Feb 15 2011

The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City (Ocean Front)

The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina, has direct ocean access. The three bedroom, two bath, cottage was fully renovated prior to the 2009 rental season. Enjoy relaxing ocean breezes and walks on the beach. The home is pet friendly.


Feb 15 2011

Ocean Views of The Hi-Sea on Topsail Island

The Hi-Sea Direct Ocean Front on Topsail Island in Surf City Deck Photo
The Hi-Sea Direct Ocean Front on Topsail Island in Surf City Deck Photo

The Hi-Sea continues to be one of the most sought after cottages on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina. The home has a tremendous rental history and provides guests with a cozy home away from home.  

 


Jul 30 2014

Crowd attends DOT hearing on new Topsail bridge

The crowd was drawn to the Moose lodge on the mainland for a meeting to explain what the N.C. DOT had in mind – a $57 million (80 percent federal funds, 20 percent state) high-level (65-foot clearance), fixed-span bridge.

The new bridge will replace the swing bridge, which the DOT calls “functionally obsolete,” that has served to shuttle people to the beach for well over half a century.

Repair and rehabilitation of the existing bridge is not an option as they “do not meet the objects of the project,” according to DOT facilitator Diane Wilson.

The N.C. DOT looked at a number of alternatives, dismissing some early in the process, and weeding out other possibilities more recently, before settling on Alternative 17. It is most preferred by residents, according to surveys and comments, results in the fewest number of relocations, connects to the main business district, and has the least impact on wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas. It also costs the least of any of the serious candidates.

It is to be located about 900 feet south of the existing bridge, with two travel lanes, two bicycle lanes and a 10-foot multi-use lane separated from all other traffic by a concrete barrier. That lane could be converted to another travel lane in emergencies requiring evacuation.

On the mainland, the DOT is proposing that traffic approach the new bridge from a roundabout, with four “legs” bringing in cars from three directions. Once on the island, a second roundabout will have three legs, including the one from the bridge.

Despite the size of the audience, only a handful of people spoke, and most were happy to have a new bridge in the works, if they were not overwhelmingly in favor of the change. Those in favor appreciated the sentimental value of the old structure that so many have expressed throughout this planning process, but “this isn’t about sentiment,” one speaker noted, “it’s about safety.”

The main sticking point – for those who welcome the bridge and for those who are not so sure – seemed to be the three-legged roundabout on the island side, specifically whether it would be sufficient to handle incoming traffic.

That, and the bridge is really only two lanes, which many claimed will not be up to the task and is “obsolete before it is built,” according to one speaker.

Right-of-way acquisition is expected to begin next year, with construction getting underway in 2017.

Those who were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting have until Aug. 26 to comment in writing to Diane Wilson, NCDOT Human Environment Section, 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699.

Metro desk: 910-343-2389

On Twitter: @StarNewsOnline

Article source: http://www.starnewsonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140729597


Jul 30 2014

NCDOT holding public meeting to discuss Surf City bridge plan

SURF CITY, N.C. -
The State Department of Transportation wants to hear from you on the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island bridge in Surf City.

A public meeting is happening Tuesday at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge in Holly Ridge. A formal presentation of the bridge plans starts at 7. Residents will be able to ask questions and/or submit comments following the presentation.

The NCDOT proposal includes building a new bridge to replace the existing swing bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway on N.C. 50/210 in Surf City. This is one of two bridges that provide access to Topsail Island. The existing bridge is a steel truss swing span bridge that was built in the 1950s and is due for replacement.

NCDOT originally evaluated more than 20 design alternatives for this project. A series of public workshops and meetings with environmental regulatory agencies were used to narrow down the alternatives.

The NCDOT says the proposed project will improve traffic flow by providing wider travel lanes for all vehicles, maintain boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway, and minimize traffic delays. The proposed bridge will include access for pedestrians and bicycles.

An environmental document was prepared for this project and was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in October 2011. This document, known as the Environmental Assessment (EA), along with the Corridor Public Hearing Maps displaying the selected alternative are available for public review at the following locations:

• NCDOT Division Engineer’s Office, 5501 Barbados Boulevard, Castle Hayne;
• Town of Surf City, 214 N. New River Drive;
• Town of North Topsail Beach, 2008 Loggerhead Court; and
• Town of Topsail Beach, 820 S. Anderson Boulevard.
Copies of the EA document and maps also can be found on the project’s website at: www.ncdot.org/projects/TopsailIslandBridge.

For more information, please contact Diane Wilson, NCDOT- Human Environment Unit, by phone at (919) 707-6073 or email: pdwilson1@ncdot.gov. Additional written comments regarding the proposed project may be submitted to Ms. Wilson until Aug. 26, 2014.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Wilson as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Article source: http://www.wnct.com/story/26046094/ncdot-sets-public-meeting-to-discuss-surf-city-bridge-plan


Jul 30 2014

Crowd attends public hearing on Surf City bridge

Organizers were busy putting out more chairs, even as Tuesday night’s N.C. Department of Transportation hearing on the proposed new bridge connecting Topsail Island to the mainland was getting underway.

The crowd was drawn to the Moose lodge on the mainland for a meeting to explain what the N.C. DOT had in mind – a $57 million (80 percent federal funds, 20 percent state) high-level (65-foot clearance), fixed-span bridge.

The new bridge will replace the swing bridge, which the DOT calls “functionally obsolete,” that has served to shuttle people to the beach for well over half a century.

Repair and rehabilitation of the existing bridge is not an option as they “do not meet the objects of the project,” according to DOT facilitator Diane Wilson.

The N.C. DOT looked at a number of alternatives, dismissing some early in the process, and weeding out other possibilities more recently, before settling on Alternative 17. It is most preferred by residents, according to surveys and comments, results in the fewest number of relocations, connects to the main business district, and has the least impact on wetlands and environmentally sensitive areas. It also costs the least of any of the serious candidates.

It is to be located about 900 feet south of the existing bridge, with two travel lanes, two bicycle lanes and a 10-foot multi-use lane separated from all other traffic by a concrete barrier. That lane could be converted to another travel lane in emergencies requiring evacuation.

On the mainland, the DOT is proposing that traffic approach the new bridge from a roundabout, with four “legs” bringing in cars from three directions. Once on the island, a second roundabout will have three legs, including the one from the bridge.

Despite the size of the audience, only a handful of people spoke, and most were happy to have a new bridge in the works, if they were not overwhelmingly in favor of the change. Those in favor appreciated the sentimental value of the old structure which so many have expressed throughout this planning process, but “this isn’t about sentiment,” one speaker noted, “it’s about safety.”

The main sticking point – for those who welcome the bridge and for those who are not so sure – seemed to be the three-legged roundabout on the island side, specifically whether it would be sufficient to handle incoming traffic.

That, and the bridge is really only two lanes, which many claimed will not be up to the task and is “obsolete before it is built,” according to one speaker.

Right-of-way acquisition is expected to begin next year, with construction getting underway in 2017.

Those who were unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting have until Aug. 26 to comment in writing to Diane Wilson, NCDOT Human Environment Section, 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699.

Article source: http://www.jdnews.com/news/local/crowd-attends-public-hearing-on-surf-city-bridge-1.352172


Jul 29 2014

NCDOT To Hold Meeting On Possibly Replacing Topsail Island Bridge



A meeting about possibly replacing a popular bridge in Surf City will be held Tuesday.

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A meeting about possibly replacing a popular bridge in Surf City will be held Tuesday.

The NCDOT will be holding the public meeting regarding the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island Bridge on NC 50/210 in Surf City.

This is one of two bridges that provide access to Topsail Island.

The DOT says the Topsail Island Bridge was built in the 1950s and is due for replacement.

The transportation company also says the proposed new bridge will have wider travel lanes that improves traffic flow and include access for pedestrians and bicycles.

The public can listen in and offer their opinion about the proposed project from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge.

Article source: http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/NCDOT-To-Hold-Meeting-On-Possibly-Replacing-Topsail-Island-Bridge-269026581.html


Jul 29 2014

NCDOT To Hold Meeting On Possibly Replacing Topsail Island Bridge



A meeting about possibly replacing a popular bridge in Surf City will be held Tuesday.

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A meeting about possibly replacing a popular bridge in Surf City will be held Tuesday.

The NCDOT will be holding the public meeting regarding the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island Bridge on NC 50/210 in Surf City.

This is one of two bridges that provide access to Topsail Island.

The DOT says the Topsail Island Bridge was built in the 1950s and is due for replacement.

The transportation company also says the proposed new bridge will have wider travel lanes that improves traffic flow and include access for pedestrians and bicycles.

The public can listen in and offer their opinion about the proposed project from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge.

Article source: http://www.witn.com/news/headlines/NCDOT-To-Hold-Meeting-On-Possibly-Replacing-Topsail-Island-Bridge-269026581.html


Jul 29 2014

NCDOT holds public meeting topsail island bridge replacement

TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC -
The state Department of Public Transportation wants to hear from your opinion on the proposed replacement of the Topsail Island bridge in Surf City.

A public meeting is being held at the Topsail Island Moose Lodge in Holly Ridge from 3:30 until 6:30 Tuesday, July 29th.

A formal presentation of the bridge plans will then be held at 7 p.m.

Article source: http://www.wnct.com/story/26137812/ncdot-holds-public-meeting-topsail-island-bridge-replacement


Jul 29 2014

Pender County man pleads guilty in methamphetamine case

 

Article source: http://www.wwaytv3.com/2014/07/28/pender-county-man-pleads-guilty-methamphetamine-case


Jul 29 2014

Hampstead meth cook pleads guilty

Jeffrey Brown, 37, pleaded to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine. Brown was sentenced by Judge Doug Parsons to from six years, four months to eight years, eight months in prison.

The Surf City Police Department began investigating Brown on March 21, according to the release, after being told that Ryan Haithcock – a codefendant in this case – was bringing chemicals used to manufacture meth to 145 Edgecombe Community Center Drive in Hampstead.

In the past, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office had been told meth was made there.

Representatives of the sheriff’s office’s vice and narcotics unit, the Surf City Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation visited the Edgecombe Community Center Drive residence.

When they arrived, officers saw items indicating previous “cooking” of meth in the yard and, as they went to the front door, smelled an odor associated with manufacturing the drug.

Law enforcement entered and found Brown and two small children inside.

A search revealed containers that had been modified to cook meth. A burn pile in the yard also contained items indicating meth had been made there before.

To get the materials necessary to cook meth while avoiding law enforcement, law enforcement later learned, Brown used several people known as “smurfs” to buy Pseudophederine and other chemicals. Using a national database and video from several stores, officers traced those purchases to Brown, according to the release.

“This was a complex and sophisticated operation that may have gone undetected if not for the good work of the Surf City Police Department, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, and the SBI Clandestine Lab Unit,” Pender County District Attorney Ben David said in the release.

Haithcock, the codefendant, will make his next court appearance Aug. 15, according to the release.

Adam Wagner: 343-2096

On Twitter: @AdamWagner1990

Article source: http://www.starnewsonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014140729640


Jul 29 2014

Kinney promoted to vice president, director of sales at Coldwell Banker Sea …

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Denise Kinney

Denise Kinney

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has created a new vice president position to help manage the company’s growth in markets from Jacksonville to the South Carolina line.

Denise Kinney, a seven-year veteran of the company who has successfully managed four Sea Coast offices, was recently announced as the new vice president, director of sales, according to a press release. In this position, Kinney will manage the brokers-in-charge who oversee each of the company’s 11 offices, and will assist them in developing and executing new ideas to increase production, streamline operations and help the company’s more than 375 agents to better serve their buyers and sellers.

“With the strengthening of the market and our company’s position as No. 1 in the most homes sold, we’ve seen a significant increase in demand for services from both our agents and their customers,” said Tim Milam, president of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. “Denise can create systems that help our agents work more effectively, which in turn, ensures that our buyers and sellers receive superior customer service. Promoting Denise to this new position was an easy decision, as she has a very successful track record with our company.

“In each of the four offices she managed, she increased sales volume, agent recruiting, agent retention and agent production. Her enthusiasm and work ethic is highly regarded throughout the firm, and we are proud to welcome her to our executive management team.”

Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is the largest and best-selling real estate company in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties, with more than $1.1 billion in closed home sales in 2013. Sea Coast Advantage was founded in Wilmington in 1988 and joined Coldwell Banker in 1993. Sea Coast Advantage is staffed by more than 375 real estate agents in 11 offices in Wilmington, Leland, Jacksonville, Carolina Beach, Topsail Island, Hampstead, Southport, Sneads Ferry, South Brunswick, Oak Island and Holden Beach. For additional information, go to www.seacoastrealty.com.

If you have a business news item to be considered for publication, please email the information to newstips@portcitydaily.com. 

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Jul 28 2014

Surf City Hosts Gun Safety Camps For Children



We have all seen our share of gun violence in the east and now one local city is working to increase childrens

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We have all seen our share of gun violence in the east and now one local city is working to increase childrens’ knowledge about proper gun safety techniques.

Surf City Parks and Recreation is partnering with Surf City Guns and Ammo, local law enforcement and NRA instructors to host gun safety camps for children, starting Monday.

The camps are for children ages 9 through 14. Camps will be taught in two sessions, the first one beginning Monday through Friday and another from August 11 through August 15.

The aim of the camps is to prevent accidents with guns through teaching kids gun safety and responsibility.

In the classroom, children involved will review basics on pistol and rifle safety through a series of hands-on demonstrations and presentations.

Children participating will also receive visits from local law enforcement agencies, including the Pender County Sheriff’s Department.

On the last day of camp, campers will be escorted to an outdoor range to test their knowledge and safe use of a Ruger 10/22. They will use a variety of target materials, including zombies and balloons.

Monday’s camp session will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration for the gun safety camps is $125. While it is too late to register for the first session, registration for the August 11 session is still open.

For more information on how to sign your child up for the camps, you can call (910) 328-4887 or click here.

Article source: http://www.witn.com/news/headlines/Surf-City-Hosts-Gun-Safety-Camps-For-Children-268857411.html