I am a native NORTH Carolinian. People from out of state have called this area Carolina for years and it is running over into our media and the naming of local businesses.
When the airport name was changed from Craven Regional to Coastal Carolina Regional so people would have a better chance of knowing where they are, it was very confusing. Craven County is definitely a location and is on the map. Coastal Carolina and Carolina are not places and are not on any present day map that I know of. When people arrive at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport why would they know where they are, better than when it was called Craven County Regional Airport.?
On your local broadcasts eastern NORTH Carolina is usually referred to as eastern carolina. The state of my birth and the state I love is NORTH Carolina and I find it offensive, as do most locals I talk to, to have her called carolina. I can't imagine that people from out of state would be offended if you were to call this area by it's correct name. If you call this area by it's correct name I think all would be pleased. This letter contains questions but I am not looking for an answer or justification for calling NORTH Carolina carolina for as I see it there is no justification.