Town of Topsail Beach, North Carolina

Town of Topsail Beach, North Carolina The Town of Topsail Beach was incorporated on March 19th, 1963 Situated at the southern end of Topsail Island, off the coast of southeastern North Carolina, the Town of Topsail Beach is the smallest of the three communities located on the 26-mile long island.
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North Topsail Beach occupies the northernmost section, and Surf City, the largest town on the island, is in the center. The Island is just off US Highway 17, about half-way between Wilmington and Jacksonville. Topsail Island has a rich and varied history. Local folklore claims the name, Topsail (pronounced Tops’l), originated during the 1700’s when pirate ships roamed the coastal waters. Historians explain that marauding pirates hid their ships in the channel behind the island and waited for passing merchant ships loaded with goods. The pirates would pursue and attack the merchants, claiming the cargoes as their own. Eventually the merchants became aware of this infamous hiding place and began to watch for the tops of the pirates' sails showing over the rolling dunes - hence the name Topsail Island. Prior to World War II, the only access to Topsail Island was by boat. Area residents frequently made this short trip and picnicked on the sandy shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Local farmers are said to have driven their livestock An observation tower from Operation Bumblebee across the waterways to graze on wild grass. Treasure hunters searched for Blackbeard’s infamous buried treasure throughout the maritime forests which covered the island. During the war, the U.S. Navy took over the island and began a joint venture with Johns Hopkins University known as Operation Bumblebee. The waterway was dredged, roads were built, and fresh water was piped onto the island. Operation Bumblebee was the beginning of the space program for the United States Government. An arsenal center for the assembly and storage of rockets was built on the sound side of the island, and launching pads were constructed on the oceanfront. Concrete observation towers were built throughout the island to monitor the experimental launchings. Over 200 rocket launchings took place on the island between 1946 and 1948. When the testing program was dismantled, the government sold the island to the public. Many of the original military structures are still standing. Incorporated in 1963, the Town of Topsail Beach boasts a friendly, family oriented style of beach living. High rise development is not allowed, beautification is encouraged, and conservation of the island environment is a top priority. There are over 1200 homes, but only about 500 year-round residents. The seasonal influx of tourists increases the population to about 7,000, which helps sustain the town's motels, restaurants, gift shops, fishing pier and other businesses. The only sea turtle hospital in the state, the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, is located on the sound near Town Hall. The arsenal (Assembly) building from Operation Bumblebee now houses the Missiles and More Museum as well as a meeting room that is available for rental. All this and more truly make Topsail Beach a wonderful place for a visit or a lifetime!

Mission: To Ensure that Topsail Beach remains a peacful, family-friendly community to live, work and play while maintaining its natural island beauty.

Operating as usual

On Sunday, we will see rain and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Delta. Some of those storms could become s...
10/09/2020

On Sunday, we will see rain and thunderstorms associated with the remnants of Delta. Some of those storms could become severe (gusty winds and an isolated tornado).

The 2020 Topsail Beach tax notices were mailed this morning.  Please be on the lookout for them in the next few days.  T...
10/07/2020
Topsail Beach North Carolina > Departments > Finance

The 2020 Topsail Beach tax notices were mailed this morning. Please be on the lookout for them in the next few days. The 2020 tax notice is mailed to the owner of record on January 1, 2020. If you have sold the property after January 1, 2020 please forward to the new owner. The bills are due upon receipt and penalties and interest will begin to accrue if not paid in full by January 4, 2021.

The 2020 tax notices can also be found on the Towns website (www.topsailbeach.org) on the Finance Department page or by clicking this link: https://www.topsailbeach.org/Departments/Finance You can find your individual notice by hitting CONTROL F and entering your search criteria (name, physical address, parcel #, etc.).

As always, staff is available at 910-328-5841 if you need further assistance.

The official website of Topsail Beach North Carolina.

Pender County Health Department will be at Topsail Beach Town Hall on October 15th from 9am - 12pm for flu shots. Please...
10/05/2020

Pender County Health Department will be at Topsail Beach Town Hall on October 15th from 9am - 12pm for flu shots. Please bring your insurance card.

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀Many people rely on assistance from their community before and after hurricanes. Help your n...
10/02/2020

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀

Many people rely on assistance from their community before and after hurricanes. Help your neighbor by collecting supplies, preparing an evacuation plan and check-in post storm.

For more information please visit: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

10/02/2020

Governor Cooper has announced North Carolina will be moving into Phase 3, effective today at 5 p.m. We encourage you to continue to follow the 3W's: Wear, Wait, Wash.

Executive Order 163 & 169 in its entirety can be found on the Town’s website. Town of Topsail Beach appreciates all of you who have done your part to reduce the spread of COVID in our community. Stay safe and Happy October! 🎃

Surf City Police Department
09/29/2020

Surf City Police Department

Traffic Alert:
Please use caution at the 1700 Block of S. Shore Drive due to high standing water.

The Town will be delaying the issuance of Beach Driving Permits until October 15th due to the very limited driving area ...
09/28/2020

The Town will be delaying the issuance of Beach Driving Permits until October 15th due to the very limited driving area left at high tide. Please see the attached picture. We have been experiencing tides that are higher than usual due to a combination of king tides, specific moon phases and off shore tropical systems. We hope the tides will recede in the coming weeks to allow safe passage for vehicles in the designated driving area. The Town will re-evaluate in 2 weeks. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

09/28/2020

A message from Mayor Steve Smith:

Good afternoon,

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

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀Do you have a hurricane plan in place? Flooding can happen anytime, anywhere, especially aft...
09/18/2020

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀
Do you have a hurricane plan in place? Flooding can happen anytime, anywhere, especially after long periods of heavy rain. Use caution when returning to your homes after a storm.

The remnants of now Tropical Depression Sally will affect the area today through Friday as it crosses the Carolinas, wit...
09/17/2020

The remnants of now Tropical Depression Sally will affect the area today through Friday as it crosses the Carolinas, with the threat of heavy rain/flash flooding possible. Periods of heavy rain today into early Friday will produce amounts of 2 to 4” across the area with the heaviest amounts generally along and west of I-95. A few severe thunderstorms may also produce damaging wind gusts. We will likely see some minor coastal flooding from high astronomical tides and swells is also possible along area beaches.
Street flooding, particularly in Surf City is likely, so please plan ahead if you are travelling. Do not drive through flooded areas. ⛈

Remnants of Sally will bring flooding and strong rip currents. Please use caution when traveling in and around Town.
09/17/2020

Remnants of Sally will bring flooding and strong rip currents. Please use caution when traveling in and around Town.

09/14/2020
US National Weather Service Wilmington NC

Impacts from Paulette are expected to continue along our coast. Swell will produce life-threatening rip currents, large waves and rough surf.

Dangerous rip currents will continue along the NC & SC coast tomorrow. Learn what is a rip current is and how to have a safe day at the beach!

NC Emergency Management
09/11/2020

NC Emergency Management

On the National Day of Service and Remembrance, we honor the victims of the 9/11 tragedy, their families and the heroic individuals who assisted with emergency response efforts.

No matter the disaster our nation is faced with, our first responders are always prepared. Thank you.

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀Evacuation orders from each town provide organized and coordinated exits from the island.  A...
09/08/2020

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀

Evacuation orders from each town provide organized and coordinated exits from the island. As a guideline, the towns issue an evacuation orders approximately 24 hours before the expected landfall.

09/04/2020
27 days left to participate in the 2020 Census! Pender County ranks #57. Help keep our community strong!
09/03/2020

27 days left to participate in the 2020 Census! Pender County ranks #57.

Help keep our community strong!

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Topsail Beach Craft Market
09/02/2020

Topsail Beach Craft Market

This week is our last market of the season. Make plans to join us and take home beautiful handcrafted items from our talented artisans. Thursday, September 3, 9-2.
802 S. Anderson Blvd, in beautiful Topsail Beach. 🏝️

09/02/2020

Yesterday, Governor Cooper announced by Executive Order 163, that the State will loosen some restrictions of Phase 2 with a modified Phase 2.5 plan, effective Friday (September 4) at 5 p.m. The new 2.5 Phase increases the mass gathering limits to 25 people indoors and 50 people outside. It also allows for indoor playgrounds, skating rinks, and other indoor exercise facilities to open at 30% capacity and outdoor playgrounds to open with no restrictions. The playground at the Town Center will open Friday at 5 p.m., but we encourage residents to wipe down any playground equipment with sanitizing wipes before using it. There is no change in the restrictions on restaurants and bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, and indoor entertainment facilities will remain closed.

Governor Cooper reminded North Carolinians that although we are loosening the restrictions, now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat the pandemic. He urged the public to continue with the 3 W’s - Wear, Wash, Wait and even lowered the age limit on required masks to anyone age 5 and older.

Executive Order 163 in its entirety can be found on the Town’s website. Town of Topsail Beach appreciates all of you who have done your part to reduce the spread of COVID in our community. And with your cooperation we will remain healthy and beat this pandemic.

Thank you Congressman Murphy & Congressman Rouzer for visiting Topsail Island last Thursday to discuss Shoreline Protect...
09/01/2020

Thank you Congressman Murphy & Congressman Rouzer for visiting Topsail Island last Thursday to discuss Shoreline Protection Commission. We hope you've enjoyed our Island!

Huge thanks to Congressman Murphy & Congressman Rouzer for visiting Topsail Island today! 🏖🐬🌴
It was a pleasure having you both & to be able to discuss Shoreline Protection Commission issues. We hope you’ve enjoyed your day seeing all that our island has to offer!

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀"You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. It is i...
09/01/2020

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀
"You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. It is important to plan ahead and talk about what you will do before, during and after an emergency. You need to talk about how will you get to a safe place, get in touch with each other and get back to each other.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you should make advance plans to stay with family or friends who live in a safe place, or at a hotel. Staying at a shelter with a large number of other people is not a good option during the pandemic.
Shelters should be considered only if you have no other options."

For more information on Family Emergency Plans, visit: https://www.readync.org/plan-and-prepare/make-plan#communications

US National Weather Service Wilmington NC
08/21/2020

US National Weather Service Wilmington NC

Although the current forecast brings these two systems into the Gulf, we will continue to monitor for any changes or effects for the coastal Carolinas. https://weather.gov/ilm/tropical

Topsail Beach Craft Market
08/20/2020

Topsail Beach Craft Market

The Topsail Beach Craft Market is proud to have such talented vendors! Come visit us Thursdays, 9-2, S. Anderson Blvd.

08/19/2020

We have had many questions regarding the dune vegetation project since we sent the information out yesterday. Below is more detailed information on the project that will hopefully address the confusion.

Now that the second dune system is in place, sea oats are being planted to help stabilize the dune and create more protection for our beach and our property. Sea oats have a preferred planting window to ensure their survival. Planting in the summer months will allow the sea oats to become established before the harshest weather conditions arrive in the winter.

We understand there is some confusion on how to access the beach once the dune is planted. Because the sea oats are being mechanically planted along the top of the new dune, it is impossible to skip areas to create a pathway for each property along the shoreline to access the beach. We ask that each oceanfront property owner use a consistent pathway each time you cross the dune to access the beach. This can be achieved by using flags or stakes to guide the way. Also, CAMA has given us special consideration to use post and rope pathways based on the following guidelines: Posts cannot be greater than 4X4, no deeper than 5 feet, spaced no closer than 7 feet, only rope railings can be used and it must be at least 3 feet above the ground to avoid sea turtle interactions. Be aware that post and ropes may not be installed until after planting has been done in front of your property. You can also transplant the sea oats from your chosen pathway to another area of the dune. Any method used should be turtle friendly and consistent with CAMA regulations.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to build and maintain our beach strand and dune system to provide the best protection possible for our Town. Please contact Town Hall should you have questions. We are happy to help.

"The 2020 Census is at a critical point. North Carolina is severely under counted with only a few weeks left. Our rural ...
08/19/2020
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"The 2020 Census is at a critical point. North Carolina is severely under counted with only a few weeks left. Our rural areas are especially behind.

Our state--the 4th fastest growing and 9th largest--will lose $7.4 billion in funding with our current count. The consequences of that will be felt far into the future. This isn't abstract money--these are your tax dollars, already paid and collected. If we don't lay claim to it through a proper count, it will go elsewhere.

This will be felt most locally, in your hometowns: roads, schools, emergency services, veterans services, senior care, early education programs, parks, infrastructure, economic development, and on and on. Imagine where N.C. can be in 10 years with that additional, much-earned $74 billion. Imagine where we may be without it."

Do your part and participate in the 2020 census!
https://2020census.gov/en.html

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

The Town’s dune planting project is now well underway. Coastal Transplants began planting at the Town line last week and...
08/18/2020

The Town’s dune planting project is now well underway. Coastal Transplants began planting at the Town line last week and is currently around the 500 block of N Anderson Blvd moving south. Overall, 900,000 sea oats will be planted along our dune system. They will be planted mechanically first on the very top of the new dune before moving to hand planting on the slope and in the valley. These plants have been grown in a greenhouse, so you may see them turn brown shortly after being planted due to the shock in the change of environment. But rest assured they are not dead and their color will return to normal.

Although Town Hall continues to be closed to the public at this time, Staff is always available by phone at 910-328-5841 and email addresses for each staff member can be found on the Town’s website www.topsailbeach.org.

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀Threats from tropical weather systems include storm surge, heavy rain, damaging winds, torna...
08/18/2020

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀

Threats from tropical weather systems include storm surge, heavy rain, damaging winds, tornadoes and rip currents.

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀Twenty coastal counties have established predetermined evacuation zones to simplify the coas...
08/14/2020

🌀Hurricane Preparedness Tip🌀

Twenty coastal counties have established predetermined evacuation zones to simplify the coastal evacuation process in the event of an emergency. To find your zone, please visit: knowyourzone.nc.gov

08/13/2020

The Pender County Board of Elections will open a “Satellite Office” at the Pender County Hampstead Annex.
The Satellite Office, will serve residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Aug. 11. Office hours will be 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., located at 15060 US Hwy 17.

The Satellite Office at the Hampstead Annex will be in the downstairs conference room, the first door on the right upon arriving at the front entrance.

The main board of elections office, located at 807 S. Walker St. in Burgaw, will continue normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. A new service window has been installed to assure social distancing.

To stay in the loop on what is happening in Topsail Beach, subscribe to the Town’s Sunshine List. You will receive Mayor...
08/10/2020

To stay in the loop on what is happening in Topsail Beach, subscribe to the Town’s Sunshine List. You will receive Mayor Messages, Board meeting information, hurricane alerts, and much more! Contact Town Hall at 910-328-5841 to sign up.

08/07/2020

As part of our Beach Nourishment and Channel Dredging Project, we will begin planting sea oats along the new dune structure. Topsail Beach is working with Coastal Transplants, who will begin work this Monday starting at the north end of Town. The first phase involves mechanical planting of the sea oats on the very top of the new dune before moving to hand planting on the slope and in the valley. The results will help stabilize the dune and create more protection for our beach and our property. We ask that you stay clear of the work area and allow Coastal Transplants to work quickly and safely.

If you have any questions please contact us at 910-328-5841.

08/06/2020

In a press conference yesterday, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 155 extending the “Safer at Home” Phase 2 of North Carolina’s reopening plan. This latest extension is set to expire at 5 p.m. on September 11, 2020. Governor Cooper acknowledged stabilization of the data and trends, but added that the stability is fragile and the numbers can change quickly by letting our guard down. The Phase 2 extension keeps bars, gyms, and entertainment venues closed, but the order did not include any additional restrictions. Governor Cooper and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen once again stressed the importance of wearing a face covering when social distancing is not possible.

Let’s all continue to do our part and follow the 3 w’s. Wear, Wait and Wash.

08/05/2020

The Town continues to recover from the impacts of Isaias that passed through Monday night. Be aware that NC DOT crews will be working in the area to clear the sand from the streets. We still have some spots that are without power. Please know that Jones-Onslow EMC is working diligently to resolve the issues and fully restore power. Please be patient and alert for their safety as they help us with our clean up and recovery efforts.

As you are aware the regular bulk item pick up is this Friday. As you all begin cleaning up storm debris from your property, please remember that construction debris of any kind is not included in the bulk item pick up. This includes things like shingles, siding, gutters, and wood debris. Construction debris can be taken to the Pender County Transfer Station in Pender County. You can contact them to find out what items they accept and their rates:

Transfer Station
250 Transfer Station Rd.
Hampstead, NC 28443
910-270-5013

Vegetative debris is included in the bulk item pick up but it must be separated from the other bulk items. Limbs should be no more than four feet long and no wider than 4” in diameter. Vegetative debris should not be bagged but piled near the edge of the street in front of your home for pick up. Please note that placing debris on vacant lots is considered illegal dumping and you could be fined.

Thank you for your cooperation. As always Town staff is available should you have any questions.

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820 S Anderson Blvd
Topsail Beach, NC
28445

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Missiles and More Museum During World War II, a select group of young, daring, female pilots became not only pioneers but heroes. They were the WASP (Womens AirForce Service Pilots), the first women trained to fly American military aircraft. They served domestically, ferrying and testing, towing targets and training men to fly. The Missiles and More Museum opens on April 4, 2011, with a new exhibit which traces the history of this elite group of women and pays tribute to their service and valor. Other exhibits at the Museum include: Pirates of the Carolinas, Operation Bumblebee, Camp Davis, The Towns of Topsail Island, Topsail's Natural Beauty and Fragility, Traces of Native Americans on the Island and an International Shell Exhibit. The Museum is housed in the Historical Assembly Building located at 720 Channel Blvd in Topsail Beach (at the intersection of Channel Blvd. and Flake St.). http://missilesandmoremuseum.org Bush Marina: There will be an attendant on duty Friday - Sundays through the month of April. Beginning May 1st, there will be an attendant on duty 7 days a week through October 2012. There is an honor box located at the Boat Ramp for launching when an attendant is not on duty. The Jolly Roger Fishing Pier is located near the center of town at 803 Ocean Blvd. Please contact their office at (910)328-4616 or visit their website for more information. http://www.thejollyroger.com Beach Wheelchair The Town of Topsail Beach has a wheelchair that can be used on the beach by persons who have difficulty walking in sand. It is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis by calling the Topsail Beach Police Department at 910-328-4851. The chair may be used only within the town limits of Topsail Beach. Please contact the TBPD for additional information and rules for use of the chair. Conditions and Procedures for Use: • The wheelchair may be checked out on a DAILY basis and must be returned to the Police Department by 9:00 p.m. each day. • The chair MAY NOT be taken outside the corporate limits of the Town of Topsail Beach for any reason. • The Town of Topsail Beach will keep the chair clean and in operable condition. The responsible person will be liable for any damages to the chair while in his/her possession. • The responsible person, the person using the chair, or the user’s guardian, understands that the Town of Topsail Beach is NOT liable for any accident or injury that might occur while the chair is in their possession. Driving on the beach is allowed by Permit from October 1st - March 31st. The cost is as follows: SEASON PASS $50 for non-residents $25 for residents WEEKLY PASS $25 Permits can be purchased at Town Hall Monday - Friday from 8-5 Town Hall phone number 910-328-5841

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(910) 328-5841

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