Panel Removes 2 Attractions From Chopping Block

A legislative panel reviewing state-run attractions now says it will not recommend that an Elizabeth City museum close.

A subcommittee of the Legislature's fiscal management panel also decided Wednesday against recommending that a shrine to North Carolina's first governor close.

Committee staff members had recommended closing of the Museum of the Albemarle and the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston.

Both attractions have below-average attendance compared to other state museums and historic sites. But local boosters have opposed closing them, saying it would discourage tourism and economic development in eastern North Carolina and close an eye to state history.

The subcommittee's recommendations now go to the full panel, which will provide guidance to the General Assembly when it makes budget decisions in a few months.

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