News Articles – 1985 – 1994

Federal Point, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher
– from the Wilmington Star and the Scene Magazine

Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994


January 3, 1985
The Carolina Beach Planning and Zoning Commission approved two new condominium projects. One was the proposed Yacht Basin Marina to include 20 condos, a marina and a restaurant. The second was Paradise Towers, located at intersection of Carolina Beach Avenue and Spartanburg Avenue. It was to be a six-story building with 37 condos and a swimming pool. Town planner Scott Shuford said that the owners plan to provide sewer and water lines and pumps that would eventually to turned over to become part of the town‘s system. The Yacht Haven Marina was located off Spencer-Farlow Drive just north of the existing town limits. (Star, 1-4-1985)


April 20, 1985
Carolina Beach dedicated the Mike Chappell Park at Dow Road and Clarendon Avenue. The Town Council renamed the recreation area for Chappell, a former fire chief who died last year. An honor guard raised the town‘s new flag for the first time at a town facility. A new sign had been installed at the site and this was dedicated also. The local Kiwanis Club presented a plaque to be displayed in the park honoring Chappell. (Star, 4-19-1985)


February 8, 1985
Dow Road on Federal Point, one of New Hanover County‘s biggest eyesores was being cleaned up by many volunteers. The project was dubbed “Operation Clean Sweep” and it was organized by the New Hanover Clean Community Commission and a ranger from Carolina Beach State Park.

The two day cleanup started today when heavy equipment from the Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal and Carolina and Kure beaches were used to pick up large items dumped in the area. The area near the Federal Point Cemetery at Dow Road and Ocean Boulevard were policed by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies and members of the Sand Fiddlers Club. Other volunteers included firefighters from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Federal Point and residents of the Fort Fisher Air Station, as well as members of Community Watch and the Carolina Beach Homemakers Club.

Between 300 and 400 refrigerators and stoves as well as construction debris, sofas and mattresses had been dumped in the clean-up area. The St. Paul‘s United Methodist Church were planning to fence off the cemetery to keep dumpers out. (Star, 2-9-1985)


May 30, 1988
Hubert Vincent was mayor of Carolina Beach.


April 20, 1988
Forrest F. Miller, 93, of 814 Old Dow Road, Carolina Beach, died at his residence. He was a native of Wisconsin, a veteran of World War I, and a retired business man. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juliet P. Miller. Funeral services held from the Seaside Baptist Chapel on Down Road. (Star, 4-21-1988)


July 23, 1988
The 4th Annual Budweiser Beach Music Festival was held at Carolina Beach. In 1987 the crowd estimate was 40,000 and a larger crowd was expected this year. The beach music fans were to be entertained by the North Tower Band, Fantastic Shakers Band and the Showmen Band. A $1.00 donation was requested for the Carolina Parks and Recreation Dept. for their charitable programs. (SCENE Magazine, August, 1988)


January 19, 1991
A memorial service was held for Jesse H. Vernon, 56, pilot of an airplane that had been missing since January 7th. The service was held at the First Baptist Church, Carolina Beach. He was a native of Eden, Rockingham County, N.C., and owner of the Sea Ranch Motel, at Carolina Beach. (Star, 1-18-1991)


January 7, 1994
Fred Eugene Bost, of Carolina Beach, died. He was born in China Grove, N.C., on March 11, 1909, the son of the late John and Julia Wright Bost. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Carolina Beach; the former owner-operator of the Port City Gas Company, the Paradise Inn Motel and was presently the president of the Family Steak house. He served in many civic and political offices at Carolina Beach. Survived by his widow, Mrs. Leila Mae Hunter Bost of the home; a daughter, and two sisters. Interment was to be in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Wilmington. (Star, 1-9-1994)


Bill Reaves files: Federal Point/Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Fort Fisher 1725-1994