As election season is upon us, I wanted to make sure you're aware of your One Stop voting locations in both Pender and Onslow Counties:
This month we'd like to recognize another special Surf City employee. Firefighter Phillip Brown pitched an idea to the Surf City Firefighter’s Auxiliary to do a Boater’s Poker Run as a fund raiser. His idea quickly turned into a viable event. The initial expectations were low but the belief was that we could build on the first year and really do well in subsequent years. Subsequent years were not needed, as this event surpassed all our expectations and sold out on the first year. Philip’s leadership and direction throughout the event resulted in a very positive outcome. The boating community in Surf City and the surrounding area have been raving about the event and already pledging to participate next year. The event raised over $4,800 for the Surf City Fire Department to enhance its service delivery.
It continues to be my pleasure to serve the Town and it's residents, if there's anything I can do for you please reach out! -Kyle Breuer, Town Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegetative Debris Pickup November 2020:
Beginning Monday, November 16th contractors will begin a vegetative debris pickup. Vegetative debris can not be any longer than 4’ in length and 6" in diameter. Bagged leaves must be placed in recyclable bags, not plastic bags. Please place all items in the right-of-way before November 16th. Debris must be at least three feet from fire hydrants, mailboxes, parked cars, light poles and intersections. Piles must not block storm drains or driveways. This is NOT a bulk item pickup, do not place trash, building materials, furniture or mattresses out.
The Town is currently soliciting interested firms/companies for vegetative debris pickup for 2021, interested individuals may find the Request for Proposals on the Town's website here.
If you are interested in volunteering for an advisory board or committee, please complete the application below and email it to email@example.com
Wednesday, November 4th Council Meeting: To leave a public comment for the November 4th Council meeting, please call 910-338-5510 and leave a voicemail. Everyone will be provided a three-minute opportunity to record their comment. Comments will be played back at the November 4th council meeting using an electronic platform. Each comment is considered a public record.
Watch the Council Meeting Live at: www.youtube.com/townofsurfcity
The Town remains in constant contact with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Federal Beach Nourishment Project. We remain positioned to move forward as soon as we get the "green light". The Corps is specifically working with North Topsail Beach to respond to questions regarding the Project Partnership Agreement and it's effect on their situation. It's our hope that we can collectively get these matters resolved and move forward with the project. A critical and time/cost savings approach that the Corps is currently working on is to expand the environmental window to place sand on the beach year round. This allows a contract to be awarded and reduce mobilization costs to a single contractor. We should have final word on the path moving forward by the end of the first week in October. An important takeaway is that the Town of Surf City is moving forward with this project and has communicated that to the Corps.
The federal project is estimated to add an additional 13 million cubic yards of sand to the beach, build a new dune that is projected to be 25’ wide and 14’ high and widen the beach with a 6’ high and 300’ wide berm. Oceanfront citizens should have already turned in the perpetual easements. If you have not received your oceanfront easement please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-328-4131x106. This is NOT the same easement that was previously signed in 2019. This is a new easement required by USACE for the new beach nourishment project.
Aerial plat maps for each oceanfront parcel have been loaded online. Oceanfront owners can view their property by using the link below, open the Key to find the corresponding map to your property: http://www.surfcitync.gov/2235/Beach-Nourishment
The Census count officially closed October 15th. Although response rates were low, housing units were accounted for. As preliminary information becomes available we'll pass that along. If you completed the Census, thank you, as this is important for you and our community!
The Town remains under a State of Emergency, however, all local restrictions have been lifted. Please adhere to the Governor's Executive Orders, as amended.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services hosts various resources on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic. I would urge you to review the information contained here.
Town Hall Update
Eastern Insulation began spray foam insulation on the Police Station side this past week. Next week they will begin insulating the Town Hall side while PME rough-ins begin on the Police Station side.
Foxhill Construction continues to apply weather barrier to the exterior of the Town Hall side while Highland Roofing finished install of peel + stick roof underlayment.
Fineline Construction knocked out the framing and sheathing of the storage shed after Superior Concrete poured the concrete pad
Superior Concrete poured the generator pad while Funston Company began curb install and stabilizing the retention pond
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Programs and Events:
Surf City Explorers – The registration is open! Surf City Explorers Club has scheduled the next launch for October 12th-November 6th. Do not miss the flight because it is going to be out of this world. To register (CLICK HERE).
The goal of this program will be to provide a safe place for those kids (K-5) on the hybrid school format to complete virtual learning, participate in specialized recreation/athletic instruction, arts and crafts, environmental programs, wellness instruction, and much more. Our department hopes this will provide an opportunity for our local parents to continue working as well.
Remote Learning Grant – Our Recreation Program Staff, Alexa Matlock and Ashley Rhinehardt, along with the help of administrative staff worked hard to apply for a grant offered through the North Carolina Alliance of YMCA’s for our remote learning program “Surf City Explorers”. We are proud to announce their hard work paid off as we have been awarded $42,418 to help offset cost of this program. We are excited to continue to offer this program to our community.
Tot-time in the Park – We moved Tot-time to Soundside Park to allow for social distancing and to follow mass-gathering restrictions. It was a huge success as we had doughnuts, dancing, and crafts to entertain the participants. There are plans to do another one soon, stay tuned for the date.
Indoor Adult Volleyball – Registration is now open. The season is scheduled to kick-off on October 26th.
Fall Soccer – Our fall soccer leagues have successfully started. We are offering Youth Fall Soccer (Started September 19th) and Adult Fall Soccer (Started September 20th).
Pickleball – Come join us for a little pickleball on Tuesdays & Fridays at 9am starting Tuesday, September 22nd. This will be ladder format. It will be held on the tennis courts at the Surf City Community Center. For more information please call 910-328-4887.
Register for all of our programs online at https://surfcity.recdesk.com/Community/Home. For more information contact our Athletics staff at 910-328-4887.
Tennis Programs – The Town of Surf City is now offering two new tennis programs. Get your spot today by visiting https://surfcity.recdesk.com/Community/Program or contact us at 910-328-4887 for more information.
Egg-Tober - TREAT yourself this Egg-Tober to our candy egg drop-off! Register online today (CLICK HERE).
Drive-In Movie – Re-Vampire your ride at this spook-tacular drive-in Halloween event for a chance to win a tricked out prize pack, followed by Hocus Pocus!
Wellness Classes – Staff are working with instructors to get some of the wellness classes back going in our outside venues. If you are interested in classes please reach out to staff at 910-328-4887, as the attendance has been down on the classes we have held. We want to continue to offer them as long as participation justifies it.
Beach Clean-Up – The Town of Surf City has teamed up with the Topsail Island Longboard Association for weekly beach clean-ups. We invite anyone to come join us on Mondays and Fridays at the Roland Public Beach Access (102 N Shore Drive) from 7:30-8:30a to enjoy a walk on the beach as we keep it clean. Dress accordingly.
Parks and Facilities
Playgrounds – All playgrounds have been reopened.
Public Restrooms – All public restrooms have reopened.
Soundside Park – The boat ramp, shelters, boardwalk, fishing T, and the open space is available for use.
Nelva Albury Park – The shelter and parking are open for use.
Kenneth Batts Family Park – The shelter, basketball court, parking lot, and boardwalk are open for use.
Disc Golf Course – The disc golf course is open for use.
Memorial Bench Program – The Memorial Bench Program continues to be a great way for people to honor a loved one. The Town has received a lot of request for bench dedications in the last couple months. If you are interested in placing a bench in honor of a loved one call us at (910) 328-4887.
The Fitness Center reopened to the public on Wednesday, September 9th. It will be available on a limited basis (12 people at a time). Everyone entering the building will be required to have their temperature checked and must complete a brief questionnaire. It will only be available Monday-Friday (8a-1p and 1-5p) at this time. Once other programming becomes available, the fitness center hours will be expanded.
The dog park, tennis courts, and walking trails remain open for use.
The Community Center will be open to the public to get information and registration starting October 5th.
The gymnasium and rental rooms are still closed to the public.
Welcome Center – The Welcome Center is available for rentals Friday (after 5pm) to Sunday for your special occasion or business meeting. Current Executive Order No. 169 restrictions limit indoor capacity to 30 and outdoor to 50, so please plan accordingly.
We have taken the time off to make some great improvements to this building inside and out. Stay tuned as you will see the exterior transformation, which includes a $10k furniture package staff applied for and won for this facility.
To discuss your event options, call (910) 328-2716.
Ordinance Reminder – Staff have been going out multiple times a week to remove unattended beach equipment between the hours of 10pm and 7am. Leaving beach equipment out on the beach overnight is against Town Ordinance (See Section II, Chapter 4, Sec. 4-12, Sec. 4-13, Sec. 4-14). The reason items cannot be left out on the beach overnight is:
1. It hinders Sea Turtles from nesting, if they encounter obstructions on the beach.
2. It hinders emergency vehicles from being able to move freely on the beach during the night, if needed.
3. High tides and storms may take the equipment into the ocean, which has a negative effect on wildlife and our environment.
4. High winds could blow the equipment into someone or their property.
Equipment picked up by staff during the hours of 10pm-7am are disposed of and not retrievable. Please make sure you do you part to follow this simple ordinance.
Maintenance and Streets
The crews have been working hard to keep our facilities and grounds safe. Please give them space when they are out and about so they can continue to complete these tasks in a safe manner.
We would like to welcome our new Facilities and Grounds Crew Leader, Chris Carter, to the team. We are excited to have him all the way from Guilford County Parks and Recreation.
Clean, clean, clean is the name of the game, and that is just what they do. Thank you so much for keeping Surf City a clean place to live and play.
Projects – The Beautification Committee completed the Mainland Fire Dept Project. Improvements include planting new trees and shrubs, installing landscape river rock, installing a memorial bench, and cleaning up some of the landscaping areas. Check out the results! The Committee will be working on Station 23 - Island Station on October 17th, stay tuned for the results.
The Surf City Beautification Committee congratulates Megabella Treasures for winning the Beautification Business of the Month award for October.
There are so many beautiful businesses in Surf City, who will be next? Nominate your favorite business by submitting the business name, a photo or two, and the address to email@example.com. The Beautification Committee votes on the candidates the third Tuesday of the month.
The Surf City Beautification Committee congratulates Heather and Corey Giddens at 618 North Topsail Drive for winning the Beautification Home of the Month award for October. What a transformation!