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Through the ages, hurricanes have defined a significant part of coastal heritage. Hurricane Florence impacted many non-profits. Keith Bruno, president of the NC Coastal Heritage Association, witnessed Florence totally destroy his seafood business and damage his home. Vice-president Joe Miller’s home was severely damaged by flood waters in Fairfield Harbor. But recovery and rebuilding are well underway, paving the way for NCCHA to build on its past accomplishments.

More members translates into more people becoming more intimately aware of the state’s coastal heritage. A larger membership base including more talent and enthusiasm leads to improved efforts in documenting and preserving that heritage. The board is beginning the new year with a membership drive. Each new member or old member renewing membership through February 9 will receive a copy of All in One River, a photo essay on the Neuse River published in 2002. Those who already have a copy can use this membership reward as a gift to friends who appreciate NC waterways.

Membership fees are $25 per year for individuals, $35 for families. See the join/donate page to join now or remit dues to

NC Coastal Heritage Association
3325 Hwy 306 South
Grantsboro, NC 28529

Prospective members and the public are invited to attend the association’s annual general membership meeting scheduled for 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 9, at the Hunting Quarters Museum/Church in Atlantic.

Atlantic, at the eastern end of US 70, is approximately 25 miles east of Beaufort. The village was once known as Hunting Quarters. The name evolved from the Core Sound waterfowl hunting heritage of the early 20th century. At the end of US 70 in Atlantic, turn left at the Atlantic Fire Department on School Drive, proceed to Atlantic Elementary School, turn left on Shell Point Road, Hunting Quarters Museum is about 1/4 mile on the right.


Tags:Eco, Water, Air, Environment