Sulfur Melting Plant Polarizes Two Mayoral Candidates

Early voting is underway for the Nov. 8 election, and two candidates for Morehead City's mayoral race are disagreeing on a hot topic for the city.

Incumbent Mayor Jerry Jones is being challenged by a city council member, David Horton. Jones has been Morehead City's mayor since 1999, and Horton has been on the city council since 2003. The two are publicly sparring over the PCS Phosphate sulfur melting facility project that outraged the Crystal Coast before the company dropped its plans.

Horton told the Carteret News Times that Jones kept Morehead City in the dark about the sulfur project. Jones countered that Horton had the same information he did.

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  • by Dixie Chic Location: MHC on Nov 7, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    SNAKE HUNTER, you are so right on about this matter. this topic always brings in the clamoring of others all around the state. The coming of such a horror to our little town, that depends on tourism as a big part of our income, would be devastated by this putrid, stinking plant. Would I want to go to the beaches, where near by is a toxic sulfur plant, NOT!!! What would become of our yearly Seafood Festival, us mom n pop shops depend on for income? would you literally want to go there, when you are RIGHT BESDIE this sulfur plant? seriously, it would be right beside our waterfront. I pray to pleaseeee let this subject drop and let them go off in the country somewhere, where populations are low, we could not handle all the devastation it would bring to our community, income and health.....
  • by PCSemploysWife Location: washington on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    All the people who are totally against the sulfur plant tanks... Do you realize that sulfur is brought through Morehead all day everyday? Or that this would bring more need jobs to people who need to support their families? The sulfur is going through there even if the new tanks are not there.
  • by Snake hunter on Oct 25, 2011 at 01:40 AM
    @OSNC - So the fact that you live in the same county as the sulfur plant makes you an expert on the subject? I think not. The proposed sulfur handling site will be just FEET away from residential condos and homes, not miles away. Sulfur is toxic, dangerous stuff, just look at the federal standards for handling the stuff. In the event of an accident THOUSANDS of residents would have to be evacuated from their homes and businesses, and who pays for the emergency services there? Not the state or PCS, but the residents of Morehead City. The facility would also use thousands of gallons of water taken from our drinking water supply to minimize the inevitable sulfur dust that results from handing it. Our water is already undrinkable, this would render it unfit for any use. Last but certainly not least, just the sheer mention of sulfur has been enough to drive the local real estate market into a tail spin. PCS is determined to turn Morehead City into a toxic wasteland. Sure, from your living room in Beaufort County, tens of miles away from any industry of any kind, it's a small matter and easy to claim you're an expert and support this nonsense. But for those of us who will live in PCS's PUTRID SULFUR SHADOW it is no small thing.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    Some of you have commented and proved without a doubt, you have no idea what you are posting about. I am sure WITN hasn't got the big story here, cause...its ain't the big story. And to insinuate that they are not a good non polluting neighbor is mushbrained. We don't have any pollution attributed by them in all the years I have lived in Beaufort Co. Yes, I live here, therefore, we would know of anything that happens there. We also would know from the EPA, JNC Wildlife, water gettin the picture here? Our waters are monitored. The facts are, no bad reports. So if you want to falsely accuse them fine, its nonsense. And no, I do not work there but I have plenty of friends that do. This link gives you the link to the original Texasgulf (Gulf Sulfur Company);
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    Build it and they will come !! Sounds like the politicins and money people down there knew all about these plans,now they are all cleaning-up on them! The residents who didn't "clean-up" financially can now work and live in the pollution while the developers and investors move to their country or oceanside retreats ! There you go, if you are in the know you can make some dough ! Go USA !!
  • by Mom Location: NC on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:41 AM
  • by Independent thinker on Oct 24, 2011 at 02:20 AM
    WITN: "Who knew what" about the PCS plan is only half the story. The other half includes all the "secret" meetings held between the Mayor's office, a select few members of the city government, and private industry (including PCS) that were kept from the public. Even the minutes of those meetings were kept in secret. And then there's the $10MILLION tax dollars spent over the past year or so for real estate and new buildings without any public involvement! Keep in mind that Morehead City has a grand total of 8,000 residents! There is so much corruption in Morehead City's local government (and probably the county and state port) that some are calling for the state Attorney General's office to step in and conduct an investigation. This story is much bigger than simply bickering between two candidates which your report implies.

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