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Tom Eagar

To all of you who seem to think there will be thousands of jobs available to Brunswick County residents if the port is built, think again.

Yes, there will be construction jobs during build out, but those jobs will be filled by large contracting firms from all over the East Coast. And once build out is complete, those jobs go away. Forever.

And once complete, we'll be lucky if there are 200 permanent jobs. This port is modeled after APM in Virginia - a fully automated, state of the art facility. At its height, there were 47 direct employees, plus longshoremen. At a cost of $4.4 billion, which of you can do the math? Then ask yourselves if $20 million per job is worth it when our state ports are taxpayer subsidized the the cost to build will be taxpayer funded.

As for Tom Eagar, I think his public hanging was a disgrace. NCDOT apparently wanted to humiliate him. He deserved better. We banged heads on many an occassion, but he was a loyal soldier who took his marching orders from Carl Stewart, Gene Conti and the Governor. This is not a proud moment for NC DOT.

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