- Published on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 23:53
- Written by Super User
“In merging nature and culture the most successful cities combine such universal needs as
maintaining or restoring contact with the cycles of nature, with specific, local characteristics.” ~Sally A. Kitt Chappell
By MO LINQUIST
Kure Beach is a sleepy fishing town on Pleasure Island. Travelers to the Aquarium or the Ft. Fisher Ferry pass through this one stoplight town which is the home to four restaurants, a gas station, a fishing pier and a burger hut.
A decade ago the population was little more than 600 full time residents. Today the town boasts more than 2,000. Although growth abounds these locals are proud of where they live and take great care to preserve the integrity of nature with the desires and needs of human beings.
A town ordinance prohibits any new construction to go above 35 feet prohibiting large high-rise hotels or condos to overshadow the beach.
In some ways this may hinder the financial growth of this town because the expense of beachfront property cannot justify building a limited three-story hotel when a profit is expected to be made.
But the locals in KB like it that way and they do not mind slowing down that kind of progress to keep their small town personality.
When an aging hotel near the corner of K Ave and Atlantic was torn down, the town purchased the land and plans were laid to build an Oceanfront Park creating a community space where concerts and other events could bring residents and visitors together.
The structure was to be simple and blend in with the scenery so as not to distract from the real beauty of the area, the Atlantic Ocean. The project had its ups and downs but finally has reached completion.
Friday, April 26th the grand opening ceremony will begin at 11:30 am with a flag raising, ribbon cutting, performance by Carolina Beach Elementary School 3rd grade class, and a thank you to all grant partners.
On stage at the Pavilion beginning at 12:30 pm will be Educational Talks & Recreation Demonstrations including Shipwrecks, Civil War Anchor & History, Local Fishing, Ballet, Yoga and Zumba.
At 3 pm South of K will perform, 4:30 pm The Imitations with Free Shag Lessons provided by Babs McDance and at 8 pm Wilmington Big Band with Free Swing Lessons provided by Babs McDance. FOR THE KIDS from 1 pm–6 pm will be Pirate Magicians from No Sleeves Magic, Story Time, Craft Table,
and a Treasure Chest of Surprises. You will also find FOR ALL AGES 1 pm–6 pm Informational Tables (Storm Water Dune Infiltration, Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Watercolor Painting, Local Agencies, Town Committees and more!)
Did I mention 1 pm– 8 pm Disc Golf, Sumo Wrestling, Bouncy Obstacle Course and Jousting?
Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy the entertainment from the lawn!
Then on Saturday April 27th from 11am – 9pm the area will host the annual Kure Beach Street Festival with more entertainment scheduled, festival food for purchase, unique arts and crafts and something for everyone. The celebration will culminate with fireworks from the KB pier at 9pm.
Of course, one thing I would like to comment on is the excellence of the recycle/trash containers. KB has “twinned the bins” and I am confident that they will capture more recycling.
For this I applaud the town and all those who worked diligently to take an amazing property and create an even more amazing community assembly.
Come out and experience a small town who has figured out how to remain small even though they are thinking big. xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products. Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.