Kure Beach - www.townofkurebeach.org, www.visitkure.com
After Hans Anderson Kure came from Denmark in the early 1970s, he bought land near the southern end of New Hanover County, including property that would later be named for his family. Kure died in 1916, but his children developed the area and called it Fort Fisher Sea Beach, after the nearby Civil War stronghold. His son, Lawrence Kure, built a pier in 1920, and people who came to see the land around it called it Kure’s Beach. The town was incorporated in 1947 and is home to about 2000 year round residents. There is a multitude of new and old beach style houses for sale here. You can find oceanfront duplexes from $ 1 million to houses for over $ 2 million. There is also more affordable beach housing 1- 5 blocks off the beach – many within walking range of the gorgeous Kure Beaches and their beach accesses. Available for sale in this area are beach cottages and newer duplexes – some brand new. It is a very laid back, beachy community.
One very important tourist attraction is the North Carolina Aquarium. It offers a wide range of educational and volunteer opportunities. There are many programs with changing exhibits and a huge tank where divers go to feed fish daily. It is an amazing nature exhibit for kids and adults alike. www.ncaquariums.com
An elected mayor and four member Town Council govern the town. The mayor is elected every two years and council members are elected every 4 years with overlapping terms.
Town services include water and sewer systems, garbage collection, fire and police protection, street maintenance and traffic control.