Board votes for Southport Marina to take the land; some residents are upset
SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Some Southport residents are upset after the Board of Alderman voted 4 to 3 on Saturday to sell the city’s former waste water treatment plant property to Southport Marina.
The city has agreed to pursue a $650,000 offer from the Marina to purchase a 2.5 acre waterfront property on Cottage Creek, a tributary off of the Intercoastal waterway. Some residents say they would prefer the space to be used as open green space but, the board says with a decline in fund balances, the city needs more stable revenue opportunities.
“They have a piece of property that was donated to the city a year or so ago,” said Rev. Lowe Davis, a Southport resident. “It’s an old ball field and they spent more time taking public comment and having public hearings with on that and now they’re just essentially giving away this absolute gem of public property.”
“You cannot do this to the people of Southport,” said Joseph Patrick Hatem, another concerned Southport resident. “We have to hear all the voices and there was no rush to not do that.”
The board of alderman retreat was an open meeting with limited public comment but, residents say they plan to voice their upset bids within the next week.