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
Movies Filmed Here

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

Community Video Update from Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH

April 7, 2020 -   Watch the Video Update from Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH Transcript of Video  "Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering"

April 9th Board of Aldermen Meeting

April 9th Board of Aldermen Meeting * Board of Aldermen meeting will be held at Community Building, 223 E. Bay Street, at regular time - 6:00 p.m. * Meeting will be closed to public “in person” attendance in accordance with Governor’s…

Governor Cooper has issued a stay at home order, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020

March 27, 2020 – Governor Cooper has issued a stay at home order, beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Read the complete unabridged order. Executive Order No. 121

Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant, Wednesday, April 8

Duke Energy and county officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant A five to 30 second test is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8. Additional siren tests to be conducted in late April No public…


 REVISED PROCLAMATION BY MAYOR DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT   THAT WHEREAS, due to the COVID-19 Virus and in order to maintain and protect the public health of the citizens and residents of  Southport,  on March…

United States Census 2020, Census Chief Gives Headcount Update Amid Coronavirus Activity

2020 Census field operations are suspended for two weeks in caution over COVID-19, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham  said on Wednesday. In the meantime, the agency is strongly encouraging members of the public to go ahead and respond…

Coronavirus Impacts on Brunswick County Schools

3/23/2020: (this information supersedes previous updates) Per Governor Cooper, all public schools will be closed to students as instructional settings through May 15, 2020. We will have additional information for students and…

Dosher Urgent Care to Become Dedicated COVID-19 Screening Clinic

Dosher is closely monitoring developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Dosher has released the following guidelines in an effort to protect our community, patients, and staff: If you are experiencing a fever, respiratory…

City of Southport Closes all City Buildings

All City of Southport Buildings will be closed Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.  Phone lines will remain open during normal business hours.  Payments can be placed in the City Hall mailbox.


THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020 PLANNING BOARD MEETING IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE In accordance with the CDC and its guidelines (regarding COVID-19) for large events and mass gatherings, the CDC recommends that until further notice, organizers…

Special Called BOA Meeting

Special Called BOA Meeting, Thursday, March 19, at 2 PM, Southport Community Building Mayor Hatem has called a special emergency meeting of the BOA to address COVID-19 response by the City. The meeting will be at the Community Building and…

Southport Parks and Recreation Before and After School Program will be closed

The City of Southport Parks and Recreation Before and After School Program will follow the Brunswick County School schedule and will be closed until March 30, 2020 COVID-19: Colleges, Universities, Schools and Childcare Facilities

Coronavirus Impacts on Brunswick County Schools

3/14/2020 UPDATE: In following the guidance of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Brunswick County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th, until March 30th, 2020. Monday, March 16th will be an optional workday for…

Southport Mayor Joseph P. Hatem, MD, MPH issues public health statement.

Please click here for the most up to date Southport information. Brunswick County taking proactive steps to prepare for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) A potential global pandemic of the Coronavirus is a public health challenge for many countries…


CITY OF SOUTHPORT SPRING CLEAN UP 2020 Monday, April 13th thru Friday, April 17th from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Spring Cleanup is for residents inside City Limits Only. Must show proof of residency. Collection Site: TAYLOR FIELD - E. Nash…

City Announces Fire Hydrant Testing

The Southport Fire Department will be testing fire hydrants during the next few weeks. You may experience cloudy or discolored water. The water is still safe to use.

Agenda for the March 12, 2020 Board of Aldermen Meeting

Board of Aldermen Meeting March 12 @ 6:00 pm The City of Southport Board of Aldermen meet once a month on the second Thursday of every month.  The meeting is held in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay Street at 6 p.m. Meetings…

Southport Board of Aldermen are now accepting applications

The Southport Board of Aldermen are now accepting applications from interested persons for the following appointed committees: Beautification Committee Forestry Committee Please submit applications by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20,…


ABC BOARD VACANCY There is a vacancy on the Southport Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The main function of this Board is to oversee the operation of the local ABC Board. This is a three member Board with terms of three (3) years. Members…

Information on the testing process for dealing with water quality

The information in the link below shows that the contaminants that are in the water currently are being addressed and are able to be filtered out with reverse osmosis. Our drinking water is bought from Brunswick county and they are in the process…

Southport Receives Golden LEAF Disaster Recovery Open Grant

Southport Receives Golden LEAF Disaster Recovery Open Grant Recently, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors voted to invest in 13 Disaster Recovery projects, totaling $3.5 million to serve communities affected by Hurricane Florence. The North…

New Construction

New Construction Beginning January 1, underground is no longer subsidized by the City of Southport.  Contractors or homeowner’s will be responsible for the fees charged by BEMC for underground. Only existing over head customers pay…

Lowe White Park Playground Equipment Closure

Please be aware that the slide and the monkey bars are temporarily closed for repair in Lowe White Park.  Please do not use this playground equipment until the plywood has been removed.  Thank you  - City of Southport Park and Recreation…

Important DMV Information

NC DMV office is located at the Fire Department Substation, 111 E. Nash Street, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the first full week of May and October from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Beginning in 2020, the mobile DMV will only be in Southport…

Waste Industries merges with GFL Environmental

On November 15, 2018, Waste Industries completed a merger with GFL Environmental. Due to this merger, you may be wondering what you can expect going forward and we have good news! Our fleet will be getting a fresh coat of paint and a new logo,…

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.…

Is my pet at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus?

Is my pet at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, or will my pet infect me? The CDC says that, at present, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats will become a source of infection of COVID-19. Your pet is NOT A RISK to you and…


CITY MANAGER CITY OF SOUTHPORT PUBLIC ADVERTISEMENT The Southport City Manager is the administrative head of City government providing direction and general management for the administration and operation of each department with the City…

Southport Welcomes New Interim Manager

Southport, NC- Southport Mayor Joseph Hatem and the Board of Aldermen announced that Chris May will serve as Interim City Manager while the search process for a new City Manager is underway. “Mr. May's experience and knowledge of city government…

Southport Weather Tower Collapses in Storm

As storms ravished the North Carolina coast last night, an old Southport landmark twisted in the gale force winds and collapsed.  Welcoming visitors for over 100 years on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn, the 1901 US Bureau Coastal Warning Display…

Southport Neighbors 4 Neighbors

Are you having trouble paying your utility bill?  You spoke and your Board of Aldermen listened!  The Board has established a new program, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, to assist residents struggling to pay sewer bills.  If you need assistance,…

New Law Prioritizes State's Native Plants

A new law recently signed by Gov. Roy Cooper requires state transportation officials to give priority to native plant species for roadside landscaping. Cosponsored by Southport Sen. Bill Rabon, the measure was praised by environmental groups…

Ramp Replacement Project to Shut Down Southport Ferry Route Jan. 6

A project to replace the aging cable-counterweight ramp system at the Southport and Fort Fisher ferry terminals will temporarily shut down the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route beginning Jan. 6. Contractors are hoping to complete the project…

Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Questionnaire

The City is partnering with the other communities in Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender Counties to update the multi-jurisdictional Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Updating this plan will help make us less vulnerable to natural disasters.…

NC-Ferry-Plan Questionnaire

The ferry system is developing a Long-Range Plan that will chart a course for sustainability and success. This plan will look 30 years into the future and help craft a vision for the system.  It will consider how the system can better meet…

Tactical Urbanism Southport

AARP and YMCA volunteers are working with the City of Southport, NC, to make busy streets and intersections safer for walking and biking. Check out this video! Please take this short survey and let us know what you think of this proje…

The City of Southport is Offering Free Woodchips

If anyone is in the need of woodchips, you are welcome to help yourself to the pile in Taylor Field. Gates will be open Monday- Friday, 9 am – 4 pm. It is self-serve.

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UPDATE – ABC Board Meeting

April 8 @ 9:00 am
Southport ABC Store
714 N. Howe Street
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