Pender community surfs its way to recovery months after storm


SURF CITY- NC (WWAY) — Surf City beaches, dunes, and businesses are still on the mend after Hurricane Florence.

“We’re just recovering,” Mayor Doug Medlin said. “We have pushed sand up and now we’re hauling sand, and we’ll be hauling sand until sometime, the first of May, hopefully be through by that time.”

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Jay Lanier of C.M. Mitchell Construction explained that hauling sand is a necessary process.

“It just protects everything, the islands from the major swells and some storms,” Lanier said.

Daddy Mac’s Beach Grille lost their restaurant beach access to the storm, one of many beach accesses lost to the storm. The restaurant will start rebuilding it in the next few weeks.

Manager Nichole Garcia said that post Florence was a dark time for them, because they rely heavily on tourists.

“We missed almost all of September’s business and that’s one of our peak months,” Garcia said. “The weather is still great here and we get tons of business and then even October, November, December were really slow because we just didn’t have any of the vacationers. All the rentals were down.”

Medlin is confident that Surf City will bounce back to what it was before Florence hit.