NC Beach Lovers: $4 A Gallon Gas Prices Can't Keep Them At Home

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

Even with Friday's rain people were heading to the beach for the holiday weekend, but as gas prices have reached above $4 a gallon in North Carolina we wondered if it will keep people from driving for vacation, especially since South Carolina's gas prices are among the lowest in the nation.

Business owners and beach goers told WITN they don't anticipate people missing out on the beach this summer because of rising gas prices.

General Manager of the Seahawk Inn in Atlantic Beach Kim Weirick says business has been doing well along the crystal coast, especially with the usually warm spring.

"Actually Easter weekend should be the kickoff, but we've actually been sold out for the last month and a half on the weekends," said Weirick.
She says even with gas prices rising they're still seeing plenty of out of town visitors.

Highway 58 in Carteret County was busy Friday with people heading to their vacation spot for the holiday weekend, and although it wasn't beach weather yet, people were already in town for the weekend. We caught up with Philip Mitchell at Southland Outfitters in Atlantic Beach, he says even though gas prices continue to rise it's not going to keep him from driving four hours to the beach.

"I'm going to try to get down here as much as I can throughout the summer," said Mitchell.

Mitchell's friend Nicholas Brown drove to Atlantic Beach from Fayetteville. He says because he has a home in Morehead City he'll keep driving to the beach throughout the summer.

"We've just been coming here all our life and we'll keep on coming," said Brown.

And 'keep on coming' is exactly what businesses like the Tackle Box bar foresee people doing throughout the tourist season.

"Everybody wants to come to the beach. People will find a way," said April Lewis at the Tackle Box.

When we asked business owners about being so close to South Carolina who has some of the lowest gas prices in the country they still said people will come to their beach, because they always have.

The average price for unleaded fuel in our state is $3.91- 25 cents higher than last year.

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