Dear Topsail Beach Property Owner,
In the last year, our community and our nation has had to adjust to the harsh realities of a world-wide pandemic. It has had a huge impact on our lives, our economy, and our approach to everyday life. Topsail Beach has had 21 COVID cases and sadly 1 death. We did see a surge of COVID infections between November and February when we went from 6 cases to 21. We ask that you continue to do your part to keep our community safe by practicing the 3 w’s – wear, wait and wash.
We learned last year that the beach was an escape for many people from the pandemic, allowing us to enjoy being outside. Vacationers and day trippers came in large numbers to enjoy our beach strand. The Mayor, Town Board and Staff remain proactive to ensure 2021 is safe and enjoyable for all who live in and visit our great town. There are many challenges with being a community that sees it population grow from 500 residents to over 8,000 residents and visitors during the summer season. COVID regulations and concerns, parking availability and enforcement, trash collection and removal, beach access maintenance, emergency equipment, and water supply are major concerns for our Town.
Parking is always a concern in a beach community. We have seen more visitors coming to Topsail Beach in recent years and we expect this trend to continue. We understand the increased concern this year with North Topsail Beach and Surf City moving to paid parking. Previous Town Board’s investigated paid parking in the past but felt it was not right for Topsail Beach at that time. Although paid parking is not being considered for this summer, our Town is taking actions to address parking and traffic. Such actions include installing additional signage and other markings to clarify where Right-Of-Way parking is allowed, modifying the parking areas at our public accesses to clearly identify parking spaces, and reviewing current staffing to see if additional beach patrol or Police Officers are needed. Town Staff is also in regular communication with NCDOT for their expertise and suggestions to better control traffic and parking. Some suggested options may include no left turns or four way stops at key intersections and improving crosswalk markings and/or signage.
Our goal is for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer season. We are asking for your cooperation and patience as we continue to monitor and make adjustments to handle the parking and traffic concerns we may face this year.
Regards, Steve Smith, Mayor
Town of Topsail Beach