North Topsail Beach Special Meeting

Press Release: North Topsail Beach Special Meeting

Date: 04/24/2020

Yesterday, Governor Roy Cooper extended the state’s stay at home order through May 8th. This decision will have implications throughout the state, including the Town of North Topsail Beach’s operations. North Carolinians are being asked to make a lot of sacrifices. The North Topsail Beach Board of Aldermen wants you to know they are listening to your concerns, and they appreciate citizen input. The public’s comments help provide a full perspective of the hard decisions in the upcoming days.

We ask that you likewise consider the full scope of concerns from the state. This will be a challenging summer for everyone, but it is the Board’s hope that the division in the Town subsides so we can all come together for our community.

Today, the Board of Aldermen met to discuss many topics, including the current State of Emergency. In alignment with the Governor’s order, the Board decided to extend the Town’s state of emergency restrictions until May 8th. Because the state does not consider short-term travel essential under its stay at home order, short-term rentals will continue to be prohibited. The Board will also continue current restrictions on public beach parking.

The situation remains dynamic with new information arising every day. The decision to extend rental and parking restrictions to May 8th is possibly not the last action the Board will take in this pandemic. The state is using the most up-to-date data available to make the safest practical plan to reopen North Carolina. The Board will continue following the governor’s guidance as we move forward and will promptly inform citizens if new action is taken.

Regardless of these decisions, citizens are encouraged to exercise additional restrictions when warranted. All full-time residents at high risk should follow CDC guidelines and continue to stay home. Property owners who do not live in the Town full-time should consider sheltering in their primary residences, where they can be close to their primary care providers.

When the short-term rental ban is lifted, property owners who rent their home must make efforts to reconcile reservations with guests from various states with different stay at home orders, especially when those orders do not align with North Carolina. We ask you to have compassion in working with these guests and finding solutions that help all parties, such as allow rescheduling.

The Town also asks that rental owners and companies follow CDC guidelines as it relates to guest safety in rental homes. Please, be prepared to address various scenarios, such as the following: What measures will you take to properly clean the rental? Is your cleaning staff prepared with the supplies they need? If a renter becomes ill and must quarantine in the rental property, what does that mean for the current tenants’ charges and how will future reservations be managed?

Thank you for your ongoing support. We will work through this difficult time together as one community. For more information, please visit the town’s COVID-19 Resource page.

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