Clean County Coalition Requests Port Zoning Change

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A week after Governor Perdue announced PCS Phosphate had abandoned its plans to build a controversial sulfur melting plant at the state port in Morehead City- a group that opposed the plant, the Clean County Coalition, hopes to change some of the language in the city's industrial zoning ordinance.

The current zoning ordinance of the Port Industrial District reads: "The purpose of this district shall be to provide and protect areas for those which would offend the community."' In a letter addressed to members of the Morehead City Council, the Clean County Coalition asks the wording of the zoning ordinance to be changed to only allow permitted uses that are compatible with port functions and the surrounding areas.

Morehead City Mayor Jerry Jones says the town can rewrite the zoning ordinance, even though it's a state port.

"Since times change we have to adapt with those changes, so we'll review our ordinances and if we do see a need to modify them we'll act accordingly," said Mayor Jones.

Mayor Jones says it's too soon to comment on what specifics could be changed in the language. He says changing the wording of the industrial zoning ordinance would affect all properties in the municipality that fall under the IP Port Industrial District.

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  • by to Nauti1 on Aug 2, 2011 at 09:04 PM
    Perhaps if you stayed in school and got an edge-u- catin, you would not have to rely on an industry that will pull out in 20 years after they rape and pillage the coast.
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      by nauti1 on Aug 3, 2011 at 02:33 PM in reply to to Nauti1
      oops I made a typo. I happen to have two degrees. People like you are the ones that push to have nothing. There are many coastal towns that have found a happy medium between tourism and industry. I have been considering moving back to the coast but people like you with close minds are one reason I choose not to right now.
  • by S Location: ENC on Aug 2, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    Guarantee you that PCS will now build its plant in good ole Beaufort County,where they can get away with anything & they have already polluted the Pamlico...
  • by nauti1 Location: washington on Aug 2, 2011 at 06:41 PM
    You folks down there are really trying your best to keep any businesses away. The tourist can not sustain the economy down there without industry. That has been a port since before I was born in 71. Thats ok though en the tourist and industry leave I can buy your house dirt cheap. haha
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      by Wrongo Bongo on Aug 3, 2011 at 03:52 AM in reply to nauti1
      As far as industries go, tourism isn't as bad as some. Look at Hawaii, for example, which amongst the lowest unemployment in the country. But you're right about Carteret county needing to diversify. There are -clean- industries out there, Duke and the state run marine labs which both pay their employees well. There's also other high tech industries (such as computer software, etc.) which could move here and have almost zero impact on the environment and also pay well. Also don't forget about that $90 million grant for offshore wind turbines that NC recently received. Would be great if some of the folks who built fiberglass boats (and are now unemployed) could get jobs building wind turbines. Then there's also agriculture. There are lots of industries out there besides those that pollute our water, land and air and that's what we should be trying to attract to our coast.

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