As we begin the 2021 summer tourist season, please take a moment to give a prayer and thanks to all the men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom during this Memorial Weekend. We have placed a wreath at the Town Center Park in recognition of their sacrifice for our Country.
Our summer season appears to be off to a roaring start. All of our businesses are open, and we have 2 new businesses located in the Post Office Complex. Our businesses are seeing activity ahead of their financial plans. Our water usage has returned to our 2018 high levels. All indicators are saying we will have a busy summer. The rental companies are also indicating their bookings are full through the summer, so we can expect our population to grow to over 8,000 individuals with the weekly turnover traffic issues. We can expect traffic to be heavy and people coming to the beach.
We are watching closely the parking situation. Surf City parking lots are full; paid parking is not driving people south for free parking. Your commissioners are listening to all sides on how to handle parking for Topsail Beach. Please understand if we decide to limit parking and move to paid parking it may impact your ability as a property owner to use the right-a-way for your over-flow parking needs. Topsail Beach has about 260 parking spaces in lots. This compares to over 800 in Surf City.
Your Public Works, Fire and Police Departments are ready for the summer. We have started our beach patrols. We will have public works coverage on weekends and holidays. Your fire & police are always available 24/7. If you observe a problem or have a concern, please call 911 to report the situations that requires our fire or police departments. We are small in the numbers of town employees, so we do need your assistance to know there may be an area that needs attention.
We are seeing many changes to the Topsail Area due to its population growth, more businesses, more homes, more people, more traffic, etc. We have grown in full-time residents with a population of over 400 We have added new homes to Topsail Beach and the majority of homes have now recovered from our 3 years of hurricanes. Please take this into consideration as we work to maintain our Town with the atmosphere and services we desire and need.
Finally, please continue to do your part to protect your family from the COVID Virus. We thank you for the actions you took to keep our Town’s infection rate low.
Please have a safe and enjoyable summer.
Steve Smith, Mayor
Town of Topsail Beach