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Sneads Ferry experiencing building boom


SNEADS FERRY, NC (WWAY) -- The new year is bringing new business to Sneads Ferry. While some see dollar signs with new job opportunities, others say they're sad to see so much construction.

To some, the sound of constructions it the sound of success. To others, it's something much different.

"We're quickly losing our quaint and quiet fishing village due to the overpopulation approved by our county commissioners," Sneads Ferry resident Tim Supple said.

With signs promising a new education center and library, Denny's, hotels and a Taco Bell nearly complete, this small town is changing.

Mindy Medina says she saw a need in the community and wanted to provide it.

"I just wanted to give back to the community, so I knew there were a lot of the girls in the area that love dance, and I just wanted to offer it to them," said Medina, who runs Mindy's Dance Attack.

When the studio opened just four months ago, Medina had 30 students.

"Here we are in January. By December we tripled we were into the 90s," Dance Attack manager Jennifer Webb said.

In fact, business is so successful, the studio's moving to a bigger space just a few doors down. And just down the street, that soon-to-be Taco Bell is a job opportunity for some, but a threat to others. Some people fear chain restaurants on the way will put local ones out of business for good.

But for now Medina will keep on smiling and dancing

"I'm so proud of myself," she said. "I still wake up every day saying, 'Oh, my goodness. Did I really open up a dance studio?'"

And at this rate, she's sure she won't be the last to find success here.

Wilmington-based Trask Land Company is heading several projects in Sneads Ferry, including several housing developments and apartment complexes.

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