Masonboro Island NC on July 4th
The efforts of Masonboro.org in educating people who visited Masonboro Island on the weekend of the 4th was successful. The volunteers went around in red shirts and handed out trash bags so the people could take their trash with them. Richard Johnson the founder of Masonboro.org says “that we do not need any more rules.” The crowds and the trash from prior years celebrations caught the eyes of lawyers looking to make rules for the Island Reserve. The Masonboro.org group stepped up and helped police the island. The crowds were smaller and well behaved this year, so their efforts seemed to have worked. Thank you for your dedication.
Masonboro Island is an 8 mile long uninhabited island on the southern North Carolina coast between Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach and is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve. Masonboro Island, only accessible by boat, is enjoyed by campers, surfers, anglers, and bird-watchers alike. The reserve consists of about 5000 acres, which about 4400 acres are tidal marsh and mud flats. The most northern end at Masonboro Inlet is the most popular area with its sandy beaches and protected waters. Any summer weekend you will see many boaters and campers prepared for a few days on the beach with tents, grills and water toys in to Masonboro Island, normally calm and peaceful, has recently seen a little too much partying and alchohol consumption on big Holiday weekends such as July 4th and Labor Day. Boaters from all over the Southeast join in on a big party weekend. So, if you plan to visit the island, be sure to keep your alcohol consumption to a minimum and take your garbage with you.
Masonboro Island is also located only minutes from the mainland where you will see prestigious waterfront communities with private docks, marinas, and boat ramps for homeowners. One of the most conveniently located communities to Masonboro Island is Shinn Point, located straight across from Masonboro Inlet, which is one of the most protected inlets on the East coast. From Shinn Point, you can be in the ocean in just minutes for a day of deep sea fishing or just cruise over to Masonboro Island and relax in the sun.