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Work on the Town’s Channel Dredging and Beach Restoration Project continues in an effort to complete as much as possible prior to the deadline of May 1. Dredging in Topsail Creek and portions of New Topsail Inlet are complete and the dredge has moved north towards Queens Grant. Dredging will now focus on areas in Banks Channel identified in the earlier surveys.

Work on the south end of the beach has been completed and efforts are now focused on the north end from Queens Grant towards the town limits. In order to maximize our efforts the focus of the beach repair will be on those areas with the greatest risk of erosion potentially impacting structures. Because the condition of the beach and dunes in the middle of the Town is adequate, work on the beach is shifting from the southern end of the island to Queens Grant and properties north towards the town limits. Moving the dredge and the pipelines is completed and work has started back up. Every effort will be made to cover as much distance as possible prior to the mandated deadline. The attached maps provide an overview of work that is anticipated to be completed barring unforeseen issues.

The objective of the project is to provide protection from storms and erosion to our beachfront properties until our Storm Damage Reduction Project (as part of our 30-Year Beach Management Plan) is underway. The SDR Project is scheduled for late fall /early winter of 2019, and will expand on these efforts creating a new dune structure and widening the existing beach. A community meeting will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 AM at the Town Hall to discuss the upcoming project and to answer your questions. 

For more information on these upcoming projects, please contact us at Town Hall.


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The Beach, Inlet and Sound (BIS) Committee for the Town of Topsail Beach will hold its next Community Forum Meeting on Saturday, May 4th, 10am at Town Hall.  At the forum we will describe the next project in detail, including the scope of work, projected timing and issues that remain to be addressed.

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Efforts continue on the Town’s Channel Dredging and Beach Restoration Project.  The objective of the project is to provide protection from storms and erosion to our beachfront properties until our Storm Damage Reduction (SDR) Project (as part of our 30-Year Beach Management Plan) is underway.  The SDR Project is scheduled for late fall /early winter of 2019, and will expand on these efforts creating a new dune structure and widening the existing beach.  

The current Beach Restoration Project has been modified as a result of several issues impacting the project, including but not limited to a delayed start-up, equipment trouble, weather/water conditions, and CAMA / USACE related design changes.  It now appears we will not receive a requested extension to continue our Beach Restoration Project into May.  This limitation has also limited our ability for total sand placement.  As a result, the focus of the beach repair will be on those areas with the greatest risk of erosion potentially impacting structures.  Because the condition of the beach and dunes in the middle of the Town is adequate, work on the beach will shift from the southern end of the island to Queens Grant and properties north towards the town limits. The updated progress maps on our website highlight these changes.  These modifications, although different from the original plan, still meet the objective of rebuilding the beach to the point of providing greater protection to property from increased erosion resulting from storms or related events until the larger SDR Project can be completed.  A community meeting will be held in early May with more information on the SDR Project. 

Please remember this is a construction process with many elements, including Mother Nature’s involvement.  Our goal continues to be to provide a beach that serves our community’s needs for enjoyment and protection.

Look for additional progress maps and updates on our website as the work continues.  For more information on these upcoming projects, please contact us at Town Hall.

CHANNEL DREDGING AND BEACH RESTORATION UPDATED MAPS


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The Town of Topsail Beach, in cooperation with the NC Department of Transportation, is looking for volunteers for a Town wide Spring litter sweep.

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NCDOT to Inspect New Surf City Bridge
Lane closures expected with inspection

SURF CITY – The N.C. Department of Transportation will inspect the new Surf City Bridge next week.

During the inspection, which will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 through April 3, NCDOT will intermittently close a lane, while keeping one lane open for traffic at all times.

Drivers are urged to use caution and slow down as they approach the lane closure.

The Surf City Bridge opened ahead of schedule late last year. All new bridges must be inspected after they’re complete. This inspection will set a guide for future inspections.

The new 65-foot-high Surf City Bridge represents an improvement over the old swing bridge it replaces, as the swing bridge forced motorists to wait numerous times each day so the bridge could be opened to allow boats to pass. Traffic now can move continuously over the bridge as boats pass underneath.


For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

 

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The current beach nourishment project is in full swing and is progressing north towards the Town Line.  As the beach work is completed in your area, you may begin thinking about repairing your beach access and stairs.  Please keep in mind that you will need CAMA authorization and a building permit from the Town before the repairs are made. 

Attached is the Private Beach Access Crossover ordinance which details the guidelines and regulations for new and repaired beach accesses, as well as the building permit application.  The Town’s CAMA Representative is Jason Dail. He can be reached at 910-796-7221 or Jason.Dail@ncdenr.gov

Please contact Town Hall if you have questions or need assistance.

2019-002 PRIVATE BEACH CROSSOVER ORDINANCE

BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION

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In an effort to continue to keep our residents and property owners informed about the Town's recovery efforts after Hurricane Florence and additional information such as current events, the Town is releasing a monthly "Topsail Beach News & Notes".  As more information becomes available throughout the month, additional updates to the newsletter will be released.  You may read the newsletter by clicking the newsletter link on our homepage www.topsailbeach.org or by clicking the following link:

 

TOPSAIL BEACH NEWS & NOTES FEBRUARY 2019

 

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Please be aware that permit fees for hurricane related repairs will no longer be waived as of February 1st.  Please contact the Town Planner or Building Inspector if you have questions.  

Linda Vescovi – planner@topsailbeach.org  910-328-5841  
William Rivenbark – inspections@topsailbeach.org 910-328-5841

 

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As we continue to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Florence, many of us have questions about the proper procedures for repairing our beach walkways or piers.  The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and CAMA have a “CAMA Handbook for Development” that is very helpful in understanding the rules and requirements for your project.  The handbook will help answer many of your questions, with Section 4 being particularly useful. Town staff is always willing to help as well.


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The Town of Topsail Beach has sent out our tax notices.  Please remember taxes are due upon receipt.  However, no penalties will be assessed until after January 7, 2019.  If you did not receive your tax notice or would like to know your taxes earlier, please use the following 2018 Tax Digest to locate your tax bills.  Please include the bill number associated with your account on any payments to ensure proper placement of your payment.

2018 TAX DIGEST


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Beach Driving Permits will not be available until further notice due to debris on the beach from Hurricane Florence.

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Recently, a drone videographer (Joe Niegocki) took an aerial video of New Topsail Inlet at low tide and posted the video on YouTube.  The Town though it would be helpful to share with our residents and visitors that may be boating in the area and encourage people to be mindful of the buoy markers in the channel.  Please click the following link to see the video:

Topsail Inlet 4/30/2018

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The US Army Corp of Engineers has published it's most recent survey for Topsail Inlet & Creek.  Please click the following link to view this most recent survey:

TOPSAIL INLET & CREEK

For a complete list of Wilmington area surveys please click the following link:

WILMINGTON AREA


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