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Port questions need to be asked

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: Although I am an elderly lady who will not be here when the proposed port might be built on the Cape Fear River, I am still a concerned citizen who is delighted to learn there is opposition to the port from elected officials of Caswell Beach.

Every thinking person in this area should also oppose the port.

The N.C. State Port Authority’s business plan projects an average of 257 trucks would come or go from the port each hour and in peak hours there would be 441 trucks.

Ten trains would leave the port each day, and 1.7 million containers would be released from the port on the Cape Fear each year if it were built.

For those of you who do not know, a loaded ship can only come in on high tide and the ships will create large wakes that no one knows what amount of damage could happen to the lovely Southport riverfront.

What will all this land and sea traffic do to our once quiet beautiful area, which even now is going through so much development, that our water and sewer situations are becoming very seriously overworked?

Now here are a few questions for all elected officials, whether federal, state, county or local and all Brunswick County citizens to ponder:

How many locals will be hired to work at the port?

How is security going to be paid for to protect a nuclear plant and Sunny Point?

How is Southport prepared to deal with the traffic from trucks?

How is Southport prepared to handle the pollution from trucks and ships?

How is Southport going to support our local fisherman after the fishing areas are so polluted that we can no longer fish in local waters?

How will the area deal with the loss of tourist business and recreational activities on our local waters?

How many other jobs will be lost because of the port?

Can the town of Southport survive this crisis?

Has anyone thought about the crime rate and property values changing?

How will the Southport Police Department fund the extra police?

Who is paying for the roads to be upgraded to support truck traffic?

Will the port use the existing railroad and if so, who will upgrade the railroad tracks to handle train traffic?

If the railroad goes through Boiling Spring Lakes, what changes are expected in their town?

Do we want school children driving or being driven on school buses through this heavy truck traffic?

How dangerous will the extra traffic be to every driver?

Who will be making the money from this port?

Imported and outsourced products have caused major job losses in America and only corporate America gains financially. By allowing this port, we will be supporting corporate greed.

We will be selling out our historic town and the citizens of Brunswick County and Southport will be paying dearly for port owners to prosper.

Over the years, caring citizens have worked to stop an oil refinery from ruining the Cape Fear River, a mining concern and a proposed landfill. Now every caring citizen needs to work to help stop this port.