Sneads Ferry community weighs in on future of village

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 02:38 PM.

“The traffic is a huge problem,” Ikner said. “I think everybody is aware that that has got to be addressed.”

She said either another bridge in addition to the old span or a wider replacement eventually could be a necessity.

“Nothing is going to solve the problem unless you get rid of a bottleneck,” Ikner said.

Shepard said although he supported a failed effort seeking Sneads Ferry’s incorporation in the past, he is pleased with the ability to plan for growth to avoid pitfalls he said have plagued other coastal municipalities and counties.

“We have more returns out of tourism from North Topsail Beach than North Topsail Beach does except for rentals,” Shepard said. “We are feeling the tourism now.”

Shepard said the threat of unwanted annexation is no longer valid since the General Assembly passed legislation requiring a referendum in the area to be annexed. 

He said perhaps the greatest challenge moving forward would be to translate some old realities of the fishing village. 



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