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Marina closure leaves businesses, residents high and dry

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SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) -- A marina in Surf City is closing, but the tenants are not the only ones affected. As the Pender-Topsail News & Voice was first to report, Wells Fargo, which owns Surf City Beach House Marina, delivered the news to people who keep their boat there yesterday.

"It's been a pleasure being able to promote our entire village," business owner Capt. David Luther said. "That's gone now."

For Luther and other tenants of the Beach House Marina, the past few days have been a whirlwind. Luther found out Tuesday he has to move his boats, one of which he lives on, by June 19. It's a tough situation for him as he runs entertainment cruises from the Belle of Topsail and the pirate ship Raven.

"We've gotten very involved with all the businesses around here, because surprisingly enough, this marina feeds business," Luther said. "We get back in at 8 p.m. because we do a sunset cruise, and at 8 p.m. you have been out having a good time, what do you want to do? Go somewhere else."

Capt. Luther and his business are not the only ones affected by the closure of the marina. There are also those who own and live on boats here that will have to relocate.

"I really don't have any plans," tenant David Avery said. "We're looking and trying to find out. We'll probably have to moor here for a while until we find another place to go or figure out what's going on... at least till my daughter gets done with school."

Tenants have signed leases, and Capt. Luther even bought $30,000 worth of advertising promoting the location. They say it's a nightmare they wish was not happening.

"I put everything I had into this, and then for them to come and give me 20 days to get the hell out, that's painful," Luther said.

Surf City Mayor Zander Guy says he does not want to see this happen. He says the town is looking into alternate options for the boats.

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