The group No Port Southport said the previously approved terminal will not only destroy the environment and residential community in Southport, but also cost tax payers billions of dollars. It's been more than two years since the Southport Board of Aldermen voted in support of a $2.3 billion port project off the coast. Now, an alderman elected since that decision, is trying to change that stance. “I would like to see that resolution rescinded since we have no more information than we did two years ago, and realize that this is not good for Southport, this is not good for Southport business, not good for people who own property, it's just not a good idea,” said Ed Boguskie. Southport is one of the fastest growing retirement communities in the country, but what concerns residents the most is that a port might take away from its small town charm. No Port Southport said the environmental repercussions of building a port near a residential town is only one of their concerns. Based on studies of other port districts across the country, No Port Southport said income and real estate values in the area will go down. Unemployment and rates of poverty will go up. They also say the infrastructure will end up being subsidized by the tax payers. Susan Toth, a No Port Southport member, said, "The city of Southport, Brunswick County, and the state of North Carolina, are going to be obligated to pay millions of dollars in taxes.” No Port Southport is holding a meeting Thursday night at 7:00pm to discuss the economic costs of locating an international container port in the heart of Southport.
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