Coastal NC

VOL12ISS1 2016

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18 THe oRIGINAl ReloCATIoN GuIDe — CoAsTAl NC | Volume 12—Issue 1 coastal living Families enjoy time on the water with water sports. In May, paddling was highlighted at the North Carolina Paddle Festival at Hammocks Beach State Park. Spend the day learning about animals and nature at the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts are drawn to the beaches in the summer months to watch the rite of passage as baby loggerhead turtles hatch and head for the sea. The island carries a torch for the endangered species at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation center that is run by volunteers. Fishing is a way of life in Sneads Ferry, the town with a rich history tied to the seafood industry. Shrimping season kicks off with anticipation each spring and hits a high note in August when the North Carolina Shrimp Festival comes to town. Oysters in Stump Sound, the seven-mile stretch from Sneads Ferry to North Topsail Beach, are equally revered. The military town of Jacksonville is mere minutes away from the surf and sand of Topsail Island beaches. Memorials paying tribute to those who served in the military are found throughout the city. In the spring, to honor the State Parks centennial celebration this year, local Marines raised the fag and kicked off the ferry season and 100th anniversary at Bear Island. In May, the Museum of the Marine Park at Camp Lejeune unveiled the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor statue with General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Corps. History lovers can visit the newly-opened Montford Point Marine Memorial at Lejeune Memorial Gardens. Eclectic shops and antique stores bring in tourists who stay to dine near the water. You can have salsa lessons, karaoke, live music, fresh seafood and sunset river cruises, all while foating down the river on Captain Bob Beck's Marina Café. For fresh caught fsh and a waterfront view, locals head to Icehouse Waterfront restaurant in historic Swansboro. Whether you are a part-time or full-time beach bum, there's no need for a watch. After all, you're on island time. [] Extraordinary Care for All Your Dental Needs Gregory Hohl DDS, Darren Harrington DDS, Aaron Wilharm DDS, Tony Michelakis DDS & Matt Miller DDS 8212 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, 28465 3071 Southport-Supply Road (Hwy 211 near Midway Road), Bolivia, 28422 910.550.2334 | Hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Routine & General Dentistry, Preventative Care, Fillings & Same Day Permanent Crowns, Dentures & Implants, Gum Disease Treatment, Sleep Apnea Treatment & more.

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