The town has increasingly gained support in recent years from congressional lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. and U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C.
In August 2017, Tillis introduced S. 1745, which would revise the boundaries to remove all of the structures in North Topsail Beach currently within the CBRA. The bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., was referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. There has since been no movement on the bill.
Tillis said in a statement that he supports the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act and indicated he would continue to push getting more of the town out of the CBRA boundary.
“While this legislation doesn’t fully resolve the error created when the maps were originally drawn, it is a significant improvement, and I remain committed to making sure that we fully resolve the original mapping error,” Tillis said in a press statement.
Tillis’ press secretary Adam Webb stated in an email that the senator is “committed to working on fully resolving the issues” at North Topsail Beach.
“We are currently working with relevant stakeholders to evaluate our options to fully correct the outstanding CBRA map issues,” Webb said in the email.
Jones, as well as former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, have also introduced bills to revise the CBRA designation in North Topsail Beach.
In December 2017, Jones submitted H.R. 4692. The bill was referred in January 2018 to the House subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.
Tuman said the town is depending on Tillis and Jones to persist in getting the various committees to review the bills.
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