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Is it possible that this is another "NIMBY" (not in my back yard) response to potential growth for the Cape Fear area? I have to admit that I love Southport and it's small town charm that thrives off of tourism and retirees from the north. Not a slice at northerners but, the locals can't afford to retire there unless they've had generations live there prior and own legacy property. Southport is nice, somewhat quaint and touristy, but it is no shining star on the NC coast. We have the beautiful town of Beaufort, Harkers Island, Rodanthe, Hatteras, Corolla, Manteo and on and on and on. It is a fact of life that some small towns will change as progress and industry nears. Look a Cary, NC, it was a one-horse town in the 70's, just like Apex. There are a thousand stories of change that have happened similar to this. The fact is, there is a huge demand for the services of a major port in this area as is proven by the existing port with it's limitations. We need the revenue, we need the economic boom and the jobs. We simply cannot prohibit positive growth in our area at the expense of a small town with a small group of people resistant to change. Change will happen at one point or another, so Southport may as well just get used to it. Take a glimpse back at Wilmington and Wrightsville beach in the late 80's before I-40 was completed. We had a quaint little town that was well off the beaten path and was quiet, not easy to get to. That changed forever with the completion of I-40 and though some tend to shake their head in disgust, I happen to think it's a great place to live and absolutely love it here. I'm not trying to demean anyones homeplace or community and I appreciate the fact that some want to keep things as they are. People in general hate change and resist it at all costs, but it will happen and that's only a solid fact.
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