“Southport is your home for a reason. For most, it was a choice, for others, the gift of a birthright and legacy. Regardless of how we all found our way to Southport and made it our home,” Mayor J.P. Hatem states, “it is my privilege and responsibility as Mayor to help ensure along with the Board of Aldermen and City Staff and Employees, that our coastal city, a crown jewel on the banks of the Cape Fear River, retains the beauty, charm, and quaint fishing village like atmosphere, while facing the challenges of and providing the necessary services for the 21st Century.”

A year ago, we had no idea of the challenges Southport would face.  Today, while facing a global pandemic and recovering from the destructive Hurricane Isaias, Southport remains strong and resilient.

The City of Southport is committed to keeping our community and visitors safe and slowing the spread of the COVID-19.  To recognize the businesses that are making the effort to provide a safe shopping/dining experience, we are proud to premiere the “Southport Virtual Merchant Showcase” on September 4thwww.cityofsouthport.com

All participating business have taken the “Southport Safe Pledge.” This pledge acknowledges that they are committed to helping prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensuring that customers can shop and dine with confidence by following the health safety protocol based on CDC and the NC Department of Health and Human Services in their businesses. These measures include five “W’s”: “Wash,” “Wear,” “Wait,” “Wipe Down,” and “Worker Protection.”

We need to support our local merchants as they work to overcome not only the challenges of the virus, but the hurricane that further devastated our local economy. We’d love to see everyone come out and enjoy our quaint seaside destination in a safe and responsible way.