Gov. Cooper Visits Wilmington To View Hurricane Recovery

Mar 26, 2019

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper spent most of today in Wilmington visiting local businesses six months after Hurricane Florence, and speaking at the Wilmington Downtown Inc. Annual Meeting. At a visit to Port City Java on Front Street, the Governor told WHQR he’s impressed with the hurricane recovery here.

“One thing that is remarkable is the resilience of the people here in Wilmington and all over eastern North Carolina. People who are determined to build back smarter and stronger. And I'm really glad to get a chance to visit some of these businesses today. Also plan to head to UNC Wilmington to look at the damage that was done there and to talk with them.”

Governor Roy Cooper says there's still a lot to do, but what was amazing is how quickly people got back on their feet in downtown Wilmington and how fast they opened things up.

Meanwhile Cooper said he’s also closely watching the Supreme Court.

That’s because in Washington today, The high court heard more than two hours of arguments in two cases involving the issue of gerrymandering.

The first case involves North Carolina's heavily Republican congressional map, and the second involves a map drawn by Democrats in Maryland.

Gov. Cooper.

“We're certainly interested in what happens. They're both at the federal case and the state litigation on partisan gerrymandering, that needs to end, people need to pick their elected officials and not the other way around. And we hope that there's a positive conclusion to this case.”

During his time in Wilmington the Governor also visited UNCW, and other businesses in the area.

For WHQR News, I’m Vince Winkel.