Southport Gains Control Over Marina

AUGUST 24, 2005 -- The city of Southport has new authority over development of the state-owned marina.

The legislature gave the city control over planning and zoning changes at the marina, a power that until now has been held by the state.

The city is now putting together an ordinance to guide development at the marina and is also looking at ways to take over ownership of the prime waterfront land from the state.