“In person” Golf Cart registrations have been suspended due to COVID-19, so we are putting the following process in place to serve you.

If you currently have a registered golf cart and need to renew your sticker, you may now print the online form,  Golf Cart Registration Form, and mail it in, along with your payment of $25.00, to City Hall. Your new sticker will be mailed to you once your payment has been processed.

If you have a NEW golf cart or have never had yours inspected, you’ll need to call our office 910-457-7911 to schedule an appointment. 

Southport City Hall, 1029 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461

If you do not currently have a registration sticker and would like to get one or you have any questions, please call 910-457-7911 to arrange for an appointment for an inspection.


May 29, 2020 – Community Update with Mayor Hatem: Southport Weather Tower

February 7, 2020 – As storms ravished the North Carolina coast, 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 Tower, fondly known by locals as “The Weather Tower” will be missed by many.

Mayor Hatem was on location early in the morning, “An iconic Southport historic relic that has been part of our lives for as long as we can remember, was severely damaged last night during the storm.  It is important to our citizens and to our city that the weather tower of Mrs. Jessie Taylor be preserved.  I have asked the City Manager, Mr. Bruce Oakley, to contact a structural engineer to give us our options.”

Early this morning Police Chief Todd Coring protected the site, “Officers secured and folded the flag, then shut power off to the structure.”  He requested visitors to “please avoid the area as assessments and removal efforts begin.”

“This is an important restoration project for the City, and we must salvage our heritage. There will need to be private funds involved and this process is already underway. For now, anyone who would like to donate may deliver a check to City Hall marked for “Weather Tower Restoration Fund,” stated Mayor Hatem.

The playground and swings at Lowe-White Park have been removed.  A new playground structure has been ordered and will be installed in 4-6 weeks.

The SOIICF Food Pantry is OPEN and eager to serve folks in need during this difficult time.  The pantry is located at 249 W. Boiling Spring Road  in Boiling Spring Lakes and serves those who live in Southport, Oak Island, BSL, Sunset Harbor and Winnabow (zip codes: 28461, 28465, 28422, 28479).  The pantry is open on Tuesday 9-11:30 am; Thursday 5-7:00 pm and Saturday 9-11:30 am.  No appointments are necessary, but you will need to provide identification.  Each individual or family is eligible to receive food every 14 days.  Procedures are in place to ensure the health and safety of  customers and volunteers and a wide variety of items are available.  You may call 910-645-2320 during the hours stated above if you have questions.

Southport Mayor Joseph Hatem and the Board of Aldermen announced Thursday that Gordon C. Hargrove will serve as the new Southport City Manager.

Mr. Hargrove considers himself, “a visionary leader who thinks strategically, continuously looking over the horizon to anticipate problems and taking appropriate action so issues do not develop into significant problems.”

Gordon C. Hargrove has extensive management experience and has developed a strong skillset in all local government practices to include strong fiscal management and budget development, daily operational management, planning, grant writing, and project management. Additionally, he has achieved a high level of success with both the federal and state FEMA disaster recovery process. These skills, combined with his reputation and ability for delivering results, have allowed him to develop a positive relationship with the community, the elected Board, and staff.

“In my discussion with Mr. Hargrove during his interview, he displayed a passion for personal and professional development.  Mr. Hargrove wanted to be a City Manager, wanted to be in Southport, he did not give up on those goals and he will never give up on his endeavor in serving the city and its citizens,” said Mayor Hatem.  “I look forward to working with him and will do everything that I can to ensure his success.”

Gordon C. Hargrove is a diverse, public-sector professional with hands-on experience in local and state government administration.  His experience includes over thirty years of progressive responsibility in university administration, private sector, and local government management with a strong ability to achieve organizational goals while building relationships. Most recently, he held the position of Town Manager for the Town of Lake Waccamaw, Lake Waccamaw, NC.

Current Interim City Manager, Chris May states, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Hargrove since he moved to Lake Waccamaw and have been very impressed with his managerial and personnel skills. He adeptly guided Lake Waccamaw through Hurricanes FLORENCE and DORIAN aftermaths securing over 100% of available FEMA funds and earning their accolades. For over 21 years he owned and managed his own business before going back to school to receive his MPA from NCSU, graduating WITH HONORS. Everywhere he has been, he has left in better shape than when he arrived. He is a hard- working, no nonsense get it done kind of guy. I believe the citizens and staff will find him both honest and trustworthy. During the interviews when asked who the most important person was in town, he replied the citizens. When asked about inside the City Hall, he replied everyone is equal and what everyone does is important.”

Gordon Hargrove received a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, in 2018; a Certificate in Municipal and County Administration from the University of North Carolina School of Government, Chapel Hill, NC, in April 2020; and received his Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, in 1984, majoring in Political Science.

Hargrove’s first day at work will be June 11, 2020. Meanwhile, he will shadow Interim Manager May throughout the month to “learn the ropes.”

The two uninhabited islands we see from our water front looking towards Bald Head Island are Striking Island and Battery Island. Both small islands are part of the 19 Audubon bird sanctuary islands located along the NC coast. They are not recreation areas for people. Some boaters and kayakers may think it is acceptable to land on the islands. This is not the case. People should not land on the islands and walk around.

Coastal birds need particular habitat to nest. These sanctuary islands provide that habitat and specifically prohibit human use so the habitat is intact and safe for birds. Birds that nest on sanctuary islands include White Ibis, Brown Pelican, Oystercatcher and Terns.

Audubon biologist and sanctuary manager Lindsay Addison, advises you see people on the islands, to call NC WRC law enforcement: 800-662-7137. As the island’s manager and bird monitor, Lindsay can affirm that there is no place people can land, even below mean high water, where they would not be disturbing nesting birds.

If citizens have questions or concerns about wildlife it is also ok to contact our Animal Welfare Officer Kate Marshall at City Hall 910-457-7900 or 910 477-1486. She is very educated about wildlife and is responsible for all animal welfare in Southport.

Virtual Field Trip details:

· What: Virtual Field Trip: Spring Bird Celebration

· When: 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 18

· Who: Audubon North Carolina and you!

· Where: Facebook Live, at facebook.com/audubonnc.

Mountains: Director of Conservation Curtis Smalling shows us singing songbirds in wetlands near Boone.

Piedmont: Director of Engagement Kim Brand gives us an up-close look at the birds nesting in her backyard, from Carolina Wrens to Barred Owls.

Coast: Coastal Biologist Lindsay Addison takes us on a tour of nesting pelicans in the Cape Fear River near Wilmington.