Wilmington Star News

Months later, Wrightsville Beach still recovering from Florence

Businesses in the New Hanover County resort town still show the scars from the September hurricane

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- The region may have rounded the corner into a new year, but the continued recovery from Hurricane Florence more than four months ago is still to blame for several closed businesses in Wrightsville Beach.

As of this week, two of the town’s major resorts -- Blockade Runner and Shell Island Resort -- remain closed, though the former announced last week it would partially reopen on Feb. 15. Additionally, several restaurants haven’t fired up their kitchens since the storm, including The Oceanic and South Beach Grille.

Mayor Bill Blair said when the storm initially made landfall in Wrightsville Beach on Sept. 14, early signs gave the impression Wrightsville Beach was spared the brunt of the storm.

“Once Florence came through, the visual damage was easy to access,” he said. “The non-visual damage, especially the wind-driven rain damage, was only known in the weeks after when people came back.”

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