Owners sell Showboat Motel

ATLANTIC BEACH — The Showboat Motel on the Atlantic Beach Causeway has been sold, and town officials are hopeful it will be demolished before the end of the year.

According to documentation from the Carteret County Register of Deeds and the Carteret County Tax Office, former Showboat Motel owners Scott and John DeMichele sold the property June 11 to Showboat Investments LLC of Zebulon. The 42-room motel was sold for $2,250,000, according to the tax records.

Town Planning and Zoning Director Michelle Eitner said last week town staff have observed tenting for asbestos removal on the building in the past several weeks.

“In my limited experience, this is typically one of the final tasks before a structure is demolished,” Ms. Eitner said. “We anticipate someone (will be) coming forward with a permit request to that effect in the next few months.”

As of Thursday, no permits have been applied for or issued, according to Ms. Eitner.

The News-Times examined filings for Showboat Investments LLC submitted to the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State. According to the limited liability company’s articles of organization, Showboat Investments was formed April 3. Its organizer is listed as Windy Rose of Columbia. No phone number or email address was included with the filing, and the LLC doesn’t have a principal office.

An official with the company could not be reached for comment by presstime.

Mayor Trace Cooper said Sept. 11 he’d heard the motel was being sold, but didn’t know the sale had been finalized until he checked the county records in response to an inquiry by News-Times staff.

“We’ve heard from the former owners that they were given time to ‘move out,’” the mayor said, “and it appears that was happening over the past couple of months. I don’t know when any demolition will take place…but I’m looking forward to it getting underway.”

Mayor Cooper said the Showboat Motel hasn’t been in operation since Hurricane Ophelia came though Carteret County in 2005.

“In the interim, it continued to deteriorate,” the mayor said. “We monitored the property to determine if it had gotten so bad that we could condemn it and force a demolition, but it never reached that point.”

Mayor Cooper said despite the motel’s “unsightly appearance,” it was still “structurally sound.”

“Earlier this year we intensified enforcement of our property maintenance regulations,” he said. “That may have played a part in the former owners’ deciding to sell. Regardless, the structure is beyond repair and needs to be demolished.”

In recent months, the town council has been discussing ways to improve the aesthetics of the causeway.

Mayor Cooper said the condition of the Showboat Motel is also something he’s heard about from Atlantic Beach residents in recent years.

“It’s in a highly visible location at the entrance to our town,” he said, “and I look forward to seeing the property redeveloped in an appropriate and attractive manner.”

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email mike@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

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I sincerely hope everyone got what they what wanted from this deal. As a vacation property owner and someone who has done business and visited for over 45 years to the Atlantic Beach/Morehead/ Beaufort area I am elated to see this happen from my own personal perspective. I hope the new owner and the Town officials can agree on a design for whatever takes its place that finally maximizes the site. As the first or last thing you see as you leave/enter the bridge this is a great opportunity to get it right on this property. First and last impressions do matter and this is a chance for residents and visitors to have a positive experience as they enter Atlantic Beach!


Love to see a shad factory put there.


I am pretty sure that it will be some high rise housing going in there.

why not

We loved it anyway,.


By the sound of this article, I get the impression that the owners were forced to sell this property. That makes me sad. I can't see how anything can reasonably be built on that narrow strip of land. In my opinion, better to fix up what was there rather than create new environmental issues by building something new.


Unless AB brings in family amusements like they used to have with Jungle Land, the Circle, and some arcades, they will keep losing young families who go out and spend money. Retirees pay property tax but they are tightwads who do not support restaurants on a regular basis. The area relies on tourism.

Jon Simmons

You are so right. The developers run AB and have ruined it already so I don’t expect anything that doesn’t fill their pockets going there.


Thank you! Now I know where to avoid with my tightwad retiree money.


Does anyone know if the pool is skateable?


A great place for a indoor shooting range! Families could gather, those who don't shoot can take in the great outdoors. Competitions could be held, safety courses, law enforcement could use it , as well as the Coast Guard.


To be honest i have heard more people say the circle is the biggest eyesore they see down here now when they come down. But that what you get when you let people that don't know the prices in a Dollar tree run the town!! They are living proof Forest Gump was right!! stupid is as stupid does!


I'd really like to see another newer motel put there for fishermen/fisherwomen. Something with docks for our boats, outdoor space we can hang out and grill out and spend time with friends. Something with some good fall pricing so we can come for a week or so. We have a fishing club that comes down yearly and trying to find a good price hotel/motel with dockage in the area for a group needing 20-30 rooms is tough.

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