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The Lower Cape Fear's tourist attractions, including Wilmington, the movie industry, and Battleship North Carolina, contribute millions to the region's economy. For example, tourism spending in New Hanover in 1996 was over $235 million.
People in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties have mixed feelings about their area's development. Tourism brings not only needed funds for growth, but also such problems as commercialism, big construction, and loss of quiet, family beaches.