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At the Board Meeting Wednesday night, the Commissioners voted to accept the bid from Cottrell Contracting Corporation to complete the planned Channel Dredging and Dune Restoration Project.  The proposed project includes dredging Topsail Creek and some areas of shoaling in Banks Channel that will improve boating access and safety for our recreational boaters and commercial vessels.  In addition, the beneficial sand removed as part of the dredging will be used to help repair the dunes damaged from the storm. The project will help get our dunes back to pre-Florence levels.

Work on this project is already underway!  The contractor has begun mobilizing and the dredge has arrived.  Residents will begin seeing equipment and activity on the beach as early as next week, weather permitting.  Activity for both the dredge and on the beach will start on the south end of the town and move north.  We anticipate this work to be complete the end of March/First of April.  

The second, bigger nourishment project is planned for late fall – early winter.   This project will involve dredging more of Banks Channel and Topsail Inlet and utilizing the sand to nourish our beach and provide greater protection from future storms.  More information on this project will be sent out as it becomes available.   

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

 

 

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Recently the North Carolina Department of Insurance announced that the North Carolina Rate Bureau filed a notice requesting an increase to Homeowners Insurance Policies on average of 17.4.% statewide.  Actual proposed rate increases vary based on territory throughout the state.  For Topsail Beach (within Territory 120) the proposed increase for homeowners caps at 30%, renter insurance 15%, and condominiums 15%.   The proposal includes Homeowners Insurance Policies and Wind and Hail Policies. 

The Town of Topsail Beach and the Board of Commissioners strongly oppose this request, finding it extreme and unwarranted.  The Board has adopted a Resolution in Opposition of the request and is forwarding its objections to the Insurance Commissioner.  Attached is a copy of the resolution for your information.

We urge all of our property owners to contact the Department of Insurance and express your opposition to the rate hike.  You can do that the following ways:

In Person – Public Comment Forum will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th in the Second Floor Hearing Room at the Albemarle Building, 325 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh 

Email – comments should be sent by February 26th to: 2018Homeowners@ncdoi.gov

Written comments – comments should be mailed to: NC Department of Insurance
                                                                                    Attn: Tricia Ford, Paralegal Administrator
                                                                                    1201 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1201

Please feel free to contact Town Hall if you have any questions.  Thank you

OPPOSING INSURANCE RATE INCREASE RESOLUTION

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There will be a Dune Repair Work Shop at the Surf City Visitors Center from 1-3pm.  This is a free workshop and all are welcome to attend.  Reservations are recommended but not required.  To reserve, email Topsail Beach Town Hall at accountant@topsailbeach,org, or call (910)328-5841.

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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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Portuguese men-of-war have been spotted washing up on shore in Emerald Isle. Although there have been no reports of any sightings on Topsail Beach, it is always a good idea to be aware and keep an eye out as you enjoy the beach. Portuguese men-of-war are venomous and will cause excruciating pain to a person if stung. They can still sting even if they are washed up on the shore, so please do not handle if you see one.

Please enjoy the beach, but remember we do share the ocean!

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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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