The Cape Fear Council of Governments (CFCOG) is preparing a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in conjunction with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU), Brunswick County, New Hanover County, and the municipalities of, Boiling Spring Lakes, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Leland, and Southport. The purpose of the JLUS is to identify potential land use conflicts around the military installation and the railroad corridor between MOTSU and Leland that might impede the long-term sustainability of its operations. The study will include recommendations for MOTSU and the local government partners to consider implementing in order to mitigate any land use conflicts that are identified, improve communication between the installation and local governments, and identify other ways in which MOTSU and its local partners can work collaboratively on issues of mutual interest. 

On Monday July 30th, the JLUS study partners will be kicking-off the public involvement portion of the JLUS process with meetings in Southport and Carolina Beach. The public is invited to attend one of the meetings to learn more about the study and hear a presentation from MOTSU officials and the consulting team that is preparing the JLUS. Please note that the presentation will be given twice (starting times listed below) during the course of each meeting and so attendees are welcome to drop-in at any time that is convenient for them.

For additional information on the Sunny Point JLUS, please visit:


Southport Meeting Information

Date: Monday July 30, 2018

Open House: 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm

Presentation Times: 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm

Location:  Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461


Carolina Beach Meeting Information

Date: Monday July 30, 2018

Open House: 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm

Presentation Times: 5:15 pm and 6:30 pm

Location: Carolina Beach Town Hall, 1121 N. Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Contact: Allen Serkin, Project Manager at or 910-395-4553

Effective 1 July 2018

Trees and their canopy are part of what makes Southport a desirable and beautiful place to live and work. They not only buffer the effects of traffic and development, they also fulfill essential ecological functions, such as improving air quality, reducing soil erosion, and moderating temperature extremes. To help manage and maintain these important benefits, the Southport Board of Aldermen approved a Tree Preservation Article in the UDO which will go into effect 1 July 2018.

How does this affect Southport residents?
In certain situations, the City will now require a Tree Removal Permit. Whether a permit is required depends on the location and size of trees to be removed, and the site where the trees are located. Tree Removal Permit requirements for private property apply only to Regulated Trees (Hardwoods > 8”DBH, Conifers >12” DBH) located in the front setback of any yard, as well as a tree determined to be a “Specimen” tree (any tree of any species that is greater than 30” DBH) located anywhere on the property. Regulations for any tree located in the Public Right of Way remain unchanged and residents should contact the city with any issues or concerns related to these trees.

If capital improvements are to be made to a property which will require a Building Permit, a tree permit and associated landscape plan will need to be submitted as part of the process, indicating trees which are to be removed regardless of location on the property and any mitigation plans as appropriate.

The Tree Preservation Article is intended to ensure that the City of Southport maintains a minimum of 40% tree canopy cover which in addition to tremendous ecological benefits, also provides significant economic benefits in the form of increased property values and reduced power consumption; every Southport resident benefits from being good stewards of our urban forest.

The entire Tree Preservation article can be viewed on the City of Southport web site on the Planning and Inspections page, or a copy can be obtained from the City Planning Department.

Specific questions can be directed to the Planning Department at 910-457-7925. In addition, all Southport citizens are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the Southport Forestry Committee, which are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 5 PM at the Nash Street Fire Substation.

The City of Southport would like your opinion.

  • What types of recreational uses do you feel are best suited for the Taylor Field property?
  • Are there certain recreational uses you would prefer to see on the property?
  • Are there certain recreational uses that you would prefer NOT to see on the property?
  • Other Comments:

Please click here to fill out the Taylor Field Questionnaire and return to:


Email to: Taylor Field Questionnaire


City of Southport
1029 N. Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461
Attn: Taylor Field Questionnaire


Information on Brunswick County Public Utilities Drinking Water

SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FEE REPORT under discussion by the Board of Aldermen.

Click here for a copy of the System Capacity Fee Report 



The City dock remains closed after the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. All plans, repairs, and/or construction to the City dock will have to be approved by the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management and/or the Army Corp of Engineers. We are working closely with these agencies to develop a plan to rebuild it and reopen it as soon as possible. For more information contact City Hall at (910)457-7900. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you are interested in viewing the presentation to Commissioners regarding water sampling and treatment options, please click here.

The Southport DMV Office will be closed during June, July and August and will reopen in September with their regular schedule.

NC DMV office is located at the Fire Department Substation, 111 E. Nash Street, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of each month from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Driver’s License
New drivers must take written, vision, sign and road tests. Bring a certified copy of birth certificate and one other official document showing your age. Out-of-state drivers must take written, vision and sign tests, and possibly a road test, and surrender their old licenses. Proof of liability insurance DL 123 is required for any first time licenses in North Carolina or anyone renewing his license who has had a traffic conviction within the past four years.

Shallotte DMV Office
5300 Main Street
Shallotte, NC 28470
(910) 754-4591 (Registration)
(910) 754-5114 (Drivers License)

For customers  applying for a NC driver’s license or transferring Out-of-State Driver’s License (OSDL), needs to have the following documents:

  • Two forms governmental of ID’s
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of insurance

For customer applying for NC identification card (ID) needs to have the following documents:

  • Two forms governmental of ID’s
  • Proof of residency

For customers requesting a duplicate of DL or ID card need NOT to have those documents, because they are already in the NC DMV data base.