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Some beach businesses experiencing summer downturn

Posted August 2

Beach business owners have the summer months to make the bulk of their annual revenue, although some coastal merchants in Wrightsville Beach say they are experiencing a downturn. While some blame House Bill 2, others don't know what to make of it.

Art gallery owner Jazz Undy has started camps and classes to help make up for his shortfall. but the common question around town is, why are some coastal businesses lagging this summer?

"There's the House Bill that we're famous for. Maybe that has brought our numbers down. I'm not really sure," Undy said.

Restaurant Owner Jim Radle said he thought lower gas prices would draw more tourists.

"People have mentioned HB2, the election year, I know it's a big one, but there is no rhyme or reason to it," Radle said. "I don't know if it is the perfect storm, it's a little of everything."

Radle said he and other business owners were expecting a solid summer, but that has not been the case.

Colby Domnick, owner of the new Loops Donuts, said they have had some sweet success.

"We're gaining a little following, pretty excited about that," Domnick said. "We are definitely satisfied with where we are."

Undy said all hope is not lost. The season at Wrightsville Beach does not end with Labor Day.

"We're hoping for a big August, September and October," he said.

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  • Laurence Jones Aug 3, 9:28 a.m.
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    Yep.......I guess the Wrightsville shopowners have figured this out................People aren't going to the beach because of HB2 ..................As a family man/earthspirit planning vacations.......I won't bring my family to the beach, the mountains, or even the shopping mall until tranvestite men are allowed into the girls bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

  • Matt Nickeson Aug 3, 9:21 a.m.
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    That is quite a stretch of logic and reason to lay this at the feet of HB2. To say that it is is as absurd as saying that it is not.

  • Jim Bradshaw Aug 3, 9:05 a.m.
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    It is the economy! Look at the number of people out of work that are no longer even looking for work. Look at the number of people added to Welfare in the last 12 months. Lower gas prices don't make up enough difference for many to be able to afford a vacation.

  • David Knecht Aug 3, 8:51 a.m.
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    If you go to the referenced www.myrtlebeachsc.com site you discover-
    1) The article about 2 million visitors is from April 22. Not very current. However, from the same site-
    2) A July 20 article discusses 63 tourists ill with unsafe bacteria spiking to 40 times safe limits.
    3) An August 1 article says the beaches are CLOSED due to a jellyfish invasion.
    I bet the crowds were light.
    If one of the beach tourism locations nearest NC is suffering from pollution and jellyfish invasions it seems logical that the NC coast would reap the benefits. Why aren't the tourists coming?

    View quoted thread


  • Johnny Byrd Aug 3, 8:07 a.m.
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    Has nothing to do with HB2.
    The economy is not anywhere near as good as liberal media would want you to believe. Plus we have had a scorching summer, the threat of Zika and room prices may be down a bit now but they were ridiculous back when folks were actually making plans for their vacations. Early greed is now taking it's toll.

  • Demute Sainte Aug 2, 7:23 p.m.
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    Just spent 4 days in Myrtle Beach.... rooms were plentiful and cheap. Major tourist attraction crowds were light... wait times for good restaurants short... no HB2 in sight. Who will SC blame?

    http://www.myrtlebeachsc.com/2016-tourists-expected-down-by-2-million-visitors/

    Maybe folks just dont enjoy the beach as much as they use to?