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Southport residents say "no" to new port

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - Activists against a proposed international container port met Thursday night to discuss its economic impact on southeastern North Carolina.

NO PORT Southport, a grassroots advocacy group, sponsored the meeting that presented a California State University study of the affect of major US container ports on surrounding cities and towns.

Southport is among the fastest growing retirement markets in the country.  The $2.3 billion port project will be located between a nuclear power plant and a massive ammunition terminal.

Many Brunswick County residents say the port does not belong in Southport.  Hundreds of people showed up Thursday to make their opinions clear.

This is the third meeting hosted by NO PORT Southport.

The group believes that the international terminal would ruin local ecosystems.

The group also thinks the port's location is unsafe--nestled on 600 acres of land between a nuclear power plant and the Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal--the largest ammunition port in the United States.

The proposed international terminal would be funded through federal and state money.

The Ports Authority estimates the project would create almost half a million jobs in North Carolina.

Some residents are not convinced the port is a good idea.

"I moved here five years ago to enjoy the many benefits of Southport, and I'm much concerned that those benefits are at risk now because of this Port proposal," said resident Phillip Staples.

The North Carolina International Terminal is far from a done deal.

According to the Ports Authority, they are still looking for funding for the early stages of the project.


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