Planning for a North Carolina cargo terminal able to host a coming generation of super-sized ocean vessels has been delayed in the face of opposition.
The North Carolina State Ports Authority said Wednesday it was putting on hold the proposed $2 billion freight terminal in Southport. Multiple media organizations reported that the authority was bowing to concerns of local residents.
Authority spokeswomen did not return calls to The Associated Press seeking comment. The authority now operates ports at Wilmington and Morehead City.
The announcement comes three weeks after the authority hoped to press ahead despite lack of funding from state lawmakers for a $10 million feasibility study and opposition from U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who represents the area.