It’s been eight months since Hurricane Florence left a mark on eastern North Carolina, but Atlantic Beach locals say it’s nothing the island can’t overcome.
Carteret County has more than 100 restaurants, 50 of which are in both Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. Between both islands, only three remain closed due to hurricane damages.
Although some businesses are still down, many new buildings are also being built.
Jim Browder, executive director of Carteret County tourism, said the entire area is thriving, and locals are working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.
“We should have a large percentage of our inventory reopened there’s no shortage in terms of restaurants. The attractions are all open and everything is pretty much operating at this point in time, so we’re ready for the tourist season, Browder said.
Browder said Atlantic beach along with the town of Beaufort and Morehead city had a great tourist turn out this past Easter weekend- possibly the best turn out in the last three years.