RALEIGH, N.C. – According to a press release from the N.C. Department of Transportation, all four lanes on the new bridge to Oak Island were scheduled to be open by 5 p.m. today. Two of the four lanes were opened in November 2010. The two other lanes were kept closed so that the contractor could complete work on the bridge.
The 980-foot bridge is the second bridge to connect the 14-mile long Oak Island to the mainland. The new bridge is 65-feet tall with two 12-foot lanes in each direction and 4-foot shoulders on each side.
Local taxes and fees in Wilmington topped $2,125 per person in the 2008 budget year, according to a new John Locke Foundation report. That total placed Wilmington at No. 5 in a ranking of the state’s larger cities.
Charlotte topped the rankings again in 2008, followed by Mooresville, Asheville, and Chapel Hill. The list compared 32 municipalities with at least 25,000 residents. Jacksonville, Indian Trail, Thomasville, Fayetteville, and Goldsboro ranked lowest among the larger cities. Jacksonville, at $1,092 per person, ranked No. 32.
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas by the Sea Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 3pm on Oak Island.
Due to construction associated with the new Oak Island Town Hall, the parade route has changed slightly stepping off from the 4900 block of E. Oak Island and travel Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street. Those accustomed to watching the parade from Middleton Park will need to locate East of 49th Street to view the parade.
The Chamber is now accepting applications for entry into the parade. Parade Application deadline is Monday, November 30th. For details and a parade application visit www.christmasbysea.com , stop by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 4841 Long Beach Road, Southport or call 457-6964.
The skies were deep blue forcasting a bright future for Oak Islands newest business. The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at O’Kyle Pizza, 4320 E. Beach Drive, Oak Island. Pictured from left to right are, Front Row: Karen Guenette, Chamber Ambassador, Sandy Krasnow, Chamber Ambassador, Mike McLintock, Owner, Karen Kimball, Richard Stevenson; Second Row: Barbara Olsen-Gwin, Chamber Ambassador, Christy Fox, Chamber Ambassador, Gerald Iamunno, Kristen Stalcup; Back Row: Scott Gardner, Chamber Ambassador, Tina Berne, Chamber Ambassador, Bill Johnson, Chamber Ambassador, Ben Styers, Chamber Board Member
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and bank officials from First Citizens Bank cut the opening ribbon on the new building of the First Citizens Bank Oak Island at 8900 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island.
Pictured on the front row (l-r) are: Crystal Blake, Financial Services Representative, Jennifer Biggs-Martin, AVP Financial Services Manager, Jim Bryan, EVP Regional Executive, Doug Pratt, Mortgage Broker; Back Row (l-r), Karen Sphar, Chamber Executive Vice President, Greg Neel, Commercial Banker, Donna Morin, Teller Supervisor, Zac Snyder, Business Banker, Marylou Dash, Teller II, Allen Bryant, Business Banking Manager, Rhonda Faircloth, Retail Banking Manager
Over 125 members of the Southport Oak Island Area Chamber Of Commerce, enjoyed a warm August evening of Networking at Their Business After Hours hosted by Atlantic Realty Professionals on Oak Island. Members had a Great time in spite of the heat just look at those smiling faces. For more information on joining the Chamber call 910.4576964 or www.southport-oakisland.com
SOUTHPORT, NC — The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at Custom Hydraulics & Design, Inc., located at 4805-D Southport-Supply Road SE in Southport.
Pictured left to right: Mark Loftin, Technician; Ken Ostensen, Eaton Corporation; Dan Davis, Eaton Corporation; Shannon Melton, Eaton Corporation; Sherry Watkins, Owner; Kelly Watkins, Owner; Bobby Mitchell; Karen Guenette, Chamber Ambassador.
SOUTHPORT-OAK ISLAND, NC — The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s Golf Classic was held May 2 at Oak Island Golf & Country Club. A field of 35 teams participated in the event, which benefits the Chamber.
Winners in the Championship Flight & 1st Flight were:
1st Place – Team Broadwell – Robert Spangler, Golf Classic Co-Chair; Andy Broadwell, David Register, Chris Willetts & Patrick Jones.
2nd Place – Team Wachovia Securities – John Lawrence,Tucker Pacula, Allen Kinney & John Hunt.
OAK ISLAND, NC – Board Certified Family Physician Peter Almirall, M.D., and Board Certified Internist and Endocrinologist Sidney Fortney, M.D., of Oak Island Medical Center were recently recognized nationally for providing quality care to patients with diabetes. Dr. Almirall also received national recognition for providing quality care to patients who have cardiovascular disease or have experienced a stroke.
The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program was developed by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to improve the quality of care patients receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality diabetes care.
SOUTHPORT, NC — According to an e-mail from the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, “murder, intrigue, wine and good food will be served up” at the Chamber’s “Wine and Die” Mystery Dinner Theater & Auction. The event, a fundraiser for the Chamber, is set for Thursday, May 28 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Southport Community Building.
The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and entrees prepared by the chefs of the ACF (American Culinary Federation) Cape Fear Chefs, as well as a variety of auction items and a cash bar. A limited number of tickets are available.
SOUTHPORT-OAK ISLAND, NC — The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Down East Rent-A-John to celebrate the company’s expansion into the Southport-Oak Island area.
Pictured left to right: Glenn Moore, Down East Rent A John; Brad Fisher, Chamber Events Coordinator.
SOUTHPORT-OAK ISLAND, NC — Nominations have been closed for the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Person of the Year & Customer Service Awards.
Area businesses owners nominated for the Small Business Person of the Year are: Darcy Deal, Dance 4 Life Studio 4 the Performing Arts; Carol Hester, Cape Fear Insurance; Tom McAndrews, BellaCucina Restaurant/Bella Pizza & Pasta; Douglas A. Mieden, Carolina Business & Tax Advisors; Emma Thomas, The Adventure Company; and Tony Mickelakis, DDS, Aaron Wilharm, DDS, & Darin Harrington, DDS, Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry;
The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s 11th Annual Oak Island Lighthouse 10K & 5K run/walk was held Saturday, April 18 at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell. The event, which benefitted from blue skies and a light breeze, attracted a record 420 participants.
Ricky Evans prints were given out to winners in the top three overall male & female, overall male & female active military/law enforcement and top three in each of the twelve age groups.
SOUTHPORT, NC — The Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce recently distributed a press release applauding the latest efforts of insurance companies to work with the general public to reduce their risk in early bookings of vacation home rentals at the beach.