Success Brings No Port Southport to Closure

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Submitted: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 1:52am
Updated: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 3:40am

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (No Port Southport News Release) — A group of citizens came together in April of 2008 and formed No Port Southport, the non-profit organization committed to “stop the building of the proposed international container port at Southport and to protect and preserve the safety, quality of life, ecology and environment surrounding the Cape Fear River region.”

The Steering Committee of No Port Southport met in September 2013 and determined that their mission was accomplished since the State of North Carolina is focused on the expansion and upgrading at the existing ports of Morehead City and Wilmington. There no longer is an imminent danger to the Lower Cape Fear region from a mega container port.

No Port Southport is closing its doors after over 5 years of operations. During that time, the non-profit had the support of hundreds of similarly concerned citizens throughout this region and the state. Through the work of many people, funded by citizens, other organizations, and special grant money, facts and expert analyses were done, made public and presented to elected officials from North Carolina to Washington, D.C.

In 2008 a group of individuals gathered together for the first time, many who did not know one another, and made personal commitments to run the race and fight the fight no matter how long it took. It turned out that what became the core Steering Committee was an unusual group of highly talented and diversely educated people who brought unique knowledge and skills to the table allowing this organization to succeed.

As No Port Southport shuts its doors, the money remaining will go to The NC Coastal Federation. Their work closely supported the work that No Port Southport pursued; thus it was decided that the remaining funds should be presented to NC Coastal Federation.

No Port Southport extends its thanks to all who made this day possible.


  • Toby Bronstein says:

    Mike Rice and Toby Bronstein began their journey back in 2008 with the formation of No Port Southport. In 2010, we realized the battle to stop the $6 billion Megaport at Southport could not be won in Southport, but a road show to Raleigh was critical. After encountering resistance from our colleagues, we left No Port to form Save the Cape and hit the road, becoming frequent fixtures in the halls of the NC General Assembly and the Governor’s office. Some might say a pain in the butt.

    It is being reported that No Port Southport has shuttered its front door and closed down. We wish them well. Save the Cape will continue doing its work, as we have since 2008 and the early days of the port. There will always be battles to fight and, the 600 acre port site is still at risk for heavy industrial development. We’ll be there fighting.

  • Guest4396 says:

    Each and every one of these folks are to be commended for working to save a nice area from destruction. Hopefully, their mission was accomplished successfully, but as long as the State of NC holds title to the property, we must still watch and be on our guard.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Yeah, kudos to the people who worked to keep much needed jobs out of Brunswick County.

  • Guest757 says:

    As soon as the Panama Canal widening is finished, all of NC will suffer because we won’t be able to accommodate Post-Panama container ships. These shipping companies will send their freight elsewhere.

  • Toby Bronstein says:

    It was always a dream that NC could be competitively positioned to service the post-Panamax vessels. Other East Coast ports were/are light years ahead. The costs to “compete” would have been $6 billion, taxpayer funded, and still the big ships would have gone to neighboring ports.

    Let’s bring in sustainable jobs to Brunswick County that won’t destroy the golden goose of tourism, pollute our waters or damage the sensitive environmental balance that exists here. Light industry is a win win for everyone.

  • YesPortSouthport says:

    Wouldve been nice if they built it.

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