Beaufort County Development Commission Has Idea To Keep Downtown Busy

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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  • by cricket Location: beaufort county on Mar 10, 2010 at 06:41 AM
    I have lived in beaufort county for 54yrs. downtown will not lose business because of the bypass ,those travelers have one thing on their mind going north or south.downtown is losing because washington n.c. does not want to grow they had the chance years ago when the colege wanted in instead ecu is in pitt co.as far as a boat Blackbeard is for Bath . as someone posted why not have sports events.don't be so uptight at summer fst.lets have better places to eat.
  • by Everett Location: Washington on Mar 10, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    I am a downtown business owner. The bypass opening does not overly concern me about losing business. The main stay of my business that has been established for almost 8 years is the support that it gets from Washington, Greenville, New Bern, Wilson, Raleigh, etc. Yes, it is nice when the occasional tourist comes in and spends money, but they usually purchase smaller items. The different events, MITS, Summer Festival, etc., we are open and mainly just get lookers and not buyers during those times. Historic Downtown Washington is a great little area and hopefully as our ecomonmy improves, the downtown area will grow.
  • by Jack Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    Another way to help your local economy, shop locally. Keep your money in Beaufort County, every dollar helps. Spend it here at Walmart, Downtown shops and Belk. Gas up in Washington prior to your Greenville trip.
  • by Mike Location: Washington on Mar 3, 2010 at 04:49 PM
    Let's start with some simple things. How about hosting sports tournaments to have folks rolling into washington. I would rather 2m be spent on sports facility for hosting various sporting events.
  • by Question on Mar 2, 2010 at 10:16 AM
    No one has said yet where the money will come from to build a $2 million boat. I guess the Committee of 100 will get this money. No tax payer money should be used for this. It would be a waste of taxpayer money. I, too, think Tom Thompson is grasping at straws. What does DWOW think about this and the City Council, too?
  • by B Location: nc on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    Beaufort county is in a police state, If somebody thinks you are having fun they will put a stop to it!Summer festival, what a joke that is,there is a special court date set for all the tickets the wildlife gives out, great town, invite as many people as you can and see how many tickets you can give, we have lost all local beaches to the yankees and the state. This is not the nice place it used to be like it was when I grew up here.
  • by summer Location: wash on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    The parking is the biggest problem, I agree when the trees were planted that did away with alot of parking. Downtown was great when you had stores that sold things that EVERYONE could afford, Music in the streets was great, I really enjoyed that and there was very little trouble, you can go to the grocery store and find trouble. Blackbeard is NOT the answer, use that money to fix up some of the old stores so small business people can have a job and have things that people can afford to buy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2010 at 07:56 PM
    Amen Washington. For someone that lived here only 7 years and does not live here now, you sure hit the nail on the head. I think lil Washington is going in the right direction but a little too slow or past politicians (15-30) years ago did not set a vision for the future which we are in now. Washington first needs to be more self sufficient to its citizens to keep the money here, then the tourism dollars should be gravy and not the main income. Washington needs to diversify and not just look to one avenue for support as in the past, (ie, National Spinning, Fountain, PCS, and Retirees). There are towns throughout the country that are more self sufficient and are not impacted as much by a bad economy. For diversification Washington needs: organic farming, several manufactures, retirees, small businesses, high tech engineering, a Community College, mom and pop shops, and a software development company. You can see Washington already has many of these businesses, so with a little more can do, political persuasion and vision, Washington can be self sufficient and be able to prosper and weather any other economic down turns. Fellow residence; this is my vision for lil Washington, WHAT’S YOURS?
  • by Washington Location: NC on Feb 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    I lived in Washington for 7 years and the potential for growth is huge but not unless you get some of the old Washington folks out of politics then nothing is never going to change. I am amazed at how much small towns similar to Washington in size have much more shopping and dinning available than Washington does. Not to mention the technology available outside of Washington and the little small town clicks need to go. They make it impossible for new comers to fit in unless you know someone or have lots of money to invest. The middle class folks are the ones who support the economy and it's just not a very friendly town. Not to mention the recreation department doesn't have anything for children in the community so why is money even being wasted to employee folks, what do they do. Seems like the middle class families are the ones that are running the recreational events. Such a shame because there is so much opportunity for growth but the locals will not it happen.
  • by B Location: nc on Feb 27, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    One thing that would help is get rid of those stupid stoplights down town, you sit and wait for the light to change and you are the only one there! Lets no forget that the town did away with a lot of parking places when they put the trees on main street, if there was some reason to go downtown they took 1/3 of the parking away!
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