Town of Topsail Beach Suspends Seasonal Beach Access Permits

If you’re among those who eagerly await the Fall and Winter months to drive your 4WD vehicle or ride your horse along the scenic shores in the southern area of Topsail Island… we have some disappointing news.

Traditionally, the Town of Topsail Beach has allowed 4WD vehicles and horses on the beach from October 1st through January 15th. The access point for this seasonal privilege has been Drum Avenue, a well-known spot at the island’s south end.

Due to an upcoming beach nourishment project, commissioners in the Town of Topsail Beach have decided to suspend beach access permits for the 2023-2024 season.

While specifics of the nourishment project have not been shared, the town’s decision aims to prioritize long-term sustainability over short-term enjoyment. By temporarily halting access, the town is taking a proactive approach to maintain the beach’s natural beauty and ecological balance.

This temporary change will undoubtedly affect many area residents who have traditionally relied on this seasonal access for activities like fishing, horseback riding, and beachcombing.

While the news may be disappointing, there’s a bright side. The town has announced plans to reinstate Beach Access Permits for the 2024-2025 season.


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1 thought on “Town of Topsail Beach Suspends Seasonal Beach Access Permits”

  1. Yet another example of the desires of the out-of-state crowd who now own most of Topsail property and dictate local ordinances outweighing the traditional access rights of the locals who have enjoyed this and other parts of the island for years, all in the name of sustainability.
    What was once customary access at what has been narrowed down to a “well known location” according to you, is now a “privilege” which is “allowed by” the Town of Topsail Beach. All this means is that they are just one step from banning access completely. Tell me — who is paying for your nourishment project???


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