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Barrier Island Study Center Receives Gold LEED Certification and Stewardship Award

Posted on April 08, 2013 under News

Barrier Island Study Center Receives Gold LEED Certification and Stewardship Award

The BHI Conservancy’s Barrier Island Study Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The Barrier Island Study Center achieved LEED Gold certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The Center was designed by Jay DeChesere, AIA and constructed by Adams Southeastern Construction.

LEED certification of the Study Center was based on a number of green design and construction features including the use of “riverwood” salvaged from the Cape Fear River, present on the stairs, flooring and trim throughout the building; recycled tiles throughout the interior; energy efficient lighting, including natural light from skylights, which filters down to the first floor through glass flooring panels on the second floor; 100% recycled cotton panels in the ceilings, which provide acoustical insulation; native landscaping and more.

The Barrier Island Study Center is one of 71 gold projects for new construction in the state of North Carolina, and one of six gold certified projects in southeastern North Carolina for new construction. 

The Barrier Island Study Center has also received the Outstanding Stewardship Award from the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Coalition. This award recognizes development projects which demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship and high marks in the areas of site inventory & development plan, water quality protection, green building, wetland riparian preservation/restoration, habitat protections/improvement, vegetation protections/enhancement, natural project amenities, long-term management and maintenance, community outreach/education and re-use/revitalization of existing site.


Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales Holding Food Drive to Support Southport Charity

Posted on March 21, 2013 under News

The sales team at Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales is holding a food drive to benefit Matthew’s Ministry in Southport, NC. They are collecting new and gently used backpacks or canned and non-perishable foods now through April 30th to support Matthew’s Ministry. Matthew’s Ministry is a non-profit organization that sends a backpack containing food home with area students that would otherwise go hungry during the weekends. You can learn more about them on their website a

The sales office located at 4 Marina Wynd is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Stop by with a donation and grab a cup of coffee. They want to see how many backpacks the island can fill!

Let them know if it is more convenient for a member of the sales team to pick up your contribution by calling 910-457-7400.

Shoals Club Prepares for a Busy 2013 Season

Posted on March 15, 2013 under News

Shoals Club Prepares for a Busy 2013 Season

The Shoals Club may be closed for the season, but the atmosphere is busy as we make preparations for an outstanding 2013 season. We wanted to make you aware of a number of facility improvements that are scheduled to be completed prior to opening day on March 22.

Construction is well underway on a new lounging deck being constructed between the two pools. Along with providing space for additional seating, the area can serve as a stage for bands and DJ’s during special events.

Along the boardwalk that leads from the Shoals Club to the Point of Cape Fear, we’ve added a “spray off station” where you can rinse off your feet, beach chairs and sand toys before heading back to the Club after a day at the beach.  We’ve also drained both pools and acid washed them, as we prepare to refinish all of the concrete pool deck and surrounding stucco. The pool area should be looking spotless the next time you visit!

In an effort to provide a more comfortable reception area for greeting our members and guests, we’re expanding the current Shoals Club offices by partially enclosing the adjacent porch. The renovation also gives us additional space to house the Events Division under one roof and seamlessly integrate this staff into the overall Shoals Club team.

Along with the physical improvements we’re making to the Shoals Club, the entire staff is evaluating ways we can continue to improve the Shoals Club experience for members and their guests. From our energetic recreation staff to our talented culinary team, we are excited about the new programs, special events and menu items we’ll be rolling out to members soon.

As always, we appreciate all suggestions and feedback from members. Please feel free to contact us at the email addresses below. We can’t wait to see you when the Shoals Club opens for the 2013 season!

Haven Magazine Receives Five Hermes Creative Awards

Posted on May 10, 2012 under News

Haven Magazine Receives Five Hermes Creative Awards

We are pleased to announce that Haven magazine recently won five Hermes Creative Awards – three gold awards for writing, photography and cover design and two platinum awards for design and publication overall.

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging technologies. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, graphic design shops, production companies, web and digital creators and freelancers. Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

To view the most recent issue of Haven online, click here.

The Hunt for Pieces of the Cape Fear Lighthouse

Posted on May 07, 2012 under News

The Hunt for Pieces of the Cape Fear Lighthouse

The Old Baldy Foundation, which operates the Smith Island Museum of History, is looking for lost pieces from its 1902 First Order Fresnel Lens from the Cape Fear Lighthouse. The foundation acquired the lens after it was removed from the demolished lighthouse and is planning to put it on display in a new exhibit building.

The 12,000-pound lens, which was on display briefly at the World’s Fair in St Louis before being installed in 1902 in the Cape Fear Lighthouse, warning ships away from the dangerous Frying Pan Shoals, is now in storage.

The Cape Fear Lens is a First Order category of Fresnel lenses, so designated for its ability to deliver a beacon light miles out to sea. It was owned for a period of time by an antiques dealer in Wilmington N.C., who sold off pieces of it over the years, as souvenirs.

The foundation plans to exhibit the lens without replicating the missing pieces, to properly tell the story of what happened to it.

But some of the pieces have been returned, and foundation officials hope others who may have parts from the historic lens might be willing to return them. “Missing prisms and lenses have been finding their way home. The stories and the people behind their return are cherished,” says Kim Gottshall, the Chair of the Fresnel Lens Committee.  “Each individual experience is a part of the fabric in the life of the Fresnel Lens, and we are determined to remember and share them for future generations.”

Some of the missing pieces are large panels, such as the one returned by Wes Lassiter. Others are small glass blocks that were removed from the lens structure and sold as paperweights.

The foundation is in the process of designing a new exhibit building for its Smith Island Museum that will feature the Cape Fear Lighthouse light. The foundation also maintains the 1817 Old Baldy lighthouse, the only Federal Oct0gon Lighthouse made of brick in the United States.  Old Baldy is also the oldest standing lighthouse in North Carolina.

Old Baldy and the Smith Island Museum of History on Bald Head Island are open daily to visitors. For more information on how to plan your visit, go to  or call 910.457.7481.

Revamped Issue of Neighborhoods Available Online

Posted on May 02, 2012 under News

Revamped Issue of Neighborhoods Available Online

A new and improved issue of Neighborhoods, Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales’ comprehensive digital catalog of homes and homesites for sale, is now live and available for  viewing online .

The catalog showcases the island’s premier properties in all of the island’s environments—Beach, Forest, Golf Course, Harbor Village, and Marsh. New this issue, each home has a dedicated page in the brochure that showcases both the interior and exterior of each home. If you click on the description of the home, you will go to that home’s own web page, where you can view all property details and take a virtual tour.

 If you’re interested in learning more about any of the properties you see, simply call Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales at 800-888-3707 or email and a sales executive can answer all of your questions or schedule a personalized real estate tour.