Motorists maybe looking forward to the opening of the Highway 17 Bypass in Beaufort County, but that's not the case for business owners who expect potential customers to ride on by.
The six point eight mile long detour around Chocowinity and the City of Washington in Beaufort County, could mean less travelers riding through downtown Washington.
Which has merchants concerned on what will bring customers to their stores.
The Beaufort County Development Commission hopes that can bring the history of Blackbeard home.
The commission says they hope to education citizens and tourists about the famous pirate, by building a replica of his ship on the Waterfront.
The cost of building the ship would be close to two million dollars and Tommy Thompson says their plan is for the ship to sail throughout the Pamlico Sound as a teaching tool.
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