No Port is a myopic rabble of northeast progressive wannabes and retirees who have launched biased,agenda-driven literature and studies which are designed with one goal: keep economic development (and jobs) out of Brunswick County.
I was amazed at the lack of breadth these folks displayed at several of the Port Authority forums I attended. Golf, turtle watching and rich folk games = acceptable. Industry, jobs, opportunities for local residents = unacceptable.
Obviously, this group wants to keep Brunswick County frozen in time, denying opportunities for economic growth most areas crave.
The Old South plantation mentality is alive and well with our asset rich, superior minded transplants. Economic racism is alive and well in Brunswick County.
People are idiots if they think they will get jobs because of a port coming here. Unless they are hookers or drug dealers.
No comment is necessary. Your remark speaks for itself.
1st whoever suggested Leland is smoking some seriously whacky weed. It makes zero sense. We all know there is a strong voice of disapproval among many in Southport but newsflash, Marine ports are put where the geography makes sense and southports location near the tip of where the NC coastline sticks out into the Atlantic makes much more sense from many standpoints. Ports are job growers and while some sanctimonious individuals want to keep their sleepy little town all to themselves the reality is the state needs the jobs and the town will benefit from the increase in revenue for all those involved in the long run. Southpoint has much more to gain compared to the what the small vocal minority swears they are giving up. Southport has a history of being just that a port for shipping and commerce. You build ports where it makes sense geographically and economically not where the NIMBY crowd screams and moans about it. The tax base increase would be a monster benefit to the town, Brunswick county as a whole and the State of NC which right now would offload possibly traffic in and out of Wilmington which is tricky at best at times due to having to pilot up and down the Cape Fear River as well as the inconvience caused by the bridges going up and down that cause horrendous traffic tieups at times which are unavoidable as the only other way around the bridges due to river traffic is I-140 which adds significant mileage to a trip unless and until the bypass is completed which of course other NIMBYites are fighting as well as the Skyway project. This is no different then the voices who complained years ago about bringing I-40 to Wilmington. Some people seem to think that keeping people out and discouraging travel to the area and near it is ideal. Reality is this area needs jobs and economic revival and sitting on our hands and pretending we can turn Wilmington into some fictional setting like Dawsons Creek or Tree Hill or better yet Mayberry from Andy Griffith needs to wake up and smell the reality. This area has huge advantages with a major cross country interstate terminating here., A Deep water port in Southport or near by would potentially be a monsterous influx of cash into the economy of the entire area and with the completion of the 140 bypass the concern about traffic going through Wilmington and other areas would be minimal thats the true advantage of putting the port there. Morehead City has HWY 70 but its miles away from direct interstate access which requires travel out to nearly Selma in order to connect to major interstate commerce routes. The Wilmington port is beneficial but still has significant limits due to the issue of river navigation (All ships have to use certified River pilots essentially to come in and out of the port which just adds to costs of shipping into Wilmington which would not be required in Southport). In the end building the port in Southport is the only option that makes any sense in the end.