Southport looks at rules for movie production

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Submitted: Fri, 02/15/2013 - 4:49am
Updated: Fri, 02/15/2013 - 1:55pm

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The City of Southport is enjoying its movie success. Southport Aldermen want make sure they have rules in place to manage the movies.

“We did decide we were going to ask for public input on this, because we want to hear from our citizens about what they think about our filming process here in town,” Alderman Buddy Barnes said.

First you have to realize that most of the city is head over heels in love with “Safe Haven.”

“I think it was one of the most magical times this town has ever experienced. The stars were wonderful. The crews were wonderful, and everybody was courteous,” Southport resident Julie Harrelson said. “It did in roads in business, but it’s put us on the map. I think the movie itself shows Southport in this marvelous light.”

Southport retailers recognize the value of a big production in town and the tourist trail it will build.

“Now that they see the movie, I expect we are going to see more of the same buzz,” shop owner Susan Farley said. “Everybody that worked with it, they all shopped locally, they ate locally, they were always in the middle of the general population. It didn’t feel like there were stars around. They just blended right in.”

Not everyone was completely happy with the production. There were questions about a fireworks show and the intrusion of movie people.

City aldermen want to keep all sides happy.

“I think we ought to keep it simple like our existing ordinance is,” Barnes said. “It hasn’t scared anybody away yet, and I don’t think it will.”

Southport Aldermen heard public input but reached no decision on new rules.

Also at the meeting a new production “Under the Dome” approached the city about filming there.

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