The public is now being allowed on a portion of Topsail Island.
Monday morning North Topsail Beach Mayor Dan Tuman lifted restrictions for the general public, which was originally put in place to restrict the number of people in the town and allow the streets to be more passable for cleanup crews, according to a press release from NTB.
“While we still urge drivers to travel with caution, we believe that is it appropriate to lift the restriction,” the town wrote.
There are some limitations in place, though, which include a curfew from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.; towing enforced for any vehicles not parked on private property; and all town parks and beach accesses remain closed.
NTB town hall is not inhabitable, according to the release, and the town has rented 2021 N.C. Hwy 172 in Sneads Ferry to work out of for the time being. The town is in the process of moving to the new location and hopes to be open by Thursday, but it depends on how quickly IT services can be connected.
Down the road in Surf City the town officials are facing a similar situation, with heavy water damage preventing them from using their town hall, according to a Facebook post by the town. For the time being, the town has moved to the Surf City Community Center, located at 201 Community Center Drive, and stated they hope to be operational again on Tuesday.
Unlike NTB, Surf City remains closed to the public with only property owners and state licensed general contractors and insurance adjusters allowed into the town with a pass, according to the post.
Surf City’s curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the island portion of the town remains in effect, according to the post, and vacation rentals are prohibited until further notice.