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While tourism pumps $195 million into Carteret County's economy, it isn't the only revenue source. Two new industrial parks, one focusing on marine industries, will open in 1999. In addition, research facilities and employers like Atlantic Veneer and Carteret General Hospital also fuel a growing economy.
The Port of Morehead City and the Port of Wilmington provide $300 million in tax revenues and over 80,000 jobs statewide. Located just four miles from the ocean, Morehead has, at forty-five feet, one of the deepest turning basins and channels on the East Coast.
Carteret County has a number of sites that attract tourists, including Beaufort, Cape Lookout National Seashore, Fort Macon State Park, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum.