Topsail Island looks to rebound from Hurricane Florence

The storm hammered Pender County’s beaches, but officials say the recovery is already well underway

In all likelihood, tourism at Topsail Beach and Surf City will not be as robust next spring and summer as has been the case in past years. But Topsail Beach Town Manager Michael Rose said it’s not going to be a bust, either.

Debris cleanup from Hurricane Florence continues in Topsail Beach, Rose said, and will probably continue in the weeks and even months ahead as absentee owners work piecemeal on repairing and renovating properties.

Much of the beach debris has been collected, and he expects that part of the recovery to be completed in the next week or two.

“Certainly by the time we get into the season next year, I believe our beaches will be in good shape,” Rose said. Topsail Beach has 24 access crossovers, all of which survived Hurricane Florence, though most were damaged, he added.

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