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East Oceanfront Dining at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort was awarded both the Judges’ and the People’s Choice awards at the second annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach hosted by MarineMax on Oct. 12, 2013. The Wrightsville Beach Foundation is already planning the 2014 event, which is a fundraiser for foundation projects.
With a membership that swelled from roughly 25 to just less than 100 in 2013, the Wrightsville Beach Foundation is gearing up for another big year of community involvement.
With previous foundation president Lisa Weeks elected to the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen in November 2013, foundation members Jim Smith and Linda Brown will serve as co-presidents of the nonprofit.
Smith said the foundation’s downtown Wrightsville Beach beautification project was one of the organization’s primary focuses in 2013 and would continue to be in 2014.
“We did do a lot of work for the downtown beautification project and the town has applied for some grants for that,” Smith said. “Now it is just kind of a waiting game but the good news is, because we pledged $20,000 to that program, if we get the grant, it makes the grant application stronger because there are private funds involved.”
One of the organization’s other major 2013 achievements that will continue to be an area of concentration will be the Taste of Wrightsville Beach. Smith said the planning is already underway for this year’s event and that the money raised at last year’s event was crucial in developing the downtown beautification plan.
A new push for the foundation will be to enhance the town’s holiday lighting displays, especially around the live oak trees on the east side of the Heide Trask Drawbridge.
“We are meeting with [Wrightsville Beach town manager Tim Owens] to take a look at Christmas decorations on the trees for this coming year and going forward,” Smith said. “A lot of people don’t like those spotlights out there so we are going to start an effort to raise money for Christmas decorations.”
Other new items added to the foundation’s list of things to do include adding more bike racks at public beach access entrances and more beach benches and developing an official Wrightsville Beach town flag.