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NC ports being asked to give land for park


WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — The board of directors of the North Carolina State Ports Authority is being asked to consider turning land originally purchased for a new port over to the state.

The board is scheduled to meet in Wilmington on Thursday and hear a presentation from representatives of an environmental group known as Save the Cape.

Earlier this month, the group released a prospectus on creating a park and a bird sanctuary on a 600-acre tract of land near Southport. The proposal suggests turning over the land to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The land was purchased to create a container ship terminal seven years ago but has not been developed.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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