Surf City celebrates 75 years of incorporation

SURF CITY, N.C. (WITN) – One town here in the east celebrated 75 years of incorporation.

Family and friends gathered Sunday in Surf City to celebrate its town’s years of incorporation.

“I grew up here my entire life I wouldn’t want to grow up anywhere else,” Surf City Mayor Teresa Batts said.

Live music, food trucks, and games were enjoyed during the celebration, including an exhibit that walks residents down Surf City memory lane.

“It’s so important for our residents and community members to see how Surf City has evolved over time and how far we’ve come and the opportunities that we have when looking into the future,” Parks and Recreation Center Director Jodi Shepard said.

Since its incorporation on March 23rd, 1949, Batts said the town has had a historic growth of events.

“From World War Two through the Camp Davis era and how our city has grown and became a municipality in 1994,” Batts said.

According to Shepard, it is not only a time to look at what has been accomplished in the past, but an opportunity to look at what is ahead in the future. However, the future may not see many changes as Batts said people love the town because it stays just the way it is.

“We want to keep our natural beauty, our beaches, our waterways, our sound, keeping the same recreational and fishing village,” Batts said.

The exhibit walkthrough will be open on March 25th and March 26th at the Welcome and Event Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.