Welcome to the Surf City Ocean Pier!
Topsail Island's first ocean pier, the Surf City Pier, was originally built in 1948. It has been owned and operated by the Lore family since 1973. Though it has weathered many storms (some better than others), Hurricane Fran destroyed it in 1996. It was totally rebuilt and reopened in August of 1997, looking much like it does today including a few additions. The Surf City Pier comes complete with large assortment of bait, fully stocked tackle shop, an eclectic collection of souvenirs fresh ground chuck burger's from the grill, and an outside covered dining area.
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Latest News & What's Currently Biting
Hello friends and Pier Family,
We have been slow about reaching out to you in hopes of having all the answers you may have after reading this post. As many of you may know or have heard North Topsail Beach has voted to begin charging for parking and Town of Surf City is working out the details to do the same.
Some of the Highlights from the Town of Surf City not SCP.
“Currently, there’s an estimated 600 parking spaces that will be available throughout the Island. The Town will continue to place a priority on parking availability for beach access and will seek opportunities to expand parking options.”
”Anyone living outside of Surf City town limits will need to pay for parking and can choose hourly, weekly, or seasonal passes to accommodate their needs. Anyone living within town limits and who has a Surf City utility account will receive 2 free passes for their household.”
“Parking validation will be done through license plate registration and verification.”
“The basic concept of the paid parking program is to utilize a mobile application, eliminating the need for costly pay stations or kiosks as well as long term maintenance and liability to the Town. We would also set up an alternative option for anyone that does not have a mobile device, or they forgot it at home, or their battery has died.”
“Parks will maintain free parking but should be utilized for park use only. Council is proposing the parking lot at the corner of N. Topsail Drive and Wilmington Ave. (423 N. Topsail Drive) be free parking as well.”
“The seasonal parking enforcement is proposed to run from April 1st through October 31st. Times outside of the season will be free of charge.”
“The proposed parking hours will be from 9am to 5pm to allow for early morning beach activities as well as evening dining and shopping free of charge.”
Proposed Parking Rates:
Surf City Resident (mainland or island) - FREE
$3/Hour ∙ $20/Day ∙ $60/Week ∙ $250/Seasonal Pass
*Prices are subject to change.
*Above information is from the Town of Surf City Paid Parking FAQ.
Ok so now back to us...What does all this mean for Surf City Pier? Parking in our parking lot will remain FREE to our Fishing Customers and Season Pass holders. The town lots should be free between 5pm and 9am (this could change). We are in the process of getting stickers made to put in the cars for Season Pass Holders and other parking passes printed for our day trippers.. We have reached out to a local Towing company for assistance in maintaining our parking lot and we are actively looking to hire a couple of individuals to help us police the parking lot. We acknowledge there will be hiccups along the way. This will be new to all of us, so your patience and cooperation will go a long way in helping make these new changes as painless as possible for everyone.. This is an evolving situation so details are subject to change. We will update you on important information as they become available.
Please reach out to the TOWN OF SURF CITY if you have questions or concerns about THEIR PARKING.
Please be respectful.
The Pier is Open
New Camera located at the Surf City Pier. Stays stationary so you can see what is happening in real time on the pier. Please enjoy this camera along with the others located at the pier and north of the pier that pans and scans the surrounding area.