MONDAY 7/2: Amelia Earhart Expert, Local Author J.J. Shay at Town Library

In honor of July 2, the 75th anniversary of the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, Cape Charles Memorial Library  presents local author J.J. Shay, who will share insights from his latest book, Amelia Earhart Remembered. Shay is also the author of  Two Sons of Nippon and Into Thin Air, which reflect his interest in American history and World War II. Presentation begins 7 p.m. at the Library, 500 Tazewell Avenue.

VIDEO: Opening Day at brown dog ice cream

July 1, 2012

Click on the box below to see a 2-minute video of brown dog ice cream’s opening day, Saturday, June 30. To expand to full screen, click at bottom right of the box.

WEDNESDAY 7/4 All-Day Celebration: Parade, Competitions, Prizes, Food, Fireworks!

The Town of Cape Charles, along with the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Company is planning an impressive, day-long July 4 celebration centered along the beachfront of Cape Charles. The July 4th and the First Annual Cape Charles Golf Cart Event planned activities include a parade down Mason and Bay Avenues, horseshoes competition, beach volley ball, face paintings for children, a fishing competition at the pier with prizes for young adults 16 years of age and under, arts & crafts stands, sidewalk sales, food vendors and more. Beachfront fireworks will cap off the festivities after dark!

The parade, a highlight of the day-long celebration, is intended to showcase our Eastern Shore people: our State, County and local officials; our law enforcement officers at the Federal, State, County and local levels; our volunteer firefighters along with their fire fighting vehicles; our rescue squad volunteers and their vehicles; community and student organizations; automobile clubs; motorcycle clubs; antique tractors; horseback riding clubs; clowns and more. Trophies and prizes for the Best Dressed Golf Cart in the parade, the scavenger hunt and the obstacle race on Bay Avenue (entry fee is $15 for one or both events).

8:30 a.m. – registration at Bay Avenue Gazebo or Custom Carts (713 Randolph Avenue)

10 a.m. – Parade Bay Avenue & Mason

12 Noon – Town wide Scavenger Hunt

3 p.m. – Obstacle Race on Bay Avenue

Awards Presentation to follow Obstacle Race on Bay Avenue. Trophies will be awarded for “Best Dressed Cart” and for most points in the Scavenger Hunt and Obstacle Course. We are raffling a golf cart ( to benefit the Cape Charles Volunteer Fire Dept. Tickets are available at Eastern Shore Custom Carts, can be purchased by credit card online [email protected] or by calling 331-2087.

Southport Yacht Center Looks for Funding, Site Plan Approval

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Cela Burge outlines plans for Yacht Center to Town Council.

July 1, 2012

Southport Investors want to build a yacht repair center at the head of Cape Charles harbor. They’ve filed site plans for the development with the town. But they’re faltering over the cost of installing utilities.

“The Southport group is not asking for anything,” attorney Cela Burge told the Cape Charles Town Council June 28. But she did ask the council to work with the investment group as they seek state and federal funding for wastewater infrastructure.

Southport investor Eyre Baldwin has been talking about the yacht center for years. He’s floated several rounds of public meetings, making detailed Powerpoint presentations to local boards about the economic impact their regional plan could have on Northampton County.

But the site plan has been a long time coming to the Cape Charles town office. And site plan approval is one of many hurdles the company must clear before the business can open.

If the yacht center is built as depicted, it will have three floating docks attached to the southeast end of the harbor, next to the Coast Guard station. Two travel lift piers and a pad are integrated into this portion of the design.

A 600-foot floating dock, with water and electric hook-ups, is planned to run along the south harbor bulkhead. This dock would extend well beyond their property line and out into the water in front of Tom Gallagher’s parcel.

A walkway made of permeable pavers would surround the waterfront. There would be a stone surface boatyard next to the Coast Guard station, and most of the other road surfaces would be made of stone. The development would include a repair shop, an office, two areas for multi-rack dry boat storage, fuel tanks, a Washmaster system for cleaning the yachts, and a SaniSailor vacuum system for pump-outs.

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