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The Carteret County Chamber of Commerce is now operating in “full summer mode,” according to Board Chair John Hagle. “We are reminding visitors, second home owners and all others that we are the ‘Official Chamber of Summer’ at the Crystal Coast.

“The staff is committed to offering the highest quality of customer service to all who seek our assistance,” he added.

One of the perks of visiting downtown Morehead City during the summer season is that if the temperature on the town’s sidewalks reaches 93 degrees, the chamber is the place where you can stop in, enjoy the air conditioning, cool off, and peruse all the information we have in our lobby. Just step inside chamber headquarters at 801 Arendell St., Morehead City.

Let the chamber’s 2019 Business Directory be your guide on where to eat and where to shop. Carteret County is known for having some of the best dining spots in eastern North Carolina.

Chamber staff is always eager to offer their suggestions for a great family itinerary of places to see, places to go and things to do at the Crystal Coast and in Carteret County. Travel the waterways and backroads for adventure, history and to discover coastal treasures.

Cape Lookout National Seashore is at the top of the list. The present Cape Lookout Lighthouse was completed in 1859 and has an overall height of 169 feet. The signal light, which flashes every 15 seconds, is visible for 19 miles. It is the only lighthouse known to have a black and white diagonal, checkerboard daymark pattern that indicates compass direction.

When sailors saw a black lighthouse with a white diamond pattern, that meant the ship was sailing east or west. When sailors saw a white lighthouse with a black diamond, that meant the ship was sailing south or north.

For the sons and daughters of Core Banks, the lighthouse just means home. Learn all about it at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center on Harkers Island. Vacationers can drive their cars to Harkers Island. Then take the ferry over to the Cape … and back!

One of the highlights of summer is the Chamber’s Reverse Drawing on Saturday, Aug. 17, which is a casual dinner party at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Tickets are $100 each, which admits two people for the evening’s festivities and open bar. Plus, each ticket holder has a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000 in cold, hard cash. The theme this year will be Saddle Up – A Night at the Rodeo.

This is the chamber’s primary fundraising event of the year, and a good time is always had by all.

For more information, call the chamber at (800) 622-6278 or (252) 726-6350. E-mail requests may be sent to tom@nccoastchamber.com. The chamber office is located at 801 Arendell St., Suite 1, Morehead City, NC 28557.

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