Many favor idea of 'mega-port' bringing in business at Wednesday's meeting

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – It was the same meeting, different feeling Wednesday night, where folks had another chance to let their voices be heard on plans for a proposed port.

The meeting was the second of three meetings on ports in Wilmington, hosted by The Department of Transportation.

The tone was much different than Tuesday night's public meeting, where many people were against the port.

Most of those who spoke out at Wednesday night's meeting on mega-port plans are in favor of it. The reason: the potential for job creation.

The state port authority postponed plans for a mega-port in Southport earlier this year because of community concerns over the environmental impact.

However, the DOT is including plans for a port as part of a maritime strategy project.

Numerous business leaders spoke out in favor of the project, including some from the local film industry. Additionally, manu longshoremen spoke out in favor of the port, saying it will promote job growth in the area.

The next meeting on this topic is in Morehead City.

From there, the DOT will put together recommendations on how to use current ports and where to put future ones.

That report will be released in February.

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