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This is Mayor Steve Smith.   Our Community, State and Nation continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 Virus. It is expected that all 100 counties in North Carolina will have a case of COVID-19 by the end of this week. Your town government and town employees are working to ensure we are all safe.

In order to limit Community Spread of the virus; Topsail Beach has limited rentals, closed all public parking, limited the use of Bush Marina and closed all parks. Your town hall is operating but we have closed our doors to reduce COVID-19 exposure to our town employees. Please call, email or use the drop box for assistance.

We are asking that you continue to follow the CDC guidelines. Please practice social distancing (6 feet or more apart) and wash your hands. These two practices have been shown to have a significant impact on controlling the spread of COVID-19.  The CDC also recommends limiting gatherings; however, if you need to meet others in a group, please keep the group under 10 people. Remember SOCIAL DISTANCING only works if it is practiced.

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In preparation for the sound side dredging portion of our Beach Nourishment Project, the rest of Drum Avenue from the sound to South Anderson Blvd. will be closed for the construction of pipeline.  The road closure is scheduled to start as early as Sunday, February 23rd. This will include blocking the intersection of Carolina Blvd. and Drum Avenue to all traffic.  Please plan to take an alternate route to avoid this intersection.  South Anderson Blvd. will remain open to traffic.  We appreciate your patience.

 

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Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation (JOEMC) is continuing its efforts to improve electric service as its current project moves from Surf City into Topsail Beach.  The project, which includes replacing old electric poles and replacing worn wiring and other hardware, is an effort by JOEMC to upgrade its service and provide safer, more reliable service to our residents and homeowners.  The improvements include upgrading the transmission line to the substation located at North Anderson Blvd. and Sidbury Avenue.  

As part of the project it is necessary for JOEMC to clear portions of the right-of-way to have safe access for the personnel and equipment to do the job.  The amount of right-of-way to be cleared depends on the circumstances of each pole (i.e. anchor required), however it is the goal of JOEMC to minimize the impact on surrounding properties as much as possible.  You can expect some travel delays while the work is underway with lane closures possible.

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We are excited to announce that Topsail Beach Administration now has a new office building located at 810 S Anderson Blvd (the old Cora’s Deli building).  This new office space will house both the Community Development department and the Public Works Supervisor’s office.  The Community Development department consists of the Building Inspector, William Rivenbark and the Planner and Code Enforcement Officer, Linda Vescovi.  This department will be your contact for all things related to buildings and land use in Topsail Beach (permitting, inspections, zoning, floodplain, code enforcement etc.).

The Community Development phone number is 910-328-5194 and the office hours are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am – 1pm
Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 5pm  
or by appointment


We appreciate your patience as we make this transition and welcome you to stop by to see the new building.  

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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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