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Business

  • Tourist season up about 3 percent over 2007

    Even with the high gas prices and slumping economy, occupancy tax revenue was up about 3 percent over last year during Brunswick County’s summer tourist season, according to officials with the Tourism Development Authority.

    Mitzi York, the authority’s executive director, said Tuesday that May figures were up 15.5 percent over last year’s while June was down 7 percent.

    All the July and August numbers aren’t in yet, but York said the county is expected to finish the year about 2.98 percent over last year.

  • Home sales up in July; Realtors say buyers are shopping for deals

    Brunswick County’s existing home sales increased again in July compared to last year but decreased from the previous month, the N.C. Association of Realtors announced this week.

    Local Realtors say business is still slower than the peak a few years ago, and buyers are searching for bargains. Most brokers remain optimistic about the future.

    In July of 2007, Brunswick County sold 129 homes. This past July, that number jumped 51 percent—the biggest increase in the state—to 195, down 11 percent from 218 in June.

  • Health department grades restaurants

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Construction slowdown effects seen throughout county

    Not that long ago, Brunswick County residents couldn’t drive along N.C. 211 without seeing a new sign announcing a new development selling lots or “coming soon.”

    In fact, the Brunswick County Planning Board approved 50 new major subdivisions, special exceptions and planned unit developments in 2006, up from 27 in 2005, a majority of them along the N.C. 211 corridor.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Aug. 4-7.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Business briefs

    Walker joins staff of Sunset Rentals

    Betty Walker is the newest member of the staff at Sunset Beach Rentals and Sales.

    Walker will specialize in beach sales and assisting with property management. She owned and operated firms in Eden and Greensboro before moving to Brunswick County in 1998.

    Having several real estate professional designations, including GRI, CRS and ABR, she began her association with her former company, Century 21 Sunset Realty, in June 2006. In June 2008 she was awarded the company’s Excellence Award for meeting company sales goals in 2007.

  • Brunswick keeps ranking in economic impact study

    Brunswick County maintained its ranking as ninth among the 100 North Carolina counties in “The 2007 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study.

    The Travel Industry Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. The study uses sales and tax revenue data plus employment figures to determine the overall impact of visitor spending in North Carolina.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Coastroad Hearth & Patio wins award

    Coastroad Hearth & Patio in Shallotte won a bronze award in the Residential Specialty category in the 29th annual Qualified Remodeler (QR) Master Design Awards Contest.

    Sponsored by Qualified Remodeler Magazine, the Master Design Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in residential remodeling projects in 22 categories.

  • Retailers look forward to tax-free weekend

    Local retailers say the sales-tax-free weekend is one of the busiest of the year, and they are counting on the seventh annual back-to-school event to be as successful as previous years.

    The tax-free weekend starts Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3.