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Topsail Coaster 2010-2011 Celebra ng More than 15 Years as the GUIDE TO THE TREASURE COAST Vol. XVII Published by: NCCOAST Communica ons www.nccoastcommunica 201 N. 17th Street Morehead City, NC 28557 Phone: 800.525.1403 Fax: 1.877.247.1856 email: Publisher: Tom Kies Adver sing: David Pennington (252-723-7801, Managing Editor: Craig Ramey Staff Writer: Amanda Dagnino Graphics Manager: Kim Moore Graphics Coordinator: Mimi Davis Graphics: Amber Csizmadia, Amy Gray, Roze Tai ngfong On the Cover: A kayaker takes advantage of a perfect day on the water as he passes by the swing bridge in Surf City. (Photo by Mimi G. Davis) Topsail Coaster is a visitors’ guide with a minimum annual circulation of 65,000 distributed freely to the public via select Greater Topsail Area locations including advertising businesses, chambers of commerce, state welcome centers and around the country and world via email requests to topsail@ Entire contents, maps, ad and graphic design elements copyright 2010-2011 by NCCOAST Communications. Reproduction without the express written consent of the managing editor is prohibited. Neither publisher nor advertisers will be held liable for any misinformation. Material is as accurate as possible at presstime.

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On Island Time: Topsail Island Overview North Topsail Beach Sneads Ferry Surf City Holly Ridge Topsail Beach Hampstead Top of the List: Year’s Biggest Events Drop a Line: A Fishing Guide History Lesson: Missiles & More Turtle Tales A Taste of Topsail Topsail Treasures Coastal Calendar Seeing the Sites Local Flavor: Guide to Dining Out Links to Links: Golf Courses Good Buys: Shopping Sea & Do: Recrea on Perfect Stay: Accommoda ons Local Map Tide Tables Adver ser Page Directory

DIGGING FOR TREASURES Nobody said finding a buried treasure was easy, especially if you’re searching for X’s in the sand. However, those fortunate enough to visit or live near Topsail Island have found riches of a different kind … riches known as the Treasure Coast. Whether it’s surf fishing, swimming, sunning on the beach, golfing or searching for history, there never seems to be a shortage of things to do on Topsail Island or its surrounding towns. That’s a rarity considering the unassuming size of places like Hampstead, Surf City and Holly Ridge, but, it doesn’t take long to discover these hidden treasures for those willing to do a li le digging. And that’s where we come in. For 17 years Topsail Coaster has provided locals and tourists alike with a guide to the Treasure Coast, each edi on giving the inside scoop on signature events, fishing ps, history lessons about places like the Missiles and More Museum and of course, a complete directory of area restaurants and shops. In a nutshell, Topsail Coaster strives to make living and visi ng the area as fun-filled and relaxing as it can be. The formula is simple: listen to the readers. Each month we receive le ers from readers reques ng the next edi on of Topsail Coaster or informa on on events we may have missed, while others are kind enough to send their favorite vaca on photos. We’re happy to hear from our readers because we always want to make sure that Topsail Coaster has outlined everything you need to know about the Topsail area. So, if you think we missed something or want to see more of something else, please don’t hesitate to call us at 252-247-7442 or send an email to As always, thanks for reading and enjoy your stay on the Treasure Coast.

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On Island Time Getting to Know a Natural Paradise Quietly tucked away between Jacksonville and Wilmington, Topsail Island (pronounced Topsul) transcends the hands of time, sweeping visitors back with each wave that laps the shore. Life is simpler here. There are no amusement parks. No bike week. No multi-million dollar museums or zoos to lure guests to the region. What we do have, however, is 26-miles of unfettered, natural beauty that is nearly impossible to find without heading to the far reaches of the earth. It’s hard to imagine that there are still places where a sunbather can find a small, isolated sliver of beach to call their own for a day. But on Topsail, it’s not only possible, it’s probable. According to legend, the name Topsail was given to the area by early boaters. During the golden age of piracy, inlets and channels were ideal locations to trap victims. With little room to maneuver, mariners were easy prey for brigands such as Stede Bonnet and Blackbeard. It didn’t take long, however, for sea captains to catch on. They soon realized that if they looked right along the dune line they could see the top sail of the lurking pirates’ boats. Pirates and victims aside, Topsail was mostly uninhabited until the 1940s. There was no structured settlement, only fishing camps and farmers who would run their livestock across sandbars and shallows at low tide to graze on the thick underbrush. It wasn’t until World War II and the construction of Camp Davis in nearby Holly 8

Ridge that the land found itself with its first permanent buildings. The US Army opted to use the site for artillery training and when the Army left, the US Navy was quick to take over – using Topsail for Operation Bumblebee. More than 200 missiles were launched in all, resulting in the proven success of the ramjet engine, which can push an aircraft past the speed of sound and is the humble beginning of today’s space program. By 1948 the government was gone, but there were a few perks left in place. A pontoon bridge linked the area to Surf City, roads had been built, artesian wells had been tapped and electricity had been run to the island. This meant only one thing – Topsail Island was finally ready for inhabitants. Life today is much like it was in the 1950s. Sure, technology has arrived. The Internet is available, cable TV and all. But that doesn’t mean folks spend a whole lot of time indoors using them. Instead they’re surf and pier fishing, sunbathing, kayaking, golfing or merely marveling at the huge night sky. People here don’t have to remind themselves to stop and smell the flowers – they’re deeply breathing the salty air instead. Stop for a moment with us – take a breath – and see how satisfying that salt air can feel. Forget the rush, the stress of everyday life, even if only for a weekend, and take in everything this scenic island community has to offer. We think you’ll be glad you did.

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TOP OF THE LIST The following is just a sampling of the great annual events taking place in the Greater Topsail Area this 2010-2011. Celebrating Crustaceans Reaching its 40th annual event this summer, the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival peels onto the scene Aug. 14-15 with a full schedule of summer fun. Hosted by the Sneads Ferry Community Center, the festival kicks off Saturday morning with a parade and carries on throughout the day with live musical performances and, of course, plenty of shrimp prepared a variety of ways. Be on the lookout for the festival queens while enjoying a children’s carnival, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, street dance, fireworks and much more. If you’re feeling a bit competitive, don’t miss the shrimp peeling competition, which encourages all ages to learn and perfect the art of cleaning shrimp. Details: 910-327-3335 or

enriching and exciting for all participants, putting sea turtles, alligators, snakes, horseshoe crabs and other critters at the public’s fingertips. North Carolina has three aquariums in its system, located in Manteo, Pine Knoll Shores and Kure Beach. The sites are open from 9am to 5pm daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $8 for adults; $7 age 62 and older and $6 for children age 617. Children under 5 are free. To learn more, visit

An Aquatic Roadtrip The NC Aquarium is hitting the road this summer – and it’s proving to be an important trip for folks along the Treasure Coast. Six consecutive Wednesday programs are planned at the Surf City Community Center, complete with live animals and plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with these aquatic wonders. Programs begin July 7 with Our Living Seashells and wind their way through whales, turtles, wetlands and jellyfish before ending the run with Snakes Alive on Aug. 11. All of the programs are free and designated for children age 4 and up. Aquarium outreach programs bring fun, hands-on, educational activities to classrooms, groups and events. Costumes, props and live animals make the programs entertaining, 10

Falling for Topsail Slated for Oct. 16-17, Autumn with Topsail is held on the grounds of the Missile Assembly Building in Topsail Beach, the site the annual event helps preserve. From 1946-48, the building was a research and testing site for Operation Bumblebee, a top secret missile program operated by the US Navy. Now under the direction of the Historical Society of Topsail Island, the building houses a museum with a collection of regional exhibits, including information on its secretive past. The two-day celebration gets started both Saturday and Sunday morning with a pancake

breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis. But it’s the juried art show that brings in most of the traffic. Local and regional artists display and sell their work on site amidst the food vendors, games, children’s art activities, rides and live entertainment. Admission is $3 for adults. Children 12 and under and active duty military are free. Details: 910-329-4446 or

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welcome to bring comfort items, such as chairs, blankets and snacks. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Concerts run from 5:30-7:30pm and movies begin at dusk. For a complete schedule, see our Coastal Calendar beginning on page 34.

Faces and Places Take a moment to reflect on the myriad people that make up the fabric of North Carolina this summer as the state sets out to honor its

No matter what time of year, there is always something happening at Poplar Grove Plantation, just outside of Hampstead. The plantation is one of the oldest existing peanut plantations in the state and opened as a museum in 1980. Today, the mansion is on the National Register of Historic Homes and draws crowds with events such as a spring Herb and Garden Fair, a seasonal farmer’s market and summer Classy Chassis Car Show. Other events include a hair raising Halloween Festival and Christmas Holiday Open House. Details: 910686-9518 or

Saturday in the Park The Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. is giving everyone a reason to get out of the house on Saturday evenings with its summer series at Union Point Park. On alternating Saturdays, May 29-Sept. 4, join your neighbors and visiting guests for a family-friendly movie or concert. Guests are

own. The Celebrate North Carolina: Faces and Places exhibit, a touring photography program that pays homage to the state’s citizens, will be on display at the Pender County Library, Burgaw, June 5-26. Presented by the office of the governor, NC Dept. of Cultural Resources and the State Library of North Carolina, the photographs were culled from a variety of sources, including press photographers, state archives and state fair winners. Two exhibits, one in the eastern and one in the western half of the state, will tour throughout the year – from Harkers Island to Fontana. The display is free to visit. For additional information call 910-259-1536. (cont. on page 12) Topsail Coaster 11

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New Guide for Pender County Visitors to Pender County now have more options when planning a visit. was launched in November of 2009 by the Pender County Tourism Development Board and features an array of user-friendly tools for planning and scheduling your trip. From general descriptions of area towns to an interactive map and calendar of events, the tourism office is ready to show off all the area has to offer. Need to find the perfect spot for dinner? Wondering what to do with your Sunday afternoon? Never fear – Pender County is on task. With business listings and descriptions, a slew of images and even video to guide your way, everyone will be able to make better informed decisions when it comes to their recreational time. To learn more, see

Kids Catch the Big Ones Surf City Parks and Recreation Department and East Coast Sports will hold a Kids Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 19, at Soundside Park Pier. Sign up runs from 10am-noon and fishing begins at 1pm. First through third place will receive a gift certificate and a trophy, places 4th35th will receive a trophy and the first 200 children under 12 who sign up will receive a free rod and reel. At 3pm, the Topsail Area Kiwanis will hold the drawing for its 2010 Scholarship Boat Raffle. Tickets are $10.

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Plunge into the New Year The water may be chilly on Jan. 1, but that doesn’t stop the crowd in Surf City from taking a brave dip into the frigid waters of the Atlantic during the 9th annual Dolphin Dip Extravaganza. Gather at the Roland Avenue beach access for a sprint in (and quickly out) of the winter water. Proceeds benefit area charities.

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Learning from Your ‘Piers’ Soon after the Surf City Ocean Pier opened for business in 1948 as Topsail Island’s first ocean pier, it wasn’t long before visitors and residents found themselves hooked on the relaxing addiction of pier fishing. Combining the convenience of a relaxed place to sit and nearby bait shops with an opportunity to fish farther from shore than surf fishing allows, the love for pier fishing quickly caught on and grew enough to warrant the construction of two more ocean piers and a soundside pier.

Surf’s Up Anglers wanting to roam along the beach a little more freely, or just hoping for a little solitude, often opt out of pier fishing for the chance to wade into the water and do a little surf fishing. Of all the different ways there are to fish, surf fishing is by far the most relaxing as anglers often set up a small camp, anchor their rod in the sand and patiently lean back as they wait for a nibble. The payoff for surf fishing isn’t bad either, with catches often including flounder, trout, black drum, spot and pompano. 14

Sweetening the experience, Topsail Island has 21 beach access points, nine accesses on the sound and some towns allow driving on the beach with a special permit during the offseason. For those new to surf fishing, always remember that you are sharing the beach with swimmers too. Be aware of how close lines – and more specifically hooks – are to swimmers and leave the beach as you found it.

Rules & Regs Whether it’s from the pier, the beach or on a boat, all fishermen over 16 years of age are required to purchase a permit from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) before dropping a single hook into the water. Beginning at $5 for a 10-day resident’s license to fish in coastal waters, license costs remain reasonable varying on how long it is needed, state residency and whether or not the license will include hunting. Purchasing the right license is an easy process thanks to three methods of payment offered by the NCWRC. Those interested can pay with a credit card online at, call 1-8882HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834) or view a list of locations throughout the Treasure Coast by visiting Search.asp.

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North Topsail Beach Named after its location on Topsail Island, North Topsail Beach was incorporated in 1990. Slightly more secluded than the hustle and bustle of Surf City and Topsail, this little hamlet reaches out to the naturalist in us all. This isn’t where you plan to get back to nature – this is where you actually make it happen. Formerly known as West Onslow Beach and North Topsail Shores, North Topsail Beach was previously separated from the rest of the island by Stump Inlet. Time and weather have long ago filled the inlet, uniting the town with its neighbors to the south and making it more accessible to visitors. With a population of around 850, North Topsail Beach’s sound features picturesque marshes and gracefully sloping dunes while the ocean side boasts beautiful access to the beach. With both to choose from, North Topsail is a favorite spot for kayakers. While in North Topsail Beach, take the time to visit the Permuda Island Coastal Reserve, a

Sneads Ferry This traditional fishing village is located on the New River, just above Topsail Island’s northern tip. Noted for its superb seafood, Sneads Ferry’s fishing industry brings in a whopping 385 tons of shrimp annually, making it Onslow County’s biggest producing seafood port. It’s an accolade the town celebrates each August with the popular Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival, in its 40th year in 2010. But Sneads Ferry’s seafood offerings don’t stop there. The quiet waterfront town is a virtual diner’s paradise. Indigenous treats include clams, scallops, oysters, mullet, spots, grouper, soft shell crabs and sea bass. August may be dedicated to Sneads Ferry’s shrimp, but there’s a bounty to be thankful for in this hardworking, seafaring community. Settled around 1775, Sneads Ferry is the oldest settlement in Onslow County – giving it one of the richest histories. Its name hails from the pivotal ferry operation that began operating across the New River in 1725. On the northern banks, attorney Robert Snead took over ferry operations in 1760 and Lower Ferry, the community that eventually 18

great reminder of the area’s historic and natural significance. Now part of the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve, more than 50 acres of natural treasures are within reach, including salt marshes and former agriculture fields gilded with broomsedge, dog fennel, asters, goldenrod and Mexican tea. Now connected and ready for the world, accommodations on North Topsail Beach run the gamut from several luxury oceanfront resorts, to condominiums, beautiful beach homes, townhouses and a motel. Whatever your vacation preference, whether it’s beach casual, upscale or a delightful mix of both, you’ll find what you’re looking for on North Topsail Beach. For more information visit

grew up around his business, was renamed in his honor. The service operated until 1939 when the first bridge was constructed. A high-rise bridge connects the two sides today. During World War II, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune was established on land just north of Sneads Ferry. The base houses an ever-growing active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employee population, however, many active duty military and military retirees find solace in calling quiet Sneads Ferry home. Sneads Ferry’s waterfront charm, community togetherness and history make it a great place to both visit and live. For town details visit



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Surf City From the ocean to Hwy 17, Surf City was the first municipality on Topsail Island and continues to be the largest, boasting just under 2,000 full-time residents. Incorporated in 1949, Surf City, like most of this rural region’s communities, came to life as a direct result of the military’s presence in the region. Today, it is seen as the commercial hub of the island for shopping and entertainment. Visitors, both young and youngat-heart enjoy miniature golf, surf shops, unique gift shops and area favorite Soundside Park, with its iconic boardwalk, picnic areas and public boat ramps. Unsurpassed fishing and bike paths make navigating Surf

Holly Ridge Before reaching the island, many visitors must first pass through “The Gateway to Topsail Island,” also known as Holly Ridge. Incorporated in 1941, this predominately residential community surrounds the intersection of NC highways 17 and 50. Located 12 miles north of Hampstead, Holly Ridge maintains a lowbrow, small town feel, but that hasn’t always been the case. In the 1940s, this small fishing and farming community with a population of about 30 was transformed almost overnight as the military staked its claim. Land was contracted in 1940 and Camp Davis was erected in about five months with close to 1,000 structures, including barracks, mess halls, recreational buildings, post 20

City’s parks and 25 public beach accesses a true pleasure. The town, divided between Pender and Onslow counties, is home to one of the last, and one of the longest swing bridges in North Carolina. Still in use today, the bridge generally opens on the hour to allow watercraft through and provides a prime vantage point from which to view the sound. Don’t let Surf City’s collection of amenities fool you into thinking you’ve stumbled upon a beach metropolis. It is still a small, rural, oceanfront community. The town’s catchphrase, “Big enough to be competitive, but small enough to be happy” just about says it all. For more information visit

exchanges, a hospital, warehouses and plenty of roadways. Anti-aircraft regiments arrived. So did the barrage balloon troops. By 1943, the population crested at 110,000 and for a decade aircraft engines were tested, artillery was designed and rockets were fired and Holly Ridge carved her niche in military history. By 1948, however, the military installations were closed and returned to their original landowners. In the 1980 census, only 486 residents were recorded in Holly Ridge But the stage was set. With sweeping beaches at its feet, Holly Ridge was ready to stake claim to the title Gateway to Topsail Island – a tag it wears proudly as its population again begins to rise above the 1,000 mark. For more information visit

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Topsail Beach Nestled on the southern tip of Topsail Island, Topsail Beach is the smallest of the island’s communities with about 500 full-time residents and an ebbing tide of new and returning visitors. This family-oriented seaside town boasts pristine stretches of beaches and an irresistible oldfashioned charm that is hard to find amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life. Prior to the 1940s, the only access to Topsail Island was by boat. Mainland residents frequently made the short trip across the sound and picnicked on the private sandy shores of Topsail Beach. Besides private homes and other small commercial developments, not much has changed. Ordinances prohibit high-rise development on this part of the island, leaving visitors with miles of natural, untouched seashore to stroll.

Hampstead They say it was President George Washington that gave it its name. Legend has it that on an overnight trip he had planned to feast on the abundant mullet caught in Topsail Sound. However, when he arrived, the mullet had not yet begun to run. The feast changed from mullet to ham instead, giving rise to “Hampstead.” A monument at the “Washington Oak” is a presidential pointer to where the first president stayed overnight at a local tavern. Just north of Wilmington and inland from Topsail Beach, Hampstead holds an ideal geographic position. Offering the best of both worlds, it’s perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city … but not too far away. Like other communities in the area, it offers a cornucopia of seafood, with the popular local catch, the spot, gaining enough popularity to 22

In its natural state, Topsail Beach is the perfect home for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, the first facility in North Carolina dedicated to protecting sea turtles. Up to 20 sea turtles are released back in to the wild each year by the site. Visiting hours are available throughout the summer and a website ( allows visitors to get updates on the patients. Topsail Beach is also home to the Missiles and More Museum, where visitors can satisfy their curiosity about the island’s intriguing military history. It was the Navy who first found the benefits of this slim stretch of private beach, claiming Topsail Island for top secret missile tests during the 1940s. The story is now told through artifacts and clippings at the Assembly Building, home of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. For additional details on this quiet slice of Americana, visit

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Hampstead has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a hodgepodge collection of homes and stores surrounding an Atlantic Coast Line Railroad stop. This popular coastal living destination has maintained its small town feel. Fishing shacks are still found along the banks, a Sunday morning pew is still the best place in town to catch up and remnants of the Civil War are still found hidden in the woods. With its history intact, the town has grown to offer the amenities today’s families have grown to enjoy, such as shopping centers, restaurants and several golf courses, making it an ideal blend of North Carolina’s past and its future. For more information visit

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Almost as abundant as the seafood visitors crave, the history of Topsail Island is rich and flavorful. From pirates to missile launch tests, this remote ribbon of sand has been home to many – yet tamed by none. Between the dips in the ocean, the shell discovering walks and dinners in the island’s myriad restaurants, many visitors take an afternoon to meander through the Missiles and More Museum in Topsail Beach to get a feel for the history that has shaped the area. Exhibits focus on Native Americans, pirates, Operation Bumblebee, seashells and the like, but many guests find that the building that houses the museum is one of the most important artifacts left on Topsail. Until the 1940s, the island was uninhabited. Locals knew how to hop, skip and jump their way through the marsh during low tide to enjoy a day on the beach and farmers would wade their livestock over for an afternoon of grazing. But for the most part, unless there was a boat in the family, Topsail was simply out of reach. That was, of course, until Big Brother arrived.

It was the US Army who spied Topsail Island first. Within about six months during World War II, the government constructed Camp Davis at Holly Ridge, bringing the modest community with a population of less than 50 to a max of 110,000 in just a few short years. During the camp’s heyday, the troops would conduct their artillery training under the shroud of safety provided by the barren island. But the growth, and the Army’s presence, was short lived. By the end of the war much of the base was dismantled and the troops were transferred. But a footprint was created – of both Holly Ridge and the potential that lay on Topsail Island. The US Navy was next to take advantage of the opportunity, finding the remote oceanfront to be the ideal setting for Operation Bumblebee, a missile test project coordinated with the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Some 200 missiles were launched during the program, some of which are on display at the Missiles and More Museum. The Assembly Building where the museum is located, was exactly that – the place where the missiles were constructed. In addition to the main building, other structures were built on the island, including roads, a pontoon bridge and observation towers. The control tower is located between the Assembly Building and the launch pad, now the patio for the Jolly Roger Motel. Searching for the remaining towers, of which at least two have been incorporated into home construction, can be a fun game for the family and a great way to get the kids interested in history. Now protected by the Historical Society of Topsail, the Missiles and More Museum is on the register of historic places and has a great collection of artifacts and photos left from the Navy’s beach vacation. The site is open from 2-4pm, Monday through Saturday, May through September, with reduced shoulder season hours. Admission is free. For additional details, call 910-328-8663 or visit Topsail Coaster 23


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Turtle Hospital Hatches a New Home In a small, nondescript building tucked at the end of a thin sand-covered road in Topsail Beach, volunteers are preparing meals, checking bandages and making their morning rounds. It’s a hot, often smelly job – but the volunteers come back day after day for one reason – the turtles. With a $1.2 million expansion program on the table, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center won’t be hidden away for long. With a sketch in hand, a developer chosen (Baldwin Construction of Wilmington) and permits in place, North Carolina’s only sea turtle rehab center will expand from just under 1,000 sq. ft. to over 10,000 sq. ft. on a 4-acre patch of land across the road from the Surf City Community Center. The staff is hopeful that it will be moving into the new facility by the end of 2010. They may not be ready to open to the public, volunteer Karen Sota explained, but the goal is to have all the turtles moved in to the new home for the winter. “It takes us off the island,” said Sota. “But it also gives us much greater visibility.” And during a time of intensive fundraising, visibility is important. The hospital operates solely on private donations from its volunteers and friends from around the country. A project of this nature wouldn’t be possible without continued support. “We’ll begin clearing the site immediately and an official groundbreaking, actually putting the shovels in our hands, should happen in mid-May,” 26

Sota said in late April. And it’s not a moment too soon. The Turtle Hospital, as its best known about Topsail Island, has been overrunning its space since just about day one. With 26 current patients, and one longterm ambassador, Lenny, the staff is constantly trying to find more floor space in their already overflowing building. “I can’t tell you how long we’ve wanted this. It’s been years in the making and we’re finally there,” said Sota. “The new facility includes a 60 by 60 foot turtle room with a catwalk on two sides so people can go around and actually watch what’s going on while the turtles are being cared for.” Opened in 1997 with the help of only volunteers and donations, the Turtle Hospital serves not only nesting turtles and hatchlings, but also provides refuge and specialized care for sick and injured sea turtles. Volunteers deliver medicine, food, water and care in hopes that the turtles (including loggerheads, greens and the rare Kemp’s ridley) can be rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat. Patients can number upwards of 40 sick and injured turtles, ranging from quarter-sized hatchlings to table-sized adults. The center’s primary mission is to send them successfully back to their natural habitat. It is the only rehabilitation program of its type in North Carolina. For many years, Sota explained, the only other site on the eastern seaboard was a facility in Florida. Today, however, state-funded programs are also offered in Georgia and South Carolina, helping alleviate some of the load.

Visitors to Topsail Island can do much to help promote sea turtle survival without working or volunteering directly with the Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. • Everyone loves to dig big holes in the sand, but be sure to fill them in before you leave. While they can be dangerous for humans, these same holes can be deadly to sea turtles. • Never disturb a nest, nesting turtle or sea turtle you find on the beach. Trying to “help” a sea turtle is also a big no-no. • Never shine a flashlight on or take a flash photo of a sea turtle. The light can disorient a nesting female, causing her to abandon her task and even lose her eggs. Hatchlings naturally orient to the brightest thing in the sky, so turn off all oceanfront porch lights.

In addition to the rehabilitation end of the program, the site also oversees the Topsail Turtle Project, or the beachwalkers as they’re fondly called, which puts 150-180 volunteers on the beach May through October to identify and mark turtle nests along the island’s 26 miles of oceanfront. “The number of nests we see each year really fluctuates,” said Sota. “So do the type of turtles we see. It used to be that we were seeing a higher percentage of loggerheads until maybe the last four years or so when the greens took over. At one point we had 48 turtles and 70 percent of them were greens. “ Sota explained that as the turtles mature they return to the inland waterways to feed. The loggerheads, she surmises, seem to have developed better skills over time to avoid the obstacles of man, fishing nets, boats, etc. that can be found in the sounds. The greens, however, have yet to develop these necessary skills and can often find themselves in precarious situations. Turtles face almost insurmountable odds. One in a 1,000 births will survive its first year. Of those that make it past 20-30 years of age to join the ranks of mating adults, only one in 10,000 will emerge unscathed. Retired teacher Jean Beasley, director of Topsail’s rehabilitation center, began following the turtles with her daughter, Karen, walking the beach during the summer months in hopes of helping the turtles’ rate of survival. After her daughter’s untimely death, Mrs. Beasley carried on the work her daughter loved, naming the

• Pick up trash. Sea turtles have poor eyesight and will “taste” just about anything. Many turtles have died as a result of eating plastic and other garbage they mistook for food. Plastic bags especially can seem a lot like jellyfish (a tasty meal to a sea turtle). • Turtles will take advantage of an easy meal like hooked squid or baitfish. Most hooks readily dissolve in salt water, so cutting the line as close as possible to the hook will normally present an insignificant danger to the turtle. Call 910-470-2880 or the sea turtle hospital, 910-328-3377, for assistance. • Remember that sea turtles are federally protected and endangering them in any way could result in fines and imprisonment. • Any and all sea turtle activity (nesting, hatchings and dead or alive, stranded turtles) should be reported to the Director of Beach Operations at 910-470-2880.

center in her honor. In 2007, she was recognized as Animal Planet’s Hero of the Year and was named a 2008 UNCWilmington Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar. This award was given in recognition of her outstanding contribution to humanity in the spirit of Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Despite its anticipated move, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center will be open from 2-4pm, June 4 through the end of August, every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Be prepared for a crowd. Even with limited hours, the site has logged up to 40,000 guests in a summer, Sota said. On average, about 400 visitors tour the site each week, but that number has grown to more than 700 during peak times. For anyone interested in supporting the hospital, tax deductible donations may be sent to Sea Turtle Hospital, P.O. Box 3012, Topsail Beach, NC 28445. To learn more about the program, visit its informative website,

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Discover the Hidden Treasures of Atlantis Located on the 7th floor of the St. Regis Resort in North Topsail, the Atlantis restaurant’s panoramic ocean views have been drawing crowds for seven seasons. Teamed with the site’s detailoriented fine dining experience and its list of local specialties, diners are in for a real treat this season. A new chef will be joining the staff, explained manager Lisa Collella, so guests who have visited before can return to find some fresh new offerings on the menu. A new face in the kitchen, however, doesn’t mean that old favorites will be going anywhere. “I think our seafood stuffed flounder is one of those things people come back time and time again for,” Collella said. “It’s one of those things we’re famous for.” Stuffed with crab and shrimp then topped with a lemon dill buerre blanc, the dish is served with light jasmine rice and choice of local vegetable. The flounder may top the list of local favorites, but the restaurant creatively taps into the region’s bounty of seafood with other dishes as well. Be on the lookout for the coconut encrusted grouper with mango ginger sauce, the potato encrusted red snapper with roasted garlic and 30

thyme cream sauce and smoked applewood shrimp wrapped in bacon – all regional catches. Steaks are a favorite, too, notes the manager. The surf and turf, a 6-ounce filet with a 6-ounce lobster tail braised in garlic butter, has long been a favorite with locals and visitors alike, Collella said. As has the Atlantis filet, which comes topped with crabmeat and a Bernaise sauce. “I think one of the reasons we’ve been successful is that we not only reach out to the visitors but it’s been very important to us to cater to our local residents, too,” said Collella. If the restaurant doesn’t have special items diners request, the manager said they can generally order it for them to keep on hand. “Building that relationship has been very important,” Collella said. “And along with our food and our location and view, I think our staff has been very important in helping us do that. We only hire professional staff with fine dining experience and we’re well known for our service.” The site offers more than 30 wine selections, a full bar with a specialty cocktail menu and banquet capabilities, making the St. Regis the ideal spot for a corporate retreat or a summer wedding. Whether you come by land or sea, Atlantis is a mainstay on the island. The site is open for dinner, seven days a week, in-season. Reservations are not necessary – but always recommended by calling 910-328-2002.

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Topsail Treasures Limelight Continues to Burn for Community Theatre There’s no official theater building in Sneads Ferry – but that hasn’t stopped this dedicated band of thespians from coming together for the sake of the art form. Nourished by a pool of local talent and tended by a community of dedicated volunteers, the Sneads Ferry Community Theatre celebrates its 8th season in 2010 with three performances. Each will be held at the Sneads Ferry Community Center, a gracious host for the actors. Auditions for “On Golden Pond” are scheduled for May 27-28 with performances slated for July 16-18 and 23-25. Auditions for “Greetings!” by Tom Dudzick will be held Sept. 23-24 and performances will be held Nov. 12-14 and 19-21. In between the shows theater members will host one of their popular Readers Theatres, which allow those with mobility limitations to still participate in the art of acting. This summer the cast

will present “U.S.A.” by John Dos Passos and Paul Shyre. Auditions are scheduled for Aug. 19-20 and performances will be held Sept. 18-19 and 25-26. The stage lights rose on the Sneads Ferry Community Theatre’s first production, “Nuptials” in March of 2002, under the direction of organizer Julia Eller. To date, 21 state plays and eight Readers Theatres have entertained crowds and provided a venue for actors, directors, stage crew and others to express their creative talent. To learn more about upcoming programs, or to participate, call the box office at 910-327-2798 or visit

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10, 24: Movie in the Park. Dusk. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for an outside viewing of a family-friendly film at Soundside Park. “Where the Wild Things Are” is scheduled for July 10 and “The Blind Side” will play on July 24. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and other comfort items. No alcohol is allowed. Rain location is the Surf City Community Center. Details: 910-328-4887. Sat. 10: Classy Chassis Car Show & Country Flea Market. The old trees at the historic Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington provide the backdrop for this annual car show. Men will enjoy the show of muscle while women can browse the Country Flea Market, featuring jewelry, crafts, baked goods and more. Details: 910-686-9518. 10th annual Sneads Ferry Lion’s Club Pinfish Tournament. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Lion’s Club will lure anglers into the water again this year with its fishing tournament. Proceeds benefit state and regional services for the blind. Details: 910-327-2831 or 910-327-2776. Wed. 21: Turtle Tales. 10:30-11:30am. The NC Aquarium Outreach Program brings a little fun and education to life at the Surf City Community Center. Expect live animals and a hands-on learning experience. Designed for children age 4 and up. Free. Details: 910-328-4887.

August 2010 Wed. 4: Jammin’ Jellies. 10:30-11:30am. The NC Aquarium Outreach Program brings a little fun and education to life at the Surf City Community Center. Expect live animals and a hands-on learning experience. Designed for children age 4 and up. Free. Details: 910-328-4887. 7, 21: Movie in the Park. Dusk. Join the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. for an outside viewing of a family-friendly film at Soundside Park. “How to Train Your Dragon” is planned for Aug. 7, and “G Force” is slated for Aug. 21. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and other comfort items. No alcohol is allowed. Rain

location is the Surf City Community Center. Details: 910-328-4887. Wed. 11: Snakes Alive! 10:30-11:30am. The NC Aquarium Outreach Program brings a little fun and education to life at the Surf City Community Center. Expect live animals and a hands-on learning experience. Designed for children age 4 and up. Free. Details: 910-328-4887. 14-15: Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2010, the Shrimp Festival is a two-day affair that celebrates the area’s bountiful seafood with a fun party for the entire family. A Shrimp Ball is held one week prior to the event. Also watch for the antique car show, live music, crafts, food and the always fun trash can decorating competition. Details: 910-3273255. 20-21: 19th Sneads Ferry King Mackerel Tournament. Sponsored by the Sneads Ferry Rotary Club and Power Marine Outfitters, anglers will vie for nearly $80,000 in cash prizes during this Southern Kingfish Association sanctioned event. Details: kmtdirector@sneadsferryrotary. com.

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December 2010 10-12: Sneads Ferry Winter Fest. The annual event includes the lighting of the town Christmas tree, breakfast with Santa, arts and crafts, food and entertainment.

October 2010 8-10: Offshore Fishing Club King Mackerel Tournament, Topsail Beach. Captains meeting on Oct. 8, fishing on Oct. 10-11 followed by an awards banquet. Details: 910-327-3953, 16-17: Autumn with Topsail. Held the third weekend in October each year on Topsail Beach, the festival includes an artist’s court, with regional artists both displaying and selling their work, food, games, rides for the children and more. Proceeds from the festival are used to maintain the historic Assembly Building. Sat. 30: Fall Festival and Costume Contest. Spend the evening with the Surf City Parks and Recreation Dept. to celebrate fall and Halloween in a safe, family-friendly environment. Details: 910-328-4887. Harvest Fest. Join Sneads Ferry for a traditional Harvest Festival complete with food, games, music and, of course, plenty of fun. Free.

November 2010 Sat. 6: Holly Festival, Holly Ridge’s annual celebration of arts, crafts and more officially kicks off the holiday season. Details: 910-329-7081. Sun. 21: Tree Lighting. 6pm. Join the town of Surf City at Soundside Park as it lights its holiday tree and kicks of the Christmas season.


January 2011 Sat. 1: Dolphin Dip. 11am. Virtually thousands of people gather at the Roland Avenue Beach Access in Surf City each Jan. 1 for this chilly dip to help raise money for Hospice. The swim is scheduled for noon. Details: 910-526-3788.

April 2011 6-10: 64th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, a celebration of Wilmington’s exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture during its five days of entertainment that include a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry & all that is Southern. Details: ncazaleafestival. org. Sat. 14: Celebrate Hampstead Festival. 10am-4pm. Hampstead comes to the support of its local schools’ drama, art and music programs with its annual fundraising festival. Guests will be treated to arts and crafts, live music and dancing, food, games and a wide variety of activities for little ones. Details: 910-270-9642. For more information on Topsail area events, contact the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-329-4446 or visit topsailcoc. com or

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BELLE OF TOPSAIL Climb aboard the party boat, Belle of Topsail, a 55-foot replica of an 1880s riverboat, for a scenic tour of the area’s sounds and inlets. Tours range from the one-hour scenic jaunt to the two-hour captain’s party sunset cruise offered each evening. The boat is docked in Surf City, just over the bridge. Details: 910-328-1621 or visit

MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM During the government’s use of Topsail Island during World War II, more than 200 experimental rockets were fired from its shores. It was from these test launchings that the ramjet rocket was born, the foundation of the United States’ guided missile program. Missiles and more are celebrated at the Topsail Island museum, 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach. Details: 910-329-4446,

TURTLE RESCUE CENTER The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island helps nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, as well as sick and injured turtles. Caring for an average of 20 sea turtles each day, volunteers administer medicine, food, water and lots of tender loving care in hopes the turtles can be rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat. The hospital offers public tours during the summer months. Details: 910328-3377,

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MOORE’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD Moore’s Creek, located in nearby Currie, is the site of a February 1776 American Revolution battle in which North Carolina Revolutionaries defeated a force of North Carolina loyalists, in part thwarting a British invasion of the Southern colonies. Visitors can follow a 1-mile trail with exhibits leading through the battlefield and across Moore’s Creek. The park offers a visitor center with exhibits and audio-visual program, a Colonial forest trail and a picnic area. The site is also a popular spot for fishing, nature walks and wildlife viewing. Details: 910-283-5591,

THE AZALEA COAST When deciding what to do with yourself during your island vacation, don’t discount nearby Wilmington for a daytrip. With an array of first-class museums and attractions, this break from lounging by the ocean may be exactly what you need. If you go, make sure you visit the Battleship North Carolina, Bellamy Mansion Museum, Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Children’s Museum of Wilmington, Fort Fisher, Screen Gems Studio and Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park.

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PM 9:28 10:31 11:27 ----12:41 1:39 2:34 3:27 4:19 5:12 6:07 7:04 8:06 9:09 10:08 11:01 11:45 ----12:47 1:29 2:08 2:46 3:24 4:03 4:43 5:26 6:14 7:06 8:03 9:03 10:01

NOVEMBER High Date AM PM 1 3:33 3:58 2 4:35 4:57 3 5:32 5:53 4 6:25 6:46 5 7:16 7:36 6 8:05 8:26 7 7:54 8:15 8 8:43 9:04 9 9:32 9:55 10 10:22 10:48 11 11:14 11:45 12 ----- 12:09 13 12:45 1:05 14 1:46 2:01 15 2:42 2:53 16 3:32 3:42 17 4:16 4:26 18 4:57 5:08 19 5:36 5:48 20 6:14 6:28 21 6:53 7:08 22 7:33 7:48 23 8:15 8:31 24 8:59 9:17 25 9:45 10:08 26 10:36 11:04 27 11:30 ----28 12:06 12:28 29 1:12 1:30 30 2:17 2:33

PM 10:56 11:48 12:32 1:29 2:23 3:15 3:05 3:55 4:45 5:37 6:30 7:24 8:16 9:05 9:49 10:29 11:07 11:44 ---1:23 2:04 2:44 3:27 4:11 4:58 5:48 6:40 7:35 8:31 9:26

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Seafood & Steaks Pasta Sandwiches Burgers Salads • Pizza

Children’s Menu Available Dining Room Open Mon-Sat 11-9 Sun 12-8

910-328-7000 718 S. Anderson Boulevard Topsail Beach, NC

Pub Open 4-Until

Pool Tables Wide-screen TV Live Entertainment on Saturday Nights Karaoke on Friday Nights @ 9:30 Mon-Sat 4-until • Sun 12-until

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AM 4:59 5:51 6:39 7:24 8:06 8:46 9:24 10:01 10:39 11:18 ----12:48 1:42 2:39 3:35 4:28 5:18 6:06 6:52 7:38 8:25 9:11 10:00 10:50 11:44 12:31 1:36 2:44 3:48 4:47 5:39

High PM 5:16 6:09 6:57 7:42 8:25 9:06 9:47 10:29 11:12 11:58 12:01 12:49 1:44 2:43 3:42 4:38 5:30 6:20 7:09 7:58 8:47 9:39 10:32 11:29 ----12:44 1:51 3:01 4:07 5:06 5:58

AM 12:12 ----12:43 1:31 2:16 2:59 3:41 4:24 5:07 5:54 6:46 7:44 8:47 9:51 10:50 11:42 ----12:07 12:58 1:49 2:40 3:32 4:26 5:24 6:25 7:33 8:46 9:58 11:03 12:00 -----


PM 11:51 1:03 1:49 2:32 3:13 3:51 4:28 5:03 5:39 6:15 6:55 7:40 8:30 9:24 10:20 11:14 12:30 1:15 1:59 2:42 3:26 4:10 4:56 5:45 6:37 7:34 8:36 9:42 10:45 11:43 12:48


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AM 3:19 4:17 5:11 6:02 6:51 7:38 8:24 9:09 9:54 10:38 11:22 ----12:52 1:47 2:40 3:30 4:17 5:02 5:46 6:29 7:13 7:58 8:43 9:30 10:19 11:10 ----12:53 1:58 3:02 4:03


Low AM PM 10:21 10:21 11:24 11:13 12:21 ----12:04 1:14 12:54 2:03 1:42 2:51 2:29 3:36 3:16 4:21 4:02 5:05 4:50 5:48 5:40 6:32 6:35 7:15 7:34 7:58 8:38 8:43 9:40 9:28 10:37 10:14 11:28 10:59 12:15 11:44 ----- 12:59 12:30 1:42 1:16 2:25 2:02 3:08 2:51 3:52 3:41 4:37 4:35 5:24 5:34 6:13 6:38 7:05 7:48 8:01 9:01 8:58 10:12 9:57 11:16 10:55



Date 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

High PM 3:34 4:33 5:28 6:20 7:10 7:58 8:45 9:31 10:18 11:07 11:59 12:08 12:57 1:49 2:42 3:35 4:25 5:12 5:58 6:43 7:28 8:15 9:04 9:56 10:51 11:50 12:06 1:06 2:10 3:15 4:18

Shrimp • Scallops • Snow Crab Craw Fish • Tuna • Salmon • Mahi Calamari • Hush Puppies & much more! Come experience our wine and beer collection from around the Globe!

Over 400 Labels!

1342 HWY. 210 · SNEADS FERRY [ 1 mile from the high rise bridge ]

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Gift Basket (12), 702 S. Anderson Blvd., located between mile marker 1 & 2 in Topsail Beach. The Gift Basket has a fine selection of 14K & sterling silver jewelry and carries the largest selection of tide clocks & weather instruments in the surrounding area; collectibles & unique gift items found here too. Ask about the Topsail Island Destination Bracelet. Open in season 10am -5pm Mon.-Sat., 11:30am-3:30pm Sun., online at or, 910-328-7111, 800-424-7245. Island Outfitters (13), The Fishing Village, 409 Roland Ave., Surf City Causeway, men’s & women’s island wear; better line of sportswear & shoes such as Columbia Wear, Guy Harvey, Bimini-Bay & Sperry Topsider; as well as little bitty pretty things for your little ones; 910-328-1887. Mystic Treasures Jewelry (17), 121 S. Topsail Dr., Surf City, features the best in custom jewelry from local designer Tommy J., pieces from award-winning designers across the country, plus the Topsail Island “TI” Bracelets & the Hooked on Topsail Island Bracelets. Now providing state-of-the-art custom design & redesign work with CAD/CAM. Where every piece is as unique as its owner & your imagination becomes reality,, 910-328-6300. Quarter Moon Books & Gifts (37), 708 S. Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach offers reading selections for every interest including bestsellers, new releases, regional, nature & a treasure trove of children’s books; used books, extensive selection of greeting cards, stationery, journals & enchanting gifts; try our gourmet coffee, espresso, cappuccino or smoothee while browsing, open daily, public internet access, 910-328-4969, 800697-9134, Shark Attack Souvenir & Gift Shop (36, 23), 1295 Hwy 210, Sneads Ferry, 125 N. Topsail Dr., Surf City, souvenir & gift shop with live shark tank, beach gear, clothing & accessories (see ads for coupons), 910-327-1322. Topsail Art Gallery & Frame Shop (4), 121 S. Topsail Dr. (located on premises with Crabby Mike’s Restaurant & Mystic Treasures Jewelry), Surf City, featuring the talents & original creations 52

of numerous local artists; prints of many regional & national artists; island photography, custom framing, original artwork, and nautical gifts,, 910-328-2138. Topsail Island Trading Company (29), 201 N. New River Dr., Surf City, freshly made cream & butter fudge is made right in front of your eyes! Our fudge makes an excellent gift, available in over 50 flavors including sucrose-free flavors. We ship anywhere, all year long. Distinctive selection of jewelry & other fine gifts, 910-328-1905, 800-762-1257, Turtle Factory Gift Shop (11), 1982 Hwy 172, Suite H, Sneads Ferry offers customized orders with variety of local artists, unique crafts, candles & lots of turtles. A complete line of life-size fish & turtle replicas, call for fluctuating hours,, 910-327-3244.

Wings (8), 106A N. New River Dr., Surf City, offers all you need to reach the beach, including beachwear, suntan lotion, skimboards, beach toys for children, gifts & more, see ad for coupons, 910-328-5900.


page guide The following is a categorized listing of Topsail Coaster advertisers. Each advertiser listing is followed by the page number of their ad and the advertiser’s phone number. For information on advertising your business in Topsail Coaster Magazine, email

Coastal Mini Storage ............................... 38 910.327.2433 Coldwell Banker Coastline Realty ............. 7 910.327.7711 Island Real Estate by Cathy Medlin ........ 43 910.328.2323 Treasure Realty ....................................... 21 910.358.4708 Ward Realty Corp. ..................................... 5 910.328.3221

RECREATION FOOD & DRINK Atlantis Restaurant ................................ 31 910.328.2002 Beach Shop and Grill ............................... 13 910.328.6501 Bella Luna ............................................... 32 910.328.0504 Breezeway Motel & Restaurant ............. 37 910.328.7751 Bumblebee Market.................................... 5 910.328.2105 Crabby Mike’s............................................ 4 910.328.4331 Daddy Mac’s ............................................ 17 910.328.5577 Home Port Restaurant & Pub .................. 51 910-328-7000 Lo-Re-Lei.................................................. 13 910.327.0900 Luna Pops ................................................ 19 910-328-1517 Mainsail Restaurant ............................... 17 910.328.0010 New York Corner Deli ............................. 19 910.328.2808 Shrimp Shack Etc. ................................... 51 910-327-2789 T’s Café .................................................... 33 910.327.3647

REAL ESTATE/RENTALS/ ACCOMMODATIONS A Beach Place Realty ............................. 38 910.328.2522 Breezeway Motel & Restaurant ............. 37 910.328.7751 Bryson & Associates .............................. 55 910.328.2468

Open Water Marine ................................. 33 910.327.9208

SHOPPING A Beautiful New You Salon ..................... 16 910.328.2525 Beach Furniture Outfitters ..................... 47 910.328.4181 Bert’s Surf Shop ........................................ 2 910.328.1010 DDT Furniture Outlet ................... 28-29, 41 910.329.0160 D’s Interior Design .................................. 44 910.327.2166 Fishing Village ........................................ 43 910.328.1887 Gift Basket .....................................2, 41, 55 910.328.7111 Mystic Treasures Jewelry ................... 3, 47 910.328.6300 Quarter Moon Bookstore .........Back Cover 910.328.4969 Shark Attack Souvenir & Gift Shops ...................... 15, 24-25, 54 910.328.1346, 910.327.1222 Topsail Art Gallery & Frame Shop ........... 4 910.328.2138 Topsail Island Trading Co.. ......................... 3 910.328.1905 Turtle Factory Gift Shop .......................... 27 910.327.3244 Wings ......................................................... 9 910.328.5900

VISITOR/VACATION INFORMATION Onslow County Tourism ......................... 16 800.932.2144 Topsail Coaster 53


LARGEST LARGEST SHARK SHARK IN IN THE THE WORLD! WORLD! 1295 Highway 210, Sneads Ferry • 910-327-1222 125 N. Topsail Drive, Surf City • 910-328-1346



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Mix & Match Sets or Ladies’ Swimsuits priced $40 or more

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