Onslow County sowed $1.7 million in tourism

Published on : Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Onslow CountyIt took one year to build up and it took less than an hour to pay out.


On Monday morning, in a special meeting hosted at the Onslow County Government Center, at the physical presence of all the five commissioners, a portion of $1.7 million occupancy tax revenue was allotted which was collected from overnight guests who stayed at different area motels, hotels and short-term rental properties in the last few years.

The tourism grant requests from 19 entities totaled $438,555 which comprise various established groups and towns like the Town of Swansboro, popular for its striking street festivals, waterfront plan implementation and municipal park enhancements—requests totaling $63,790 –to the neophytes like the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles, Arabian Temple No. 42., which required $20,000 for a charity ball. The Friendly City located by the Sea was accepted for $10,000 because of its waterfront plan from a preliminary request of $21,750 and was given $17,500 which was initially assigned to cover a request for the expenditure of the festival but transferred—at the bequest of town officials and lobbied on behalf of Paul Buchanan, the town Commissioner to assist fund a parking lot grant. The Ancient Egyptian charity ball garnered little support and no funding.

The Corpsmen Memorial Foundation was the largest recipient of the morning’s banking $80,964 from an initial request of $90,000. The Jacksonville Onslow Chamber of Commerce African American Heritage Trail asked for $1,765 which was instantly approved in full as fast as the Town of Swansboro’s Municipal Park enhancement request of $24,540 was rejected.


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