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State Hosts Meeting on Maritime Strategy

By Michelle Bliss & AP wire reports

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Wilmington, NC – The public meeting on the North Carolina Maritime Strategy is Tuesday at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington. The open house runs from 4-to-6 pm, followed by the public comment period from 6-to-8 pm.

The state is holding public meetings to gather input on its wide-ranging, $1.7 million port study known as the North Carolina Maritime Strategy. WHQR's Michelle Bliss reports that Department of Transportation officials are holding a public meeting in Wilmington Tuesday to discuss their findings so far.

Transportation Secretary Gene Conti says the study will consider different scenarios for using state ports to create jobs and improve port business. Options being explored include a proposed megaport in Brunswick County, along with other possibilities, such as whether the state should modernize the existing ports in Wilmington and Morehead City.

Supporters of the deepwater port say they hope this study will lead to a feasibility study of the proposed megaport. Opponents say they fear it will be just another costly study used to justify a megaport.

Tuesday's meeting will include an open house with DOT staff and consultants on hand to answer questions and display information. The open house will be followed by a short presentation and public comment period.

Learn more about the NC Maritime Strategy.

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