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.
Date posted: July 21, 2009
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