Business leaders want to end Surf City identity crisis


SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Surf City business owners are speaking out about what they call the town’s identity crisis.

It is a popular beach town, growing with business and it has been established for more than 60 years, but this Pender County beach town is still searching for an identity.

“We’re ready,” Surf City Guns and Ammo Owner Dorothy Royal said.

Royal said property owners in Surf City and Topsail Beach still do not have their own zip code. She said the zip code is 28445. That is Holly Ridge in Onslow County.

“If you live in Topsail Beach or in Surf City, you live there for a reason, because you’re proud of those towns,” Royal said. “You should be able to recognize where you live by your own zip code.”

Royal said the confusing address also creates confusing mail.

“We’ve had delivery trucks, 18-wheelers, call us from Highway 17 in Holly Ridge wanting to know where we are located, because their GPS put them on Highway 17,” Royal said.

As Royal listed off dozens of weekly mailing issues, business owner and Mayor Pro-Tem Doug Medlin said he also has a list of problems.

“I even had trouble with sales tax, because of the difference in Onslow County and the Surf City sales tax,” Medlin said.

Medlin said the town requested its own zip code in 2006, but the US Postal Service denied it. Town Manager Larry Bergman said the town can only make a request every 10 years.

“The time has come,” Royal said.

As 2016 approaches, town leaders, business owners, and residents are preparing the next fight for an identity.

“We deserve it,” Royal said. “We deserve our own zip code.”

“Time to change,” Medlin said. “That’s right.”

Bergman said the town’s board members will discuss the options at a workshop on August 28. Royal also said she plans to discuss the issue with Rep. David Rouzer in September.

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