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                      A preserved natural beauty along
 May 2008

                                                                        May 2008
                      the Southern Outer Banks

                      Profile SerieS

                      Managing Director: Stephen Mitchem
                      sales/business DevelopMent: Kelley Bradley
                      aDvertising services Manager: Kris Barrett Vail
                      project eDitor: Martha-Page Ransdell
                      researcher: Courtney Bowman
                      eDitorial intern: Megan Seldon
                      art Director: David R. Deasy
                      Writers: Liz Biro, Misti C. Lee, Bill Morris

                      this spreaD:
                      The view from Cape Lookout National Seashore.
                      Photo by Scott Taylor
                      Kayakers on the Back Sound
                      near Shackleford Banks, with

                                                                                       PhotograPh by ChiP henderson
                      the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
                      in the distance.

                                                                                                                      W                       hether you want to spend your days
                                                                                                                                              reading on a quiet beach, horseback rid-
                                                                                                                                              ing along an uninhabited island, or
                                                                                                                                              wandering down tree-lined streets rich
                                                                                                                      in history, the family-oriented towns of the Crystal Coast of-
                                                                                                                      fer activities sure to suit you.
                                                                                                                          “The Crystal Coast is a virtual haven for family vacation-
                                                                                                                      ers as well as young professionals looking to escape a hectic

                                                                                                                      lifestyle,” says Carol Lohr, executive director of the Crystal
                                                                                                                      Coast Tourism Authority. “You can be as active or as laid
                                                                                                                      back as you want to be.”
                                                                                                                          One of the best ways to experience the Crystal Coast is by
                                                                                                                      spending a day on a beach birding, shelling, or soaking up
                                                                                                                      the sun. Because more than half of the 85 miles of coastline
                                                                                                                      along the southern Outer Banks are uninhabited, you’ll find
                                                                                                                      beaches where you can curl your toes into the sand and enjoy
                                                                                                                      the quiet that comes from being alone — away from develop-
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                                                                                                                      ment, traffic, even people. Or, enjoy the convenience of less
                                                                                                                      remote beaches such as Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach.
                                                                                                                      Sand dollars spot the wide beaches on the Cape Lookout Na-
                                                                                                                      tional Seashore, and surfers flock to the areas. Visit the light-
                                                                                                                      house keepers’ cottage at the base of Cape Lookout Light-
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                                                                                                                      house to imagine a solitary life keeping the light in the

                      The Beach
                                                                                                                      165-foot-tall tower burning.
                                                                                                                          Not content with lying on the beach? Explore the islands

                                            and Bey ond
                                                                                                                      along the coast by ferry or private boat.
                                                                                                                          “You can go to Carrot Island, over to Shackleford Banks,
                                                                                                                      and from there over to Cape Lookout … there’s a ferry that
                                                                                                                      goes over to Sugarloaf Island, so there are a lot of little places
                                                                                                                      where you can get away and spend time with your family,”
                                                                                                                      says Lohr.
                                                                                                                          While island hopping, take advantage of the sandbars at
                                                                                                                      low tide to look for shells in ankle deep water. Board a dol-
                                                                                                                      phin cruise from the Beaufort waterfront or catch one of the
                                                                                                                      ferries running from Harkers Island, Beaufort, or Morehead
                                                                                                                      City to Carrot Island or Shackleford Banks. Wild horses roam
                                                                                                                      Shackleford, descendants of horses that swam ashore from a
                                                Spend some time relaxing on the                                       grounded Spanish galleon more than 300 years ago. Horse
                                                beach, but don’t overlook everything                                  stables at Morehead City and Cedar Island offer beach and
                                                                                                                      marsh rides for a fee.
                                                else the Crystal Coast has to offer.                                      For a more active day, rent a kayak or canoe to explore in-
                                                                                                                      lets and paddling trails. Cape Lookout National Seashore and
                                                                                                                      Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge provide great opportu-
                                                by Misti C. Lee
                                                                                                                      nities for shore and boat fishing. The area has one of the long-
                                                                                                                      est fishing seasons on the Atlantic for albacore, striped bass,
                                                                                                                      and other fish. Private chartered fishing trips can be ar-
                      PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

                                                                                                                                                             n e w b e r n P h o t o b y s C o t t tay l o r, F o r t M a C o n P h o t o b y C h u C k b e C k l e y
                                                                                          PhotograPh by ChuCk beCkley

                      New Bern City Hall                                                Fort Macon State Park, east of Atlantic Beach

                      ranged from the docks at Morehead               Kids and adults alike enjoy explor-        fort and the Beaufort Historic Site,
                      City, Beaufort, and the causeway at At-     ing the exhibits at the North Carolina         which includes ten buildings dating to
                      lantic Beach.                               Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, located         the 1700s and 1800s.
                          For scuba divers, the area is known     on the sound side of Bogue Banks.                 Modern-day Beaufort treats visitors
                      as one of the top diving destinations in    Over 4,000 specimens are on display,           well, too. While shopping along the wa-
                      the world. Divers come from all over to     and the aquarium offers beach and              terfront, enjoy the salty breeze and the
112                   explore shipwrecks along the More-          marsh walks, fishing and birding pro-          sound of water lapping against the
                      head City coast, such as the remains of     grams, and canoe and kayak trips.              docks. Sample handmade fudge from a
                      the U-352, a German submarine that              On a larger scale, the aquarium is         copper pot at the Fudge Factory, across
                      sank during World War II. This wreck        involved in a project aimed at preserv-        Taylor’s Creek from the wild ponies on
                      is one of more than 2,000 underwater        ing the tradition of North Carolina’s          Carrot Island. An ice-cream cone from
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                      shrines that make up the “Graveyard of      coastal fishing piers, which have fallen       the Beaufort General Store nicely
                      the Atlantic.” Thanks to the Gulf           victim to hurricanes and soaring real          accents a stroll along the waterfront,
                      Stream, the warm, clear waters along        estate values. Through a partnership           taking in the yachts and live music.
                      the Crystal Coast provide good under-       agreement, the town of Emerald Isle               Down East, the history of Core
                      water visibility for divers. Scuba Diving   has offered to provide oceanfront prop-        Sound is preserved at the Core Sound
                      Magazine recently ranked Morehead           erty for the North Carolina aquariums          Waterfowl Museum on Harkers Island,
                      City on par with such world-class dive      to build a 1,000-foot concrete pier. The       where local craftsmen demonstrate the
                      destinations as the Galapagos Islands       proposed $14 million pier would pro-           skill of decoy carving.
                      and Australia.                              vide beach access for wheelchairs, and            The History Place in Morehead City
                          “It equals many of the places           provide a gathering place for sunset           offers a lunch program with local his-
                      around the world that I’ve been,” says      watching and casting a line. It would          torian and storyteller Rodney Kemp.
                      Robert Purifoy, vice president of the       also expand the aquarium’s efforts in          The Maritime Museum on Beaufort’s
                      Olympus Dive Center in Morehead.            conservation education in an ocean-            waterfront displays replicas of spritsail
                          Off the water, hiking and camping       front setting.                                 boats and the story of the U.S. Lifesav-
                      facilities are available in the Croatan                                                    ing Service, along with navigation and
                      National Forest, where deer, black          Rich History                                   medical instruments from Black-
                      bears, and woodpeckers make their               Beaufort, which is preparing for its       beard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.
                      home. Nature lovers enjoy touring the       300th anniversary next year, offers               The Watercraft Center across the
                      barrier islands on the Outer Banks Sce-     plenty of interest for history buffs.          street showcases the local tradition of
                      nic Byway, which runs 111 miles from        Wander through grave markers at                “backyard boat building.” The annual
                      Beaufort to Dare County. The pictur-        Beaufort’s Old Burying Grounds, one            Wooden Boat Show will be held here
                      esque drive takes in marsh grass, wa-       of the oldest cemeteries in the state.         the first weekend in May with demon-
                      terfowl, and marine life on both sides      Hop aboard a vintage 1968 English              strations and races.
                      of the road.                                double-decker bus for a tour of Beau-             Every year, some 1.3 million people
                     PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

                     visit Fort Macon State Park east of At-      Lohr.                                       at The Birthplace of Pepsi and learn
                     lantic Beach. The five-sided brick for-         Markets throughout the Crystal           how New Bern pharmacist Caleb
                     tress was built between 1826 and 1834        Coast offer fresh-caught fish, shrimp,      Bradham, on that spot, invented the
                     and used during the Civil War, the           and crabmeat. The Carteret County           drink.
                     Spanish-American War, and World              Curb Market, the oldest continuously            Both business and pleasure bring
                     War II. Visit the museum and explore         operating curb market in the state,         travelers through Craven Regional Air-
                     the barracks and gunpowder maga-             opens each Saturday through Labor           port in New Bern, where traffic in-
                     zine. Enjoy the 385 acres of beach,          Day in downtown Morehead City sell-         creased more than 22 percent in 2007,
                     dunes, and maritime forest, and keep         ing fresh vegetables and local seafood.     says Airport Director Tom Braaten.
                     an eye out for dolphins on the sound                                                         “We have developers coming in to
                     side.                                        New Bern as Gateway                         visit [the area] because they’re interest-
                                                                     As the gateway to the Crystal Coast,     ed in relocating their business here, or
                     Festive Foods                                New Bern offers rich history and a ren-     moving here, or purchasing land for
                         Dining here is an activity of its own,   ovated downtown. Tour the landscaped        developments,” says Braaten. “On the

                     and local foods inspire festivals such as    grounds and historic buildings of Tryon     pleasure side, people come to our lovely
                     the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest and          Palace, the restored home of British        beaches, to see Tryon Palace, or to kay-
                     the Beaufort Wine and Food Weekend,          Royal Governor William Tryon. Stroll        ak on our rivers.”
                     both in April. More than 150,000 peo-        past beautifully restored historic homes        The annual economic impact of the
                     ple attend the North Carolina Seafood        and churches, evidence of the city’s suc-   airport on the area is $68 million,
                     Festival in October, including the Sun-      cessful downtown revitalization pro-        Braaten says. In June, US Airways will
                     day morning Blessing of the Fleet.           gram spearheaded by the Swiss Bear          add a daily non-stop flight to Philadel-
                         “That festival has really grown, and     Downtown Development Corporation.           phia, and a new 4,000-square-foot gen-
                     it highlights our local seafood,” says       Stop for a Pepsi from the soda fountain     eral aviation terminal will open in May.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Exceptional American Cuisine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Voted #1 fine dining on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crystal Coast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8002 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC

                      Lay of the Land
 May 2008

                              your guide to the
                                                                      ore than just a beautiful       “There is something magical          for Carteret County, Morehead’s         building,” an island tradition of
                                                                      beach, the Crystal Coast     when you drive over the bridge to       population of over 8,300 supports       building boats by the eye instead of
                           beach communities                          along North Carolina’s       Emerald Isle, even if you do it every   a community college, hospital, and      relying on drawings. Three unin-
                          of the Crystal Coast             southern Outer Banks boasts his-        day,” says Art Schools, the town’s      civic center.                           habited barrier islands three miles
                                                           toric fishing villages, thriving sea-   mayor.                                     Traveling north past the state       offshore are part of the Cape Look-
                                         By Misti C. Lee   port towns, and a preserved, natural       There is little to mark where one    port, cross the bridge into Beaufort,   out National Seashore — North
                      Illustration by Elizabeth Traynor    beauty that sets it apart from other    town on Bogue Banks begins and          North Carolina’s third oldest town.     Core Banks, South Core Banks, and
                                                           beach communities.                      another ends. The two-lane road         The pirate Blackbeard spent time        Shackleford Banks.
                                                              On Bogue Banks, a 21-mile-long       runs parallel to the beach from         here and wrecked his flagship, the         Less than an hour from More-
                                                           barrier island made up of small-
                                                           town family beaches, visitors see
                                                                                                   Indian Beach to Salter Path to Pine
                                                                                                   Knoll Shores, and glimpses of the
                                                                                                                                           Queen Anne’s Revenge, three miles
                                                                                                                                           offshore. Find locally owned inns,
                                                                                                                                                                                   head, New Bern is a commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                   hub for Craven County as well as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Family Style Italian
                                                           public beach accesses, roadside         ocean can be seen between dips in       restaurants, and shops in this          historical and tourist center. Settled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Located at the corner of Emerald
                                                           stands offering fresh seafood, and      the sand dunes.                         waterfront community.                   by Swiss and German immigrants
                                                           homes hidden by green maritime             A high-rise bridge crosses over         The area referred to as Down         in 1710, the town was named after          Drive and Coast Guard Road
                                                           forests. The first town is Emerald      Bogue Sound into Morehead City,         East begins as you cross over the       the Swiss capital of Bern and
                                                           Isle, a 12-mile stretch that makes      located about 150 miles southeast       North River Bridge. Harkers Island      became the first state capital of                  Emerald Isle
                                                           up the western half of the island.      of Raleigh. A commercial center         provides a look at “backyard boat       North Carolina.                                   252-354-8111
                      PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

                      Colorful houses dot the shore in the Sea
                      Dreams development in Atlantic Beach.


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                        A         Affordability and a                         s North Carolina’s director of coastal management, Charles Jones scru-         State and local governments limit      vor,” says Wax. The town is a landscape    natural-resource mix along the rivers.
                                                                              tinized development all along the state’s shoreline. But when he retired   development and establish parks, na-       of snug houses, old and new, nestled           In Indian Beach, Grande Villas is
                                   variety of choices                         last year, he didn’t have to travel far from his native Crystal Coast.     ture trails, bike paths, and places that   between scrubby pines, cedars, and live    an oceanfront, eight-story building
                                      attract second-                             “I do not know of any better place in North Carolina than Carteret     keep traditions alive, even in flourish-   oaks. Even with its many new “sand         where 86 residences ranging from
                                        home buyers,              County,” Jones says from his home in the tiny fishing village of Smyrna, where he      ing beach towns on Bogue Banks. Mid-       castles,” large homes that fit big fami-   1,400 to 3,000 square feet feature spa-
                                     vacationers, and             spends warm days digging clams and walking his dog.                                    Banks, the state’s Theodore Roosevelt      lies, the village atmosphere is main-      cious balconies, elegant interiors, and
                                                                     With 85 miles of coastline, not counting bays, creeks, and rivers that reach far    Natural Area claims 300 acres of mari-     tained thanks to building-height limits    amenities such as a pool, pet park, and
                                retirees to the area.             inland, “water, water, water,” Jones says, is the main attraction. But vast natural    time forest. The west-Banks town of        and natural vegetation protections.        fitness center. Housekeeping, mainte-
                                                                  areas and an enduring small-town feel set Carteret County apart from other             Emerald Isle is working to build an            Each Crystal Coast town has a dif-     nance and linen services, and a rental
                                                                  coastal communities. Those qualities remain even as diverse housing, some of           ocean fishing pier like those Emerald      ferent flavor: Beaufort’s Colonial hous-   program free owners from worrying
                                                                  the Atlantic seaboard’s most affordable, grows to accommodate the population.          Isle Realty owner Julia Wax and her        es, Morehead City’s vintage 20th centu-    about home upkeep.
                                                    by Liz Biro
                                                                     Locals and newcomers alike guard these natural resources. The 8,000-member          family enjoyed when they started com-      ry homes, Indian Beach’s luxury                “We have many different types of
                                                                  North Carolina Coastal Federation, the state’s largest coastal conservation organi-    ing to these beaches 50 years ago.         condominiums. Right next door, Cra-        home buyers that the Grande Villas
                                                                  zation, stations itself here, along with smaller groups that monitor environmental         “What I like about Emerald Isle is     ven County and its historic county seat,   provides the answers for,” says Mark
                                                                  and cultural preservation.                                                             we’ve kept such a nice residential fla-    New Bern, offers a similar housing and     Tipton, chairman and CEO of the
                                              PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

                                               Whistler Investment Group, a partner           To help offset costs or until they are
                                               with Greystone Property Development         ready to move in permanently, some
                                               for Grande Villas.                          owners rent out residences. Another
                                                   Crystal Coast buyers seek retire-       trend is shared ownership — joining
Why not live                                   ment, vacation, and second-home op-         with a handful of buyers to purchase
AND work                                       tions. The Carteret County tax office
                                               mails nearly half its bills to zip codes
                                                                                           units each owner will use at different
where you                                      out of county. Shoppers relish the rea-        Much of the area’s real estate keys
want to                                        sonable prices compared to other coast-     in on needs for low-maintenance living
                                               lines, Carteret County Association of       near recreational facilities. An 18-hole
retire?                                        Realtors president Johnny Cameron           championship course anchors North
                                               says. Carteret’s average home cost of       River Club near Beaufort, where homes
Call for business                              $219,000 is $350,000 less than along        incorporate modern materials to elimi-
opportunities                                  the Outer Banks to the north.               nate upkeep headaches.

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                                                  This historic 1882 Victorian home
                                               offers modern touches like wireless In-
                                               ternet and a conference room. Its
                                               downtown location is within walking                                                                                                                        121
                                               distance to New Bern’s attractions.
                                               509 Pollock St., New Bern, 252-636-5553,
                                                                                           vate baths. Explore the 5,000-square-foot

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                                               Atlantis Lodge                              English flower and herb garden or claim
                                                  Since 1963, this family-owned motel      a spot on one of three porches. 116 Queen
                                               has been welcoming guests to its            St., Beaufort, 252-728-6733,
                                               wooded property right on the beach.
                                               Lush maritime woods, a quiet pool,          Sheraton Atlantic Beach
                                               and rooms with ocean views are a few            A large full-service hotel right on the
                                               reasons why visitors keep coming back       beach, the Sheraton recently underwent a
                                               year-round. 123 Salter Path Rd., Atlantic   multi-million dollar renovation. A good
                                               Beach, 252-726-5168,      night’s rest is guaranteed on the Shera-
                                                                                           ton Sweet Sleeper bed, with plush mat-
                                               The Ocean Club                              tress, feather pillows, and down comfort-
                                                  This resort on Indian Beach offers       er. 2717 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach,
                                               one-to-three-bedroom villas with            800-624-8875,
                                               equipped kitchens. At the recently
                                               opened spa, splurge on one of the sig-      Sheraton New Bern Hotel & Marina
  A healthy fare with                          nature retreats, a package of treatments       Overlooking the Trent River, the Sher-
  distinctive flavor at                        designed for total body rejuvenation.       aton is within walking distance of the
     the right price                           1700 Salter Path Rd., Indian Beach,         Riverfront Convention Center. Or, bring
                                               252-247-2035,            the meeting to you with the hotel’s
 European Restaurant • Private Banquet Room                                                12,000 square feet of meeting space. Un-
  Martini & Piano Bar • Outdoor Cigar Patio    The Pecan Tree Inn                          wind at the poolside Gazebo Bar and en-
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            steps away from the waterfront, all sev-    100 Middle St., New Bern, 252-638-3585,
          4031 Arendell St., Morehead City
                  252-247-2777                 en rooms feature unique decor and pri-
                        PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vacation on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Where imagination runs free

                      Workmen lay out the hull of a
                      custom sport fishing boat
                      in the Jarrett Bay Boatworks
                      facility near Beaufort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The perfect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               starting point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  for your

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Vacation                                                                passport
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at the beach is the perfect way to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Morehead City, NC 28557

                                  Natural Resources
 May 2008


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A Vacation Tradition Since 1962!

                                                      Water’s role in shaping the economy has changed
                                                         over the years, but its impact is still vital.
                                                                                  by Liz Biro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           252. 728. 4991

                                 he Crystal Coast’s economy has     military bases continue to provide           dinates strategies for job creation and
                                 been influenced by an endur-       opportunities.                               business growth across a 13-county re-                                                                                                                                                                 C rystal
                                 ing natural resource for several
                        hundred years: water.
                                                                        “For a resort community in a rural
                                                                    area, we have a pretty diverse econo-
                                                                                                                 gion that includes Carteret and Craven.
                                                                                                                 The organization has identified six tar-                                                                                                                            Welcome Home to                       C oast
                           “Virtually every room has a view,”       my,” says Dave Inscoe, executive direc-      get cluster industries that represent                                                                                      For all your rental needs on the    Spinnaker’s
                        says Mike Wagoner, Carteret County
                        Chamber of Commerce president.
                                                                    tor of the Carteret County Economic
                                                                    Development Council.
                                                                                                                 growth opportunities for the region,
                                                                                                                 including marine trades, defense-relat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Family Vacation                  Crystal Coast. Let us make your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              next Special Event or Beach         Reach
                           Rivers, sounds, and the Atlantic             Stunning shorelines breed tourism,       ed businesses, and tourism.                                                              Packages Available                        Vacation perfect.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Emerald Isle’s premier family
                        Ocean comprise more than half of the        an industry that has created some                “Many current residents and busi-                                                                                         With store locations in both       vacation community.
                        county’s 1,064 square miles and have        3,200 jobs with a $51 million annual         ness people here got their initial                                                                                           Atlantic Beach and Emerald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Isle; we are here to make your          Now just relax…
                        sprung historic shipping and commer-        payroll. Other key industries such as        impressions of the Eastern Region                                                                                                                              We’ve thought of everything!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     planning easier.
                        cial fishing industries here. Modern        healthcare, construction, hospitality,       through vacations they enjoyed at pris-
                        economic drivers — tourism and the          and real estate all benefit. North Caroli-   tine beaches and coastal recreation
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2717 West Fort Macon Road
                        marine industry — combined with             na’s Eastern Region, a regional eco-         attractions along the Crystal Coast,”                                                     Atlantic Beach, North Carolina                                                                               121 A Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516
                        jobs at neighboring Craven County’s         nomic development commission, coor-          says Leonard Kulik, vice president of                                                                                                               
                                             PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

               whole f
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Let all your worries pass,
            ur         a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     let your mind run free and
                                             “I have a vision of having the largest marine                                                                               Fishing’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Want a chance at seeing a million-dollar fish? Then
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sink your feet in the sand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 get to the Morehead City docks June 7–14, when the

                                               industrial park on the East Coast here in                                                                                    super                winner of the 50th anniversary Big Rock Blue Marlin

                               on vacati
                                                            Carteret County.”                                                                                                BoWL                Tournament weighs in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     With total prize money approaching $2 million, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 event draws anglers from all over. Not bad for a tourna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Crystal               Coast is
                                                              — Dave Inscoe, executive director, Carteret County

                      n.                 o                              Economic Development Council                                                                                             ment that started as a challenge to catch the first blue                                 calling your name.
                        ..                                                                                                                                                                       marlin in the waters off Morehead. In 1957, rumors cir-
                                             the commission.                              building tradition that started with                                                                   culated of giant marlin over the horizon. a local group put
                                                 “We have got some industries that        wooden boats.                                                             A 454-pound blue marlin from up a cash prize and issued the challenge that gave birth
                                                                                                                                                                    the 2004 Big rock tourney.
                                             actually started because the boss liked          Students at Carteret Community                                                                     to the tournament.
                                             to fish,” says Inscoe.                       College also contribute to the work-                                                                       Today’s tournament features a daily parade of
                                                 Crystal Coast waters teem with fish,     force. The school’s Marine Training                                                                    nearly 200 vessels, but it isn’t all about glitz and Heming-
                                             and recreational fishing’s 2006 annual       and Education Center and an aquacul-                                                                   way bravado. Last year, 96 percent of the billfish caught
 We’re on the ocean AND                      payroll was $9.6 million, compared to        ture technology school feed the coun-                                                                  were released alive, and the few trophy marlin brought to
     we accept pets!                         the formerly dominant commercial             ty’s marine industries.                                                                                the scales were given to university research labs.

                                                                                                                                      PhotograPh by chuck beckley
                                             fishing industry at $1.5 million.                “The majority of our graduates stay                                                                    Most impressive is the Big Rock’s contribution of al-                           Crystal Coast waters teem with           in the county, giving back what they                                                                   most $2 million to local charities over the years.
                                             boaters, too. Over 70 marinas, low           have learned to the community,” says                                                                   Director Crystal Watters identifies that spirit of service
 1.800.682.7057                              county property taxes, and easy Intra-       Joseph Barwick, the school’s president.                                                                as the competition’s most important legacy.
                                             coastal Waterway access encourage                These coastal waters keep luring top                                                                   “It feels great to work at something you know gives so
    Island Mile Post 5
                                             boaters to register crafts here.             marine scientists. Duke University,                                                                    much back to the community you live in,” says Watters.
  123 Salter Path Road
  Pine Knoll Shores, NC                          As a result, Carteret County has 28      North Carolina State University, and                                                                         	      	         	            	           —	Bill	Morris
                                             boat builders and many related firms.        the University of North Carolina oper-
                                             Morehead City will host the first Fami-      ate research and education facilities
                                             ly Boating and In-Water Boat Show            here, along with the National Oceanic
                                             May 16–18, says Mike Bradley, pro-           and Atmospheric Administration.
   Gateway to                                gram director for,
                                             the state’s boating-industry marketing
                                                                                          These organizations and several more
                                                                                          form the Marine Science and Education
 North Carolina’s                            site. Nearby Craven County has four          Partnership, a consortium of local and

  Crystal Coast                              boat builders, including New Bern’s
                                             esteemed Hatteras Yachts.
                                                                                          marine science leaders working to de-
                                                                                          velop additional growth opportunities.
                                                 Randy Ramsey is one boss who                 Science and engineering play roles
                                             likes to fish. “Run charter boats is all I   at Craven County’s Cherry Point
                                             wanted to do since I was a child,” he        Marine Corps air station, the East
                                             says.                                        Coast’s largest. As one of the area’s top
                                                 But in 1986, when Captain Ramsey         employers, Cherry Point provided a
                                             needed a boat to replace his aging char-     $111 million payroll to 1,685 Carteret
                                             ter vessel and local boat builders were      residents in 2006. Many work at Fleet
                                             booked, he constructed his own.              Readiness Center East in Havelock,                                                                                                               • Climate Controlled Indoor Boat Storage Facility
                                             Ramsey’s Jarrett Bay Boatworks has           which furnishes military aviation                                                                                                              • Fully Automated Laser Guided Boat Lift Technology
                                             become a premier sportfishing-boat           maintenance and engineering support.                                                                                                    • Eliminates Damage To Expensive Boat Equipment & Finishes
                                             builder that employs 129 people. The         On Craven Community College’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • One Of The Best Hurricane Protected Buildings On East Coast
                                             company was the first tenant in Beau-        Havelock campus, the Institute of
                                             fort’s ten-year-old Jarrett Bay Marine       Aeronautical Technology provides air-                                                                                                   • UV Protection, Lower Maintenance Costs & Insurance Fees
                                             Industrial Park, which employs more          craft maintenance training to support                                                                                                          • Clubhouse With Amenities And Concierge Service
      Non-stop Daily
                                             than 400 people in nearly 20 firms.          Fleed Readiness Center.
 Connections via Charlotte                       “I have a vision of having the largest       The base also contributes to tour-
     and Philadelphia                        marine industrial park on the East           ism. Up to 70,000 visitors a day will
                                             Coast here in Carteret County,” Inscoe       attend the Cherry Point Air Show in
                                             says, noting skilled labor is plentiful      June, featuring the Navy’s famous Blue                                             Expires June 30, 2008                       thanks to Carteret’s 300-year-old boat-      Angels flight demonstration team.

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PROFILE   North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

                                              Bistro by the Sea                           local ingredients. The Bistro has been       beef and fresh local seafood right off
                                                  If you’re looking for a dinner of       recognized as one of the first area res-     the coast, as well as mixing 30 different
                                              deep-fried fish, don’t try Bistro by the    taurants to move away from traditional       types of martinis, the Ayre family has
                                              Sea. And if certain seafood isn’t avail-    fried seafood dinners. Entrée choices        created a unique dining experience at

to Eat
                                              able to buy locally, you won’t find it on   may include grilled peppercorn and           Kathyrn’s.
                                              the menu. The Bistro is a supporter of      sesame seed encrusted salmon and                 “It’s fun for people here,” says Ryan
                                              Carteret Catch, an initiative to support    shrimp or baked striped bass and scal-       Ayre, general manager.
                                              area fishermen. Facing an increase in       lops with Chablis dill sauce. The popu-          Bookend your meal with martinis:
                                              frozen and imported seafood being           lar she-crab bisque is always on the         the French martini is a best seller for
                                              served in restaurants, Carteret Catch       menu. A North Carolina specialty is          starters, and the chocolate kiss martini
                                              aims to increase the public’s awareness     triggerfish, which Eaton says is usually     ends meals on a sweet note.                   Close enough to Drive ...
       The area’s specialty is                of local seafood availability.              available. The kitchen lacks a micro-            “This is a new concept for the area,       ... Far enough to Escape!
       seafood, prepared any                      “Once you’ve had fresh seafood, you     wave and deep fryer, and everything is       but it works,” says Ayre. “People come        At the Sheraton Atlantic Beach … Getting lost in
                 way you like.                can really tell the difference between      homemade in their kitchen.                   here for something different.”                a sea of baggage lines & traffic jams is impossible
                                                                                                                                                                                     but losing yourself to the Sea is very likely.
                                              fresh and frozen,” says Bistro general          Look for Eaton at the June Big Rock          The specialty of the house is the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Let us take the challenge out of “How to make
                                              manager Libby Eaton, who owns the           tournament, where she’ll be passing          lump crab cakes, seared with roasted          this one different” … Whether you’re planning
                                              restaurant with her husband and chef,       out samples of fresh seafood to specta-      sweet corn cream and red pepper cou-          a Family Vacation of a lifetime, an Annual
                                                                                                                                                                                     Conference for your Organization or a Fairytale
                                              Tom.                                        tors. “You’ve gotta give something away      lis. A nightly soft-shell crab is another     Wedding … Exceeding your expectations is our
                                                  Since 1993, the Eatons have been        for free before it catches on,” she says.                      menu highlight.             number one priority!
                                              creating innovative dishes using fresh,     4031 Arendell St., Morehead City,                                   “We have access to     Your “Once Upon a Time” story begins here ...
                        Bistro by the Sea                                                 252-247-2777,                                                    these really big, nice
                prepares innovative takes                                                                                   soft-shell crabs,” says   2717 W. Fort Macon Rd.
                      on local ingredients                                                                                                                                           Atlantic Beach, NC
                                                                                                                                                          Ayre. “I go straight to    800.624.8875
                                                                                          Kathryn’s Bistro &                                           the guy’s house to get

                                                                                          Martini Bar                                            them.”
                                                                                             This family owned restaurant                   8002 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle,
                                                                                          opened four years ago with the                  252-354-6200,
                                                                                          concept of casual but upscale din-
                                                                                          ing, a shift away from what visitors         Kathryn’s Bistro & Martini
                                                                                                                                       Bar offers 30 variations of
                                                                                          could find elsewhere in the area.            the iconic drink.
                                                                                          Serving certified Black Angus

Beaufort Grocery Co.                          side of fries and an ice-cold Pepsi com-    Front Street Grill at Stillwater             lops with spinach-mushroom risotto.
   Serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday          plete the El’s experience.                     A cozy restaurant on Beaufort’s           Bell Cove Village, Coast Guard Road, Emer-          K I V ETT’S
brunch in Beaufort’s historic district,       3706 Arendell St., Morehead City,           waterfront serving innovative entrees        ald Isle, 252-354-8111                        Happy House Realty
this can’t-miss eatery is a local favorite.   252-726-3002,                such as Carolina crab cakes with jas-
Enjoy creative sandwiches on home-
made bread for lunch, daily seafood            Fred and Claire’s Restaurant
                                                                                          mine rice and baked oysters with spin-
                                                                                          ach, bacon, and lemon aioli. Sip a pre-
                                                                                                                                       Spouter Inn
                                                                                                                                          Unrestricted views of Taylor’s Creek       252-342-4444
specials for dinner, and homemade                 New Bern’s oldest operating restau-     dinner drink at the outdoor bar              provide the backdrop for this laidback
desserts anytime of day.                      rant got a boost when local writer Nicho-   overlooking the sound.                       spot on Beaufort’s waterfront. Spouter                        Serving the
117 Queen St., Beaufort, 252-728-3899,        las Sparks mentioned the place in his       300 Front St., Beaufort, 252-728-4956,       sandwiches are served for lunch and                     North Carolina
                                                                                                                                                                                         Crystal Coast                           books. For a filling lunch, try the home-             seafood pastas are on the dinner menu.
                                              made soup and quiche. Local seafood                                                      Enjoy Sunday brunch on the covered
El’s Drive-In                                 dishes are served for dinner, such as       Portofino                                    deck and stop by the bakery on your
    Since 1959, cars have been crowding       crab cakes with mustard sauce or grou-          Find an extensive wine list and clas-    way out the door for the restaurant’s
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the parking lot of this classic drive-in      per with crabmeat and spinach.              sic Italian at this cozy spot. Seafood-in-   signature banana crème crepe.                                      and the
for El’s shrimpburgers and hamburg-           247 Craven St., New Bern, 252-638-5426,     spired pasta includes local soft-shell       218 Front St., Beaufort, 252-728-5190,               Crystal Coast Video
ers loaded with chili and coleslaw. A                crab with an asiago crust and sea scal-                                                        at

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