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Changes to city hall decor sparks discussion

September 1st, 2014

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some Wilmington City Council members want to be sure they behold changes to the decor at city hall.

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Business owners say goodbye to summer

September 1st, 2014

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Vacationers are leavingTopsail Island one last time for the summer and for businesses who depend heavily on that summer traffic, it’s a sad time.

“We got about 4 1/2 to 5 months to work and that depends and that depends on if we get hit by a hurricane or not. If we get hit by a hurricane that means we get knock out 2 or 3 weeks off our season,” says On Shore Surf Shop owner George Howard.

The labor day weekend is the last big weekend of the summer for seasonal businesses like On Shore Surf Shop.

Howard said, “It’s a little bit better than last year. The economy seems to be coming up some what.”

East Coast Sports had a positive summer too.

“Things started off a little slow but our summer has well made up for it, hopefully if we get a beautiful October and on through this year and a good fishing season. We’ll be up very good for this year,” said Chris Medlin, East Coast Sports owner.

Medlin knows the easiest way to a paycheck, so work on labor day, was a no-brainer.

Medlin said,”Working on labor day, I don’t know what it feels like to not work on labor day”

So as the sun sets on this summer, folks getting ready for the summer sun to rise again.

“There’s a lot of traffic on the road today, but tomorrow you’ll be able to get across the street no problem, they’ll be gone,” said Howard.

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State Highway Patrol monitors drivers in Wrightsville Beach

September 1st, 2014

Troopers with the North Carolina State Highway patrol spent the Labor Day holiday making sure motorists were safe on Southeastern North Carolina roads.

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Local protesters draw attention to seismic testing

September 1st, 2014

From the small state of Delaware all the way to Florida seismic testing has been approved.

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Masonboro Island saw fewer boats Labor Day weekend

September 1st, 2014

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY)– Masonboro Island saw fewer boats than normal for a holiday weekend.

Residents say it was a very quiet labor day weekend on the water despite the nice weather.

“Back here there would be boats filled up and the sides would be filled,” John Shauvin said.

He has been boating here for more than 20 years, but he says this holiday seems a bit unusual.

“Noon on a holiday weekend and there is nobody out here,” John said.

He says the water has been a lot calmer all weekend.

“I was out there Friday, Saturday and today,” John said. “It’s been busier. It’s definitely been busier.”

Busier is what John’s son Luke says he likes.

“Not so much this holiday when everything is slow,” Luke said. “There’s a lot more people usually.”

John and Luke’s observations are pretty spot on. The Wrightsville Beach Coast Guard station says they had just average boat traffic for a Monday and slow traffic for a holiday with no incident reports.

“I suppose tourists are off peak, off season, back to work,” John said.

As tourists go back to work, John says the fishermen will come back.

“The fishing season starts in September and October,” he said. “We’ll have a full boat ramp again but it will be a different kind of person.”

It’s a difference John welcomes just as long as he can continue to boat.

“I like to fish, boat, play in the water and bring friends and family out,” John said.

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