SOUTHPORT, NC (NO PORT SOUTHPORT NEWS RELEASE) — The White House this week announced that the federal government will focus its maritime expansion projects on just five major US ports. This expedited work will fund the Port of Miami, the Port of Savannah, the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Port of Charleston. No federal money will be applied to any ports in North Carolina.
Recently also the Republican candidate for Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory, criticized the state’s spending of $30 million dollars to procure the 600 acres in Southport for the proposed deepwater mega port (NCIT) before any feasibility studies had been done to determine whether this was a viable business venture. His views appeared in an article in the “Cape Fear Watchdog$” by Pat Gannon.
“Questions of feasibility should have been asked before we wasted millions to buy the land and conduct studies,” according to a statement released by McCrory’s press secretary Ricky Diaz.
The Democratic candidate for NC Governor, Walter Dalton, also issued a statement saying that he would not support the construction of a new port if elected and that the project does not have the support of the congressional delegation or the General Assembly.
No Port Southport has consistently, from its beginning, argued that the 600 acres of land was purchased prior to any knowledge of its justifiable use as a deepwater port. Our organization has repeatedly pointed out the flawed and backward process the state has taken with this on-going waste of taxpayers’ dollars.
Over the past two years, No Port Southport has shown through contracted independent studies that precisely the ports that the federal government has now put their money behind would eventually handle the future East coast deepwater container traffic.
From Governor Perdue, to all elected state officials and the Department of Transportation, it is time for each person and department to close the book on any deepwater port and put the taxpayers’ money into making our ports at Wilmington and Morehead more competitive and efficient for the markets that they now serve.
Any further consideration by the state to fund more studies on NCIT will be simply wasteful politics at its worst.