Busy Holiday Weekend On Pleasure Island Kicks Off Summer Season

Busy Holiday Weekend On Pleasure Island Kicks Off Summer Season Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The New Hanover County area was alive with tourism traffic over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Crowds enjoyed live entertainment and a fireworks show Friday night at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. The amusement rides returned to the Boardwalk in time for the holiday weekend.
Traffic was backed up at times leading onto Pleasure Island on Sunday due to the volume of visitors and multiple traffic accidents. One accident on Snow's Cut Bridge caused traffic to back up for mile leading on the Island. Another accident at Veterans Park and Highway 421 caused delays.
Business owners were enjoying the first busy weekend of the season.
Britt's Donuts on the Boardwalk had a line of people out the door and around the block waiting for hot fresh donuts.
Downtown Kure Beach was alive with beachgoers and people visiting the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Parking in the area was filled to capacity. Police officers began directing traffic as vehicles continually circled the block waiting for a parking space.
The beaches were packed with people. While there are no official numbers available yet for Freeman Park in Carolina Beach, several officers said the weekend was largely uneventful. New camping restrictions kept officers busy explaining new rules to visitors. Earlier this year the Town of Carolina Beach voted to raise the cost of vehicle passes to enter the park and restricted camping to 119 sites within the park. That's a reduction from an estimated 875 campsites counted during busy holiday weekends last year.
Early Saturday morning a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into a parked car in front of Pop's Diner in Carolina Beach on Lake Park Blvd causing that car to slam into a pickup truck, turning the truck over on its side against another vehicle. There were no fatalities, but two people were sitting in the pickup truck when the car, traveling at 50mph in a 25mph zone hit the first vehicle. Police believe drug use was a factor.
Parking in Carolina Beach was in short supply. There were no parking spaces available at the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier and nearly all on-street parking spaces were filled Saturday and Sunday. Over the weekend it was nearly impossible to make a left turn on the Island.
James Allen, owner of touch'e Ladies Boutique on Lake Park Blvd said the holiday weekend traffic was great for business. He feared some congestion would drive away walk-in traffic, but in reality it was an excellent weekend.

Britt's Donuts Shop on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk was busy Saturday with a line out the door and around the corner of the block.

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