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Preliminary preparations for the Town’s Local Storm Damage Reduction Project (SDR) are underway.  The first of two dredges, the JS Chatry, is scheduled to arrive in January but the groundwork for the massive Dredge has begun in earnest.  Representatives from TI Coastal and Weeks Marine are preparing the area in an effort to make the job move in an orderly and efficient manner.  Over the next few weeks, you may see representatives of both companies along the beach documenting conditions and preparing to bring in the necessary pipes and equipment to complete the project.

As part of the project, the contractor will implement a vibration monitoring program (VMP) that will be conducted during construction.  SSI, INC. (SSI) will perform this vibration monitoring on behalf of Weeks Marine.  SSI is an independent consulting firm specializing in the measurement and control of construction vibrations.  SSI will also conduct exterior only pre-construction surveys of the buildings and improvements that are adjacent to the project and implement seismic monitoring during construction.  You will see their representatives along the beach taking pictures and documenting existing conditions.

We are excited to get our project underway.  As we get closer to actual construction, look for more information from the Town.  Once the project begins, look for progress maps and updates on our website.  For more information on these upcoming projects, please contact us at Town Hall.

LOCAL SDR PROJECT PRESENTATION

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The following is the presentation that Ken Richardson, Shoreline Management Specialist with NC Department of Environmental and Natural Recources (NCDENR), made at the December 5th Topsail Island Shoreline Protection Commission (TISPC) meeting to discuss the proposed changes to the Inlet Hazard Area (IHA) regulations and map.  

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The Town of Topsail Beach would like to thank everyone who participated in, contributed to and came to enjoy this year's Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting.  We had record turnout for both events and hope to see it continue to grow over the next couple of years.  A special thank you to Tammy Proctor and Zach White with Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks and Recreation, Kate MacDonald with Patio Playground, Lori Fisher with Quartermoon Bookstore, the Emma Anderson Bells and Town Staff for their efforts that made this event such a success.  Please see our photo gallery to view pictures of this year's event.

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Every January the Town Board of Commissioners must make appointments to the three major advisory boards in Topsail Beach. These advisory boards include, the Planning Board (which is also the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board), the Board of Adjustment (BOA) and the Beach, Inlet and Sound (BIS) Committee.  If you have an interest in serving on one of these advisory boards, we encourage you to complete the attached board and committee volunteer application. These applications will be presented to the Board of Commissioners for consideration during the appointments in January and will remain on file in the Clerk’s office.  

APPLICATION FOR BOARD OR COMMITTEE

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The Town of Topsail Beach will begin its Storm Damage Reduction (SDR) Project in December of this year.  The SDR is our beach nourishment plan that will include the repair of our existing dune structure, the construction of a new frontal dune, and the widening of our beach.  The project is designed to provide greater protection to the island from the impacts of future storms and from erosion of our shoreline.

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At the request of many rental property homeowners, the Town has created a refrigerator magnet that highlights some of the ordinances that pertain to your guests during their stay in Topsail Beach.  We do encourage you to make arrangements to pick one up to put on your refrigerator to ensure your guests are aware of our rules and regulations in order to have a fun and safe vacation.

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