The Town of Cape Carteret is comprised of both seasonal and permanent residents. Cape Carteret’s prime location, mild climate, and friendly people make this town a wonderful place for families, retirees, and vacationers.
Cape Carteret is located along the Intracoastal Waterway, at the foot of the Emerald Isle Bridge, on the southern coast of North Carolina. Its close proximity to Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Morehead City, and the Crystal Coast beaches, ensures that there is always something fun to do for everyone.
Cape Carteret was created by William Britton McLean on the property Mr. McLean purchased from Anita Fort Maulick. McLean, born in 1911 in Red Springs, North Carolina, attended Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He enlisted in the Army during WWII, serving in North Africa and Italy.
Following the surrender of Nazi Germany and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, McLean returned to Red Springs to resume farming and join his long-time business partner, George F. Spell in two car dealerships.
In 1946, McLean and two partners purchased timber from Emerald Isle for his sawmill operation. Later, McLean and other partners purchased what is now the Town of Emerald Isle from Mrs. Maulick. McLean, himself, also purchased property on the mainland from Mrs. Maulick which is now “Old Cape Carteret.” (One of the main streets, with a one-hundred-foot right-of-way, is named Anita Forte, in memory of Mrs. Maulick. The “e” inadvertently added to her maiden name, “Fort”, by the surveyor remains unchanged to this day).
Later in 1958, this became the first residential subdivision recorded in Cape Carteret, extending from Anita Forte Drive west to highway 58.
In 1959 Cape Carteret was officially incorporated and became a town.
In 1960 McLean bought a farm from C.C. Dennis and his wife in the area that is now Bayshore Park. Following this acquisition, Mr. McLean and his long-time partner, George F. Spell, acquired the parcels that are now Star Hill and Country Club Point. They were later joined by a third partner, William A. Shackleford, Jr. in a venture to develop the golf course, which opened as an 18-hole course in 1968. The grass landing strip, running through the middle of the golf course, was used by locals and weekend visitors and, at one time, had tie-downs for twenty-two airplanes and night landing lights.
By 1974 the Town of Cape Carteret had adopted zoning regulations that largely remain in effect today. The town is governed by an elected five-member Board of Commissioners and a non-voting Mayor. The town has an appointed Board of Adjustment for reviewing variance requests and an appointed Planning Board for review of changes to the zoning code, subdivision plat review, and commercial site plan review. A town manager, town clerk, administrative assistant, and finance officer complete the town administrative staff. The town employs a police force comprised of seven full-time officers and four part-time officers. The town also staffs a public works department of three employees.
Things to Do in Cape Carteret
You’ll never be bored in Cape Carteret. There is excellent fishing, the Star Hill Golf Course, and many local festivals. Its close proximity to surrounding cities like Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and those in between and ensures that there is always something fun to do for everyone.
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