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Southport ranked in best southern towns

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SOUTHPORT -- There are many attractive local towns that draw visitors and people looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life. For the second time, Southport is receiving some recognition by two authors who searched high and low for the best southern towns. A quaint downtown, beautiful sights, even perfect white picket fences -- no wonder Southport has been named one of the best 50 small southern towns. The ranking comes as no surprise to Kendall Crews, who has lived here most of her life. Crews said, "That's always been my ranking. I love Southport." She's says her town has a friendly and helpful atmosphere. "We have a lot of people who come into the store here who are first time visitors to Southport and they've just immediately fallen in love with it." Southport visitor Christine Beirne said, "I think it has a nice family feel. You can go for a walk, walk your kids in a stroller, walk with your friends." The Beirnes visited for their first time from Hampstead. They said they'll definitely be back. The book takes into consideration a population fewer than 25,000 people, healthcare, and attractions, to name a few. The local housing market and cost of living are also factors. One realty office says the median home sale price within Southport's city limits is about $450,000. Southport resident Harry Fowler said, "It's just interesting, the historical part and it's got a lot of good restaurants, I love to eat out." Fowler moved to Southport a month ago and says the recognition is exciting for the town. "I think it's great. I love this area and it's growing. I think it's good for the eastern coast of North Carolina," Fowler said. Fowler says one of the things he enjoys most about Southport is that it's quiet and laid back. Authors Gerald Sweitzer and Kathy Fields visited 150 towns in nine southern states when choosing the top 50.

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Where did our Southport go?

I fell in love with SP like so many others did years ago. I had a great job and I loved living on"Beach Time" as we locals call it. I walked the town, loved the park ,Provision Co.afternoons and evenings. Never was afraid here, I could go to the park alone @ midnite if I wanted and felt perfectly safe. Walk all over town looking at the historical areas. I guess what I am saying is it WAS a darn near perfect town and we have lost it to developers, to the shops that only the elite and tourists can afford, even most of the restaurants are out of our league as far as prices. Basics like food and housing have become so expensive that the middle income families are really close to being run out of town so SP can make room for the rich and semi-famous and of course there are the 2 weekers once a year. The people like me that support, live and work here during the "Off Season" are suffering.If the developers find an inch of land they build condos. What used to be peaceful and quiet is no more, what used to be safe is crime ridden slowly but surely. We do want out town back, I know it is too late now. I am looking for another SP, I see what "Progress" has done to us, so I will go elsewhere. I wanted to spend the rest of my life here and all that is now just a fairytale. So long SP and may you be happy with what you have done and I really DO hope the MONEY was worth it to you.

Southport

Being a former resident of Southport,but my family is still there, i would say that Southport is not what it use to be.. Its getting way to many houses and developments and now along the yacht basin they have the most awful looking condo's and I can't wait to see what is going to happen to them once we get a strong hurricane.I hope they are blown away... Southport is losing its small southern fishing village charm.. I love Southport, but I miss the way it use to be.. Stop with all the building and over pricing..

SOUTHPORT

THANKS FOR SHOWING OFF OUR BEAUTIFUL TOWN. THAT IS MY SON IN THE VIDEO FEEDING THE BIRDS. WE DID NOT SEE YOU, WISH WE HAD, WE WOULD LIKED TO HAVE TALKED TO YOU. SITTING AT WATERFRONT PARK IS SOOOO RELAXING, WHEN YOU GO THERE IT IS HARD TO LEAVE. THERE ARE VISITORS HERE ALL THE TIME. ALSO, A GREAT PLACE TO READ OR BRING YOUR LUNCH AND EAT.

Southport

Southport used to be a charming small beach community but times are a changing. Southport has overpriced, poor quality constructed, cookie cutter homes. Next will be ocean front highrises such as the Marriot, Fairfield Inn & 20 story condos just like what's happening at Carolina Beach. It won't be long that the Southport mayor & town council will not want to miss out on the millions of dollars that this type of development, as developers will tell them, will bring to the town but they will say that it'll remain small & charming. Yeah right. I prefer lowrise buildings that are developed without destroying our precious environment & wetlands.

South Port

About once a year we get bored and ride to SP. Every year we say that it was a waste of gas. Sure they have pretty houses but it is not THAT nice. Overpriced for sure.

It used to be. I think it's

It used to be. I think it's going down hill real fast!

Yes, Southport is nice, but

Yes, Southport is nice, but being ranked in the top 50 out of 150 is not really that big a deal. I don't think paying $450,000 for a home would be much to brag about, but I guess I'm just a poor old redneck.

Southport

I agree, Southport is a great town. I just wish they hadn't built those God-aweful looking condos by Provision Co. Talk about stealing the small town charm. Something tells me the next 5 years will include more of those ugly boxes littering the waterfront.