I had to think about this for a minute.
Why was the Mega Port project doomed?
First - the channel is not suitable for larger ships - it would require constant dredging along its 23 mile path from Frying Pan to the dock. Its also not wide enough.
Second - Southport's infrastructure is almost as old as Wilmington's.
Third - Southport is further away from Major highways (I-40, I-95)
So the very same reasons could be used to say this land would not be suitable for an industrial park - but to dismiss this as a possibility is also bad. I would suggest smart development with some land held back for preservation and the rest held for industrial development.
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a ribbon of land that is not suitable for development aside from the row of houses on either side of the road so its not a good example to use, compared to this land in Southport. But the land in Southport has its own problems.....
I'm all for preservation but I'm not anti development.
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