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.