Wrightsville Beach reopens for first time since Hurricane Florence

SKY TRACKER: A look at Florence damage over Wrightsville Beach
The Loop (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
The Loop (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
Johnie Mercer's Pier (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
Johnie Mercer's Pier (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
Pelican Drive (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
Pelican Drive (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
Lighthouse Beer and Wine (Photo source: Colin Hackman)
Lighthouse Beer and Wine (Photo source: Colin Hackman)

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Wrightsville Beach reopened for residents, property owners and business owners Tuesday morning.

Power and water have been restored to most of the island, and while some people have had significant damage to property, 25 year resident Bobby Brandon tells us it was nothing like previous storms.

"During Fran we had boats lying in the roadway, and sand everywhere. This really doesn't look that bad, it's more of a repair effort than a rebuilding effort," Bobby Brandon said.

Jason Adams also remembers previous storms. He says the biggest difference in his experience is what has happened after Florence.

"The reentry process is much better," says Adams. "The town of Wrightsville Beach has streamlined that, and gotten it right. We only had to stay off the island for a couple of days and it was easy to get back on."

Adams had to elevate inventory in his Causeway Drive business ,Lighthouse Beer and Wine, before evacuating. He thinks it could've been a lot worse, "It ended up coming in as a category one storm, and a cat four could've been really nasty. I think we really dodged a bullet on this one. "

Residents were required to have a tax decal posted on their windshield to re-enter Wrightsville Beach.

The town of Wrightsville Beach is still under a curfew from 8pm to 6 am even for the residents and business owners who have been allowed to return. There is no word yet on when the general public will be allowed to travel across the Heidi Trask bridge into Wrightsville Beach.

More information on the reentry process can be found below.

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