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February 15-April 15, 2010


Marine Science & Education Partnership Links Carteret County to Bounty of Marvels, Discoveries & Economic Prosperity

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CONTENTS Vol. 3 • Issue 1 February 15 – April 15, 2010 email: The NCCOAST Business Journal serves to showcase Carteret County as a prime location for doing business. The NCCOAST Business Journal is published by NCCOAST Communications in cooperation with the Carteret County Economic Development Council and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. The advertising deadline for the April 15-June 15 issue is March 12. For additional information, visit Published by

NCCOAST Communications 201 N. 17th St., Morehead City, NC 28557 252.240.1811 • 800.525.1403 fax 877.247.1856 Publisher Tom Kies Managing Editor Craig Ramey ( Staff Writer Amanda Dagnino Advertising Sales Jamie Bailey (252.241.9485) David Pennington (252.723.7801) Ashly Willis (252.723.3350) ( Graphics Manager Kim Moore ( Graphic Design Amber Csizmadia, Mimi Davis, Amy Gray, and Roze Taitingfong Cover Photo Dr. Rachel Noble with the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences inspects a water sample in the university’s Morehead City lab. (UNC-Chapel Hill photo) The NCCOAST Business Journal is published six times per year by NCCOAST Communications. Seven-thousand copies are produced per issue with 3,000 direct mailed to Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and Carteret County EDC members and other select recipients, including out-of-area venture capitalists. The publication is also available at select locations throughout Carteret County. Subscription rates are $15 per year. Email for subscription information. Copyright 2010. All rights reserved. The NCCOAST Business Journal is staff produced and cannot be held responsible for any unsolicited editorial material. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. Content is as accurate as possible at presstime.




Most people are familiar with organizations like NOAA, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, but few are aware of how vital they and other marine science groups are to the Crystal Coast’s economy. Hoping to provide a snapshot of how intertwined the marine science partnership known as MSEP is to the area’s future, this edition of NCCOAST Business Journal is almost exclusively dedicated to this prolific industry.

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ECONOMICS OF MSEP An in-depth economic study on MSEP reveals that the group accounts for 1 in 10 jobs and 8 percent of the local economy. DUKE MARINE LAB Marine biologists vent too … they just have to dig a little deeper to do so. UNC-CHAPEL HILL INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES Measuring sea level one foot at a time NC STATE – CMAST See the big picture by starting with the “nano” picture. CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE Enjoying the rewards of being a little fish in a big pond. NOAA Take a moment to flex your mussels CAMP LEJEUNE – DCERP Discover a new meaning to protecting our borders. NC AQUARIUM AT PINE KNOLL SHORES Educational programs take a road trip. THE ONLOOKER North Carolina named one of the top diving destinations in North America. MARKETING Does your business need an extreme makeover? Start here. CARTERET ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: 2010 From the area’s highest employer to a full member listing, you’ll find it all in this 27-page report published annually by the EDC and NCCOAST Business Journal.

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From the Chamber Chamber Introduces 2010 Officers

Woody Warren of Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle has assumed leadership duties as 2010 chairman of the board of directors of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. Tom Kies of NCCOAST Communications in Morehead City is the chamber’s chairman elect and Mal Garland of Sound Bank in Beaufort is treasurer. Rounding out the executive committee is past chairman Bruce Caldwell of First Citizens Bank in Morehead City. Newly installed as members of the chamber’s board of directors are Larry Jones of the Inlet Inn in Beaufort; Dr. Kerry Youngblood of Carteret Community College in Morehead City; Mary A. Brown of the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina/JobLink Career Center in Morehead City; Dr. Dan Novey of the Carteret County Public School System in Beaufort; and Jamie Wax of Emerald Isle Realty/Island Essentials in Emerald Woody Warren Isle. All were inducted at the chamber’s annual meeting on Jan. 23. Warren reappointed Joan Pulley of Joan Pulley Real Estate in Beaufort as chairman of the public and government affairs committee as well as the military affairs committee co-chairmen – Bob Upchurch of Bob Upchurch Appraisals in Morehead City and Debbie Godwin of Hampton Inn and Suites of Atlantic Beach in Pine Knoll Shores. He thanked retiring board members for their dedicated and loyal service – Chris Barnes of First Bank, Bill Horton of SunTom Kies belt Business Brokers and Julia Batten Wax of Emerald Isle Realty.

Business Leaders Extend ‘Hand of Hospitality’ All Carteret County businesses depend on a successful summer tourism season and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce is extending the “Hand of Hospitality” to visitors, guests and second home owners, said Warren. Warren told about 30 volunteer leaders who assembled for the chamber’s annual planning conference on Jan. 13 that the summer of 2010 is going to be a good barometer for economic recovery. The summer tourism forecast is partly sunny, according to Carol Lohr, executive director of the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority (TDA). Speaking at the conference, she said she believes families will continue to come to Carteret County for vacation time and she encouraged businesses to welcome them warmly. Planning is under way to capitalize on the fact that the 2010 North Carolina Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism will be in the community’s backyard on March 21-23. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend this conference at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. The TDA and the chamber plan to jointly invite the partici-


pants to come early and/or stay over to visit the Crystal Coast and Carteret County. “The observance of National Tourism Week May 8-16 provides additional opportunities to market and promote our area as a tourism destination,” Warren said.

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The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce recognized five of its members for outstanding accomplishments in 2009 at the Crystal Ball on Jan. 23, which is the organization’s annual meeting. Thom and Valerie Styron of Styron and Styron Insurance in Morehead City were the winners of the Arnold Murray Small Business Person of the Year Award. “The criteria for this award include longevity and extensive community service,” said Warren. “Thom and Valerie have worked for decades, frequently behind the scenes, to make a significant difference in our community. Collectively, their accomplishments are most impressive. Valerie and Thom Styron “Styron & Styron has been (Photo by Coastal Photographics) serving its clients in Carteret County since 1976, and has earned the reputation as a ‘beacon to safety and savings,’” Warren said. Valerie Styron is a past member of the chamber board and helped initiate the Leadership Carteret program in 1988. She was selected as Woman of the Year in 1989 by the American Business Women’s Association and has been active on various boards with the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center, the Friends of Cape Lookout and the Carteret County Department of Social Services. Thom Styron serves on the board of the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative and is a past trustee of Carteret General Hospital and Carteret Community College. He has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, Hospice and the Lookout Rotary Club. Additionally, he helped form the Otway Fire Department. Chamber Chairman Emeritus Joe Barwick of Beaufort was honored as the Citizen of the Year. He retired in 2009 as president of Carteret Community College and is a past president of the Beaufort Ole Towne Rotary Club. He also received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award in 2009, the highest honor given by the state of North Carolina. “Dr. Joe Barwick is a genius in the art and science of community building,” said Caldwell, the chamber’s 2009 chairman. “His visionary leadership transformed the college into a thriving institution, which is a source of pride for all citizens. (cont. on page 47)

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hile gazing across the seemingly endless expanse of ocean, it boggles the mind to imagine all that’s happening below the surface. Whether it’s lava bubbling up though a vent on the seafloor or water quality in oyster beds, the spectrum of research possibilities is vast and daunting. One organization could devote all its research to just a few square miles of water and never come close to uncovering the mysteries of the deep … or the shallow for that matter. So, with 70 percent of the earth’s surface blanketed by water, how do you even come close to making a dent in all


— Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro the discoveries that await? You team up. The ball was already rolling for Carteret County to become a central hub for research before the turn of the 20th century with the establishment of a fisheries laboratory in Beaufort in 1899 that later evolved into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab, now on Pivers Island. Years later universities like UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State and Duke followed suit, as well as the Division of Marine Fisheries; however, it wasn’t until a meeting in 2002 that the economic and educational impact of marine research was truly realized. This meeting of various marine-based organizations already conducting research in the area, as well as employing hundreds of people and pumping millions of dollars into the local economy, was the genesis of a 19-member organization named the Marine Science and Education Partnership, or MSEP for short.

“We formed MSEP to raise awareness,” said Dave Inscoe, executive director of the Carteret County Economic Development Council. “There was and still is not a high level of awareness of the incredible level of wealth. The scientists located here were better known around the world than in Carteret County. And from the economic development perspective we wanted to grow the potential of the existing marine science distribution and develop other spinoffs.” Sometimes referred to as the Southern equivalent of the Massachusettsbased Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MSEP has the diversity to partner its branches of research, regulatory programs, laboratories and outreach programs to collaborate on specific projects. One example of how MSEP has teamed up on a project that not only produced research data, but trickled down to have an economic impact on commercial fishermen and their markets was blue crab research. The interconnected study involved UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Science modeling migration, NC State Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST) tracking migration, NC Sea Grant developing better traps, Duke University Marine Laboratory measuring reproductive rates, Carteret Community College refining shedding methods, NC Division of Marine Fisheries setting catch limits and education by the NC National Estuarine Research Reserve. “We’ve explored many options,” said Inscoe. “The potential is still there for marine biotechnology. For example, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, part of their growth plan is to grow marine sciences. We’ve raised the level of awareness to where it’s one of the top level priorities of the state’s economic development programs.” Other members of the MSEP web include: East Carolina University Dept. of Biology, NOAA, Carteret County Public Schools, Carteret County Shore Protection Office, NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Cooperative Extension, NC Maritime Museum, NC Division of Coastal Management, Shellfish Sanitation and Recreational Water Quality Section, Carteret County Economic Development Council, NC Biotechnology Center and the Carteret County News-Times. As the group grew it was decided that MSEP members would meet once a week to go over any upcoming business that might affect the partnership, as well as hold roundtables to promote further connectivity. This information sharing has not only given birth to more efficient and thorough studies, it has also drawn its fair share of attention. “The meetings have drawn increasing interest from other marine science partners from outside Carteret County,” said Inscoe. “As a result we have UNCW, East Carolina University and the state and federal elected officials have seen it as important. It’s worth their time to come to every meeting. The governor’s office, North Carolina Eastern Region rep, Congressman (Walter B.) Jones, Sen. (Richard) Burr, all have representatives that participate.” Surprisingly, with so many of these organizations spread around the Crystal Coast, they are still somewhat under the radar and often taken for granted. The remote location of Duke Marine Lab and NOAA on Pivers Island are part of the equation but an even greater factor is how commonplace it is to see research boats off the coast or a group of people standing in the marsh digging for oysters. Many MSEP members just blend into the scenery, leaving their true accomplishments to be recognized on national levels or by academia before they are unceremoniously folded into our everyday lives. Commonplace or not, MSEP’s impact on research and the local economy is an invaluable asset to surrounding businesses. The most recent search for hard numbers to verify that truth was conducted in 2004 and showed that MSEP members accounted for nearly one out of every 10 jobs in Carteret County, as well as eight percent of the area’s economy (a full breakdown of this analysis is available on page 14). Indeed, each MSEP organization is a drop in the ocean of our economy, but combined there is a sea of opportunity. To further understand that opportunity and potential for growth in the future, NCCOAST Business Journal created profiles for some of the organization’s larger members and listed them in the following pages. Here you’ll find fascinating research projects and meet the scientists that are working to keep our seafood fresh, our economy strong and our water clean ... even if it is one drop at a time.  By Craig Ramey


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Since its formation, the Marine Science and Education Partnership (MSEP) has linked to form an invaluable network of information sharing that’s nearly impossible to measure. Each day, as those organizations help or employ one another, the difficulty of defining their impact grows larger, not just when it comes to research but how this partnership affects the local economy as well. With 19 members that include educational institutions and science labs employing people inside their organizations and contracting others in the field, it doesn’t take long before you’re talking about hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars being pumped into the economy. In fact, the effects are so far reaching that MSEP and the Carteret County Economic Development Council (EDC) had to hire the expertise of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Office of Economic Development (OED) to document the impact of partnership members in Carteret County and its surrounding vicinity. Although the study was conducted in 2004 and the related statistics are likely below today’s actual impact, it remains the most accurate and thorough available, and is still quite eye opening. “We knew the impact was large, it was just nice to get the numbers from an outside source,” said Dave Inscoe, executive director of the EDC. “We were surprised but gratified.” The following excerpts were pulled from the 2004 UNC-Chapel Hill study: The work revealed that the collective capabilities of MSEP are remarkable both in scale and in breadth. As a result, MSEP members have a significant direct and indirect beneficial impact on the Carteret County economy, a fact that until now has gone unnoticed because of the disaggregated relationship among organizations. Moreover, the study indicates that MSEP members possess physical and human resources with potential for even greater economic benefits to Carteret County, if these resources were better known. The physical infrastructure of MSEP members includes both general and specialized research and development facilities accommodating a wide range of scientific investigations: • 162,645 square feet of marine research facilities, including more than 40 individual laboratories, several large flexible-use laboratories and numerous specialty facilities, including a seafood pilot plant, molecular biology laboratories, biotelemetry labs, analytical laboratories and marine biotechnology wet labs. • 117,000 square feet of museum and aquarium facilities that hosted over 405,000 visitors annually in previous years. Both attractions are ex-

During 2003, MSEP membership collectively accounted for: • Total revenues of $58 million, including $32 million on public grants and contracts, $21 million government appropriations and $5 million in other support. • Total expenditures of $28 million, of which $20 million was expended directly within Carteret County. • Total full-time employment of 487 jobs – 401 based in Carteret County – and a total Carteret County payroll of $17 million. panding, which will increase both their size and visitation. • A research fleet for the conduct of coastal and offshore investigations that includes four major research vessels and more than 40 smaller crafts. MSEP research and technical personnel comprise a broad and diverse pool of expertise in a variety of disciplines, ranging from coastal environmental management and integrated marine conservation to aquatic food products, oceanography, marine biology, marine biomedicine and marine biotechnology. The MSEP research team includes: • 62 faculty and nonfaculty researchers • 248 technical and professional staff • 58 post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate research assistants • 119 administrative and support personnel The depth and breadth of scientific and technical expertise within MSEP is reflected in the success of the partnership’s faculty and staff in securing competitive funding and publishing their research results. During 2003, MSEP members: • Managed 133 supported research projects worth $25 million • Admitted an additional 78 research proposals for $14 million • Produced 136 publications and papers • Enrolled 218 full-time graduate and undergraduate students This increasing interactivity, along with recent facility expansions and institutional additions, stimulated interest in capitalizing upon mutually beneficial inter-institutional synergies. OED discussions with MSEP leaders (cont. on page 18)




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It’s a tale you’ve probably heard a million times. Girl grows up on the New Jersey coast. Girl is fascinated by the strange creatures she sees there, becomes an invertebrate zoologist, receives a PhD and pilots a submersible that travels to some of the deepest parts of the ocean, studying strange, never before seen creatures. You know, that old story. At least, that’s how Cindy Van Dover, the rather modest director of the Duke University Marine Lab, would tell it. And while boasting may not come naturally to the scientists that work at Duke, or any of the other marine labs in the area, they certainly give the county something to boast about. The Duke lab has between 70 and 100 employees at any given time and is a key educational facility in the state, offering year-round courses for undergrads as well as post-graduate students. The programs are focused on addressing an area the school sees as a vital concern: the quality of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. The mission of Duke is to prepare leaders who apply their knowledge in service to society, and the post-grad and doctoral students, as well as the professors, clearly exemplify that. The school offers a professional science master’s degree in environmental management, which is designed to prepare students for careers in business, government or nonprofit organizations. The program trains students to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as social, political and economic factors that determine policy options. Van Dover has her own example of that mission. As a deep sea biologist, she spent her early career researching hot springs on the sea floor. The springs are associated with undersea volcanoes where lava is erupting or preparing to erupt, as well as areas of the ocean floor where tectonic plates are being pulled apart. Water coming from the vents can reach up to 662 degrees Fahrenheit and is rich in dissolved chemicals. Those chemicals create a food source for animal species not seen anywhere else that biologists are just beginning to understand, like tubeworms, which attach themselves to the sea floor and have no mouth or anus. Recently, a company called Nautilus wanted to pursue mining the minerals around the vents. Van Dover was one of a group of experts that convened to determine how the minerals could best be mined without adversely impacting the ecosystem. “My knowledge of the biology all of a sudden becomes important to manage mining, so it has the least impact on the sites,” she said. “We’re working to see how, if mining is allowed to go forward, how best to do that.” Andy Read, a professor at the lab, is working on another pressing issue regarding the coast – the US Navy’s proposed development of an Undersea Warfare Training Range in Onslow Bay and an effort to protect certain sea creatures from the possible consequences of activity. The Navy wants to use such a site to conduct anti-submarine warfare training, including the use of aircraft, sonar and submarine target simulators. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the activities associated with the training are likely to adversely affect the continued existence of endangered and threatened marine species. Duke has joined with other schools to form a consortium to provide the Navy with data on the occurrence, density and residency patterns of marine mammals and sea turtles.

Rebecca Duke, a student at the Duke University Marine Lab, examines a blue crab. (Photo contributed)

At the marine lab, there is no shortage of interesting projects to work on. The lab staff, Van Dover said, is young and teeming with new ideas. “There are many, many more ideas than we could possibly manage to do,” she said. And like the other marine labs in the county, Duke has discovered that the Crystal Coast is a fantastic place to conduct research. “It’s a great place, especially for us, because it provides experiential learning,” Van Dover said, adding that the contrast of developed and undeveloped banks provides great insight into society and its relation to nature. “There is never a boring moment,” she said. I By Ben Hogwood


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While most of the buzz about Carteret County’s shoreline centers on beach nourishment projects and setback rulings – there is at least one place where just the opposite is true. Dr. Rick Luettich, director of the IMS, examines storm surge Dr. Rick Luettich, director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of on his computer model. Marine Sciences (IMS) was in Raleigh Jan 14-15 discussing the detrimental effects of the rising sea level and the state’s need tucked between Carteret Commufor preparation. nity College and the county’s visitor’s The symposium, hosted by the NC Department of Environment and center and boat ramp. In the halls and Natural Resources and the NC Division of Coastal Management, brought laboratories of the UNC-Chapel Hill Ina plethora of scientists and specialists together to unveil its preliminary stitute of Marine Sciences, great minds report on the current rates of sea level rise in North Carolina. The initial like Luettich’s merge with students evreport projects sea level rise ranges in 25-year intervals through 2100, eryday to investigate the environment with hope that the figures will impact policy development and planning. around us and how we interact with it. Some 2,300 square miles of coastal land is vulnerable to the projected With start-up funds from the Knapp 1.1 meter of sea level rise. In turn, it asks some pertinent questions: What Foundation, UNC-Chapel Hill opened built and living systems will be exposed to coastal flooding? What posthe Institute of Fisheries Research in sible impacts and consequences will occur? What short- and long-term September of 1947 and established itstrategies can be implemented to alleviate exposure and consequences? self the following year at the site of the “We’re somewhat in the planning or early execution stage and certainly old Camp Glenn Section Base, along have a long way to go,” Luettich said. “But we’re looking at flood histhe Intracoastal Waterway in Morehead tory and hoping to project the changes in the floor line of the ocean and City. In 1967 the site was renamed the subsequent changes in land use and what the implications and economiInstitute of Marine Sciences to better cal impact of the whole set of events would be. The ideal situation would reflect the diverse research taken on be that we’d be better prepared to cope with these changes before they by the growing program. occur.” Today, under the direction of LuThe professor admits that global change is often the subject of much ettich, the satellite campus has eight debate, but unfortunately, because of its elevation and North Carolina’s full-time staff members, 47 staff/techflat coastal plain, the state is much more vulnerable than other areas of nicians, and more than 70 seasonal the country. graduate and undergraduate students Sea level predictions are just one of an array of interesting studies afoot exploring water quality, coastal hazwithin the walls of the nondescript set of gray buildings that are quietly ards, sea level rise, fisheries, natural medicines and more. “First off, the coast of North Carolina is just plain fascinating,” said Luettich. “It offers so much in terms of marine activity and particularly at what we refer to as the margin, where the land and water meet. We’re situated midway along the coast so that gives us great access to most areas north and south. “Then, of course, we have these huge sounds – the second largest estuarine system in the country. They’re highly unique,” he continued. “A lot of the commercial fisheries that we rely on spawn on the Continental Shelf and then have to find their way to the sound in order to survive. That process alone is amazing. How does larva, very small juveniles, find their way back into the estuary? And that’s just one of the unique sets of processes that we have right here in North Carolina. “It’s also an area that’s so easily (cont. on page 26) Photo credit to Dan Sears



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• Dr. Luettich’s storm surge model was put to the test during the 2008 hurricane season, thus providing numerous warnings to the Army Corps of Engineers and weather forecasters. • Dr. Hans Paerl is busy working with FerryMon, a study that has attached monitoring devices to North Carolina ferries in order to keep an eye on water quality. The data is sent telemetrically to the lab several times a day, providing the salinity, temperature, chlorophyll and other parameters of the water. FerryMon was created through a multi-team approach with the Dept. of Transportation, NC Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources and Duke University Marine Lab, and is an example of the importance of the Marine Science and Education Partnership (MSEP). “MSEP is a terrific program because it has provided a comfort and communication vehicle on a regular basis where the marine institutes and labs get together and just talk. It’s hugely important from a networking perspective,” Luettich said. There are many programs around the country, he explained, competing for the same federal dollars and many institutions are far bigger than IMS is individually. But the collaboration of the various labs in the area makes them a much more competitive option for grants. “Without MSEP, I think we would be much further behind when it comes to connecting the dots,” he said. “Most of the research we take on and the funding we receive centers around partnerships,” he added. “And, in turn, many of the projects are too large for one lab to process by themselves, much like the sea level rise study. It’s a cumulative effort.” I

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Restoring Marine Habitat (and Protecting Your Sanity) In December of 1987, the Canadian Province of Ontario banned the sale of mussels from the country’s Atlantic provinces following reports of severe illness related to the shellfish coming from Prince Edward Island. Days later, the US Food and Drug Administration told Americans to stay away from shellfish coming off the coast of Canada. The two entities issued the warning after 70 illnesses and one death, all in Canada, had been linked to contaminated mussels. By the time it was over, hundreds had been affected and four were left dead, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Shellfish illness is nothing new, but this one was different. While symptoms included some of the regulars – diarrhea, vomiting and muscle weakness – others were new: specifically, patients were reporting mental confusion and memory loss. It didn’t take long for scientists to discover that the illness, suitably named Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning, was caused by Domoic acid, an amino acid found in some marine algae. Those algae occur naturally in the water; however, a combination of warm temperatures, sunlight and nutrient-rich waters can cause rapid production until “blooms” occur, where the algae can become so proliferous that they actually change the color of the water. Those Canadian mussels had accumulated the Domoic acid in their body while filtering the water, which they do to eat. Unfortunately, the chemical acts as a neurotoxin in humans, attacking the brain. Preventing Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning can be easily done. You just have to know when the shellfish might be feasting on a lot of Domoic acid-laced algae and not eat them. And that’s where people like Pat Tester come in. Tester is the acting deputy director of the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR), operated by the National Ocean Service (NOS). All this falls under the umbrella of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the lab is located on Pivers Island in Beaufort. Tester and some of her cohorts recently developed a test kit, being produced commercially by a small biotechnology company in Durham, which can quickly detect Domoic acid in either water or shellfish samples. Previously, samples would have to be sent off to specific testing agencies, often in the larger cities, and after shipping it could be days before the results came back. With the new kit, samples can be tested at on-site labs with results in less than two hours.

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The kit is a huge benefit to coastal communities in the US, particularly those along the Pacific Ocean where these blooms are more prevalent, that depend financially on shellfish. In fact, the US Department of Commerce awarded members of the lab its highest award, the Gold Medal, for its work on the test kit. That is just one of the many projects to come out of the lab, which also houses staff from the National Marine Fisheries Services and the NC Estuarine Reserve office. And while the work coming out of the lab is fascinating, a description of the lab would only be half complete without including its important history. In 1900, Beaufort became the home of the second federal fisheries lab in the US. The only older federal lab is at Woods Hole in Massachusetts. The labs were originally based in a rented house on Front Street in 1899, but after two former scientists connected to UNC-Chapel Hill were able to drum up enough financial support, three acres of land were secured on Pivers Island – home of the current lab. An aspect of the lab which makes it such a good neighbor for the county is its economic power. The lab employs about 105 people and brings in funds from multiple federal agencies, as well as grants. “We are doing things that people want to pay us for,” Tester said. “It is a tremendous economic engine.” The lab is heavily involved in marine habitat restoration, with many of the staff members the leaders in their field, but the projects conducted are widely diverse. Some have been called upon from places as far away as Australia and Portugal for recommendations on how to restore sea grass habitats that have been destroyed. Others routinely testify in federal court, giving cost estimates of the damage caused when a ship runs aground in federal waters and tears up coral reefs, determining just how much it might cost to restore that habitat. Another project involves studying the effect of sea level rise and shoreline erosion on coastal wetland at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. “We are truly a cross-cutting laboratory,” Tester said. I By Ben Hogwood

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Camp Lejeune – Defense Coastal/ Estuarine Research Program Standing Guard on the Coastline When most people imagine a person fighting to protect the environment they conjure up images of Al Gore or hippies with flowers in their hair and a closet full of tie-dyed T-shirts. What they don’t think of is the Dept. of Defense (DOD). Every branch of the military needs to train its forces, which is usually done on bases all around the nation, each with varying terrains and ecosystems. But we rarely think about the toll that kind of training can take on the environment or how important it is to protect the land, not just from exploding ordinances and tank tracks, but from erosion and stormwater runoff. “You can’t train in a parking lot,” said Susan Cohen, on-site coordinator for the Navy’s Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. “You have to train in a realistic environment and sustain the environment. The primary mission is training and readiness but they (DOD) do a great job of sustaining their land. They have this network across the country of great land – maybe over 40 million acres. They manage huge numbers of threatened and endangered species … we comply with all the endangered species act. They are good environmental stewards.” Integrating a coastal landscape of barrier islands, estuarine and marsh, Camp Lejeune was chosen as the prime location for a 10-year research project by DCERP. This fit worked because DCERP’s primary mission is to understand the composition of coastal and estuarine ecosystems within the context of a military training environment. More specifically, DCERP hopes to identify ecosystem stressors, develop conceptual and mechanical models to guide monitoring and then incorporate the two so they can better understand how stressors change the environment. “It’s an ecosystem-based program,” said Cohen. “Our primary objective is to support the military mission of readiness through sound eco

DCERP Discoveries While only on year three of a 10year initiative, DCERP has achieved several major accomplishments through the help of MSEP scientists. • Salt marches bordering the ICW are nutrient limited and show increased growth following fertilization, suggesting that fertilization could be a viable management tool to mitigate erosion and sea-level rise • Entire shorelines of New River Estuary and ICW were digitally mapped to calculate historic and forecast future shoreline erosion rates • Tides at Wallace Creek lag behind Mile Hammock Bay by approximately 3.5 hours • Zone of maximum phytoplankton productivity discovered where New River Estuary widens and flows, bringing awareness to the possibility of algae blooms

management. The DOD understands the link between environment sustainability and training sustainability. Onslow County offers this variety of eco types in a confined area – upland terrestrial, barrier island, estuary, all confined in a small area. Lejeune is the perfect platform. There’s only a handful of large installations that are estuarine.” Now in its third year, DCERP began with a search among the scientific community for the best men and women for the job, no matter where they may be. As luck would have it, several members of the Marine Science and Education Partnership (MSEP) were not only qualified for the job, they were close by too. “We didn’t plan it this way but it turns out that 75 percent of our research team comes from Carteret County,” said Cohen. “We didn’t seek them out specifically, these folks responded as a team. The science pool in Carteret County is incredible and has advantages in this work. The scientific institutions, organizations and agencies in Carteret County are being supported by millions of dollars in research money and we get every bit of value out of that. It’s a cooperative relationship and I think we’re getting good value. It really speaks to their scientific expertise.” Once the project made it through

an initial planning phase, several MSEP scientists moved DCERP into full gear on the data collection phase through projects that on first glance seem a far stretch from creating “military preparedness.” For example, NOAA is researching the impact wave and wind energy would have on shoreline resilience, while UNC-Chapel Hill is collecting a hefty amount of data for estuarine modeling and ways to manage erosion, particularly on a barrier island. “That’s a tremendous amphibious training asset for the military and it’s critical we maintain it,” said Cohen. “We’re in a watershed and what happens off base still affects us. There are all kinds of stressors and we’re really vulnerable.” Other stressors like weather and sea level change can have far greater impacts on the DOD’s land than artillery or building new infrastructure. However, measuring this change is slow and acquiring the facts is tedious.

“This is complex research and because it’s ecosystem based, it’s dynamic,” said Cohen. “It requires a lot of data collection which requires a lot of time.” So far that has amassed to three of the project’s planned 10 years. In that time DCERP members have bridged the gap between the Carteret County-based MSEP and Jacksonville’s Camp Lejeune with the help of research and monthly meetings. Originally set as a way for members of the marine science community to bounce ideas and share sources, MSEP’s meetings have grown to include the interest of politicians and government agencies (see page 12) as well. “I have a lot more resources at my fingertips,” said Cohen. “So if an issue comes up or I have a question, now I have an even wider group to tap into. All these groups come to Onslow and Carteret. These guys are good, they have long standing research relationships with other organizations and they reach out. “Clearly, these are leaders in their field, so I’m not tapping into an unknown and that’s critical.” I By Craig Ramey

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As the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores welcomes a new outreach coordinator it reasserts its voice as one of Carteret County’s strongest marine biology educational facilities open to the public. Chrissy Smith joined the aquarium staff last month with hopes of taking the aquarium on the road – literally. Does your Boy Scout troop want to learn more about sea turtles in order to earn a new badge? Maybe the women’s club in your neighborhood is ready to embrace their fear of snakes. Or perhaps your daughter’s class wants to see what they can do to be better stewards of the environment. Aquarium outreach programs bring fun, hands-on, educational activities to classrooms, groups and events. Presentations can be adapted for all ages and for an array of different demographics. Costumes, props and live animals make the programs entertaining, enriching and exciting for all participants, putting sea turtles, alligators, snakes, horseshoe crabs and other critters at the public’s fingertips. Custom programs can be designed to meet the needs of any group or class. Ultimately, said education curator Windy Arey-Kent, education is at the core of everything our staff does at the aquarium. “Our mission is to inspire and educate in everything we do,” she said. “In every aspect, whether you’re visiting the aquarium or the aquarium is coming to you, that’s our goal. From reaching into a touch tank, watching a feeding exhibit or reading a graphic panel, we have a variety of different programs that enable visitors to make a connection with animals and habitats that are found in North Carolina,” she continued. “We want to put people as up close and personal as we safely can – you can actually touch a sea turtle or a snake, or reach into the touch tank and feel the water temperature.” Aquarium-based programs include Behind the Scenes – Aquarium Close Encounters; Breakfast with the Rays; Dinner with the Critters; and Creature Features. In addition, a feeding time schedule is posted so patrons can watch North Carolina’s indigenous wildlife enjoy a daily meal. Upcoming plans include extending the aquarium’s pier further into Bogue Sound to allow access to deeper water for programs such as the snorkeling and boating curriculum. Funds are also being sought for a 1,000-foot fish-

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THE ONLOOKER Divers Rank Crystal Coast as Premier Location A recent issue of Scuba Diving magazine spotlights North Carolina as one of the favorite locations for underwater, sport diving. An annual readers’ survey attracted more than 5,000 responses, and North Carolina was ranked as the Best Dive Site in North America in four categories: Wreck Diving, Big Animal Diving, Marine Life and Health of Marine Environment. Additionally, North Carolina was second in Overall Destination and third in Value for Your Dollar and Advanced Diving. “When they say North Carolina, they’re really talking about us here in Carteret County,” says Robert Purifoy of Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City. “We’re the hub for recreational diving.” Here’s what the magazine editors had to say about North Carolina’s No.1 rankings for Wreck Diving and Big Animal Diving (two of the major categories): “If having the nickname ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’ doesn’t earn the waters surrounding North Carolina a stellar rating among readers, we don’t know what would. You could spend a week underwater here and still not hit every ship, with everything from the German U-boats to the remains of the most infamous pirate ship in history, Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge.

But perhaps the most popular wreck in the area is the U-352, a German submarine brought down by depth charges from the US Coast Guard cutter Icarus. With so many historically significant wreck dives, we put it high on our list, too. “The obvious reason North Carolina would top the list for big animals in North America? Sand tiger sharks. These ferocious-looking sharks are actually quite docile and easy to dive with, and they’re pretty much a guarantee on the wreck of the Papoose, a large oil tanker torpedoed off the coast and which now sits in about 100 feet of water. The sand tigers are the main attraction here, but they also steal the show on the Spar, a US Coast Guard cutter sunk as part of an artificial-reef program. You can also regularly see the big guys on the wrecks of the Aeolus, Atlas and the Caribsea.” All of this priceless publicity from Scuba Diving magazine helps reinforce the validity of an assertion by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce that “Carteret County is the Water Sports Capital of North Carolina.” “Everybody knows about our supreme position when it comes to recreational fishing along the Crystal Coast, but these accolades by divers add to our credentials as an all-around sporting destination,” said Woody Warren, chair of the chamber’s board of directors. “The precise economic impact is difficult to measure, but sources estimate there are more than 3 million certified scuba divers in the United States alone,” Warren said. “We would like every single one of them to experience the thrill of swimming with the sand tiger sharks at some point in their lifetime.” Local radio talk show host Ben Ball made the comment on the air recently that “every diver has his or her own unique story.” Mark Glesne, founder of Neutral Dive Gear, LLC, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is one of those. He talks about his sport: “We scuba divers walk among topside creatures, but don’t feel completely at home on land. We dream of a different world; one of liquid wonder and virtual weightlessness. A world where we are the ones stared at in curiosity; where only the comforting sound of bubbles surrounds us. “Our sport may not be as flashy as others, but what we lack in flair we make up for in passion.” I By Mike Wagoner, President Carteret County Chamber of Commerce

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B I Z B E AT Spring Events Target Small Business Carteret County will celebrate Small Business Week from April 25-May 1, and the centerpiece of this observance will be a Small Business Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 28. This is an annual event, sponsored by the members of the Small Business Resource Alliance – Carteret Community College, the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, the Carteret County Economic Development Council and SCORE. Also, save the date for the Crystal Coast Business Expo on Thursday, May 6, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, presented by the chamber and NCCOAST Business Journal. “We hope to pack the exhibit hall with exhibitors,” said Mike Wagoner, chamber president. “No business is too small, or too large, to participate. Some businesses will be selling their products, while others will be promoting services or providing demonstrations. We want to build on the success of last year’s inaugural expo.” For more information about these upcoming functions, call the chamber, 252-726-6350.

Leadership Carteret Class Graduates in March Leadership Carteret 2010 is in full swing and the class will complete the 10-week program on March 31 with a graduation luncheon at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast in Pine Knoll Shores. The graduation speaker is Coast Guard Rear Admiral Dean Lee, who commands the Deployable Operations Group within the Coast Guard in Arlington, Va. He formerly led operations at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at Fort Macon. Rear Admiral Dean Lee “Rear Admiral Lee continues to be a big supporter of Leadership Carteret and the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, so we were delighted that he accepted our invitation to address the class,” said Alan Leary, co-chair of the Leadership Carteret Steering Committee. “The class began its Leadership Carteret journey in late January, and it is always uplifting to watch the professional development of the participants as we move about the county, exposing them to the people, issues and attractions that define our county,” Leary said. For more information contact Diane Warrender at the chamber, 252-7266350.

County Unemployment Remains Below State Average The latest report from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina showed the unemployment rate in Carteret County grew to 8.8 percent in November of 2009. This marks


just 2 points over the 6.7-percent rate seen in November of 2008 and was the third straight month to see an increase since the August rate of 7.3. However there is some good news. The county’s unemployment rate is still under the state’s average of 10.7 percent, which has been the case since March of 2008. Also, Carteret County had 26 new corporations in November, up two from a year before, and building permits were up from three in 2008 to 11 in November of 2009.

24,000 Census Jobs Available for NC Gov. Perdue announced that 24,000 census jobs are available throughout North Carolina and signed Executive Order No. 33 creating the North Carolina Complete Count Committee to coordinate census activities at the state level. “More than $400 billion in federal funds will be distributed each year based on the census count, so a complete count is critical to North Carolina,” Perdue said. “I urge everyone to fill out and mail back their census forms. It’s easy, it’s important and it’s secure.” The Census Bureau began filling some 24,000 people throughout North Carolina in January. Job seekers can find application information at or by calling 866-861-2010. The information is also available via the Employment Security Commission or The census will also determine whether North Carolina will receive an additional seat in the US House of Representatives. North Carolina narrowly received a 13th congressional district after the 2000 census by a margin of approximately 800 people.

Career Fair Set for March 18 The Eastern North Carolina Career Fair will be open from 1-5pm on Thursday, March 18, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Employers are invited to participate. The basic booth fee is $45.

If interested in reserving space, contact Marie Lawrence at the Carteret County News-Times, 252726-7081 or marie@thenewstimes. com. “Even if your business is not actively hiring, this is a good opportunity to meet potential applicants and promote your business,” said Wagoner. “It’s a low-cost investment to make contacts with some highly talented job seekers who are looking for full-time, part-time and seasonal employment.”

Doing Business After Hours Few opportunities offer the chance to mix business with pleasure better than the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours functions. So mark your calendar now to make sure you don’t miss the three Business After Hours events scheduled during March and April. Each is held on a Thursday from 5:30-7pm at a cost of $3 plus a business card. The dates are March 11, April 8 and April 29. Make advance reservations and payment at the chamber headquarters, located at 801 Arendell St., Morehead City. For details, call 252-726-6350. March 11: Sponsored and hosted by Coastal Home Gallery, 5056 Hwy 70 West, Morehead City. April 8: Sponsored and hosted by Marine Federal Credit Union, 4728 Arendell St., Morehead City. April 29: Sponsored and hosted by FishTales Waterfront Restaurant/Town Creek Marina, 232 W. Beaufort Road, Beaufort. I

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N E W C OR P O R ATIONS Business is on the move and each edition of NCCOAST Business Journal makes sure you know how fast it’s going with regular listings of Carteret County’s newest corporations. The following were formed Nov. 19-Jan. 15. American Public Safety Benevolent Society, 306 Arendell St., Morehead City Abie Design, LLC, 208 Old Cove Road, Emerald Isle Big Sissy Inc., 343 Hwy 101, Beaufort Blackbeard Security Solutions, Inc., 112 Purdie St., Emerald Isle The Blue Gardenia Antique Company, LLC, 1208 Arendell St., Morehead City Bradford H. Piner, CPA, PA, 304 Live Oak St., Beaufort Cape Point Custom Cabinetry, LLC, 104 Travis Drive, Beaufort Carlone’s Pizza and Subs Inc., 714 Shepard St., Morehead City Carolina Yachtworks Ltd., 232 West Beaufort Road, Beaufort Cateret Community Church, 412 Morristown Road, Stella Coastal Café and Coffee Inc., 108 Middens Creek Drive, Smyrna Coastal Carolina Vending Inc., 3726 Kenzie Court, Morehead City Coastal Girls, LLC, 7009-A Highway 70 East, Newport Cottage Pointe Homeowners Association, Inc., 109 Key West Lane, Newport East Carolina Restoration Inc., 304 North 35th St., Morehead City Easter Seals Southern Nevada, 4915 Arendell St., Morehead City Emerald Isle Mini Mart Inc., 3305 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle Escrow Consulting and Accounting, LLC, 508 Holland Mill Lane, Stella Flip Flops Inc., 3305 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle Frank Dina Lamp and Shade, LLC, 102 East Summer Place, Emerald Isle Gypsy Rose, LLC, 107B Joel Lane, Emerald Isle Independent Task Management Inc., 304 North 35th St., Morehead City JBOB Services Inc., 304 North 35th Street, Morehead City J&D Enterprises of ENC, LLC, 3305 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle Lovings Family, LLC, 504 Island Drive, Beaufort MALMAL, 403 Wild Cherry Lane, Emerald Isle MK Chalk Architecture P.A., 2113 Evans St., Morehead City Moore’s Appraisal Services, LLC, 3025 Bridges St., Suite 9, Morehead City Moore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, PA, 103 Webb Drive, Morehead City Mr. Bail NC, LLC, 5702 Sound Drive, Emerald Isle None Should Perish, Inc., 404 Bogue Inlet Drive, Emerald Isle RAD@Paradise, LLC, 205 Captains Court, Emerald Isle Renovation Restorations, LLC, 240 Jonaquins Drive, Beaufort Sheardnet Consulting Inc., 1901 Red Fox Lane, Morehead City Shell Shack Seafood, LLC, 404 Hardy Road, Newport Sound Dog LLC, 110 Bay Harbor Court, Cedar Point Surf to Turf Realty, LLC, 2969-3 Hwy 24, Newport Tinker Toy Properties, LLC, 212 Elm St., Beaufort Tri City Taxi of Carteret County, LLC, 3212 Arendell St., Morehead City Tuna Fishing, LLC, 201 Lands End Road, Morehead City Watts Investments, LLC, a Wyoming Close LLC, 5810 E. Landing Court, Emerald Isle



Business Owners: Step Outside the Box and Grow Your Profits Is this the year you step outside the box to grow your business? Do you keep doing things the same old way each year? When did you start your business? How many years have you been in business? When was the last time you looked at your business systems to see what was working and what wasn’t? When was the last time you tried something new? My three tips will help you step outside the box so you can continue to grow your business. 1. Know your competition. Who is your competition? What are they doing differently than you? What are they doing better than you? What do you do or offer that is better? Are your prices in line with the competitor? Cheaper or higher? Think outside the box on how you can gain the business competitive edge while growing your business. If you have fallen out of favor with clients, what can you do to get them back? Often clients or prospective clients go elsewhere not because they were unhappy but because the business was not in their face enough. Social networking has changed how people make buying decisions. People are buying from what they see in front of them. They are no longer shopping around. If they see a recommendation on Facebook or Twitter or they are connecting with the business on social networking sites, then that is where they are buying. They are being loyal to the company that is in front of them every day sharing tips and developing rapport. 2. Know your industry. When was the last time you attended continuing education for your business or industry? Do you subscribe to trade journals related to your business or industry? How much time each day or week do you devote to continuing education? Do not become complacent. In order to have the competitive business edge you must stay abreast of the latest and greatest in your industry. You will be seen as the expert if you are first on the scene with a solution or notification of a recall to a product. Social networking is a free tool that will help you market your business and stay in touch with your previous clients, prospective clients and current clients or customers. 3. Know You. Business owners need to take an honest assessment of their own strengths and weaknesses. Do you enjoy networking or does it make you feel faint? Are you embracing technology to grow your business? What are you not doing that you know you should be doing to grow your business? Is it following up with prospective clients? Do you feel like you are begging for the sale? Now is the time to adopt a business mindset and realize that certain things just need to be done because they are part of owning a business. About the Author: Jaynine Howard is a debt free business coach, who teaches business owners how to grow their business and increase their profits while remaining debt free. She is a retired US Marine residing in Jacksonville and author of Networking Detox and the upcoming Social Networking Bootcamp. I


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What’s In a Name Brand? As soon as there were packaged goods, starting in the industrialized 19th century, there were brands. With mass marketing and production moving from localized communities to centralized factories, companies would literally brand their logo into the barrels. Brands like Coca-Cola and Kleenex and Band-Aid have become such a part of the collective consciousness that we often use the brand instead of the word, such as “soda,” “tissue” or “bandage.” According to the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) website, branding impacts how customers perceive a company and its reputation in an industry. A customer knows what they’re getting because of the name associated with a particular product or service. Despite its importance, branding is often a stumbling block for small businesses. Joan Lamson, a facilitator for SCORE’s Carteret County chapter meetings in Morehead City, said most of the businesses that come into SCORE roundtables did not have a good handle on branding. Lamson said branding was complicated, and really consisted of more than just the name of the business, package product or service, the image, the font, or colors used. Lamson explained that the standard of recognition was important, because even on a product without part of the branding, like the logo, a customer would still be able to relate the product to the brand. For example Lamson suggested the Campbell’s soup can. “If you were to take the name of the product/name of company off — you’d still know it was Campbell’s soup,” she said. Despite this importance, Lamson said that the Carteret SCORE group could only identify one recognizable brand from Carteret County — the Jim Dandy top hat and cane logo. “We had a hard time thinking of other recognizable brands here,” she said. “There’s a branding opportunity.” A Carteret County brand SCORE did not identify was Carteret Catch, a joint venture between the Carteret County fishing industry and local restaurants. The goal is to generate greater visibility for local seafood and also put the spotlight on the rich fishing heritage associated with the county through public marketing and education. Seafood technology and Here we see the Carteret County Chamber of marketing specialist Barry Commerce’s logos, before (left) and after (right). The chamber’s previous logo was used from 1977-2005.


Nash maintains an economic development program for the North Carolina seafood industry and was instrumental in the development of the Carteret Catch brand. Nash said that in addition to a brand identity, the brand perception by the public in the form of a logo was also important. “People are very visually oriented. A logo is a visual symbol connected with brand name and tag line, and if (a business) promotes itself properly and a lot, people will connect that visual to the quality service,” he said. In 2005 the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce embarked on a process to transform its graphic identity and image by retiring a logo and service mark that was the organization’s emblem since 1973. Certainly, much had changed over those 28 years in the printing industry, including the arrival of the electronic age. New management, along with a renewed sense of energy and commitment by the volunteer leaders at the chamber, provided a window of opportunity in which to make a bold statement for the future of the organization in the 21st century. The chamber agreed to leverage the power of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse image and then it was time to call in the professionals. “We have plenty of talent within the community, and we saw value in placing the job with someone who knows our area and our people,” said Mike Wagoner, president of the chamber. “We saw no need to bring in high-powered, high-priced artists from off.” The chamber created a Graphic Identity Task Force. These volunteers were asked to put down in words what they wanted the logo to convey. The thoughts that emerged were that the new logo should be alive, striking, fun and inviting, relaxed and informal and a beacon for business. They also wanted to convey growth, symbolize a friendly place to do business, illuminate quality of life advantages and reflect the greatness of the county. “In our case, the challenge was to be both contemporary and unique while retaining familiarity,” said Wagoner. “We sought to develop a mark that was attractive and taste-

ful, clean and crisp, clearly recognized and understood.” Next, the Task Force participants were asked to consider the chamber’s USP (Unique Selling Proposition). This was not a simple exercise because the natural tendency is to try to weave in all the elements that make Carteret County special. “A logo that tries to say and do too much is busy, confusing and fragmented,” said Wagoner. “In general, we focused on the coast, but what differentiates our coast from any other is Cape Lookout and her lighthouse. That is our USP.”

Once the USP was decided, the chamber decided to interview local agencies and artists, asking them to show samples of their work and provide cost information. Rich Farrell of Art Studio 500 in Morehead City also recommended consulting with local artists when working on a brand. Farrell suggested businesses get professional design help because the position of letters and colors that help provide an image can affect how the product is perceived. The obvious downside to hiring a designer is that many small businesses simply don’t have the funds starting out. Lamson said those who can’t afford to hire a marketing specialist should think about branding from the perspective of a customer. “(Branding) is more than just the business card or a name on the side of a truck. It’s what the package looks like when it’s delivered to the customer.” Whether done in-house or by a designer, Lamson said there is a tendency to think of branding as something only for large businesses, but it is especially important for small businesses. “If you get it right and use professional help to get it right, (branding is) a tremendous investment. If you sell the business, you are probably also going to sell that – it has value. (A brand) isn’t an expense, it’s an investment.” I By Bill Bedard and Mike Wagoner

From the Chamber (cont. from page 10)

“Furthermore, he is a master of collaboration who has been a unifying force in Carteret County to build bridges and linkages within the private and public sectors to get things done. Dr. Joe chaired the chamber board in 2003, and he continues to serve as a director, lending advice, guidance and wise counsel.” Susan Davis of Woodman of the World Lodge 188 and “The Teacherage” Newport Historical Museum won the Cassie Algeo Award for Extraordinary Chamber Leadership. “Susan Davis is the consummate volunteer,” said Chamber President Mike Wagoner. “Susan was involved in almost every chamber project and function that occurred in 2009. Her contributions to the military affairs committee and the Ambassador’s Club have been sterling. What success we have enjoyed as an organization over the course of the past year can be directly linked and attributed to Susan’s special brand of leadership.” In 2008, Susan Davis earned the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. Martha Vaughan of VII Insurance & Martha Vaughan Investments, Legacy Estate Services and a Melaleuca independent marketing executive was recognized as the 2009 Ambassador of the Year. “Martha Vaughan consistently demonstrates a compassionate and caring attitude,” said Julie Naegelen, director of membership services at the chamber. “She is an all-star performer in support of the chamber and what we stand

for, which is to improve the prosperity of all businesses and enhance the quality of life for all citizens. “Martha earned the most Ambassador points in 2009 by attending events and making regular contacts with fellow chamber members,” she said. “Her service in the area of membership recruitment and retention have been invaluable.”

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Hot off the press is the 2010 Business Directory and Visitors Guide, published annually by the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce. Copies are free and available at chamber headquarters, 801 Arendell St., Morehead City. The publication illustrates why Carteret County and the Crystal Coast form “America’s Recreation Destination.” “The visitors guide section features more than 100 color photographs that have been specifically selected to allure vacation seekers to bring their families to discover and explore all that the region has to offer for relaxation, fun and recreation,” said Wagoner. “The business directory contains approximately 85 color photographs that capture the essence of what it’s like to live and work here, with the primary focus of showcasing the chamber’s role in fostering a positive business and broadening our economic base.” I By Mike Wagoner, President Carteret County Chamber of Commerce



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Demographics & Membership Directory The following information was provided by the Carteret Economic Development Council. For more information, phone 252.222.6121 or email




Carteret County Economic Development Council, Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization incorporated in 1971 to promote the economic welfare of Carteret County. The primary goals of the EDC are to generate additional job opportunities in Carteret County, and to expand the tax base of Carteret County and its municipalities through planned, quality growth. The Economic Development Council provides assistance to entrepreneurs and existing or expanding businesses, as well as prospective companies considering Carteret County for a relocation or expansion. The Carteret County Economic Development Council is a public-private partnership. The EDC receives the majority of its funding from Carteret County through annual appropriations. The remaining funding comes from individuals and businesses through annual membership dues. The EDC is grateful for the strong support of the Carteret County Commissioners and our members. Their support is critical to the EDC’s continued success. It is our hope that this 2010 Fact Book will provide valuable information about Carteret County and its diverse economy. If you have any questions regarding information found in this section, please contact us (252) 222.6121 or visit our website at


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Ensuring an economic, regulatory and legislative environment that supports sustainable growth, Facilitating the location of diverse and environmentally compatible industry and business, Retaining and growing existing industry and business, and, Supporting an economic and socio/cultural climate that attracts people to live and work here.

2009/2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STAFF Doug Brady, President • Jerry Jones, Vice President • Dan Reitz, Secretary/Treasurer Craig Conrad, Advisory Committee President Andrew Midgett, Jr. Chip King Mark Anderson Woody Warren Joan Lamson Terry Frank Kerry Youngblood John Langdon Buck Fugate Greg Lewis Dave Inscoe, Executive Director Shirley Powell, Assistant Director




3615 Arendell Street Morehead City NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6120 • fax: (252) 222.6124 email: • web:

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CARTERET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL 3615 Arendell Street • Morehead City • North Carolina 28557 252.222.6120 Phone • 252.222.6124 Fax •

The Carteret County Fact Book contains various statistical information about Carteret County. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this book; regrettably, some errors are bound to occur. Any omissions or errors should be called to the attention of the EDC staff.




Carteret County, established in 1722, contains approximately 1,064 square miles, of which 520 square miles are land. The elevation averages 10 ft. above sea level. The population density as of 2006 is estimated at 121 residents per square mile. The county seat is Beaufort. Carteret County has a Aa3 bond rating (Moody’s), a AA bond rating (Standard & Poor’s) and a AA (Fitch). The County’s total taxable real property as of December 4, 2009 was $18,111,311,505.

GOVERNMENT Carteret County has a commissioner/manager form of government. Carteret County’s seven commissioners are nominated by district and voted on county-wide. Carteret County has 11 municipalities, each of which has its own town council. The type of government structure varies from town to town. As of Dec. 4, 2009, Carteret County registration was as follows: 15,709 Democrats; 19,042 Republicans; 12,125 Unaffiliated; and 44 Libertarians for a total of 46,923.

INCENTIVES North Carolina imposes no tax on business inventories and there is no state property tax on equipment or real property. Carteret County historically has one of the lowest property tax rates in North Carolina, and the 2009 tax rate of $.23/$100 valuation is the lowest rate of any North Carolina county. The sales assessment ratio for Carteret County is 1.0657 and the effective tax rate is $.2451. The effective rate adjusts for the county revaluation cycle by adjusting the county’s nominal tax rate by the sales/assessment ratio - the ratio of the selling price of property to the assessed value of property. North Carolina offers free customized job training and retraining through its community college system for manufacturing companies employing 12 or more workers. North Carolina manufacturers employing five or more workers are also eligible for an income or franchise tax credit of 50% of eligible company paid training expenses (up to $500/employee). Manufacturers locating in Carteret County are eligible for a $750/job tax credit against NC income/ franchise taxes with a requirement to create at least 15 jobs. Carteret County manufacturers also enjoy a 3.5% investment tax credit for investments in machinery and equipment over $2 million.


2009/10 TAX RATES

(per $100 valuation) Fire District Tax Rates .23 Atlantic .070 Beaufort .050 .125 Broad/Gales Crk. .030 .22 Cedar Island .100 .05 Davis .090 .14 Harkers Island .0650 .055 Harlowe .055 Oceanfront - .07 + .162 = .232 Marshallberg .080 Non-oceanfront - .07 + .011 = .081 Mill Creek .045 Indian Beach Mitchell Village .075 Oceanfront - .14 + .01 = .15 Newport .070 Non-oceanfront - .14 + .01 = .15 North River .090 Morehead City .22 Otway .050 Bft. Twnsh./Morehead .22 Salter Path .030 Newport .31 Sea Level .100 Peletier .05 South River .060 Pine Knoll Shores Stacy .070 Oceanfront - .115 + .105 = .22 Stella .025 Non-oceanfront -.115+ .016 = .131 Wildwood .060 Rescue District Tax Rates Western Carteret .040 Beaufort .045 Solid Waste Broad/Gales Creek .030 Solid Waste $160.00 Mill Creek .045 Trash Pickup $10.00 Mitchell Village .040 Otway .030 Source: Carteret County Sea Level .120 Tax Office Western Carteret .030 Carteret County Municipalities Atlantic Beach Beaufort Bogue Cape Carteret Cedar Point Emerald Isle

CARTERET COUNTY TAX RATES 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

1991 - 2010

.41 .46 .46 .505 .505 (revaluation) .42 .42 .50 .51 (revaluation) .44 .42 .42 .42 .42 .44 (revaluation) .23 .23 .23 .23

All rates per $100 valuation. Under North Carolina law, property is taxed at 100% fair market value and revaluations must occur at least every eight years. Carteret County’s policy is to conduct revaluations every four years. Source: Carteret County Tax Office

CARTERET COUNTY POPULATION with projections* Seasonal** Permanent 1995 52,553 114,828 59,404 2000 60,070 134,676 61,742 2010 63,314 153,708 63,520 2020 63,832* 170,583 64,107* 2025 65,070* 65,589* 183,821 65,867* Source: Malcolm Pirnie 65,995* Inc. (derived from Land

Year 1990 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2009 2010 2015 2020 2025 2029

Source: US Census Bureau NC State Demographics * Projections based on 2000 Census

Use Plans) ** Does not include permanent population










SchoolAge(5Ͳ17) Preschool(0Ͳ4)

3379 0

MUNICIPAL POPULATION Atlantic Beach Beaufort Bogue Cape Carteret Cedar Point Emerald Isle Indian Beach Morehead City Newport Peletier Pine Knoll Shores

2000 1,781 3,771 590 1,214 817 3,488 95 7,691 3,349 487 1,524




%Growth 1.07% 5.65% 11.86% 20.35% 7.22% 11.44% -7.37% 13.94% 24.04% 11.29% 5.31%

Source: Office of State Planning,

2009 ESTIMATES OF POPULATION BREAKDOWN BY RACE 2000 Census 2009 Est. % White 56,611 66,431 89.8 Black 4,151 4,653 7.4 American Indian 258 365 .06 Asian/Pacific Islander 358 485 .06 Hispanic 1,035 1,577 2.5 Other 357 311 .05 Two or More 648 581 .09 Source:


2008 1,800 3,984 660 1,461 876 3,887 88 8,763 4,154 542 1,605

Median age 43.9


POPULATION / HOUSING DATA BY ZIP CODE (Note: zip codes do not correspond with municipal boundaries) Source: DemographicsNow - NC Eastern Region 2000

ATLANTIC 28511 Population 807 Households 334 ATLANTIC BEACH 28512 Population 3,751 Households 1,943 BEAUFORT 28516 Population 10,895 Households 4,690 CEDAR ISLAND 28520 Population 348 Households 149 EMERALD ISLE 28594 Population 3,398 Households 1,604 GLOUCESTER 28528 Population 410 Households 173 HARKERS ISLAND 28531 Population 1,525 Households 661 MARSHALLBERG 28553 Population 440 Households 176


% Chg.



% Chg.

13,726 6,438

3.3 10.5

18,816 7,664

4.4 11.7

492 171

3.1 8.9

775 355

4.0 11.4

173 89

1.2 8.5

1,085 485

14.2 14.9

9,084 3,956

13.4 14.6

833 364

3.2 8.9

3,947 2,193

5.2 12.8

11,914 5,472

9.4 16.7

353 162

1.4 8.7

3,623 1,834

6.6 4.3

420 190

2.4 9.8

1,548 720

1.5 8.9

MOREHEAD CITY 28557 Population 13,282 Households 5,841 NEWPORT 28570 Population 18,016 Households 6,861 SEA LEVEL 28577 Population 477 Households 157 SMYRNA 28579 Population 745 Households 319 STACY 28581 Population 171 Households 82 STELLA 28582 Population 1,038 Households 422 SWANSBORO 28584 Population 8,008 Households 3,451

2.5 9.7

Note: Davis, Williston and Salter Path are point zips (no residential deliveries), therefore data is no longer collected. Data for Davis is included in Beaufort. Data for Williston is included in Smyrna. Data for Salter Path is included in Atlantic Beach

451 193





Per Capita Personal Income, 2007

Goods Producing Natural Resources and Mining Construction Manufacturing Service Providing Trade, Transportation, Utilities Information Financial Activities Professional and Bus. Services

Carteret County $34,241 North Carolina $33,735 United States $38,165 $532 Avg. Weekly Earnings (1st Qtr. 2009) Avg. Weekly Earnings NC (1st Qtr. 2009) $766 Median Household Income (2009) $50,006 Source: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

$28,293.20 $23,146.24 $28,840.24 $27,853.80 $27,562.60 $25,333.36 $30,612.92 $37,320.92 $30,220.32

Education and Health Services Leisure and Hospitality Other Services Public Administration Federal Government State Government Local Government Total for All Cart. Co. Industries Private Carteret County Total

2009-2010 - CARTERET COUNTY WAGES Estimated Employment n/a 150 1,440 710 200 100 1,740 1,980 3,880 1,530 920 920 260 240 960 3,900 450 1,260 820 3,710 1,180

Occupations Architecture & Engineering Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, Media Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Business & Financial Operations Community & Social Services Computer & Mathematical Construction & Extraction Education, Training, and Library Food Preparation & Serving Related Health Care Practitioners & Technical Health Care Support Installation, Maintenance & Repair Legal Occupations Life, Physical & Social Science Management Occupations Office & Administrative Support Personal Care & Service Production Protective Service Sales & Related Transportation & Material Moving

Estimated Entry Wage $10.10 $10.19 $8.02 $7.12 $10.71 $16.86 $10.37 $10.29 $6.97 $14.26 $8.25 $9.99 $15.75 $11.56 $18.72 $8.84 $7.53 $8.81 $8.33 $7.41 $7.27

Estimated Avg. Wage $21.49 $14.13 $10.41 $18.87 $18.49 $26.12 $15.15 $17.41 $8.95 $28.77 $10.49 $15.68 $28.50 $23.17 $34.56 $12.80 $9.86 $12.19 $13.50 $12.26 $11.20

$34,548.80 $13,938.60 $22,054.24 $33,706.40 $54,496.00 $35,100.00 $35,724.00 $27,664.00 $24,960.00

Estimated Exp. Wage $27.19 $16.10 $11.61 $24.75 $22.38 $30.75 $17.54 $20.97 $9.94 $36.03 $11.61 $18.52 $34.87 $28.97 $42.47 $14.78 $11.02 $14.23 $16.09 $14.69 $13.16

Source: Employment Security Commission for Carteret County; 2009 Release Wage Rates


Carteret County is the largest industrial cluster of marine related businesses in North Carolina. With over 27 boat builders and manufacturers and nearly 76 marinas and docks, the marine industry has a payroll of $50 million and employs 1,850 people. Commercial seafood landings had a value of $86,813,005. Source: N.C. Employment Security Commission, NC and NC Division of Marine Fisheries

Sector Annual Payroll Boat Building $20,187,777 Marine Services $18,048,122 Recreational Fishing $9,580,776 Commercial Fishing $1,549,541

Carteret County Seafood Harvest














The Carteret County tourism industry generated $267.42 million in revenue in 2008. This represents a 2.87% increase over 2006 and ranked the county 13th in the state in travel impact. Tourism is responsible for the creation of over 3,090 jobs with an annual payroll of $51.25 million. State and local tax revenues from travel to Carteret County amounted to $29.43 million and represents a $463- tax savings to each county resident. Total net occupancy tax collections of 5% for fiscal year 2008-2009 was $4,349,828. The county received $2,174,914 for beach nourishment and the Tourism Development Authority received $2,174,914. Source: NC Dept. of Commerce; County Finance Office



Fleet Readiness Center East and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Cherry Point is the largest employer of Carteret County residents. There are 1,715 active civilian employees and 438 active military employees from the base residing in Carteret County. Additionally, there are 3,541 retired military and civilian employees from MCAS Cherry Point who reside in Carteret County. Including all active and retired military and civilian employees and their dependents, 10,128 (or 16% of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population) Carteret County residents depend on MCAS Cherry Point for their livelihood. The estimated payroll of the active military and civilian employees at MCAS Cherry Point is $200 million annually, making it the single largest payroll of any segment of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy. Contracts awarded to NC companies reached $160 million in 2009 and have an estimated total economic impact for the state of over $2.18 billion. Source: Command Analysis and Review Office, MCAS, Cherry Point.




Name Bally Refrigerated Boxes Atlantic Veneer Veneer Technologies Creative Outlet Jarrett Bay Boatworks SPX Air Treatment Carteret Publishing Parker Marine Enterprises Frank Door Company Gregory Poole Marine Power NCCOAST Communications Jones Brothers Marine Manufacturing Sea Striker Shearline Boatworks

Employees 173 120 106 100 78 68 65 65 40 36 31 28 20 16

~ NON-MANUFACTURING ~ Name Employees Carteret County Public Schools 1115 Carteret General Hospital 1060 NC Dept. of Transportation (Includes ferries) 494 Carteret County 478 Lowe’s of Morehead City & Cape Carteret 268 U.S. Coast Guard 273 Wal-Mart 420 NC Natural Resources & Community Dev. 346 Lowes Foods 205 Food Lion 195 Carteret Community College 161 Henry’s Tackle & Big Rock Sports 152 Town of Morehead City 163 Duke University Marine Laboratory 125 Belk 124 Town of Emerald Isle 109 Bluewater GMAC (excludes sales agents) 107 Carteret Surgical Association 105 McDonalds 105 United States Post Office 98 Sanitary Restaurant 95 NOAA 90 Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. 85 Bojangles 84 Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative 84 Carteret Correctional Facility 81 Sheraton Resort at Atlantic Beach 80 Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay 80 Taylor Extended Care 75 Time Warner Cable 70 Harborview Nursing Home Service 63 Emerald Isle Realty 59 Allegiance Security Group 50 Note: Employment figures include full-time and part-time workers

2009 INDUSTRY GROUP WORKFORCE Information Federal 1% 2%

Public Administration 5%

State 5%

Local 17%

Other Services 2%

Construction 6%

Manufacturing 4%

Leisure & Hospitality 6%

Trade, Trans., Utilities 15% Education & Health 22%

% 2% 6% 4% 15% 5% 8% 22% 6% 1% 2% 5% 2% 5% 17%

Professional & Bus. 8%

Financial 5%

Category Nat. Resources & Mining Construction Manufacturing Trade, Trans, Utilities Financial Activities Professional & Business Education & Health Leisure and Hospitality Information Other Services Public Administration Federal Government State Government Local Government

Workers 81 1,550 983 4,660 1,012 2,086 4,762 3,390 345 615 1,651 276 1,025 3,562

Avg. Wage $445 $555 $536 $487 $718 $581 $664 $268 $589 $424 $648 $1,048 $675 $687

Source: Employment Security Commission; 1st qtr. 2009


Month 2004 January 6.4 February 6.1 March 5.5 April 4.3 May 4.2 June 4.4 July 4.0 August 3.7 September 3.4 October 4.0 November 4.9 December 5.5

2005 6.0 6.2 5.3 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.3 3.8 3.8 3.9 4.5 4.8

2006 5.2 5.2 4.5 3.8 3.9 3.8 3.9 3.6 3.5 3.6 4.3 4.6

2007 5.3 4.9 4.3 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.8 3.4 3.5 3.7 3.9 4.4

2008 6.0 5.6 5.2 4.4 4.7 4.8 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.6 6.7 8.0

2009 9.9 10.4 9.5 8.0 8.0 7.8 7.5 7.3 7.6 8.3 8.8 n/a

Source: NC Employment Security Commission


Labor Force Employed Unemployed

Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec AnnAv 31,522 31,342 31,726 32,451 32,977 33,894 34,576 33,734 33,054 32,618 32,332 32,212 32,703 29,644 29,590 30,073 31,025 31,421 32,276 32,847 32,044 31,387 30,797 30,156 29,639 30,908 1,878 1,752 1,653 1,426 1,556 1,618 1,729 1,690 1,667 1,821 2,176 2,573 1,795

Source: NC Employment Security Commission



RETAIL SALES GROWTH 2007 January February March April May June July August September October November December Total


Gross Collections $2,298,085 2,868,375 2,311,996 2,427,482 3,006,549 2,941,066 4,110,470 3,841,507 4,361,904 2,234,043 2,597,569 2,440,425

Gross Gross Taxable Retail Sales Collections Sales $53,715,364 $2,335,090 $54,959,434 66,617,219 2,765,073 64,884,989 54,056,723 1,697,418 40,149,609 57,893,497 2,994,009 70,527,022 71,376,278 2,680,504 63,396,119 70,800,750 3,041,429 71,938,236 97,073,101 4,469,435 105,314,644 90,906,418 4,261,354 100,120,858 103,056,552 3,550,981 83,552,668 52,769,055 2,757,353 64,765,156 61,170,230 2,439,648 54,659,558 57,530,538 1,942,142 42,851,809





Source: NC Department of Revenue; based on calendar year. Note: Monthly sales and use tax reports are not comparable to monthly reports for periods prior to July 2005 due to a change in reportintg by NC DOR.

GROSS RETAIL SALES 1997 - 1998 1998 - 1999 1999 - 2000 2000 - 2001 2001 - 2002 2002 - 2003 2003 - 2004 2004 - 2005

$743,755,717 $747,867,382 $778,264,755 $784,224,519 $812,703,050 $883,301,746 $944,749,223 $1,016,545,506

TAXABLE SALES 2005 - 2006 2006 - 2007 2007 - 2008 2008 - 2009

$795,428,515 $861,840,613 $828,361,303 $798,250,755

Source: NC Department of Revenue; based on July 1 - June 30 fiscal year.

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

US City 156.9 163.0 16606 172.2 177.1 179.9

South 158.9 162.0 167.2 162.0 171.1 173.3

Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

US City 184.0 188.9 195.3 201.6 207.3 214.0

South 177.3 181.8 181.3 194.7 200.4 207.8

SALES AND USE TAX, 2008/09 MAJOR GROUP GROSS COLLECTIONS CARTERET $35,025,734 1% Tax (0)* 2% & 3% Tax $287,353 Apparel $715,284 Automotive $1,091,417 Food $8,469,132 Furniture $1,026,183 General merchandise $9,590,990 Lumber and building material $4,899,466 Unclassified $8,945,910 Sales and Use Tax, 2007/08

TAXABLE SALES $798,250,755 (1)* $11,323,295 $16,296,254 $24,439,168 $190,753,179 $23,024,542 $217,615,645 $111,268,853 $203,529,820

* Taxpayers had negative adjustments for multiple account periods. Source: NC Dept. of Revenue. Gross Collections: July 1- June 30. Gross Retail Sales: June 1 - May 31.

AVERAGE REAL ESTATE, 2009 Average residential sold price Average timeshare Average condo-townhouse Average commercial sold price Average land Average boat slip

$288,070 $83,000 $298,110 $301,115 $198,168 $85,750

Source: Carteret County Association of REALTORS, Inc.. (Average residential excludes condo/townhouse.)

BUILDING PERMITS, 2008 GOVERNMENT TOTAL PERMITS RESIDENTIAL/$ COMMERCIAL/$ MISCELLANEOUS**/$ Carteret County* 221 123/$26,508,999 29/$17,562,807 69/$2,582,125 Atlantic Beach 378 74/$7,890,718 25/$2,952,037 279/$2,543,692 Beaufort 133 52/$8,482,663 18/$6,151,004 63/$1,381,289 Emerald Isle 286 23/$7,616,595 14/$2,608,794 249/$4,528,645 Morehead City 353 81/$11,520,339 99/$20,048,230 173/$4,712,844 Newport 110 53/$4,115,786 9/$905,328 48 /$571,159 Pine Knoll Shores 364 151/$10,815,300 2/$420,000 211/$465,000 TOTAL 1,845 557/$76,950,400 196/$50,648,200 1,092/$16,784,754 * Carteret County permits include unincorporated areas of the county and municipalities of Bogue, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Indian Beach and Peletier. Miscellaneous includes only mobile home permits. **Miscellaneous permits vary from one reporting jurisdiction to another. They may include decks, porches, piers, storage buildings, garages, boat lifts, boat ramps and mobile homes. Some jurisdictions include mobile homes as residential. These figures do not include electrical, mechanical or plumbing permits. Source: Individual Local Governments




SCHOOL Atlantic Elementary Beaufort Elementary Beaufort Middle Bogue Sound Elementary Bridges Alternative Broad Creek Middle Cape Lookout High School* Croatan High School East Carteret High Harkers Island Elementary Morehead Elementary Morehead Middle Morehead Primary Newport Elementary Newport Middle Smyrna Elementary The Tiller School* West Carteret High White Oak Elementary * Charter Schools

STUDENTS CERT. STAFF 120 15 422 42 258 23 447 45 48 16 589 45 138 14 854 64 569 52 156 14 322 34 466 45 628 61 771 70 469 46 266 32 165 28 1,204 95 673 54

The Carteret County Public School System is the largest employer in the county with a total of 1,155 employees. Source: Carteret County Public School System - 2009-2010


SCHOOL Beaufort Christian Academy Grace Christian School Gramercy Christian School St. Egbert’s Catholic School

STUDENTS CERT. STAFF 49 12 23 6 200 30 81 13

Source: Individual Private School - 2009, Fall


CATEGORY Croatan High East Carteret High West Carteret High County Average State Average National Average

VERBAL 528 508 531 524 495 501

MATH 536 500 538 528 511 515

TOTAL 1064 1008 1069 1052 1006 1016

The Carteret County Public School System had the sixth highest graduation rate in North Carolina at 82.5 percent for the 2008-2009 school year. The state’s graduation rate for the same school year was 71.7 percent. Source:

CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE Fall 2009 Enrollment Students 1,950 Faculty and Staff (full/part time) 161




Graduate or Professional Degree 3,342 Bachelor Degree 6,245 Associate Degree 3,573 Some College, no diploma 11,658 High School Grad, no college 13,712 Grades 9 - 12 5,258 Grades K - 8 1,974

57.2% 43.2% 14.4% 47.0% 15.8% 3.3% -42.7%

7.3% 13.7% 7.8% 25.5% 30.0% 11.5% 4.3%



CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE is a part of North Carolina’s nationally acclaimed 58-campus community college system. This fully accredited community college offers vocational, technical and general education, including two-year college courses in affiliation with UNC system campuses. In addition, the college offers comprehensive workforce development training for businesses and industry. DUKE UNIVERSITY MARINE LABORATORY is an internationally renowned research and education facility located on Pivers Island near Beaufort. As part of the Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke, the resident faculty represent the fields of biology, ecology, biochemistry, oceanography, coastal environmental management and marine affairs and policy. This residential facility, complete with dorms, dining hall and recreation facilities offers undergraduate, professional masters and doctoral programs. The Duke Marine Lab is home to the 135’ research vessel CAPE HATTERAS, in addition to a fleet of smaller boats for research and education.


research on injured coastal habitats, harmful algal blooms and living marine resources at sites throughout the nation based in facilities located in both North Carolina and Alaska. The center supports NOAA’s missions for sustaining healthy coasts, coastal and fishery management. The center maintains facilities for laboratory and field research, including running seawater systems, SCUBA and vessel operations.

NATIONAL OCEANIC & ATMOSPHERE ADMINISTRATION (NOAA) WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE. Located in Newport, this weather forecast office offers state-of-the-art weather tracking and forecasting. Part of the National Weather Service, this facility includes a Doppler weather radar system with advanced weather detection capabilities. NC SEA GRANT EXTENSION PROGRAM. Sea Grant promotes the wise use of our coastal and marine resources through research, extension and education. Sea Grant operates a marine extension office located at the N.C. State Center of Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) and staffed with specialists in fisheries, marine business, seafood technology and water quality. Sea Grant also administers the Fishery Resource Grant Program and the Blue Crab Research Program for the state legislature.

NC STATE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR MARINE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (CMAST) is a consortium of research scientists, exten-

sion specialists and other marine-related experts. Established in 1999, the center supports educational and applied research activities for faculty throughout the university system. Knowledge generated improves the well-being and quality of lives of North Carolinians, enhances the coastal environment and fosters coastal resource management. NC STATE UNIVERSITY SEAFOOD LABORATORY established in 1970 is an applied research and extension education unit of the Dept. of Food Science located at CMAST. The lab focuses on seafood safety and technology, seafood product development and seafood marketing. Personnel work with seafood-related industries, public health professionals and consumer groups to promote seafood quality and safety issues, nutrition and utilization, innovative processing technologies and value-added fishery products.


Source: Carteret Community College -



is the only comprehensive marine technology training center in the MidAtlantic Region offering training programs for marine propulsion, boat manufacturing, fiberglass technology, marine management and other related subjects. UNC-CHAPEL HILL INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES. The Institute is an internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary research and training laboratory with primary emphasis in the nature, use, development, protection and enhancement of marine resources and the coastal environment. The institute is housed in approximately 70,000 sq. ft. of newly constructed or renovated facilities on the shores of Bogue Sound.





PROGRESS ENERGY - web: Primary Service Area: Hwy. 70 - Newport, Morehead City, Beaufort - (252) 240.8331 CARTERET-CRAVEN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE web: Primary Service Area: Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Harkers Island, Browns Island - (252) 247.3107

COASTAL CAROLINA REGIONAL AIRPORT web: 200 Terminal Drive, New Bern, NC 28560 (252) 638.8591; fax: (252) 638.5930 Location: 30 miles from Carteret County Serving airlines: USAir Express, Delta Length of runway: 6,000 feet • Daily Flights: 7



MICHAEL J. SMITH FIELD - web: KMRH. Highway 101, Beaufort, NC • (252) 728.2323 Location: Beaufort, county seat Length of longest runway: 4,249 feet


MOREHEAD CITY PORT - web: Foreign Trade Zones; 45 foot depth Specializes in bulk, break bulk and specialty cargo







FEDERAL HIGHWAYS: U.S. 70 (four lane) STATE HIGHWAYS: N.C. 24 (four lane), N.C. 58, N.C. 101, N.C. 12 Closest Interstates: I-40 (63 miles) & I-95 (105 miles) Federal Highway Administration - web: NC State Highway Patrol - web: NC Department of Transportation - web: US 70 Corridor Commission - web:


Annual Daily Average Counts, 2008 Hwy. 70 & Hibbs Road Hwy. 70 & Hwy. 24, Morehead Hwy. 70 & Hwy. 101 West, Beaufort Hwy. 70 & Camp Glen Hwy. 70 & Gallants Channel Bridge Morehead Ave. & Fort Macon Blvd. East Morehead Ave. & Fort Macon Blvd. West Harkers Island Bridge Carteret/Craven County Line Hwy. 70 & 23rd St., Atlantic Beach Bridge Hwy. 58 at Salter Path Hwy. 58 at Emerald Isle, Emerald Isle Bridge Hwy. 24 & Hwy. 58, Cape Carteret Source: Dept. of Transportation -


TOWN OF ATLANTIC BEACH - web: Service Area: Atlantic Beach - (252) 726.2121 TOWN OF BEAUFORT - web: Service Area: Beaufort - (252) 728.2141 BOGUE BANKS WATER Service Area: Emerald Isle, Indian Beach - (252) 354.3307 TOWN OF PINE KNOLL SHORES - web: Service Area: Pine Knoll Shores - (252) 247.4353 CAROLINA WATER SERVICE - 1.800.348.2383 Service Area: Brandywine Bay, Spooners Creek, Hestron Park TOWN OF MOREHEAD CITY - web: Service Area: Morehead City - (252) 726.6848 TOWN OF NEWPORT - web: Service Area: Newport - (252) 223.4749 WEST CARTERET WATER SYSTEM Service Area: Cape Carteret, Cedar Point - (252) 393.1515

27,000 33,000 20,000 31,000 20,000 6,300 16,000 5,100 22,000 27,000 4,700 15,000 22,000

TOWN OF NEWPORT - web: Type of Treatment: Advanced Secondary - (252) 223.4749 TOWN OF MOREHEAD CITY - web: Type of Treatment: Advanced Secondary - (252) 726.6848 TOWN OF BEAUFORT - web: Type of Treatment: Advanced Secondary - (252) 728.2141 All other areas are served by septic tanks or package treatment plants.


CenturyLink - web: - (252) 633.9011 Service Area: Carteret County - (252) 633.9011 - residential


TIME WARNER CABLE - web: Service Area: Carteret County - (252) 223.5011


ACCESS INTERNET - (877) 853.4245 ALWAYS ONLINE - (252) 634.1885 CAPE LOOKOUT INTERNET - (800) 262.8371 CAROLINA CONNECTIONS - (252) 637.8113 GLOBAL SYSTEMS - (800) 262.8371 LMP BUS. COM. - (252) 636.0766 NC.NET - (252) 247.4227 ROAD RUNNER - (252) 447.7902 CENTURYLINK - (800) 366.8201 STARFISH INTERNET - (252) 728.8201



Arthur Farm Road • Morehead City, NC 28557 Phone: (252) 222-6120 • Fax: (252) 222-6124 Web: Email: Crystal Coast Business Park is located on Business Drive, off Highway 70, at the west end of Morehead City. Lots range in size from 1.84 acres to 13.78 acres and are zoned Port-Industrial (PI). Electric service to the park is provided by Progress Energy and water and sewer is serviced by the Town of Morehead City. CenturyLink provides telecommunication services. Natural gas is provided by NC Natural Gas and Internet is provided by Time Warner. Transportation access makes the Crystal Coast Business Park an attractive place to locate businesses. Carteret County is served by a number of highways and waterways. It is home to the Port of Morehead City and is served by Norfolk-Southern Rail.


530 Sensation Weigh • Beaufort, NC 28516 Phone: (252) 728-2690 • Fax: (252) 728-2607 Web: Email: Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park is a 170-acre park located south of Steel Tank Road (NCSR 1162) and west of N.C. Highway 101, approximately 6 miles north of the Town of Beaufort. Located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway with over 2,000 linear feet of waterway frontage, the park focuses on marine industries and offers lots ranging in size from 1.1 acres to 27.4 acres. The park features a 50-ton and 220-ton travel lift and a 40-ton trailer and also has a deep boat basin of 300 linear feet which adjoins the Intracoastal Waterway. The Intracoastal Waterway is maintained at a depth of 12 feet mean low water, and offers direct deep water access.


Annual Rainfall in inches Annual Average Temperature Average Air Temperature-January Average Air Temperature-July Number of Freeze Free Days Direction of Prevailing Winds Average Water Temperature-January Average Water Temperature-July

50” 600 460 710 332 SW 500 780

Carteret County beaches face south rather than east from the southern point of Core Banks at Cape Lookout to the west end of Bogue Banks. Therefore, the sun rises and sets on the ocean, and the north wind calms the sea close to the beaches.





Number of Physicians RN’s per 10,000 population Physical Therapists Dentists per 10,000 population General Hospital Beds Nursing Facility Beds Licensed Child Care Facilities - 2009 Child Care Capacity - 2009 Served by Carteret General Hospital


92 14.5 32 5.7 135 424 41 2,134 phone: 808.6000

Source: NC Dept. of Commerce,


COUNTRY CLUB OF THE CRYSTAL COAST 152 Oakleaf Dr., Pine Knoll Shores web: BRANDYWINE BAY COUNTRY CLUB Hwy. 24, Morehead City MOREHEAD CITY COUNTRY CLUB 2900 Country Club Rd., Morehead City NORTH RIVER CLUB GOLF COURSE 300 Links Drive, Beaufort SILVER CREEK GOLF CLUB 601 Peletier Loop Road, Peletier STARHILL GOLF CLUB 202 Club House Dr., Cape Carteret web: THE GOLF FARM/DRIVING RANGE

Semi-Private 247.2541 Semi-Private 726.4917 Private 728.5525 Private 393.8058 Semi-Private 393.8111 Semi-Private 223-3276 Public





BUSINESS/INDUSTRY ASSIST. CARTERET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL 3615 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6120 • fax: (252) 222.6124 email: • web: CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE SMALL BUS. CENTER 3615 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6127 • fax: (252) 222.6124 email: • web: CARTERET MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 3615 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6116 • fax: (252) 222.6124 email: EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION OF NC 309 Commerce Avenue, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.7151 • fax: (252) 726.1141 email: • web: SCORE - COUNSELORS TO AMERICA’S SMALL BUSINESS 3615 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6126 • fax: (252) 222.6124 web: SMALL BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY DEV. CENTER 300 E. First St./Willis Bldg., Greenville, NC 27858 phone: (252) 328.6157 • fax: (252) 328.6992


CARTERET COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4583 • fax: (252) 728.3028 email: web: CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6000 • fax: (252) 222.6227 web: • email:


CARTERET COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY 3409 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.8148 • fax: 726.0990 • (877)206.0929 email: • web:


COUNTY MANAGER - Courthouse Square, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.8450 • fax: (252) 728.2092 email: web:


ATLANTIC BEACH - PO Box 10, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.2121 • fax: (252) 726.5115 email: • CARTERET COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BEAUFORT - PO Box 390, Beaufort, NC 28516 801 Arendell Street, Suite 1, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 728.2141 • fax: (252) 728.3982 phone: (252) 726.6350 • fax: (252) 726.3505 email: email: • web: web: BOGUE - PO Box 2258, Swansboro, NC 28584-2258 phone: (252) 393.3055 • fax: (252) 393.3055 email: CAPE CARTERET - 102 Dolphin Street, Cape Carteret, NC 28584 CARTERET COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT phone: (252) 393.8483 • fax: (252) 393.6799 3820 Suite A Bridges Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 728.8550 • web: email: CEDAR POINT - 130 Lois Lane, Cedar Point, NC 28584 CARTERET COUNTY DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES phone: (252) 393.7898 • fax: (252) 393.7166 Craven Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.3181 • (252) 728.5555 food stamps EMERALD ISLE - 7500 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC 28594 web: (link) phone: (252) 354.3424 • fax: (252) 354.5068 email: • CARTERET COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY INDIAN BEACH - PO Box 306, Salter Path, NC 28575 210 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 247.3344 • fax: (252) 247.0513 phone: (252) 728.2050 web: email: • web: MOREHEAD CITY - 706 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 CARTERET COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, INC. phone: (252) 726.6848 • fax: (252) 726.2267 P.O. Box 991 • Wilmington, NC 28402 email: phone: (910) 815.2677 web: email: web: NEWPORT - PO Box 1869, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.4749 • fax: (252) 223.5382 COASTAL COMMUNITY ACTION email: 303 McQueen Ave. • P.O. Box 729 • Newport, NC 28570 web: phone: (252) 223.1630 • fax: (252) 223.1689 email: PELETIER web: PO Box 2145, Swansboro, NC 28584 phone: (252) 393.8939 EAST CAROLINA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, INC. PINE KNOLL SHORES 108 Professional Park Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.3996 • fax: (252) 504.2248 100 Municipal Circle, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 email: • web: phone: (252) 247.4353 • fax: (252) 247.4355 email: • web:



Bogue Sound Watermelon Growers ...........63

Craft, Spalding ..........................................69

Boulia Enterprises, Inc. .............................66

Creative Carpentry & Woodworking ...........66

Bradley, David G. ......................................69

Creative Outlet ..........................................70

Brady, Doug ...............................................69

Crowe & Cummings, P.A. ............................64

Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T) .................65

Crystal Coast Civic Center ......................... 64

Branch’s ....................................................68

Cyclone Sweeper ...................................... 71

Bryant, Stanley & Fondry ...........................64


Bunn & Company, Inc. ...............................67

Davis, J.M., Industries, Inc. .......................68

Burnette Architecture & Planning, PA ........63

Discovery Diving .......................................67

Byrum’s Vacuum & Sewing Center ..............73

Down East Business Assoc. ........................64


~A~ ACS Computer Services, Inc. ......................67 Advanced Office Solutions, Inc. .................71 Al Barnes Carpets ......................................68 Al Williams Properties ...............................71 Ameriprise Financial Advisors....................68 Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant .....................72 Art Studio 500 ...........................................63 Arts Council of Carteret County .................63 Atlantic Beach, Town of .............................70 Atlantic Beach Realty, Inc............................71 Atlantic Builders, Inc. ................................65 Atlantic Station Shopping Center ................73 Atlantic Sun Properties ..............................71 Atlantic Veneer Corporation .......................70 Atlantis Lodge, Inc......................................69


B&B Office Products ..................................71 BB&T Insurance Services ...........................69 BJ Associates ............................................ 66 Baker, Mack, Construction, Inc...................66 Ballou, S.F., Construction ..........................66 Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc. ...................70 Bank of America ........................................65 Beaufort, Town of ......................................70 Beaufort Business Association ...................63 Beaufort Grocery Co. .................................72 Beaufort Historical Association .................64 Beaufort Realty ..........................................72 Beaufort-Morehead Airport Authority ........65 Belk ...........................................................73 Best Western Buccaneer .............................69 Beswick & Goines, PLLC ............................64 BizBroker Associates .................................66 Bluewater GMAC Real Estate ......................72

Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS ....................72

Downtown Morehead Revitalization ...........64 Duke University Marine Laboratory ...........67

Cape Lookout National Seashore ...............64


Capt. Bills Waterfront Restaurant ............. 73

East Carolina Bank ....................................65

Carolina Homes Realty, Inc. ......................72

East Carolina Community Dev., Inc. ...........67

Carolina Ocean Lines ................................71

East Group, The .........................................68

Carteret Clinic for Adol. & Children ..........68

Eastern Offset Printing Co. ........................71

Carteret Community College ......................67

ECIM ........................................................ 69

Carteret Co. Association of Realtors ..........63

ECON Developers, Inc. ..............................66

Carteret Co. Chamber of Commerce ..........64

Edward Jones Investments-Pat Rauhauser..68

Carteret County Crossroads .......................64

Edward Jones Investment-Henry Kahen .....68

Carteret Co. Home Bldrs. Assoc. ...............64

Emerald Isle, Town of ...............................70

Carteret County News-Times ......................71

Emerald Isle Business Association ............64

Carteret County Public School System .......67

Emerald Isle Realty, Inc. ............................72

Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative ........73

Employment Security Commission ............ 67

Carteret General Hospital ..........................69

ERA Tetterton ........................................... 72

Carteret Surgical Associates ......................69


Carteret Vision Center ...............................69

First Bank ..................................................65

Case-Closed Investigations, Inc. ................70

First Citizens Bank ...................................65

Cedar Point, Town of .................................70

Fitts, Walter M. ..........................................69

Centurion Constrution, Inc. .......................66

Fleet Readiness Center East .......................68

CenturyLink ...............................................66

Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Catering ..........73

Chalk & Gibbs Insur. & Real Estate ............69

Frank Door Company ................................70

Channel Marker Restaurant ......................73

Dr. Freshwater & Howdy ............................69

Chused & Associates, CPAs PA ....................63

Front Porch Capital, LLC ............................67

Clamdigger Inn & Restaurant ....................73

Fugate, Buck ..............................................69

Coastal Canvas ...........................................70

Furniture Fair ...........................................68

Coastal Connections Marketing .................63

Futrell, J. Richard, Jr. ............................... 69

Coastal Press, Inc. ................................71,73

Future Homes & Realty, Inc. ......................70

Coastal Science & Engineering ..................67


Coffee Affair ..............................................66

G. Lee Carroll, Jr., CPA ..............................63

Coldwell Banker Spectrum Prop. ...............72

Gainey & Hamlin, CPAs ..............................63

Connecting Point Computer Center ...........67

Geodynamics ..............................................70

Consumer Concepts ...................................63

Gold’s Gym ................................................73

Core Creek Marine ....................................65

Goldstein’s Second Wind Realty .................72

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum .................64

Golf & Shore Properties ............................72

Covington Detroit Diesel - Allison .............67

Goodwin & Assoc. Insurance Svs. ..............69


Great Windows ..........................................70 Gregory Poole Power Systems ...................65 Gull Isle Realty ..........................................72 Guy C. Lee Building Materials ....................66


H&H Electric Service, Inc. .........................66 Hampton Inn .............................................69 Harris Law Firm, PLLC ..............................64 Harvell & Collins, P.A. ...............................64 Harvell & Company, CPAs ..........................63 Henry’s Tackle, LLC ...................................67 The Holland Group Real Estate .................72 House Auction Co., Inc. .............................64 Hudson Brothers Construction Co. ........... 66


Impact Communications ............................67 Indian Beach, Town of ...............................70 Insiders’ Guide ..........................................71 Investors Title Insurance Co. .....................73


Jaime Barefoot Exit Realty .........................72 Jarrett Bay Boatworks ................................65 Jenkins Gas & Oil Company .......................68 Joan Pulley Reltor, Broker .........................72 John McLean Engineering Consultants ......68 Jones Brothers Marine Mfg., Inc.................65 Joyce & Assoc. Construction, Inc. ..............66


Kirkman, Whitford, & Brady, P.A. ..............64 Kurtis Chevrolet, Inc. ................................64


L A Downey & Son .....................................66 Linda Rike Real Estate ...............................72


Marina Management Services, LLC ............70 Mashburn Appraisal Group .......................63 Mercer Building Company .........................66 Moores Marine ..........................................65 Morehead Builders Supply Co. ..................66 Morehead City Ford .................................. 64 Morehead City Pilots Assoc., Inc. ...............71 Morehead City, Town of .............................71 Municipal Engineering Svs. Co. .................68

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McDavid Associates, Inc. ...........................68 McDonald’s ................................................73 McLaughlin Chiropractic Centers ..............69


~N~ NCCOAST Communications/Herald ...........71 N.C. Maritime Museum ..............................64 N.C. Railroad Company...............................71 N.C. State Ports Authority ..........................71 N.C. State University CMAST .......................67 Neagle, Cathy .............................................69 Necaise Insurance & Financial ...................69 Newport, Town of ......................................71 North Carolina Aquarium ..........................64 North State Bank .......................................65


Open Grounds Farm ..................................63


Parker Marine Enterprise, Inc. ..................65 Parker Pontiac Buick GMC .........................65 PCS Phosphate Co. .....................................71 Picatta’s Restaurant & Catering .................73 Piedmont Natural Gas ................................73 Pine Knoll Shores, Town of .......................71 Piner, Bradford H., CPA .............................63 Portside Marina/Miramar Boat Sales .........70 Preston, Senator Jean ................................69 Progress Energy ........................................73 P. T. Jones Electric .....................................66


RBC Bank ...................................................65 Rid A Pest, Inc. ..........................................68 Roland’s Barbecue .....................................73 RSM McGladrey, Inc. ..................................63


Safrit’s Building Supply .............................66 Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant ............73 SCORE .......................................................64 Sea Striker ................................................67 Seahorse Coastal Consulting .....................67 Security Services of America, LLC ..............73 Segrave Aviation ........................................65

Spacey Projects .........................................67 Spangler Environmental, Inc. ....................68 Sports Center of Morehead .......................73 SPX Dehydration & Process Filtration .......70 Star Hill Golf Club .....................................68 Stroud Engineering, P.A. ............................68 Styron & Styron Insurance .........................69 Sunbelt Business Brokers ..........................66


Tarheel Building Systems ..........................66 Taylor Extended Care ................................69 Taylored Interiors .....................................70 TESI Staffing Services, Inc. ........................67 Tesoro Corporation ...................................66 The Bistro-by-the-Sea ................................73 The Star Team Real Estate .........................72 The UPS Store ............................................71 Timco Insulation & Fireplace ....................66 Town Creek Marina ...................................70


UNC-CH Inst. of Marine Sciences ...............67


Veneer Technologies, Inc. ..........................70 VII Insurance & Investments .....................69


Wachovia Bank, NA ...................................65 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. .................................73 Ward & Smith, P.A. .....................................64 Waste Industries, LLC ................................73 Watson-Matthews, Inc. ..............................72 Wellons Enterprises, Inc. ..........................72 Wells Fargo Advisors .................................68 William’s Floorcovering & Interiors, Inc. ...68 Willis, Vanek, Ball, Fischer, P.A. ..................71 Window, Wall & Interior Decor .................70


York Properties .........................................72


ZF Marine ..................................................65

Selling Team/Realty World .........................72 Shearline Boatworks .................................65 Sheraton Atlantic Beach .............................69 Shore Decor, Inc. .......................................68 Shorewood Real Estate, Inc. ......................72 Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q ..................73 Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay .......................69 Sound Banking Company ...........................65

The EDC Membership Directory is a listing of the member businesses of the EDC. Although this directory is not a complete listing of all businesses located in Carteret County, it is a good indicator of the types of businesses, industries and services available locally to companies considering expansion or relocation to Carteret County. We encourage patronage of the businesses which have demonstrated their support for strong economic development in Carteret County through their membership in the Economic Development Council.

Membership Listings by Trade ACCOUNTANTS GAINEY & HAMLIN, CPAS Paul Hamlin, CPA; Frank Gainey, CPA 3020-C Bridges Street • P.O. Box 626 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.3942 • fax: (252) 247.3482 email:

CHUSED & ASSOCIATES, CPAS, PA Andy Chused, Owner 305 Commerce Ave., Suite 102 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 727.5600 • fax: (252) 726.5190 email: web:

G. LEE CARROLL, JR., CPA, P.C. Lee Carroll, President 1406 Arendell Street • P. O. Box 679 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.5390 • fax: (252) 247.3271 email:

HARVELL & COMPANY, CPAS Coby Farley, Partner 407 N. 35th Street , Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1040 • fax: (252) 726.4327 email:

BRADFORD H. PINER, CPA Brad Piner, Owner 304 Live Oak Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4832 • fax: (252) 728.7489 email: web:

RSM MCGLADREY, INC. Charles E. Clontz, Jr., Managing Director 3621 John Platt Drive Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0551 fax: (252) 726.2740 email:

ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS COASTAL CONNECTIONS MARKETING, INC. Debbie Chused, President 317 N. Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501 phone: (252) 526.9862 fax: (252) 527.8932 email: web:

CONSUMER CONCEPTS Sarah West, President/Owner 1506 Bridges Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.7000; (800) 334.3038 fax: (252) 247.7110 email: web:

AGRICULTURE BOGUE SOUND WATERMELON GROWERS ASSOC. Billy Guthrie, President 195 Guthrie Farm Road, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 241.4918 fax: (252) 222.6124 email: web:

OPEN GROUNDS FARM Mario Visentini, President & CEO Antonio Cinti-Luciani, Production Manager P.O. Drawer B, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.2212 • fax: (252) 728.6093 email: antonio.cintiluciani@opengroundsfarm. com

APPRAISAL SERVICES MASHBURN APPRAISAL GROUP Bob Mashburn, Managing Appraiser 3025 Bridges Street, Suite 9 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.0404 • fax: (252) 240.2869 email: web:

ARCHITECTS BURNETTE ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, P.A. Kenneth W. Burnette, Architect, AIA, Owner 105 Banks Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.5387 • fax: (252) 726.1250 email: web:


ART STUDIO 500 Richard Farrell, President 500 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone/fax: (252) 726.3704 cell: (252) 723.0311 email: web:

ARTS COUNCIL OF CARTERET COUNTY Lee Lumpkin, President 812 Arendell Street, Ste. 3 • P. O. Box 3614 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.9156 email: web:

ASSOCIATIONS BEAUFORT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Nan O’Prey, Co-President P.O. Box 56 • Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4611 email: web:

CARTERET COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS Brenda Roney, Association Executive 121 N. 28th Street P.O. Box 630, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.2323 • fax: (252) 247.3332 email: web:




Michael Wagoner, President 801 Arendell Street, Suite 1 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6350 • fax: (252) 726.3505 email: web:

Doug Goines, Partner 911 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.2137 • fax: (252) 726.7438 email: web:




Dick Bierly, Board Member 213 Brandywine Place Drive Morehead City, NC 28516 phone: (252) 726.6663 • fax: (252) 726.6582 email: web:

Richard L. Stanley, Esq. 207 Turner Street • P. O. Box 150 Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.7200 • fax: (252) 728.0743 email:


Roger L. Crowe, Jr., Esq. 402 Turner Street P.O. Drawer 1190, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4266 • fax: (252) 728.4598

Teri Edwards, Executive Officer P.O. Box 1348 • Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1475 • fax: (252) 726.1475 email:

CRYSTAL COAST CIVIC CENTER Janie Jones, Director 3505 Arendell Street • P.O. Box 680 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.3883 • fax: (252) 247.5386 email: web:

DOWN EAST BUSINESS ASSOC. Lillie Chadwick-Miller, President P.O. Box 252 • Gloucester, NC 28528 phone: (252) 728.4651 cell: (252) 725.4990 email: web:

DOWNTOWN MOREHEAD CITY REVITALIZATION ASSOCIATION Stephanie Slocum, Executive Director 1001 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.0440 • fax: (252) 808.0446 email: web:

EMERALD ISLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Kelli Bennett, President P.O. Box 4862, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 659.0329 fax: (252) 247.2644 email: web:

SCORE - COUNSELORS TO AMERICA’S SMALL BUSINESS Roseanne Costa, Chairman 3615 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6126, fax: (252) 222-6124 email: web:



HARRIS LAW FIRM, PLLC R. Andrew Harris, Esq. • John M. Harris, Esq. 304 N. 35th Street P.O. Box 712, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.1880 • fax: (252) 247.2008 email:

HARVELL AND COLLINS, P.A. Cecil S. Harvell, Esq. • Wesley A. Collins, Esq. Amy C. Shea, Esq. • Julie H. Glanzer, Esq. 1107 Bridges Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.9050 • fax: (252) 727.0055 email: web:

KIRKMAN, WHITFORD, BRADY & BERRYMAN, P.A. Neil B. Whitford, Esq. 710 Arendell Street • Suite 105 Professional Bldg. P.O. Drawer 1347, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.8411 • fax: (252) 726.6974 email: web:

WARD & SMITH, P.A. J. Troy Smith, Jr., Esq. 1001 College Court P.O. Box 867, New Bern, NC 28563 phone: (252) 672.5425 • fax: (252) 672.5477 email: web:


BEAUFORT HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION Patricia Suggs, Executive Director 130 Turner Street • P.O. Box 363 Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.5225 • fax: (252) 728.4966 email: web:

CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE Russell J. Wilson, Superintendent 131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC 28531 phone: (252) 728.2250 • fax: (252) 728.2160 email: web:

CORE SOUND WATERFOWL MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER Karen Amspacher, Director 1785 Island Road P.O. Box 556, Harkers Island, NC 28531 phone: (252) 728.1500 • fax: (252) 728.1742 email: web:

NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM Allen Monroe, Director Box 580, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.4003 • fax: (252) 247.0663 email: web:

NORTH CAROLINA MARITIME MUSEUM Joe Schwarzer, Director Bobby Springle, Site Manager 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.7317 • fax: (252) 728.2108 email: (museum) web:


HOUSE AUCTION CO., INC. Walter L. House, President, Broker 885 Marshallberg Road P.O. Box 220, Marshallberg, NC 28553 phone: (252) 729.1162 • cell: (252) 725.5373 email: web:

AUTOMOBILES KURTIS CHEVROLET, INC. Kurtis Dean Wagaman, Owner 5369 Highway 70 W., Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.8128 • fax: (252) 247.5698 email: web:

MOREHEAD CITY FORD Vernon Small, Owner Highway 70 West P.O. Box 1289, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.2132 • fax: (252) 247.2540 email: web:

PARKER PONTIAC BUICK - GMC, INC. Randall Parker, Owner/President 4813 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.5103 • fax: (252) 726.2732 email: web:

AVIATION BEAUFORT-MOREHEAD AIRPORT AUTHORITY Ken Lohr, Chairman P.O. Box 875, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.1928 • fax: (252) 728.6848

SEGRAVE AVIATION Ryan Segrave, Operations Manager/Beaufort 150 Airport Road, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.2323 • fax: (252) 728.6706 email: web:

BANKING & FINANCE BANK OF AMERICA Mitch Norwood, Asst. VP Banking Center Mgr. 4913 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.0080 • fax: (252) 808.0278 email:

BRANCH BANKING & TRUST (BB&T) Bill Britt, Vice President 617 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4501 • fax: (252) 728.3197 email:

BRANCH BANKING & TRUST (BB&T) Mark Anderson, City Executive 4408 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.2106 • fax: (252) 247.1121 email:

EAST CAROLINA BANK Mike Morelli, City Executive 168 Hwy. 24 , Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0987 • fax: (252) 726.3236 email: web:

FIRST BANK Chris Barnes, Branch Manager 1503 Live Oak Street P.O. Box 777, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.5544 • fax: (252) 728.5873 email: web:



Chris Barnes, Branch Manager 137 NC Hwy. 24, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1506 • fax: (252) 726.0546 email: web:

Stephanie Smith, General Manager 1201 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 723.9890 • fax: (252) 842.2236 email: web:



Bruce Caldwell, Senior Vice President 3412 Bridges Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.4021 • fax: (252) 808.2010 email:

Linwood Parker, President Russell Norris, General Manager 2570 Hwy. 101 P.O. Box 2129, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.5621 • fax: (252) 728.2770 email: web:

NORTH STATE BANK Andrew Wheeler, Vice President 4650-A Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0420 • fax: (866) 285.9727 email: web:

RBC BANK Sarah Mitchell, Service Manager 2300 Arendell St. P.O. Box 785, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.6080 • fax: (252) 240.5985 email: web:

SOUND BANKING COMPANY Phil Collins, President/CEO 5039 Executive Drive P.O. Box 943, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 727.5558 • fax: (252) 727.5559 email: web:

WACHOVIA BANK, NA Bill Rogerson, Market President 800 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.6320 • fax: (252) 726.5027 email: web:


JARRETT BAY BOATWORKS Randall C. Ramsey, President 530 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.2690 • fax: (252) 728.2607 email: web:


SHEARLINE BOATWORKS Chip King, Owner/Manager 321 Facility Drive P.O. Box 579, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6916 • fax: (252) 726.0536 email: web:

BOAT/MARINE SUPPLIES CORE CREEK MARINE, LLC Jim Flynt, President 1501 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.7358 • cell: (252) 725.3488 fax: (252) 728.2085 email: web:

GREGORY POOLE MARINE POWER Dan Webb, Marine Business Manager 1500 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.2640 • fax: (252) 504.3607 email: web:

ZF MARINE Catherine Deegan, Manager 1350 Sensation Weigh, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.3700 • fax: (252) 504.3773 email: web:

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION ATLANTIC BUILDERS, INC. Matt Dymmel, President P.O. Box 1767, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 247.5333 • cell: (252) 725.2358 fax: (252) 247.6338 email:

Donnie Jones, Owner 100 Bateau Blvd., Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.1995 • fax: (252) 240.1980 email: web:





Bill Henderson, President 110 Little Nine Road Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.4405 • fax: (252) 222.4406 email:

Jerry Jones, President 3502 Elm Street P.O. Box 916, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.3318 • fax: (252) 726.1845 email: web:

L A DOWNEY AND SON Allen Downey, Execurive Vice President 5050A Business Drive P.O. Box 1966, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.2847 • fax: (252) 726.1466 cell: (252) 725.9572 email: web:

MACK BAKER CONSTRUCTION, INC. Mack Baker, President 5224 Driftwood Lane Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.6444 • fax: (252) 247.4451 email:

S. F. BALLOU CONSTRUCTION Samuel F. Ballou, Owner 301 Commerce Ave., Suite 101 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0780 • fax: (252) 727.4928 email:

BOULIA ENTERPRISES, INC. Bill Boulia The Newport River Shoppes P.O. Box 1765, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.2122 • fax: (252) 223.3004 email: web: or

CENTURION CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. David Thompson, Vice President 1507 -D Cedar Pt. Blvd. Cedar Point, NC 28584 phone: (252) 354.1962 • cell: (919) 291.1828 fax: (252) 354.1966 email: web:

CREATIVE CARPENTRY & WOODWORKING, INC. Joe Tarascio, President P.O. Box 507, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.2578 • fax: (252) 726.2578 email:

ECON DEVELOPERS, INC. Ken Gray, Owner P.O. Box 789 • Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.9583 • fax: (252) 240.3209 email: web:


HUDSON BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION COMPANY Lynn Hudson, President 1450 East Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27836 phone: (252) 353.2000 • fax: (252) 353.2375 email: web:

P. T. JONES ELECTRIC Ginny Jones, Vice President 314 Marsh Street P. O. Box 520, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.6656 • fax: (252) 728.1912 email:

JOYCE & ASSOCIATES CONSTRUCTION, INC. Pat Joyce, President 6994 Hwy. 70 Bypass P.O. Box 190, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.3171 • fax: (252) 223.3455 email:

MERCER BUILDING COMPANY Gary A. Mercer, President 106-C Professional Park Drive Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4233 • fax: (252) 728.1490 email:

TARHEEL BUILDING SYSTEMS Burney Hawkins 1911A S. Glenburnie Road P.O. Box 12666, New Bern, NC 28561 phone: (252) 633.3633 • fax: (252) 633.6453 email: web:

TESORO CORPORATION Joe Smith, Operations Manager 5458-G Hwy. 70 W., Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.2532 • fax: (252) 726.3239 email: web:

TIMCO INSULATION & FIREPLACE Tim Horne, Owner 1115 N. 20th Street P.O. Box 1916, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.4828 • fax: (252) 240.3808 email:


GUY C. LEE BUILDING MATERIALS Mark Fonner, Manager 5070 Arendell Street P.O. Box 276, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0114 • fax: (252) 726.0221 email:

MOREHEAD BUILDERS SUPPLY CO. Lester Beacham, Manager P.O. Box 957, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6877 • fax: (252) 726.3083 web:

SAFRIT’S BUILDING SUPPLY Leonard Y. Safrit, Jr., Owner/President 1308 Lennoxville Road P.O. Box 388, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.3843 • fax: (252) 728.7096 email: web:


MERGERS / ACQUISITIONS / VALUATIONS C. V. May, Managing Director 227 Sea Dreams Drive Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 222.3603 • cell: (252) 422.8400 email:

SUNBELT BUSINESS BROKERS MERGERS / ACQUISITIONS, FRANCHISES, VALUATIONS Richard O’Bey, President 3328 Bridges Street Ste. C P.O. Box 66, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.0001 • fax: (866) 372.1241 email: web:


Derek Kelly, Public Affairs Manager 113 Rea Road • Jacksonville, NC 28546 phone: (910) 347.6101 • (800) 234.6723 fax: (910) 455.3111 email: web:


Summer Hamdan, Owner 2302-G Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.6020 • fax: (252) 726.1887 email: web:


EAST CAROLINA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, INC. Keith D. Walker, Executive Director 108 Professional Park Drive P.O. Box 2400, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.3996 • fax: (252) 504.2248 email:


ACS COMPUTER SERVICES, INC. Stefan Hellersperk, President 117B Turners Dairy Road Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.3399 • fax: (252) 240.1529 email: web:

CONNECTING POINT COMPUTER CENTER Arnold Sanderson, Owner 4370 B Arendell Street - Pelletier Harbor Shops, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.2722 • fax: (252) 240.0060 email: web:


IMPACT COMMUNICATIONS Sonny Roberts, Owner 605 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28563 phone: (252) 634.2370 • fax: (252) 636.2953 email: web:

SEAHORSE COASTAL CONSULTING, INC. Dr. Janelle V. Reynolds-Fleming, CEO 3101 Mandy Lane • Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6323 email:


BUNN & COMPANY LLC Fred Bunn, Owner 2231 Nash St. NW Ste D Wilson, NC 27896-1783 phone: (252) 291.1092 • fax: (252) 291.7899 email:

FRONT PORCH CAPITAL, LLC Dan Reitz, President 111 Sea Trace Lane, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 240.1958 • fax: (252) 240.3301 email:

SPACEY PROJECTS Fred McCune, General Manager P.O. Box 1143, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.7781 email:


COVINGTON DETROIT DIESEL - ALLISON Nathan Watson, General Manager 400 Sensation Weigh P.O. Box 2100, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.2185 • fax: (252) 504.3062 email: web:

HENRY’S TACKLE, LLC A DIVISION OF BIG ROCK SPORTS, LLC Jay Samuels, Director of Human Resources P.O. Drawer 1107, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.8311 • fax: (252) 808.8314 email: web:

SEA STRIKER INTERNATIONAL, LLC Mark Suber, Manager 158 Little Nine Drive P.O. Box 459, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.4113 • fax: (252) 247.2219 email: web:


DISCOVERY DIVING Debby Boyce, President 414 Orange Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.2265 email: web:


CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE Dr. Kerry Youngblood, President 3505 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6000 • fax: (252) 222.6219 email: web:

CARTERET COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM Dr. Dan Novey, Superintendent 107 Safrit Drive, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4583 • fax: (252) 728.3028 email: web:

DUKE UNIVERSITY MARINE LABORATORY Dr. Cindy Van Dover, Director 135 Duke Marine Lab Road Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.7655 • fax: (252) 504.7648 email: web:

NC STATE UNIVERSITY (CMAST) CENTER FOR MARINE SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY Dr. David Eggleston, Director 303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.6301 • fax: (252) 222.6303 email: web:

UNC-CHAPEL HILL INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES Dr. Rick Luettich, Director 3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6841 • fax: (252) 726.2426 email: web:


EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMISSION Mary Brown, Manager 309 Commerce Avenue Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.7151 • fax: (252) 726.1141 email: web:

TESI STAFFING & EMPLOYEE SCREENING SERVICES, INC. Lucine Moffett, President Barkley Square, 5286D, Hwy. 70 W. Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.1800 • fax: (252) 247.6839 email: web:

ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS COASTAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING Bill Forman, Sr., Engineer 1209 A Arendell Street P.O. Box 1643, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222-0976 • fax: (252) 222.0967 email: web:


JOHN McLEAN ENGINEERING ASSOC. John McLean 400 Taylor Notion Road Cape Carteret, NC 28587 phone: (252) 393.2219 fax: (252) 393.2219 email:

THE EAST GROUP Tony Khoury, President 324 Evans Street Greenville, NC 27858 phone: (252) 758.3746 • fax: (252) 830.3954 email: web:

McDAVID ASSOCIATES, INC. Albert V. Lewis, Jr., President 109 E. Walnut Street P.O. Box 1776, Goldsboro, NC 27533 phone: (919) 736.7630 • fax: (919) 735.7351 email:

MUNICIPAL ENGINEERING SERVICES COMPANY, P.E. Michelle Benton, PE Senior Engineer P.O. Box 828, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.9481 • fax: (252) 222.0776 email: web:

STROUD ENGINEERING, P.A. Judy Stroud 107-B Commerce Street Greenville, NC 27858 151 NC Hwy. 24 Ste A Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 756.9352 • fax: (252) 756.2345 email:


SPANGLER ENVIRONMENTAL, INC. Chip Jackson, Environmental Project Mgr. 3961-B Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403 phone: (910) 343.9375 • fax: (252) 343.8351 email: web:


Lee Smith, Vice President 4320 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.2266 • fax: (252) 240.3532 email: web:



AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL BENGALA AND TINGEN Jim Bengala, CFP • Lee Tingen, CRPC 301 Commerce Avenue, Suite 103 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.3968 • fax: (252) 247.7205 email:

EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Edward Jones Investment - Henry Kahen Henry Kahen, Financial Advisor 104 Yaupon Road, P.O. Box 2804, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 phone: (252) 240.3315 cell: (252) 269.5600 email: web:

EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Pat Rauhauser, Financial Advisor, AAMS, CRPC 1205-B Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.3335 • fax: (888) 287.0066 email: web:

WELLS FARGO ADVISORS Daniel Fischler, Financial Advisor 1408 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.5134 • fax: (252) 726.0011 email: web:


Jamie Wallace, Owner 604-A Cedar Point Blvd. Swansboro, NC 28584 phone: (252) 393.3165 • fax: (252) 393.2215 email:

WILLIAM’S FLOORCOVERING & INTERIORS, INC. William Perri, President/Owner 5458-A Hwy. 70 West Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.4442, (252) 726.6154 fax: (252) 726.9418 email:


Diane Davis, Owner 201 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.6902 • fax: (252) 247.7014 email:

JENKINS GAS & OIL CO. Kathy Baer, Interim Manager 250 Arthur Farm Road, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 727.0500 • fax: (252) 727.0456 email: web:


Chris Blythe, David Blythe, Owners 309 Pollock Street P.O. Box 160, New Bern, NC 28560 phone: (252) 638.5171 • fax: (252) 638.6881 email: web:

FURNITURE FAIR Ivins Popkin, President 4930 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.9926 • fax: (910) 938.2531 email: web:

SHORE DECOR, INC. Charles Yeomans, CEO 5167 Hwy. 70 Cypress Plaza Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 727.0001 • fax: (252) 727.0721 email: web:


Paxon Holz, President Steve Sewell, General Manager 202 Club House Drive Cape Carteret, NC 28584 phone: (252) 393.8111 • fax: (252) 393.6713 email: web:


FLEET READINESS CENTER EAST David Heath, Industrial Production Planning Division Director Code 6.3.1 • PSC Box 8021 Cherry Point, NC 28533-0021 phone: (252) 464.7610 • fax: (252) 464.7750 email:


CARTERET CLINIC FOR ADOLESCENTS & CHILDREN Laurie Partusch-Whit, Office Manager; Joy S. Lowry, MD; Jerri M. Oehler, PhD, FNP; B. Dawn McCabe, FNP; Deborah S. Smith, LPC 3510 John Platt Drive Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0511 • fax: 726.7441 web:

CARTERET GENERAL HOSPITAL Fred Odell, III, President 3500 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.6000 • fax: (252) 808.6916 email: • web:

CARTERET SURGICAL ASSOCIATES CARTERET SURGERY CENTER, PLLC Paul Levy, Executive Director 3714 Guardian Ave. Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.5877 • fax: (252) 247.4675 email: web:




A. C. Hall, President P.O. Box 310, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.5168 • (800) 682.7057 fax: (252) 726.8103 email: web:



BEST WESTERN BUCCANEER Russell Honeycutt, Owner 2806 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.3115 • fax: (252) 726.3864 email: web:

302 11th Street, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.4676 email: 5104 Midyette Ave., Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.7932 email:

SENATOR JEAN PRESTON NC Senate P.O. Box 5107, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.6993 • fax: (252) 354.5118 email:



Dr. Vigil Mewborn, III 5053-A Executive Drive P.O. Box 2009, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.4661 • fax: (252) 247.3776 email: web:

HAMPTON INN Lee Powell, Sales Manager 4035 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.2300 • fax: (252) 240.2311 email:

Lynne Pelletier, VP / Gail Zajac, VP P.O. Box 2000, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 727.7900 • fax: (866) 925.7125 email: email:




Debbie Zang, Director of Operations 906 W.B. McLean Drive Cape Carteret, NC 28584 mail: P.O. Box 68, Pollocksville, NC 28573 phone: (252) 393.9007 • fax: (252) 393.9921 email: • web:

DRS. FRESHWATER & HOWDY David Freshwater, DDS, President 3680 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28560 phone: (252) 638.1864 • (800) 828.6684 fax: (252) 638.3895 email: web:


Tim Peters, General Manager P.O. Box 3040, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 240.1155 • fax: (252) 240.1452 email: web:


DAVID G. BRADLEY 118 Buena Vista Drive, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 727.9322 • fax: (252) 726.2143 email:

DOUG BRADY 1722 River Drive, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 241.2780 email:

Patrick McLaughlin, D.C., Owner 5039 Executive Dr., Suite 300 P.O. Box 2190, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.2888 • fax: (252) 808.3106 email: web:




F. Patrick Ausband, Exec. Director 272 Hwy. 70 P.O. Box 150, Sea Level, NC 28577 phone: (252) 225.4411 • fax: (252) 225.1670 email: web:

TAYLOR EXTENDED CARE Andrea Yeomans, Administrator P.O. Box 100, Sea Level, NC 28577 phone: (252) 225.4611 • fax: (252) 225.1228 email:

225 Lands End Road P.O. Box 2036, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.0232 • fax: (252) 247.1105 email: 202 Windjammer East Emerald Isle, NC 28594-2230 phone: (252) 354.3823

J. RICHARD FUTRELL, JR. J. Richard Futrell, Jr. 400 Sandfiddler Ct., Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.4561 (office), (252) 726.4199 (home) • fax: (252) 726.3552

1006 Arendell Street P.O. Box 1079, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.3167 • (800) 849.3167 fax: (252) 726.1437 email: email: web:

GOODWIN & ASSOC. INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. Vicky Willis, Secretary/Treasurer 4130 Arendell Street P.O. Box 1168, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.5000 • fax: (252) 247.2193 email:

NECAISE INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. Tim Necaise, Owner P.O. Box 939, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.4724 • fax: (252) 223.2045 email: web:

STYRON & STYRON INSURANCE Thom and Valerie Styron, Partner/Owners 1207 B Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.0062 • fax: (252) 726.5009 email:

VII INSURANCE & INVESTMENTS Martha Vaughan, President 804 Lake N’ Shore Drive • P.O. Box 246 Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.8723 • fax: (252) 247.2549 email: vii_insurance_investments@embarqmail. com



Debby Forbush, Owner 934 Sea Gate Drive, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 728.3373 email: web:

TAYLORED INTERIORS Tressa Taylor, Owner P.O. Box 72, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 725.4691 email: web:

WINDOW, WALL & INTERIOR DECOR Lynette Dudley, President 1507 Live Oak Street P.O. Box 2099, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 838.0201 • fax: (252) 726.4422 cell: (252) 725.3787 email: web:


CASE-CLOSED INVESTIGATIONS, INC. Leroy W. Everhart, IFC, CEO 517 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 222.3331 • (888) 431.6829 fax: (366) 777.1151 • (888) 431.6855 email: web:


ATLANTIC VENEER CORPORATION Tony Turner, Controller P.O. Box 660, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.3169 • fax: (252) 728.4906 email: web:

BALLY REFRIGERATED BOXES, INC. Mike Coyle, President 135 Little Nine Drive Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.2829 • fax: (252) 240.0384 email: web:

COASTAL CANVAS MFG., INC. Michael Sasser, COO 1403 Harkers Island Road, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.4946 • fax: (252) 728.1300 email: web:


CREATIVE OUTLET Jim Garner, President 1600 Bridges Street P.O. Box 1349, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.3898 • (252) 808.2188 email: web:

FRANK DOOR COMPANY Terry Frank, President 413 Howard Blvd., Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.1112 • fax: (252) 223.1116 email: web:

SPX DEHYDRATION & PROCESS FILTRATION Mark Cumbo, Plant Manager 170 Hankison Drive, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 726.1011 • fax: (252) 726.7857 email: web:

VENEER TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Mike Kraszeski, Vice President 3337 West Railroad Blvd. P.O. Box 1145, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.5600 • fax: (252) 223.3511 email:


MARINA MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC Neal Littman, Manager Morehead City Yacht Basin 208 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6862 • fax: (252) 726.1939 email: web:



Chris Freeman, Sr. Marine Geologist/Pres. mail: 152 Hawthorne Drive Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 location: 130-B Industrial Drive Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.5785 fax: (252) 222.3209 email: web:


FUTURE HOMES & REALTY, INC. Randy Miller, President 1075 Freedom Way, Hwy. 24 Bypass Hubert, NC 28539 phone: (910) 577.6400 • fax: (910) 577.1218 email:


Office of the Mayor P.O. Box 10, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.2121 • fax: (252) 726.5115 email: web:

BEAUFORT Office of the Mayor P.O. Box 390 • Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.2141 • fax: (252) 728.3982 email: web:


Denard and Kay Harris, Owners 209 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.7678 • fax: (252) 726.6923 email: web:

Office of the Mayor 130 Lois Lane P.O. Box 1687, Swansboro, NC 28584 phone: (252) 393.7898 • fax: (252) 393.7166 email:



Chuck Tulevech, General Manager 232 W. Beaufort Road, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.6111 • fax: (252) 728.4053 email: web:

Office of the Mayor 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.3424 • fax: (252) 354.5068 email: web:

INDIAN BEACH Office of the Mayor P.O. Box 306, Salter Path, NC 28575 phone: (252) 247.3344 • fax: (252) 247.0513 email: web:

MOREHEAD CITY Office of the Mayor 706 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.6848 • fax: (252) 726.2267 email: web:

NEWPORT Office of the Mayor P.O. Box 1869, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.4749 • fax: (252) 223.5382 email: email: web:

PINE KNOLL SHORES Office of the Mayor 100 Municipal Circle Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.4353 • fax: (252) 247.4355 email: web:


CARTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES Walter Phillips & Lockwood Phillips, Publishers 4206 Bridges Street P.O. Box 1679, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.7081 • fax: (252) 726.6016 email: web:


Joseph Bradshaw, Jr., Solutions Specialist 530 Cedar Pt. Blvd. P.O. Box 815, Swansboro, NC 28584 phone: (252) 393.1112 • (888) 553.4208 fax: (252) 393.1119 email:


B&B OFFICE PRODUCTS, INC. Melissa Covington, Store Manager 534 Cedar Pt. Blvd. P.O. Box 1680, Swansboro, NC 28584 phone: (252) 393.6282 • fax: (252) 393.6285 email: web:




Bob Sherwell, Owner Parkway Shopping Center 4915 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.4433 • fax: (252) 726.2636 email: web:

Rebecca McMillan, Owner 410 W. Fort Macon Rd. P.O. Box 1091, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.6791 • fax: (252) 247.5449 email:


Tom Kies, Operations Manager 201 N. 17th Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.7442 • fax: (877) 247.1856 email: web:



Ken Murphy, Vice President P.O. Box 94, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 222.0004 email: web:


CAROLINA OCEAN LINES Curtis Struyk, President P.O. Box 605, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 241.2295 • fax: (252) 222.0106 email:

MOREHEAD CITY PILOTS ASSOCIATION, INC. Andrew Midgette, Sr., President 113 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.4068 • fax: (252) 726.9044 email:

N.C. STATE PORTS - PORT OF MOREHEAD CITY Rex Edwards, Direcor of Operations 113 Arendell St., Maritime Building Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.3158 • fax: (252) 726.1190 email: web:

PCS PHOSPHATE COMPANY Russell Hults, Terminal Supervisor N. C. State Port P.O. Box 745, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.4273 • fax: (252) 726.1051 email: web:

WILLIS, VANEK, BALL, & FISCHER, PRINTERS ORTHODONICS COASTAL PRESS, INC. Dr. Kevin Mancini, Dr. Ray Ball, Partners 11 Medical Park, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1137 • fax: (252) 247.3181 email: web:

Steve Brock, Owner 502 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1549 • fax: (252) 726.6755 email: or steve@ web:



Jay Tervo, Publisher 4368 Azalea Station P.O. Box 4368, Wilmington, NC 28406 phone: (910) 763.8464 • fax: (910) 763.8540 email: web:


N.C. RAILROAD COMPANY Scott Saylor, President Richard Wiley, Economic Development Consultant Kat Christian, Public Affairs Director 2809 Highwoods Blvd., Suite 100 Raleigh, NC 27604-1000 phone: (919) 954.7601 • fax: (919) 954.7099 email: web:


AL WILLIAMS PROPERTIES Al Williams IV, Owner P.O. Box 2385, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.8800 • fax: (252) 726.7600 email: web:

ATLANTIC BEACH REALTY, INC. Charles & Mary Duane Hale, Owners #14 Causeway Shopping Center P.O. Box 2290, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 240.7368 • fax: (252) 240.0670 email: web:

ATLANTIC SUN PROPERTIES Patti Nagy, Owner/Broker 205 Atlantic Beach Causeway P.O. Box 940, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 808.2786 • fax: (252) 726.1240 email: web:


BEAUFORT REALTY John Duncan III, President 325 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.5462 • fax: (252) 728.1322 email:

BLUEWATER GMAC REAL ESTATE Woody Warren, President 200 Mangrove P.O. Box 4340, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.2128 • fax: (252) 354.5611 email: web:

CANNON & GRUBER, REALTORS Carolyn Cannon P.O. Box 2866, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.6600 • (800) 317.2866 fax: (252) 726.7171 email: web:

CAROLINA HOMES REALTY, INC. Charlie Bugge’, Broker/Owner Croatan Crossing 2896 Hwy. 24, Suite F, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 240.3700 • (800) 550.0592 fax: (252) 808.3518 email: web:

COLDWELL BANKER SPECTRUM PROPERTIES Casey Wagner, President 515 Atlantic Beach Causeway Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.7600 • fax: (252) 247.2618 email: web:

EMERALD ISLE REALTY, INC. Julia Batten-Wax, Owner Melissa Kenward, Marketing Director 7501 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.3315 • fax: (252) 354.2355 email:; email: web:

ERA TETTERTON MGMT. GROUP Hilton L. Tetterton Jr., President 513 Atlantic Beach Causeway Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.3096 • fax: (252) 726.0020 email: web:

GOLDSTEIN’S SECOND WIND REALTY Jack Goldstein, Owner P.O. Drawer 660, Salter Path, NC 28575 phone: (252) 247.4370 • fax: (252) 247.2595 email:


GOLF & SHORE PROPERTIES/ MGM, INC. Jodie Willis, Secretary 224 Brandywine Blvd. Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.5000 • fax: (252) 247.3645 email: web:

GULL ISLE REALTY J. David Waller, Owner P.O. Drawer 550, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 726.0427 • fax: (252) 726.1312 email: web:

THE HOLLAND GROUP REAL ESTATE Jeanette Holland, President/Broker 113 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 504.2400 • fax: (252) 504.2502 email: web: web:

JAIME BAREFOOT EXIT REALTY SEASIDE Jaime L. Barefoot, Real Estate Broker 7009-A Hwy. 70 E, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.2000 cell: (252) 725.3193, fax: (252) 444.4661 email: web: web:

JOAN PULLEY REALTOR/BROKER Joan Pulley, Realtor/Broker Paul Pulley, Realtor/Broker 332 Winding Woodsley, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.2817, fax: (252) 728.4437 cell: (252) 241.0539 email:

LINDA RIKE REAL ESTATE Linda Rike, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, CLHMS, GREEN REALTOR Ed Daughety, ABR, CRS, SRES,CLHMS, GREEN, REALTOR 1410 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.6922 • fax: (252) 247.6936 email: email: web:

THE SELLING TEAM/REALTY WORLD FIRST COAST Llew Ramsey and Elaine Main, Owners 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Ste. 1 P.O. Box 2708, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.1177 • fax: (252) 247.0016 email:

SHOREWOOD REAL ESTATE, INC. Darlene Bates Larson, President 7703 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.7873 • fax: (252) 354.7852 email: web:

STAR TEAM REAL ESTATE Louis Weil, Sissy Weil, Janet Stout, Sharon Garner, Jolene Walker, Ashe Exum, Billie E. Seymour, Carol Basnight, Sarah Lewis, Mary Poineau, Heather Brady, Millie Genet 201 West Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 727.5656; (877) 333.4466 fax: (252) 727.5959 email: web:

WATSON-MATTHEWS, INC. Ronnie Watson, President 9102 Coast Guard Road Emerald Isle, NC 28594 phone: (252) 354.2872 • fax: (252) 354.3870 email: web:

WELLONS ENTERPRISES, INC. Gaye Mashburn, General Manager P.O. Box 1018, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.2151 • fax: (252) 240.2869 email:

YORK PROPERTIES Jennifer Locke McCann, Regional Vice President 910 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.5772 • fax: (252) 247.5774 email: web:


AMOS MOSQUITO’S RESTAURANT Sandy Howard, Manager 703 E. Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.6222 email: web:

BEAUFORT GROCERY CO. Wendy Park, Owner/Manager 117 Queen Street P.O. Box 36, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.3899 • fax: (252) 728.1641 email: web:

THE BISTRO-BY-THE-SEA Libby Eaton, Owner/Operator 4031 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.2777 email: web:

CAPT. BILL’S WATERFRONT RESTAURANT & CATERING John & Diane Poag, Owners 701 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.2166 • fax: (252) 726.1979 email: web:

CHANNEL MARKER RESTAURANT Ed Myers, Gen. Mgr./Partner 718 Atlantic Beach Causeway P.O. Box 427, Atlantic Beach, NC 28516 phone: (252) 247.2344 • fax: (252) 247.2345 cell: (252) 726.5276 email: web:

SANITARY FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT, INC. Ted Garner, Jr., Owner 501 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.3111 • fax: (252) 247.5110 email: web:

SMITHFIELD’S CHICKEN N BAR-B-Q David Moore, Owner P.O. Box 12384, New Bern, NC 28562 phone: (252) 636.0259 • fax: (252) 636.0259 email:


ATLANTIC STATION SHOPPING CENTER Lynne C. Worth, VP of Retail Leasing 1900 Cameron Street P.O. Box 10007, Raleigh, NC 27605 phone: (919) 821.1350 • fax: (919) 828.9240 email: web:

CLAMDIGGER INN & RESTAURANT BELK DEPARTMENT STORE Jule Mansfield, Assistant Manager 511 Salter Path Road, Pine Knoll Shores P.O. Box 846, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512 phone: (252) 247.4155, ext. 1 cell: (919) 607.2217 • fax: (252) 247.2670 email: web:

FLOYD’S 1921 RESTAURANT & CATERING Chef Floyd & Shana Olmstead, Owners 400 Bridges Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 727.1921 fax: (252) 240.2493 email: web:

MCDONALD’S Keith Watson, Owner Cypress Bay Plaza Store #11422, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.0372 email:

PICATTA’S RESTAURANT & CATERING Wanda Murphrey, Owner 506 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.3380 • cell: (252) 728.8888 fax: (252) 726.0268 email: web:

ROLAND’S BARBECUE Roland Humphrey, Owner 1507 Live Oak Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 phone: (252) 728.1953 • fax: (252) 728.2608

Tre Stallings, Manager P.O. Box 849, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.5121 • fax: (252) 726.3078 email: web:

WAL-MART STORES, INC. Susie Burton, Manager 300 Hwy. 24 W., Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.0511 web:


SECURITY SERVICES OF AMERICA Neil Mayzik, Dir. of Administration 5447 Hwy. 70 Suite 200, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 808.3185 • fax: (252) 808.2048 email:


COASTAL PRESS, INC. Steve Brock, Owner 502 Arendell Street Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1549 • fax: (252) 726.6755 email: or steve@ web:


SPORTS CENTER OF MOREHEAD Cass and Sylvia Flowers, Owners 701 N. 35th Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.7070 • fax: (252) 726.5814 email:


Amelia Pittman, Office Manager 301 Commerce Avenue, Suite 201 P.O. Box 250, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 240.3145 • fax: (252) 240.3052 email: web:


CARTERET-CRAVEN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE Craig A. Conrad, CEO & General Manager P.O. Box 1490, Newport, NC 28570 849 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC 28531 phone: (252) 247.3107 • fax: (252) 247.5997 email: web:

PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS L. D. Ivey, P.E., District Manager 111 Corporate Lane, New Bern, NC 28562 phone: (252) 634.1651 fax: (252) 638.4718 email: web:

PROGRESS ENERGY Doug Lewis, Operations Manager Morehead City/New Bern 212 Arthur Farm Road, Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 240.8331 • fax: (252) 240.8306 email: web:


Joe Morris, Owner 5113-A Hwy. 70, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 726.1088 • fax: (252) 726.1086 email: web:


Norma Yanez, Senior Sales Representative P.O. Drawer 1388 • Newport, NC 28570 phone: (252) 223.4176 fax: (252) 223.6010 email:


Terri Ellis, Area Director 5167 Hwy. 70 West, Morehead City, NC 28557 phone: (252) 247.4653 • fax: (252) 726.6419 email: web:


Executive’s Club

Director’s Club

($1,200 and up) BB&T, Morehead City/Beaufort Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative County of Carteret Jarrett Bay Boatworks Town of Morehead City Progress Energy Company Wachovia Bank, NA

($300 - $599) Al Williams Properties Atlantic Veneer Town of Atlantic Beach Atlantis Lodge, Inc. BB&T Insurance Services Belk Department Store David G. Bradley Case Closed Investigations Chalk and Gibbs Insurance & Real Estate Channel Marker Restaurant Connecting Point Computer Center J. M. Davis Industries, Inc. East Carolina Bank Town of Emerald Isle Emerald Isle Realty First Bank Front Porch Capital, LLC Buck Fugate Geodynamics Guy C. Lee Building Materials Town of Indian Beach Jones Brothers Marine Mfg., Inc. Joyce & Associates Construction, Inc. Kirkman, Whitford & Brady, P.A. Kurtis Chevrolet, Inc. NCCOAST Communications/Herald Printing Co. Town of Newport Parker Marine Enterprise, Inc. Piedmont Natural Gas Company Town of Pine Knoll Shores SPX Dehydration & Process Filtration Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant, Inc. Sheraton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel Shore Decor, Inc. Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q Snug Harbor on Nelson Bay Taylor Extended Care TESI Staffing Services, Inc. UNC Institute of Marine Sciences Veneer Technologies, Inc. Waste Industries, LLC Watson-Matthews, Inc.

President’s Club ($600 - 1,199) Bunn & Company, LLC Carolina Ocean Lines Carteret County News-Times Carteret General Hospital Carteret Surgical Associates CenturyLink Doug Brady First Citizens Bank Frank Door Company Gregory Poole Power Systems Henry’s Tackle, LLC N.C. State Ports Authority PCS Phosphate Co. RBC Bank RMS McGladrey, Inc. Safrit’s Building Supply Sea Striker, Inc. WalMart Wellons Enterprises, Inc.


Sponsor’s Club ($150 - $299) ACS Computer Services, Inc. Advanced Office Solutions, Inc. Al Barnes Carpets. Amos Mosquito’s Restaurant Ameriprise Financial Advisors, Inc. Art Studio 500 Arts Council of Carteret County Atlantic Beach Realty, Inc. Atlantic Builders Atlantic Station Shopping Center Atlantic Sun Properties B&B Office Products Mack Baker Construction, Inc. S. F. Ballou Construction Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc. Bank of America Town of Beaufort Beaufort Business Association Beaufort Grocery Co. Beaufort Historical Association Beaufort/Morehead City Airport Authority Beaufort Realty Best Western Buccaneer Best Western Silver Creek Inn Beswick & Goines, PLLC BizBroker Associates B J Associates Bluewater GMAC Real Estate Woody Warren Bogue Sound Watermelon Growers Assoc. Boulia Enterprises, Inc. Branch’s Bryant, Stanley & Fondry Burnette Architecture & Planning, PA Byrum’s Vacuum & Sewing Center Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS Cape Lookout National Seashore Capt. Bills Waterfront Restaurant Carolina Homes Realty, Inc. Carteret Clinic for Adolescents & Children Carteret Community College Carteret Co. Association of Realtors Carteret Co. Association of Home Builders Carteret Co. Chamber of Commerce Carteret County Crossroads Carteret County Public School System Carteret Vision Center Town of Cedar Point Centurion Construction Company, Inc. Chused & Associated, CPA’s PA Clamdigger Restaurant Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant & Pub Coastal Canvas Coastal Connections Marketing, Inc. Coastal Press, Inc. Coastal Science & Engineering Coffee Affair Coldwell Banker Spectrum Properties Consumer Concepts Core Creek Marine Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

Covington Detroit Diesel - Allison Spalding Craft Creative Carpentry & Woodworking, Inc. Creative Outlet Crowe & Cummings, P.A. Crystal Coast Civic Center Cyclone Sweeper Discovery Diving Down East Business Association Downtown Morehead City Revitilization Duke University Marine Laboratory East Carolina Community Dev., Inc. The East Group Eastern Offset Printing Co. ECIM - Eastern Carolina Internal Medicine ECON Developers, Inc. Edward Jones Investments- Henry Kahen Edward Jones Investments-Pat Rauhauser Emerald Isle Business Association Employment Security Commission ERA Tetterton Management Group Walter M. Fitts Fleet Readiness Center East Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Catering The Friendly Market Drs. Freshwater & Howdy Furniture Fair J. Richard Futrell, Jr. Future Homes & Realty, Inc. G. Lee Carroll, CPA Gainey & Hamlin, CPAs Gold’s Gym Goldstein’s Second Wind Realty Golf & Shore Properties Goodwin & Assoc. Insurance Services, Inc. Gull Isle Realty H & H Electric Services, Inc. Hampton Inn Harris Law Firm, PLLC Harvell & Company, CPAs Harvell and Collins, P.A. The Holland Group Real Estate House Auction Co., Inc. Hudson Brothers Construction Company Impact Communications Insiders’ Guide Institutional Interiors, Inc. Investors Title Insurance Co. Jamie Barefoot Exit Realty Jenkins Gas & Oil Joan Pulley Realtor, Broker John McLean Engineering Consultants L. A. Downey and Son Linda Rike Real Estate Marina Management Services, LLC Mashburn Appraisal Group McDavid Associates, Inc. McDonald’s McLaughlin Chiropractic Centers Mercer Building Company Moores Marine

Morehead Builders Supply Co. Morehead City Ford Morehead City Pilots Association, Inc. Municipal Engineering Services Co., P.A. Cathy Neagle Necaise Insurance & Financial Services, Inc. N. C. State University CMAST N. C. Railroad Co. North Carolina Aquarium North Carolina Maritime Museum North State Bank Open Grounds Farm Parker Pontiac Olds-Buick GMC Piccata’s Restaurant & Catering Bradford H. Piner, CPA Portside Marina/Miramar Boat Sales Senator Jean Preston P. T. Jones Electric Rid A Pest, Inc. Roland’s Barbecue SCORE Seahorse Consulting, LLC Security Services of America, LLC Segrave Aviation The Selling Team/Realty World Shearline Boatworks Shorewood Real Estate, Inc. The Star Team Real Estate Sound Banking Company Southern Outerbanks Realty Spacey Projects Spangler Environmental, Inc. Sports Center of Morehead Star Hill Golf Club Stroud Engineering, P.A. Styron & Styron Insurance Sunbelt Business Brokers Tarheel Building Systems Taylored Interiors Tesoro Corporation The Bistro-by-the-Sea The UPS Store Timco Insulation & Fireplace Town Creek Marina VII Insurance & Investments Ward & Smith, P.A. Wells Fargo Advisors Williams Floorcovering & Interiors, Inc. Willis, Vanek, Ball, & Fischer, Orthodontics Window, Wall & Interior Decor York Properties ZF Marine


C A P I TO L C A P I TA L Chamber’s Legislative Luncheon Set for April 16 The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce will present its legislative agenda to Sen. Jean Preson and Rep. Pat McElraft during its annual Legislative Luncheon on Friday, April 16, at The History Place in Morehead City. “The General Assembly is scheduled to convene on May 12 for the short session,” said Joan Pulley, who chairs the chamber’s Public & Government Affairs Committee. “This is an opportunity to hear from our legislators about the key issues and the budget challenges they will be facing in Raleigh. “Our chamber continues to press for funding to complete the highway improvements along the US 70 corridor,” Pulley continued. “Additionally, we remain firm in our support of maintaining the existing school calendar law – “Save Our Summers” – with its Aug. 25 start date.” Other priorities are likely to include support for the adequate funding of North Carolina’s community colleges and public education, support for the military in Eastern North Carolina and support for tourism. The Legislative Luncheon is sponsored by the North Carolina State Ports Authority and Progress Energy.

The function begins at 11:45am and is open to chamber members, guests and the public. Reservations are required. Call 252-726-6350 for more information.

Logistics Task Force Formed Gov. Beverly Perdue has signed Executive Order No. 32, establishing the Governor’s Logistics Task Force. The task force will make recommendations to ensure that people and goods are able to move efficiently across North Carolina. “We must have an efficient and effective transportation system to move our people, to create jobs and to be sure our economy is globally competitive in the 21st century,” said Perdue. “Transportation is a major part of why North Carolina continues to be named the No. 1 state in America for business.” The Logistics Task Force will review transportation systems in North Carolina, including roads and highways, airports, ports, multimodal transportation and railroads.

Waiting for ‘Board-Level Planning Conference’ Gov. Perdue called on North Carolina’s congressional delegation to support steps to ease the credit crisis facing North Carolina’s small businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of North Carolina’s economy,” said Perdue. “It is critical that we get credit flowing back to small businesses to work our way out of this economic and financial crisis.” In a letter to the NC Congressional Delegation, Perdue asked for federal government support for the state’s efforts to increase lending to North Carolina small businesses. I

Making It Your Business Environmental Educators Honor ‘Your Head’ The Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) honored Matt Besch, principal owner of Beaufort-based In Your Head Advertising, with the organization’s 2009 Outstanding Partnership award. The Environmental Educators of North Carolina is the state’s professional organization representing environmental educators including classroom teachers, state and national park rangers, museum educators and educators working in other nonformal settings. “Matt contributed countless hours to our organization, above and beyond his modest retainer, to ensure that the EENC website would be competitive and comprehensive,” noted EENC Communications Chair Elizabeth Burke. “We were fortunate to find a partner who understands and supports the environmental and educational mission of EENC.”


Great Windows No. 1 in Sales Again Jim Mills, vice president of licensing for Next Day Blinds, announced that Great Windows was No. 1 in sales in the United States in 2009, marking the second straight year the Eastern North Carolina business has taken this honor. “They sold and installed more GreenGuard® Indoor Air Quality certified solar screen shades than any other dealer” Mills said. Debby and Guss Forbush accomplished this feat by concentrating on the Crystal Coast area of North Carolina. Debby handles the sales while Guss handles the certified installations. “People were looking for greener products for their homes and businesses and Debby and Guss were able to supply them with that type of window treatment” Mills said. Great Windows has been in business in Eastern North Carolina since early 2007 and has achieved several accolades in that short time frame.

New Boat Dealership Opens Starling Marine of Wilmington announces the opening of their second location in Morehead City. Located at the former Morehead Marine at 4957 Arendell St., Starling Marine has been named the exclusive dealer in North Carolina for Parker Marine of Beaufort and for Pursuit Boats of Fort Pierce, Fla., along with the 37-foot Spencer Yacht of Wanchese. Coupled at both locations with Gregory Poole Marine Power (service provider for Yamaha, Mercury, Mercruiser, Crusader, Honda Marine, Marine Diesel USA and Volkswagon Marine), Starling is equipped to provide unparalleled sales and service. I

BUSINESS directory The following is a list of businesses advertising in the NCCOAST Business Journal with the corresponding page number of their advertisement. For information on advertising in a future issue of the NCCOAST Business Journal, email or phone 252.247.7442 or out-of-area 800.525.1403.

ACME MOVERS ................................... 45 252.726.5195 ADVANCED OFFICE SOLUTIONS ....... 15 252.393.1112 ALBERT J. ELLIS AIRPORT ................. 25 910.324.1100 AL WILLIAMS PROPERTIES ................ 11 252.726.8800 AL WILLIAMS PROPERTIES – PAM BIRD .............................................. 7 252.726.8800 ART STUDIO 500................................... 21 252.723.0311 ARTISAN GRANITE & MARBLE .......... 23 252.354.7774 BALLY REFRIGERATED BOXES, INC . 21 252.240.2829 BB&T BANKING INSURANCE & INVESTMENTS ............................... 29 252.247.2106 BEST BUY ............................................. 79 252.726.8238 BLUEWATER GMAC ............................ .27 252.354.2128 CARTERET CAB .................................. .18 252.247.4600 CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE .. 23 252.222.6000 CARTERET COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ........................................ 11 252.726.6350 CARTERET COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL ............ 9, 41 252.222.6120 CARTERET COUNTY JOBLINK CAREER CENTER .............................. 16 252.726.7151 CARTERET GENERAL HOSPITAL......... 2 252.808.6000 CASE-CLOSED INVESTIGATIONS ...... 17 252.222.3331 CHALK & GIBBS INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE SERVICES ............................ 20 252.726.3167 COASTAL CAROLINA REGIONAL AIRPORT ............................................. 15 252.638.8591 COASTAL INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT ................................... 48 252.725.2248

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE LISTINGS .............................. 31 CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS MANAGEMENT ................................... 17 252.633.2473 CRYSTAL COAST CIVIC CENTER ...... 33 252.247.3883 DUOCRAFT CABINETS .......................... 6 252.726.4499 ECON DEVELOPERS........ BACK COVER 252.726.9583 FIRST BANK .......................................... 17 252.726.1506 / 252.728.5544 FLOYD’S RESTAURANT ...................... 21 252.727.1921 FRANK DINI LAMP AND SHADE CO. .. 18 252.727.1918 G.A. JONES CONSTRUCTION ............. 15 252.726.3318 GROFF ARTISTIC TILE ......................... 25 252.241.7579 HAMAD REALTY ................................... 40 252.342.9294 HOUSE AUCTION COMPANY .............. 29 252.729.1162 ISLAND ESSENTIALS........................... 35 252.354.8887 JACKSON HEWITT ............................... 26 252.223.5391 JOYCE AND ASSOCIATES ................... 25 252.223.3171 JR DUNN JEWELERS ........................... 19 252.726.8700 / 252.354.5074 KATHRYN’S RESTAURANT ................. 37 252.354.6200 KIRKMAN WHITFORD BRADY & BERRYMAN. P.A. ................................ 31 252.726.8411 L.A. DOWNEY AND SON ..................... 11 252.726.2847 LITTLE 9 STORAGE ............................. 26 252.269.3478 MCQUEEN’S INTERIORS ..................... 16 252.247.3175 MOREHEAD CITY FORD – COMMERCIAL TRUCK CENTER ........ 9 252.247.2132 MOREHEAD CITY MARLINS ................ 37 252.670.2633

MOREHEAD CITY YACHT BASIN ........ 45 252.726.6862 OCEANANA ........................................... 25 252-726-4113 PAT PATTESON BUILDERS ................... 3 252.354.7248 PCS PHOSPHATE ................................. 33 252.726.4234 PLAIN JANE’S CLEANING & JANITORIAL SUPPLIES .................... 15 252.726.1659 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ................ 31 SHERATON ATLANTIC BEACH ........... 78 252.240.1155 SNAP FITNESS ..................................... 48 252.636.9627 SOUND BANK ......................................... 6 252.247.1936 STAR TEAM, THE.................................. 19 252.727.5656 STARLING MARINE .............................. 48 252.247.6667 STYRON AND STYRON INSURANCE ... 6 252.726.0062 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE ...................... 33 252.725.9814 TASSELS ............................................... 20 252.247.7463 TMX SHIPPING ...................................... 27 252.726.1111 TOWN & COUNTRY IGA ...................... 19 252.726.3781 TURNAGE CORPORATION .................. 39 252.353.1931 WACHOVIA ............................................ 39 252.726.8086 WASTE INDUSTRIES ............................ 33 252.223.4176 WILLIAM’S FLOOR COVERING & INTERIORS ..................................... 15 252.726.4442 WILLIAM’S HARDWARE....................... 19 252.726.7158 YARDWORKS ........................................ 20 252.393.9005 YORK PROPERTIES, INC. ..................... 5 252.247.5772


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