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Beaches packed, Carteret Co. businesses happy for Fourth of July

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ATLANTIC BEACH, Carteret County - Beaches all up and down the state's coast were busy on the Fourth of July. That was no different in Carteret County.

"You never know about July 4th but we were very busy," said Tom Mason, general manager of Lost Treasure Golf & Raceway. That seemed to be the general feedback from quite a few of the businesses we spoke to along Atlantic Beach. Mason said he saw his business increase close to 30 percent and the majority of that was thanks to the rise of unfamiliar faces in the area. "Mostly people from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and we do get North Carolina people who have second homes here," Mason said. Other businesses along Atlantic Beach said they look forward to this time of year all year long. "This is pretty much our bread and butter here so we look forward to holidays every year," said Alexis Coward, front desk manager for the Seahawk Inn & Villas. Businesses weren't the only ones reaping the benefits. Many tourists made their way to the area, including Joan Anzideo, who said he's been coming to Atlantic Beach and the other areas of Carteret County for years. "We have a great family reunion that goes on and we like to be together and celebrate for the fourth because we love america and we love our family and that's what its all about being together as a family and thanking all our veterans," said Anzideo, who is from Philadelphia.

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