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Old 06-17-2006, 11:56 AM
 
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We are seriously considering a move to Southport or Oak Island, NC. Is there a network of physicians there? In Wilmington, can we get to a doctor's office without much hassle? I guess that's a segue into the traffic situation in Wilmington. How much work and time is involved in taking the ferry into Wilmington and, once there, is getting anywhere in Wilmington a time-consuming project? All comments welcome. Although we're from Jersey, we are now in a rural area where getting to places is relatively easy.
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Old 06-17-2006, 04:46 PM
 
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I'm sure there's one or two physicians in Southport...especially with all the people retiring there! There's also a hospital there in Brunswick County (near Bolivia or Supply I think) so you wouldn't need to always go to Wilmington. Probably would for specialists, etc, but plenty of generic care right there in Brunswick county that's closer.
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Old 06-17-2006, 06:24 PM
 
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Dosher Hospital is in Southport and has very up to date equipment and services. Brunswick Hospital is towards Shallotte. Lots of doctors in the area.
It would be quicker to drive to Wilmington than to take the ferry and then have to drive up Pleasure Island. I love that area--have vacationed there yearly since 1989. Traffic in Wilmington is heavy; on Oak Island what they call heavy traffic in the summer is NOTHING!! Luck you moving there.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:12 PM
 
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Thank you poodlecamper. Your info is very helpful.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:12 PM
 
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Thank yuo RaleighRob. Your info is very helpful.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:18 PM
 
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I love Southport and Oak Island. (Lived there for several years as a child and visit when I can.) I like Wilmington (especially downtown and the waterfront), but the traffic can be bad. If I were in your shoes and found it possible, I would live and work in Southport and only go to Wilmington for shopping or dining or whatever.
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Old 06-17-2006, 09:58 PM
 
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Niki,
Thanx for your info. Yes, that's out plan. to go to wilmington as little as possible. but here in jersey we're used to going to alot of places reasonably close, for any variety of reasons. there's so much here. i'm wondering if i'll get antsy in southport or oak is., even tho i love the friendly lay back feel that we have when we're there. is it quicker to take the ferry or drive to wilmington from southport? thanx again.
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Old 06-18-2006, 12:33 PM
 
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I think it's probably quicker to drive. The ferry ride to Ft. Fisher is about 30 minutes, then you have to drive through Ft. Fisher, Kure Beach and Carolina Beach, then cross the bridge and continue on to Wilmington. It's a pretty ferry crossing (I love it) and a pretty drive on the island, but you wouldn't want to go that way if you were in a hurry.

You could live in Boiling Spring Lakes (between Wilmington and Southport) and then not have to drive as far to Wilmington. Which isn't really that far anyway, in my opinion. You'd be closer to Southport than Wilmington and away from the water. There are many lakes in Boiling Spring Lakes though. Leland is beyond Boiling Spring Lakes and closer to Wilmington. I think it's about a 30-45 minute drive to Wilmington from Southport, depending on how fast you drive.
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:27 PM
 
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Niki,
Thanks again for pulling through for me. I know the areas you're speaking of. We were there last summmer, so I have a good idea of the layout. I did'nt know the ferry was such a long ride. So, with the ferry time, would it be like an hour+ from the time I went to the loading area at southport until i arrived in the city of wilmington? Thanks again for your help. Most appreciated.
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:34 AM
 
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Yeah, probably about an hour or more. How long it takes you once getting off the ferry would depend on traffic, of course.
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