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5.5.04

Vacation rentals going fast

Southeastern North Carolina spring days are the days when relaxing in a house at the beach seems like a blissful idea.

Hurry. Before the summer season, becomes the renting season. We're in the middle of it, and it's unusually hectic.

Families are flocking to Wrightsville Beach, and vacation rentals are going fast. Faster than they have in years past, says realtor Laura Ulshoefer.

"We have hardly anything left," Ulshoefer tells beach-goers who call looking for rentals.

"No vacancy" signs and house rentals are going fast, showing beach-goers are here and booking early.

"We expect summer to be better than last year," Ulshoefer said. "Overall, we expect a much better year."

Booking a cottage by the sea is just the beginning. Vacationers are coming to the beach for more than just sitting in the sun. And they are planning those activities early, too.

Captain Rod Bierstedt runs a charter boat from the Intracoastal Waterway. He says he had the busiest April he can remember, and those who want to fish this summer better book soon.

"We are looking for a very good summer," Bierstedt said. "Right now I've got a number of days booked in July. They're already calling to get booked, and sending in their deposits."

At Wrightsville Beach Supply, which rents beach chairs, bikes and surfboards, they're already seeing more customers early, and are preparing for their busiest summer yet.

"Bike rentals should be up this year," said employee Andrew Greene. "We are getting in more bikes now to prepare."

Greene says surf board rentals are also very popular. And, if the busy spring is any indication, it wont be long before all the boards are off the shelves and in the surf.

Reported by Sara Straeten

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