Record Crowds Hit The Beach For The Fourth

Rip currents, shark sightings, wildfire smoke, and hard economic times did not keep crowds away from North Carolina beaches over the July 4 holiday.

The Jacksonville Daily News reported beaches and attractions in Surf City, Topsail Island and Atlantic Beach were busier than expected.

Strong rip currents caused the deaths of three men at separate North Carolina beaches last week, and a Pennsylvania girl was bitten by a shark at North Topsail Beach.

Smoke from eastern North Carolina wildfires caused air quality officials to issue alerts for outdoor activities.

But falling gas prices and lots of good fishing gave vacationers something to smile about.

More than 200 youngsters participated in a weekend fishing contest at Surf City, where Pier owner Ed Lore said bluefish, perch and spots were plentiful.

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  • by boxer on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    Even if no one showed up, they would gather in front of one beach house and pose for a pic. How can record number of folks come with limited parking? If I paid $10 to park......I would park my butt on the beach ALL day, which would tie up my parking space all day..stopping another from breathing the same smoke I was. Don't buy this story, but it's their story let them stick to it.
  • by Brian on Jul 6, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    yeah those damn Yankees contributing to our economy to help keep our taxes dare them! And really, people on here judging how other people look??? Let me guess, Hetro is in GQ? LOL
  • by Savannah Location: Morehead City on Jul 5, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    I live in the beach area, I can honestly say this 4th of July weekend was crazy busy, busier than I've seen it in awhile. So think what you want, but if all you have is negative comments, why bother posting them? And we let you guys win. :P
  • by Anonymous on Jul 5, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    The Yankees won the war so we can take over your beaches.
  • by nelson on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM
    I think that's a bunch of bull. Where are the proven facts there were more tourist this season than last? They say that every summer. They don't want to admit that the economy is killing them. Funny how AAA says traveling is down this spring and summer due to the economy.
  • by Jaws on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Looks are only skin deep- what matters is how they taste- er, is that their personality?
  • by DixieMan Location: ENC on Jul 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Yep, yankees have pretty much taken over the Outer Banks. Definitely not like it used to be. Seems the only time I have a pleasant visit is during the dead of winter.
  • by Hetroman on Jul 5, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    Not much to look at on our coast anymore but a bunch of muscle bound yankee women.I prefer women to look like women not Bruce.If they knew how ugly that looks they would stay home.

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