Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Surf City reopens beach, allows vacation rentals, warns people can enter some areas ‘at their own risk’

While other beaches in southeastern North Carolina opened within a week of Hurricane Florence, Topsail Island remained off-limits for weeks.

Damage along the Surf City beach after Hurricane Florence. (Port City Daily/File photo)
Damage along the Surf City beach after Hurricane Florence. (Port City Daily/File photo)

SURF CITY — After being closed for weeks, Surf City’s beach has been reopened.

According to the Surf City Police Department, which sent a notice Friday afternoon, “vacation rentals are allowed, the beach is open, and there is no curfew.”

While other beach towns, including Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach, re-opened within a week of Hurricane Florence, Surf City kept access to Topsail restricted for much longer.

The Police Department cautioned that not all beach accesses were open and cleared of debris. According to police, “at this point, debris has been removed and repairs have been made between the areas of Greensboro beach access to the Kinston beach access. As more accesses are repaired and opened, we will let everyone know. We appreciate your cooperation.”

Police cautioned that entering areas of the beach and the water still containing debris could be dangerous.

“If anyone enters an area where beach debris is present, they are entering at their own risk. Please also be aware that there may be debris floating within the water,” according to the police.

 

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