Prime Coastal Location

Southport offers easy access to major highways, airports and ports for quick commutes or fun day trips.

Thriving Business Community

Southport’s Economic Development team works closely with local businesses to support their success.

Visit and Stay in Southport

Restaurants, bed and breakfasts and plenty of attractions make Southport the perfect vacation destination.

Welcome to Southport,

The Home of Salubrious* Breezes

Southport is located on the coast in Southeastern North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. We’re known for our stunning scenery, our history, the maritime heritage of our forebears, and the salubrious breezes that cast a calm and welcoming ambience over the residents and visitors of our little slice of heaven.

*salubrious (suh-lube-ree-us) adj: favorable to or promoting health or well-being.


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Citizens as of
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TV Shows and
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225 Years

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Southport North Carolina

Southport has so much to offer for both visitors and residents alike. Following is just a partial list of things to do as noted on Trip Advisor® for 2017.

  1. Southport Pier and Riverwalk
  2. Southport Fort Fisher Ferry
  3. North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
  4. Kayaking and Canoeing at Southport
  5. Fort Johnston, Southport Museum and Visitors Center
  6. Sunset Boat Cruise / Boat Tours from Southport
  7. Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in Southport
  8. Southport Marina Boating and Fishing at Southport
  9. Franklin Square Gallery / Local Artists
  10. Old Brunswick County Jail Museum
  11. Sightseeing Tours of Southport
  12. Gift & Specialty Shops (13 in all)

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Public Notices & Latest News

Southport declares State of Emergency

PROCLAMATION STATE OF EMERGENCY CITY OF SOUTHPORT WHEREAS, the City of Southport Board of Aldermen adopted a State of Emergency Ordinance pursuant to the provisions ofN.C.G.S. 14-288.12 to determine and proclaim the existence of a State…

Brunswick County issues evacuations; shelters to open inland

For immediate release: 9/10/2018 Bolivia, NC – Brunswick County has issued a mandatory evacuation for residents in unincorporated areas who live in low-lying and flood-prone areas or substandard or mobile homes, beginning at daylight (7…

Planning Board Meeting

The public will take notice that the City of Southport Planning Board will meet on Thursday, September 6, 5:00 pm at City Hall for the purpose of holding the first workshop of the UDO Update. The meeting will start Phase 1 of the project. Phase…

Scheduled Fall Cleanup will end September 11, 2018

CITY OF SOUTHPORT FALL CLEANUP SEPTEMBER 2018 Fall Cleanup is for residents inside City Limits Only. Must show proof of residency. Collection Site: Stevens Park, 812 W. 9th Street Monday, 9/10/18 thru Tuesday 9/11/18 7:00A.M. to 5:00P.M. ITEMS…

Public Notice- Sewer System Advisory-UPDATED

The City of Southport,during a heavy rain event, had a sanitary sewer overflow at the manhole in front of the 9th Street Lift Station. The spill started at 2:00 p.m. July 30th and ended at midnight resulting in 50,000 gallons of raw sewage entering…

Public Notice - Joint Land Use Study

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…

Southport Tree Preservation – UDO Article 27

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…

Taylor Field Questionnaire

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…

Information on Brunswick County Public Utilities Drinking Water

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     

Update on City Transient Dock

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.…

Presentation to Commissioners regarding water sampling and treatment options

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

Important DMV Information

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…

American Revolutionary Living History on the Garrison Lawn

American Revolutionary Living History Exhibit July 2  from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn Event of Tryon County Militia of NC

Two neo-Panamax cranes pass Southport

The Port of Wilmington is growing and so are the possibilities. To offer customers the highest level of efficiency, NC Ports will welcome two neo-Panamax cranes. Along with the Authority’s berth enhancement projects, the new cranes will allow…

Southport Day of Service

Success!  Take a look at how nice we look.  Thank you to the 150+ volunteers that helped make Southport beautiful!    

Brick walkway project is completed

The brick walkway in front of the Fort Johnston Garrison House, heading toward the public bathrooms and the parking area on Davis Street, has been rerouted and repaired. Memorial bricks sold by the Southport Historical Society line the walkway.…

1792 Charter Day Commemoration

Mayor J.V. Dove proclaimed December 31, 2017, the 225th Anniversary Day of the Smithville Town Charter in the City of Southport, North Carolina.  In celebration, the Southport Historical Society held a 1792 Charter Day Commemoration in the…

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Upcoming Events

Thu 20

City Offices – CLOSED

September 12 - September 21
Thu 20

CANCELLED-Board of Aldermen Meeting

September 20 @ 6:00 pm
Southport Community Building
223 E. Bay Street
Fri 21

CANCELLED-Southport Friday Night Movies

September 21 @ 8:00 am
Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn
203 E. Bay Street

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