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What’s going on with the Southport port project?

David Ennis

UPDATE: To find out the latest news about the proposal to build an international port near Southport, check our topics page about the issue at StarNewsOnline.com/Port. We’ll list all our stories there, so check back often.


The federal government earlier this year (2009) appropriated $96,000 for the Army Corps of Engineers to begin an analysis of the approximately $2.2 billion N.C. International Terminal project at Southport.

The N.C. State Ports Authority plans to build the port on 600 acres near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The large project has spurred controversy in the small city, where residents are concerned about the impact on quality of life and other issues. The so-called reconnaissance study will examine the project’s economic, engineering and environmental feasibility. Such studies usually take about a year to complete.

The ports authority is also reassessing its original economic feasibility study of the project.

For complete StarNews coverage of the issue, go to StarNewsOnline.com/port.

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2 Responses to “ What’s going on with the Southport port project?”

  1. On December 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm Frank D. Harrisson wrote:

    What a way to destroy a beautiful place! They build that and it will not be long before it looks like Port Elizabeth New Jersey or the Port of Philadelphia Pennsylvania with all of its pollution, dirt, and smell. And traffic, if you think that it is hard to get around here now, just wait.

  2. On August 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm Sanford L Korschun wrote:

    Regarding comment that developing a container port at Southport will destroy “a beautiful place and turn it into a place like New Jersey.

    Let’s remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve been to Southport, and it ain’t so pretty as is, far from that.

    Nothing is more magnificent and eye catching that a row of container cranes offloading cargo, from sleek modern ships, in a modern well maintained deepwater port, think Long Beach & L. A., Pearl Harbor, Sidney) especially when you know that it is bring Billions in offsetting tax revenue and proving thousands of above average jobs for good people, while being the foundation of a State’s economic logists.

    Gosh, most of today’s active ports have become recreation centers that are fun to visit with dockside cafe, tourist shops and restored sailing ships.

    Remember modern container port immediately ship containers from dockside to distance “Intermodal Inland centers” with little or no storage dockside. They also fund adequate access to nearby resort and recreation seasides encouraging tourism (Cruise ships) and business development.

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