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Old 08-07-2008, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thank you both for the pictures! I am almost to a point of desperation to have my toes buried in sand and then have it washed away by the warm, salty water!!! I can only imagine how wonderful the warm ocean breeze would feel and smell! The beach/ocean is so therapeutic to the soul and I could definitely use some of that.

When my fiance and I visited the area it was March and the weather was still very cold so we weren't able to fully enjoy the beach. I would love to be able to come back now that it's August! I just keep telling myself that someday I will live near the ocean and that seems to get me through another day (at least for now). But for now, its Raleigh here we come and from what I understand it's only about 2.5 hours from the beach and considering that right now it would take us about 8 hours to get to the beach, I can definitely handle the 2.5 hours!
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Old 08-07-2008, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I tried to post a picture of the azalea festival, but it disappeared! raleigh is probably a good choice if you have to work. lots of jobs in that area. it's not even 2.5 hours. it's like 120 miles from wilmington. it took me just at 2 hours to get from downtown wilmington, to downtown raleigh. there might be an even closer beach!

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Thank you both for the pictures! I am almost to a point of desperation to have my toes buried in sand and then have it washed away by the warm, salty water!!! I can only imagine how wonderful the warm ocean breeze would feel and smell! The beach/ocean is so therapeutic to the soul and I could definitely use some of that.

When my fiance and I visited the area it was March and the weather was still very cold so we weren't able to fully enjoy the beach. I would love to be able to come back now that it's August! I just keep telling myself that someday I will live near the ocean and that seems to get me through another day (at least for now). But for now, its Raleigh here we come and from what I understand it's only about 2.5 hours from the beach and considering that right now it would take us about 8 hours to get to the beach, I can definitely handle the 2.5 hours!
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Old 08-07-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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Thank you both for the pictures! I am almost to a point of desperation to have my toes buried in sand and then have it washed away by the warm, salty water!!! I can only imagine how wonderful the warm ocean breeze would feel and smell! The beach/ocean is so therapeutic to the soul and I could definitely use some of that.

When my fiance and I visited the area it was March and the weather was still very cold so we weren't able to fully enjoy the beach. I would love to be able to come back now that it's August! I just keep telling myself that someday I will live near the ocean and that seems to get me through another day (at least for now). But for now, its Raleigh here we come and from what I understand it's only about 2.5 hours from the beach and considering that right now it would take us about 8 hours to get to the beach, I can definitely handle the 2.5 hours!
Yes.....the beach is wonderful and therapeutic,but downtown Wilmington is not.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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A nice perspective on downtown Wilmington:

:-) Beautifully Broken
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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good pics beachliving. also a nice pic of fort fisher.

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A nice perspective on downtown Wilmington:

:-) Beautifully Broken
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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A nice perspective on downtown Wilmington:

:-) Beautifully Broken
VERY nice pictures and I'm glad you had a nice visit.
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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Actually,
The saturday farmer's market has been 'bustling' every time I've been this summer (about every other saturday). I've also gotten some good deals on produce.

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Old 08-17-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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Yep nice photos. You should see downtown Wilmington on a bustling Friday night when all you see are Wilmington City Police and puking drunks!!
The downtown bars are out of control serving people who are already drunk, and then after their money is gone and they try to stumble/drive home the police are there to lock them up.
It all has a nice friendly family feel to it-
They will take the money for drinks but they are not responsible about serving them.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:34 AM
 
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You should see downtown Wilmington on a bustling Friday night when all you see are Wilmington City Police and puking drunks!!
The downtown bars are out of control serving people who are already drunk, and then after their money is gone and they try to stumble/drive home the police are there to lock them up.
I was downtown Friday night, walking by myself.
So by Florida and qaz's estimates, I've already broken three cardinal rules about not going downtown, not going on a bustling Friday night, and not walking by myself. From some of the posts on this site, I'm led to believe that some of you want to live in a bubble.

If anything, there should be more Wilmington Police downtown. I didn't see but 1 on Friday night.

There were 2 carjackings (Holly Tree and South College) early Saturday morning that were nowhere near downtown.

Wilmington has crime just like any other city. Wilmington also has jobs like any other city. Moderator cut: flaming and off topic

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Old 08-18-2008, 12:59 PM
 
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I have lived here 3 years, have been downtown in the evening on friday and saturday nights many times trying to go out for dinner and all I saw were police on every corner and stumbling drunks, which is why I avoid downtown now.
I also have never been asked about joining any so called "private club" that they use for an excuse not to serve military personnel at several bars.
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