Surf City Boat Storage Facility Continues Post-Annexation Plans

With Surf City’s access to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and other places for recreational activities, local entrepreneur Mike Ellis is eager to have a place where owners can park their boats and their motorhomes.

Topsail Tide, LLC is working to finalize plans for a bot and RV storage facility with 46 parking spaces. A rezoning application has been submitted by Charles F. Riggs & Associates on behalf of the Surf City-based company. The 1.4 acre property is located on the east side of NC 50 near Juniper Trail.

“We are primarily looking to serve the residents of Surf City,” Ellis said.

In 2021, the plaintiff applied to be annexed to the city limits of Surf City. It was approved in January 2022 by council members, but officials said the project would require further rezoning because it did not meet the use-by-right criteria for mixed-use zoning.

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According to city officials, the property was previously under the jurisdiction of Pender County. Ellis said it was a big plus to be in Surf City and officially part of the local community.

“We’re just a local family that wants to participate in Surf City,” the 30-year-old said. “Nothing against Pender County, it’s just that we want to support the city and the municipality itself. I’m just a young local entrepreneur trying to get started.”

Board members of Surf City Planning recommended approval with conditions. Some of these included fencing outside the property lines, no billboards, and a 10-foot vegetation buffer along the NC 50 frontage.

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“We’re pro Surf City and we’re a young, locally owned and operated family business,” Ellis said. “We’re local, we live here, so we really care about the city, and that’s going to show in the property and how we maintain it.”

As a local entrepreneur, Ellis said he plans to bring more businesses to Surf City.

A public hearing for boat and RV storage is scheduled for Oct. 4 at a meeting of Surf City Commissioners. If approved, the applicant will make minor modifications to the site plan to meet the requirements of the approval.

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