Project Purpose

The City of Southport was deeded 4.72 acres, formerly known as Taylor field, to be used for recreation purposes only for the City of Southport.  The City has always been a small, pedestrian city with a vibrant community looking for ways to stay active and outdoors.  The City applied for and was granted PARTF funding for Phase 1 in the construction on the park.  The proposed design includes an accessible (0.3) miles of paved walking trail, multi-use open space, picnic area, exercise/fitness stations, fenced large and small dog play area, seating, parking, decorative lighting, landscaping, and connectivity to the waterfront area and another local park, Lowe/White Park.  This park will provide much needed amenities and connectivity to Historic downtown Southport and the Cape Fear River.

Scope of Work

The City of Southport desires to engage a qualified Professional Landscape Architecture and Engineering Firm to provide design and construction administration services for the Taylor Field Park Project Phase 1.

Please read the REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL here.



The firm shall submit (4) copies for their proposal in a sealed envelope along with one digital version of the proposal (in PDF format) in the submission to the city.  The electronic copy shall be included in the proposal package as a CD or USB flash drive with the firm’s name and the RFP name clearly marked no later than 5:00PM Eastern Standard Time Friday, August 21,2020.  Submittals may be mailed, or hand delivered.  Any submittal received after the deadline by any delivery method will not be considered or evaluated.

The Proposal package should be enclosed in a sealed envelope and delivered via either of the following methods:

By Mail:

City of Southport Parks & Recreation Department
1029 North Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461
Attention:  Heather Hemphill
Re:  Taylor Field RFP

Hand Delivery:

Southport City Hall
1029 North Howe Street
Southport, NC 28461
Attention:  Heather Hemphill
Re:  Taylor Field RFP


Aug 6, 2020 Mayor Hatem provides an update on COVID-19 and how Southport will continue to move forward to reduce the spread of the virus in our community. He also announces the new free “Southport Safe” promotional program to help local merchants and restaurants in this difficult time.

Transcript of Mayor’s Remarks

Overview of the Southport Virtual Merchant Showcase 

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 !

Fire Chief Charles A Drew
Incident Commander
Emergency Operations Center
City of Southport
August 5, 2020, 6:00 pm – The City of Southport remains under a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Isaias. Much progress has been made today with damage assessments, road clearing, electric restorations, and securing damages to our infrastructure. The Waterfront from Atlantic and Bay to the Southport Marina remain closed, this includes Bay Street, Brunswick Street, Yacht Basin Drive, and Short Street. This is due to extensive damages. Citizens living and workers/employees in this area are permitted. There are 291 Electric customers without power, crews are still working to restore, and we remain hopeful.

Citizens are urged to clear their yards of debris and separate it at the curb to be picked up later.
The Emergency Operations Center remains staffed, and citizens may call with questions or concerns at 910-457-7915.
August 5, 2020, 11:00 am – The City of Southport continues to be under a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Isaias.  The curfew will be discontinued at 12 noon today, August 05, 2020.  The Waterfront area to include, East Bay Street and Atlantic Avenue through Bay Street, Brunswick Street, Yacht Basin Drive, and Short Street to the Southport Marina remains closed until further notice.  The Waterfront area suffered infrastructure damages, and is not safe or secure.  For your safety, please respect the barricades.

Debris removal is being coordinated by our Public Works Department.  Residents are encouraged to place separated yard debris at the curbside for pick up at a later time.  Waste Industries will be picking up regular garbage on this Saturday, August 08, 2020.

Electric Crews are working to restore power to our customers.  The main feeder line was restored yesterday.  The crews are working by circuit in the city.  There is significant damages to different circuits and they have crews working on each circuit to restore power.  The city is hopeful that more customers will be restored through out the day.  A charging station for phones, and other electronic devices can be brought to the lobby of Fire Headquarters at 1011 North Howe Street to be charged.

The Southport Emergency Operations Center continues to be staffed by personnel fielding questions and assisting our citizens.  If you have issues, concerns, or questions feel free to call 910-457-7915.  Please stay safe and be patient.

The Board of Aldermen will be accepting applications for the Planning Board for one (1) City alternate seat and two (2) ETJ appointment seats.  Anyone interested in applying, please send your application that can be found here, or picked up at City Hall, 1029 N. Howe Street.  Please call Tanya Shannon, Deputy Clerk at (910) 457- 7929 if you have any questions.




The public will take notice that the City of Southport Zoning Board of Adjustment will
meet on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm at the Southport Community Building,
located at 223 E. Bay Street for the purpose of holding an evidentiary quasi-judicial
hearing on:

CUP 20-0616-01
Conditional Use Permit for an Accessory Dwelling, 207 N Caswell Avenue, requested
by Randolph & Lynn Meekings

CUP 20-0619-01
Conditional Use Permit for an Accessory Dwelling, 414 N. Burrington Avenue,
Requested by Maria Horton

If there are any questions on this matter, please contact the City Planner Thomas Lloyd
at 910-457-7961 or tlloyd@cityofsouthport.com

The City of Southport does not discriminate on the basis of disability If you need an
auxiliary aid or service or other accommodation in order to attend or fully participate at
this meeting, please contact the Clerk’s office as far in advance of the meeting as is
possible so that your request can be considered

Thomas Lloyd
City Planner

The City of Southport is in the recovery mode from Hurricane Isaias. Our damage assessment teams are out doing surveys. Many roads are blocked by down power lines, poles, and trees. Brunswick Electric is working to restore power. The Waterfront area received extensive damage, and the Southport Marina is closed due to damage assessment. The City remains under a curfew,until 7pm,
and we urge citizens to stay off the roads, due to safety concerns. The Emergency Operations Center is still activated, and calls and concerns can be handled by calling 910-457-7915.
Chief Charles A Drew
Incident Commander
Emergency Operations Center
City of Southport
All residential services for Tuesday, August 4th have been suspended due to the impact of last night’s Hurricane in local area neighborhoods and roads. If your service day was today, then you will be serviced this coming Saturday, August 8th.

The rest of the week will be on schedule as normal. We apologize for this inconvenience, but as always safety is our #1 priority.

The City of Southport has declared a State of Emergency effective at 9am, Monday, August 03, 2020 in regard to the approaching Tropical Storm Isaias. With this declaration, a curfew has been instituted at 6pm, Monday, August 03, 2020 for the entire City of Southport. At 3pm, Monday August 03, 2020 Bay Street, Brunswick Street, and Yacht Basin Drive will be closed from Kingsley Park to the Southport Marina, and all City Parks and Offices as well.

The current track of Tropical Storm Isaias makes landfall early Tuesday Morning August 04, 2020 near Calabash, NC. This means that the Southport Area will experience the strongest part of the storm. Some strengthening has been forecast, and that is the reason that our area is currently under a HURRICANE WARNING. Your emergency plans should be set and in place at this point. Tropical Storm force winds and heavy rains will begin around 6pm today.

The City of Southport will have a partial activation of their Emergency Operations Center beginning at 4pm today. If you have questions, or concerns you may call 910-457-7915. If you have an emergency, please dial 911. Thank you and Stay Safe.

Southport State of Emergency Aug 3, 2020