On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 29-30, the Southport City Pier will be temporarily closed to reinstall the pier lights.  The pier will reopen Thursday, October 1, 2020.

As long as the weather is good. Spraying will start around 7:30-7:45 at night.

Tuesday, September 22nd Zone 2

Wednesday, September 23rd Zone 1

Thursday, September 24th Zone 2

Additional Southport Mosquito Control Information

Please make arrangements accordingly, especially if you keep bee hives.   Contact Public Services to register your hive, or with questions or concerns.  (910) 457-7935.

 

 

 

Mayor Hatem gives an important reminder about Flu Season and the importance of vaccines.

Mayor’s Transcript:
This is Mayor Joe Pat Hatem, I want to give you an update on Hurricane Isaias or Hurricane I as it will now be referred to: I, for It could have been much worse. There was no loss of life. There was lots of debris. Our waterfront was damaged—roads, sidewalks, bulkheads, and docks. Southport Marina devastated. But we survived and the people of Southport are resilient.

I want to thank the citizens for their cooperation and patience during this time. The city has responded. Public Service Departments and Staff have been outstanding and we are working diligently in City Government on all recovery efforts and this will continue each and every day. Debris removal continues, plans for repairs to our waterfront are being developed and will be implemented, but it is a process that will take time.

Our businesses in Southport are open and Yacht Basin restaurants are also open. And our City has created the “Southport Virtual Merchant Showcase” where restaurants, shops, and summer market vendors are displayed on video, where locals, tourists, and visitors, from anywhere in the state, can view what Southport is doing to promote our local economy and bring business to Southport—responsibly—The Southport Safe Pledge, where shoppers and diners will feel secure in knowing that Southport has taken the measures to decrease the transmission on COVID -19 and that they can shop and dine in a safe and comfortable way.

I want to thank the Department of Tourism and Communication, Randy Jones, Lisa Anderson, and Sharon Venis who created this project. And as always, my thanks to Lisa for Emmy Award Winning Videography.

Hurricane Season is not over, not until November 30th. It reaches its peak on September 10th and Southport knows better than anyone what happened to this quaint fishing village on October 15, 1954. So we remain vigilant and prepared for the next storm should it travel our way.

City of Southport’s Mayor J.P. Hatem, MD, MPH honors all who sacrificed during and after the brutal attack on September 11th, 2001 and shares the poignant story of a young man named Welles Crowther.

Transcript of Mayor’s Remarks

Trees marked with yellow ribbons are not marking trees to be removed. The yellow ribbons on trees throughout the City are to identify trees that have dangerous limbs and hangers damaged from Hurricane Isasias that need to be selectively pruned due to safety concerns.

“Southport is your home for a reason. For most, it was a choice, for others, the gift of a birthright and legacy. Regardless of how we all found our way to Southport and made it our home,” Mayor J.P. Hatem states, “it is my privilege and responsibility as Mayor to help ensure along with the Board of Aldermen and City Staff and Employees, that our coastal city, a crown jewel on the banks of the Cape Fear River, retains the beauty, charm, and quaint fishing village like atmosphere, while facing the challenges of and providing the necessary services for the 21st Century.”

A year ago, we had no idea of the challenges Southport would face.  Today, while facing a global pandemic and recovering from the destructive Hurricane Isaias, Southport remains strong and resilient.

The City of Southport is committed to keeping our community and visitors safe and slowing the spread of the COVID-19.  To recognize the businesses that are making the effort to provide a safe shopping/dining experience, we are proud to premiere the “Southport Virtual Merchant Showcase” on September 4thwww.southportnc.org

All participating business have taken the “Southport Safe Pledge.” This pledge acknowledges that they are committed to helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensuring that customers can shop and dine with confidence by following the health safety protocol based on CDC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services in their businesses. These measures include five “W’s”: “Wash,” “Wear,” “Wait,” “Wipe Down,” and “Worker Protection.”

We need to support our local merchants as they work to overcome not only the challenges of the virus, but the hurricane that further devastated our local economy. We’d love to see everyone come out and enjoy our quaint seaside destination in a safe and responsible way.

Beginning today, up to 50 retail merchants and restaurants that are located within the Southport city limits who take the “Southport Safe Pledge” can sign up to receive a FREE promotional package from the city valued at $3000. This includes a 2-minute video interview, business/product photography, a video listing in the Merchant Showcase, print advertising, and digital promotions through the holiday season. An online “Southport Virtual Merchant Portal,”  is available with all program details, helpful resources, and the online sign-up form. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, August 14th and is limited to the first 50 eligible businesses to apply. SIGN-UP NOW!

Click here for a sneak preview of the Southport Virtual Merchant Showcase !

The new playground for Lowe-White Park has arrived and will be installed, July 24-26th.   Playgrounds are still closed by order of the NC Governor.