BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Local leaders point to the lack of a deepwater port as one reason why Caterpillar chose to build its new manufacturing plant in Georgia instead of Brunswick County, and they accuse activist groups like No Port Southport for creating an atmosphere that's not friendly to corporations.
But now, some of those activists are pointing fingers, too, accusing economic development leaders of making false reports and arguing that some leaders in Brunswick County are misrepresenting the status of a proposed international port.
Toby Bronstein with Save the Cape is calling for the resignation of Jim Bradshaw, the director of Brunswick County Economic Development.
Bronstein claims Bradshaw used a packet that shows the site for a potential mega port to advertise the Brunswick County area as a potential spot for the Caterpillar plant.
She says Bradshaw's group tried to lure the company in by misusing the status of the potential international shipping terminal in Southport, adding that she thinks the action diminishes the state's credibility.
"Brunswick County is going out to prospective companies, trying to lure them to come to the state of North Carolina by completely misrepresenting the status of a deepwater port in Southport, and we are deeply offended," said Bronstein. "We are calling for the resignation of Jim Bradshaw."
In response, Bradshaw responded to WECT.com by saying, "I don't have the expertise to talk about the ports. We always have representatives from the Port Authority discuss issues with the port."