Beach Blast 2011 planned for Tuesday, Aug. 23

by Marimar McNaughton
Thursday, August 18, 2011

Party the Wright Way

Thousands of coeds will crowd the Crystal Pier area for four hours, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. During the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s annual Beach Blast, busloads of incoming freshmen and some returning upperclassmen—between 3,000 and 3,500 are expected—are welcomed to town by local vendors offering free food and beverages, surf contests, bocce ball and a live remote radio broadcast. Only students identified with wrist bands may partake in the largess.

Wrightsville Beach police officers, UNCW officials and dozens of volunteers will maintain law and order, but beachgoers should expect to be impacted by the throng.

As the final Beach Blast preparations are made on campus, a fresh shipment of the town-sponsored Party the Wright Way campaign supplies have also arrived—a new banner, plus two additional street signs have been erected on Greensboro and Raleigh streets. The signs, like the parent model erected on North Lumina Avenue near Lagerheads, spell out the party regime:

• Don’t booze and cruise, use local cab services

• Shhh … the neighbors!!

• Respect Wrightsville Beach as a family community

• Remember: you can still have fun while partying Wright!

A new inventory of T-shirts and beverage koozies have also been distributed to area merchants for resale.

Party the Wright Way is the brainchild of Mayor David Cignotti, himself a UNCW alum. Targeting college students, the campaign hopes to educate them about some of Wrightsville’s local town ordinances: after-hours noise violations, for example, and other unsavory offenses that go hand-in-hand with late-night revelry and often lead to citations and sometimes arrest.

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