This article spells out what can happen when you desire to be known as a tourist area - in a weather climate such as ours.
We are not Hawaii so we do have a "down" season for our beaches. We can't support year round tourism because the visitors just aren't here all year long. Our climate is desirable for many, with hot summers with a fair amount of cool and or cold weather in the fall and winter - it is attractive to snowbirds who are used to very cold fall, winter, and spring seasons. We just aren't a year round beach location.
So our business climate has to be one where we take advantage of the temporary season but have enough year round businesses to make the area "viable".
Bars, restaurants, coffee and ice cream stores are nice but not effective for year round operations in this area - especially down town. Wilmington is still searching for it's identity....
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