with design and funding in place,” Associate Director Brian Dorn said in a news release. ...

Jan 18, 2019

New Year Brings Cape Fear Museum Changes

By Sherri Crawford, posted Jan 18, 2019

The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is readying new reveals in the new year. Among them, a unique mobile program that’s expected to launch this spring.   The museum at 814 Market St. will introduce Science Cycle, which will bring science programs to unexpected places.  With it, the museum can deliver science to outdoor spaces.   “By u ...

Dec 14, 2018

Storm Still Hitting Beach Bookings

By Sherri Crawford, posted Dec 14, 2018

With the 2018 holiday season in full swing, nearly a third of Wrightsville Beach’s hotel rooms remain unavailable for booking because of damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Two of the island’s three major resorts were forced to close for repairs after the storm, which made landfall near Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 14. Both the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, ...

Dec 14, 2018

Cape Fear Museum Gets Smithsonian Affiliation

By Sherri Crawford, posted Dec 14, 2018

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science has received a coveted designation. The museum, 814 Market St. in Wilmington, is now one of only seven organizations in the state to obtain a Smithsonian affiliation. The affiliate program establishes long-term relationships with museums, education institutions and cultural organizations to facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artif ...

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Tourism Group Names Azalea Festival Top Event

The Southeast Tourism Society recently named the N.C. Azalea Festival one of the group’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April this year....


Navy Week To Coincide With Azalea Festival

The U.S. Navy is coming to the Port City this spring, coinciding with the N.C. Azalea Festival. Wilmington is among the 14 selected sites –...


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