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Southport pulls port support; Grassroots group cheers

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - The community group called "No Port Southport" is hailing a decision by the Southport Board of Aldermen Thursday to oppose the construction and operation of the proposed international port for that area.

Aldermen voted 4-1 on a resolution this week.  It's the continuation of a change of heart for the Brunswick County town in recent months.  Mayor Robert Howard took office in December last year and proposed the town adopt a neutral stance towards the port project as his first act in office. 

Mayor Howard said at the time that the move was to put the town in a better position to get a seat on the state's Port Authority.

A release from No Port Southport points out this vote "tracks the evolution of Southport's growing concern and awareness of the proposed megaport's  massive impact to the region's environment and the real cost to all of the taxpayers.  Also cited was the total lack of engagement by the Port Authority to communicate with the elected officials or the citizens of Southport."

Only four years earlier, the town board voted in support of the port project.

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