As a native of Wrightsvile Beach, I have nothing but fond memories of a time when things were so much simpler. A beach where most homes were for summer occupancy only, Newell's had lights that stayed on after dark. The Crest actually showed movies and the Wit's End had a great hamburger. I even worked at a huge leftover from the Charleston dance days, the Lumina. Most times everyone knew who was supposed to be there and outsiders were welcomed, if even a little intimidated by our protectionism.. Now the homes have been sold, the Lumina long ago torn down in favor of condominiums. The Crest is a spa and Newell's now an upscale tourist trap, rivals any national monument in Washington DC as to nighttime lighting.The protectionism still exists, but not by families, from Wrightsville Beach of generations past, but by a new, upscale, new wealth type, akin to what I think they call HOA group, but a group firmly in charge that wants records of everyone, anyone who visits. I can't imagine paying $2/hr to park, just to see the ocean. It would be nice to return to days past, but those days are gone for Wrightsville Beach for those of us who remember long ago
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