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The North Carolina Ports Authority is one step closer to a Brunswick County international terminal. It has made a pre-development agreement with an Illinois based developer. All along we have been hearing that this new terminal would be a public-private partnership. Now, Centerpoint Properties is the leading candidate to be the private developer. The company will work with the ports authority and answer questions to determine whether it will be an eventual partner. People with the ports authority emphasize the improved tax base, thousands of jobs, and economic impact the terminal would have on both Brunswick County and the state. The $2.3 billion project on 600 acres of Southport land has been a controversial topic for months. Bill Bennett, N.C. Ports Authority, said "To the people in Brunswick County who are opposed to the port, this is one step in that long complex process, and we are going to be listening to them when they communicate with us." According to the ports authority, the potential developer will conduct studies of the site, looking at possible impacts of the project, as well as focusing on public safety and infrastructure. The review will also look at how to minimize impacts on the surrounding area, which is a concern of many local people.

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  • JS

    While there is a need for commerce to be enhanced, why put it on the back of one of the most beautiful small communities? This will be the death blow to the small town charm that is part of Southport’s nature and has been for many years. Traffic will be one of the most noticable issues in an area that is already clogged.
    Think long and hard about this, there are other alternatives if you just look for them

  • kb

    Agree, but as our local Southport politician said, we need to create jobs and forget about farming. Funny though, farmers were some of the most important people who fought in the American Revolution and made this country what it is. That Southport politician must have his hand in someone’s pocket. Southport will look like Charleston in 50 years, yuk. While it is fine for some investors, it is not a nice way to treat people who have made Southport their home because of the way it looks.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ….but you cannot provide adequate employment for a large urban area with a surrounding agrarian economy. Like it or not, Wilmington and it’s suburbs (which includes Southport) ARE fast becoming a large urban area, and will have to have large scale employers and heavy, industrial operations.

    We cannot thrive if we duplicate Florida a la 1970. Doctors’ offices, funeral parlors, restaurants, golf courses, and fifty thousand people demanding their AARP discount is NOT the basis of a healthy thriving economy.

  • GuestPH

    I am not a native, but the Southport area has been my home for 31 years. I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to build a port in an area that is so difficult to get in and out of. With Progress Energy and Sunny Point, which show no indication of going anywhere any time soon, how will they get 100s of trucks in and out of the area on a daily basis? Good luck to Southport/No Port, I think I will join you.

  • Wilm-native

    I really hope Carnival or Royal Carribean run a few ships out of this port.

  • Pissed in Southport

    Illinois? what, no local developer capable of the task or is this another good ole boy deal struck by the powers to be? I bet the labor will not be performed by “locals” either. Typical


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