Longer summer for '05

School children across the state will enjoy a longer summer vacation next year, and that's welcome news for beach businesses.

Governor Mike Easley came to Wilmington Monday to sign a bill that creates a uniform calendar for all public schools. The bill says schools can open no earlier than August 25, and close no later than June 10. That means about two extra weeks of vacation for most students.

The Governor sees an educational benefit to that.

Coastal businesses pushed for the new law, saying they were losing employees and customers at the height of the summer season.