Under the Dome

Southport Marina deal struck

The company that has been leasing the Southpoint Marina in Brunswick County has reached an agreement to buy the 46-acre property from the N.C. Ports Authority.

The Council of State is scheduled to vote on the agreement at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, and approve the $5.25 million price.

The sale is part of the state’s efforts to shed “non-core” assets, according to the council’s agenda material. The property was listed for sale in January.

Only the current tenant, Southport Marina Inc., made an offer, and the final price was negotiated, according to the council.

The marina was in the news several years ago, when an ethics complaint raised questions about whether then-Gov. Mike Easley helped political supporters win a lease for the property. The complaint was dismissed.