Editorial: Summer's Not Over; Many Events Coming This Fall

By / Editorials / Wednesday, 02 September 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

Some people were surprised and a little disappointed to see the Boardwalk Amusement rides packing up yesterday and ending their season prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend.
They officially ended their season on August 30th. 
Greg Reynolds with the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce explained in a conversation on Facebook that, "It appears the timing issue this year was a fifteen week summer (typical) versus a sixteen week summer this year. In speaking with the Owner, he already had a prior commitment for these dates prior to the 'longer' summer."
Local business owner Chris Higgins said she wished they had stayed through the holiday weekend because it would have a negative impact on business in the Boardwalk area.
It may have an impact on the number of people visiting the area. I'm sure the owners of the rides would not have packed up and missed out on a holiday weekend if they didn't absolutely have to meet another obligation somewhere else.
This doesn't mean the holiday weekend will be a bust nor does it mean the 2015 season is officially over.
True, kids go back to school. Fewer people go on vacation this time of the year. However, there are a lot of events planned in the shoulder season that attract large crowds.
Summer's not over. People will head our way for that last holiday weekend of the year. That last opportunity to stand in line on the weekend and get a Britt's Donut. People from all over the region love to fish in the fall season because the weather is outstanding and hotel room rates are cheaper.
We've got some big ticket events coming up.
September 18th and 19th is the Dragon Boat Regatta in Carolina Beach. That's a large event held at the Municipal Marina on Canal Drive drawing hundreds of people. 
October 10th and 11th, it's the 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival.
Oct 16th -18th it's the 9th Annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge.
There are more events scheduled throughout the off season including a holiday parade, a flotilla (hopefully, because last year's was canceled), and many other fine events that weather permitting will continue to help promote a year round economy.
Not to mention that most of the businesses on Pleasure Island remain open year round offering entertainment, great food and wonderful shopping destinations.
This year there will be one important obstacle for Boardwalk businesses. That's access to the Boardwalk during a long awaited project to put overhead utility lines underground. Everyone should take some time and remember those businesses are open. You might have to walk a little farther, but it's worth it to support local business who serve our wonderful community.

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