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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The battle continues in Washington over the federal government’s decision to move Brunswick County into the Myrtle Beach metro area.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) says Brunswick County is one of the fastest growing counties not only in the state but in the nation.

McIntyre says clearly the growth in northern Brunswick County is centered on growth and services in Wilmington. He says people in Brunswick County rely more on services in the Port City than they do south of the border.

The congressman says he’s talked with local and federal leaders about how that growth is tied into the Cape Fear region.

“Whether it’s the health services, whether it’s the cultural arts that the college offers, whether it’s the type of retail establishments, clearly that nexus between Brunswick and Wilmington is tremendous, but when you look at Brunswick County as a whole, its growth is not attributable to the growth of Myrtle Beach. It’s attributable to the growth going on here in the Cape Fear region.”

He says there are statistics to show the growth in Brunswick County belongs to southeastern North Carolina.

McIntyre says federal officials looked at two core areas of growth, and when looking at a map, they thought it was from Myrtle Beach, but the congressman says we know it is not.

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  • Guest2020

    I wish that McIntyre cared this much about Brunswick County when there was a possibility that the federal government could put the VA hospital here. Heaven knows we needed the jobs a lot more than Wilmington.

    The Federal Office of Management and Budget said that there are more people who live in the Myrtle Beach area than do the Wilmington area, so please tell me how Wilmington figures into that growth, especially since it is in the southern part of the county and is geographically closer to Myrtle Beach.

    McIntyre has no clue of anything that concerns Brunswick County. Just because the Leland area prefers Wilmington, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us do. Myrtle Beach is so much better than Wilmington. They provide more entertainment selections. The shopping is better. The restaurants are better. The traffic is a lot better to navigate than Wilmington. What’s even better is that Myrtle Beach treats us like family instead of the redheaded stepchild. We don’t need the kind of help that Mike McIntyre is interested in providing and we sure as heck don’t need Wilmington.

    I for one, think that our commissioners jumped the gun in voting for the resolution to give us back to Wilmington. They should have sought the will of the people first.


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