Carolina Beach, NC (WECT) – A crowd estimated at more than 1,000 people braved some rain showers to welcome in 2010 in Carolina Beach Thursday night.
Visitors of all ages turned out for the annual Island of Lights New Year's Eve party. Most joined in the countdown to 2010 as firefighters dropped a brightly lit beach ball to ring in the New Year. A fireworks show along the Boardwalk wrapped up the night's festivities.
The evening seemed to bring out positive feelings from many people in this community.
Although 2009 was a tough one financially for workers and businesses in the area, several people seemed to have a renewed optimism that the local and national economies will improve in 2010.