Thanksgiving, a truly American Holiday and tradition that does however embody a universal sentiment.

Transcript of Mayor’s remarks.

City office holiday hours:

Close at 12:30 pm, Wednesday, November 25

Closed Thursday, November 26

Closed Friday, November 27

A Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to all!

Join us!

Enjoy the WinterFest Holiday Tea on Saturday, December 5th at 1:00 p.m. on the City’s

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Enjoy! Only $5.00

Reserve your WinterFest Holiday Tea Box today!

Place your order now for your own delicious tea treats created by Side Street Bakery!

Just call Alice at 910-363-4293 no later than Dec. 2nd to reserve yours.

Pick your order at Side Street Bakery on Friday, December 4th to enjoy with us during the WinterFest Holiday Tea on Saturday Dec. 5th!

In the spirit of the holiday season, Mayor Hatem will light the Downtown Christmas Tree.  The difference is, this year, the tree will be lit at Whittler’s Bench and there will be no spectators.

As always, ‘Twas the Night before Christmas” will be read, and the Trinity United Methodist Church children’s choir will serenade us with time-honored Christmas carols.  Delight in a Southport Colonial Christmas at Fort Johnston.

The Southport Tree Lighting Ceremony can be viewed online HERE November 27, 6 p.m. So, cozy up, have some popcorn, make a cup of hot chocolate and join us to share in the joy of the season.

The Southport Police Department is currently accepting applications for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program.  Applications are available on the City of Southport website, by calling the Southport Police Department at 910-457-7911.

While the department would love to help every child with a need, available resources require the need to limit the program to families within the Southport 28461 zip code. The age limit for children will remain at 14 unless there are special circumstances, and these circumstances should be indicated on the application.

As with many programs and events this year, precautions must be taken to protect the children, our citizens, our officers and volunteers. We will not be doing the traditional meet and shop with officers at Walmart as in years past. Gifts will be bought, packaged and identified for each individual child. On December 17th – 19th (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), the gifts will be available for curbside pick-up at the Southport Fire Department Substation located at 111 Nash Street from 10am until 4 pm. Photo identification of the registered parent /guardian is required when collecting the gifts.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 4th and can be dropped off at the Police Department, 1029 N. Howe St. by the registering parent/guardian, or can be submitted from the City website.

Donations are also being accepted and can be dropped off at the Southport Police Department. Please make checks out to Southport Police Department and note “Shop with a Cop” in the memo section.

Mayor Hatem discusses the vision for and challenges of the Southport Yacht Basin.

Transcript of Mayors remarks

October 1, 2020 – The first stage of the replacement of the iconic Southport Weather Tower began today with the removal of the original tower. Parts of the original tower will be used in the new structure and the top portion of the tower will be donated to the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport which is fitting for this remnant to remain on the grounds where it stood for over 100 years.

The next stage will be continued fund raising, many in Southport have already been so generous, and we look forward to the completion of the fund raising efforts.

The Weather Tower project should be completed by early 2021.

For the complete history of the Southport Weather Tower and how you can contribute click here.

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.

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.

“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.