Surf City lost 350,000 cubic yards of sand from Florence: “At the mercy of FEMA,” says mayor

Mayor Doug Medlin recently posted a letter to the town's website telling residents that the delayed beach renourishment project was caused by FEMA not assigning an agent to the project. He said the town now hopes to have it completed by February.

SURF CITY — Eleven weeks after Hurricane Florence caused significant erosion to the beaches of Topsail Island, the residents of Surf City are wondering when the sand will be replaced — a crucial question for a town dependent on beach tourism dollars in warmer months.

“We are at the mercy of FEMA is the real answer,” Mayor Doug Medlin recently wrote in a letter posted to the town’s website. “Our engineered beach replacement drawings call for 350,000 cubic yards of sand, just to replace what we lost.”

At an estimated cost between $11 and $14 million, Medlin said the town “can not even begin to recover without FEMA.”

“We are two months post-storm and we still have not been assigned our FEMA agent,” Medlin wrote.

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