It has been a busy summer for Topsail Beach. Beside meeting the daily operational needs, we have been working on several long-term projects for our Town. These include starting the necessary engineering reviews to improve erosion controls on our sound side and reducing the impact of King Tides in several locations, searching for a location for an Emergency Operation Center, and investigating long term water & septic security needs. Another project that the Town has been working on for the past few years is a Bike/Ped Plan.
For years we have had requests and discussions on the need to improve our sidewalks and provide more safety for bikers and our walkers/joggers. Two years ago, the Town commissioned a study on how we could improve bike safety and provide walking paths. You can find this study on the Town’s website (www.topsailbeach.org). This information was given to the Parks & Recreation Committee and they were asked to review and make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners. A Special Ad Hoc Advisory Committee composed of Town Residents and Businesses owners has been appointed to assist the Parks and Recreation Committee in reviewing the various Bike/Ped Plan options.
One option that is being considered for the south end of Town is an eight-foot multi-purpose path along the east side of South Anderson Boulevard from Crews Avenue to Trout Avenue. A marked pathway of this option has been provided for the public to view at two locations: (1) 1113 South Anderson Blvd; and (2) 1701 South Anderson Blvd. Pictures of the marked pathway are also available on the Town website by clicking “Departments“ then “Parks and Rec”. The Parks and Recreation Committee and the Special Ad Hoc Advisory Committee will continue discussing the various Plan options at their regular monthly meetings.
Your commissioners have not approved or accepted a final option. The Town is committed to listen to the desires of the community and their comments and concerns. A public comment email link has been placed on the Town’s website under the Parks and Recreation page for you to send in your comments regarding the Bike/Ped Plan. We encourage you to follow the Parks and Recreation Committee meetings. All meetings can be viewed live and are also archived on the Town’s website.
Regards, Steve Smith, Mayor
Town of Topsail Beach