Emerald Tidings

September 2014

  1. Town Mourns Passing of Commissioner Nita Hedreen
  2. Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low General Fund Property Tax Rate
  3. Carteret County Schedules Referendum on Additional 1/4% Sales Tax
  4. New Welcome Center Construction Expected Soon
  5. Jim Normile Appointed as New Town Commissioner
  6. Emerald Isle Triathlon- Saturday, October 18
  7. Registration Now Open for Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races
  8. Did You Know?
  9. Beautiful Fall Weather is Here - Enjoy!

Town Mourns Passing of Commissioner Nita Hedreen

Emerald Isle Town Commissioner Nita Hedreen passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was 61 years old.  All of us at the Town of Emerald Isle are saddened by her passing, and were inspired by her courageous battle.

Commissioner Hedreen truly loved the Town of Emerald Isle, and was first elected as a Town Commissioner in 2003, serving her community for more than 10 ½ years.  Her thoughtful insights, caring nature, and wisdom will be sorely missed by our community and the entire Town organization. 

Nita's obituary may be viewed and online condolences may be submitted at http://www.mundenfuneralhome.net/obits/obituary.php?id=491510 .

Emerald Isle Continues to Enjoy Low General Fund Property Tax Rate

Emerald Isle property taxpayers continue to enjoy the second lowest General Fund property tax rate among the 21 oceanfront towns in North Carolina.  

The Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and Town staff all work hard to provide the highest quality Town services at the lowest possible cost to our customers!

Carteret County Schedules Referendum on Additional 1/4% Sales Tax - Vote November 4

The Carteret County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a referendum for November 4 on whether or not the local sales tax should be increased by 1/4% to fund future navigation dredging projects in Carteret County.  If approved by the voters, the total State and local sales tax paid on certain purchases would increase from 6.75% to 7%.

The additional sales tax is expected to generate approximately $2.5 million annually for Carteret County.  Bogue Inlet is among the local waterways expected to be eligible for dredging funds from this revenue source if approved by the voters.  

More information will be made available in the coming weeks, and posted on the Town's website at www.emeraldisle-nc.org .  Carteret County officials can be contacted at 252-728-8450 or by visiting www.carteretcountync.gov . 

New Welcome Center Construction Expected Soon

The Town expects to begin construction of a new Welcome Center at Merchants Park in Emerald Isle later this fall or winter, with a goal to open to visitors by Memorial Day weekend 2015.  The new Welcome Center will be constructed by the Town and leased to the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority, who will operate the new facility.  

The new building is expected to have a similar appearance as the Town Administration Building, and will be conveniently located adjacent to the Town's bicycle path on NC 58 in the main commercial area of Town.  
 

Jim Normile Appointed as New Town Commissioner

With the recent passing of Commissioner Nita Hedreen, the Board of Commissioners appointed Jim Normile to fill her unexpired term on August 27, 2014.  

Commissioner Normile previously served on the Town's Board of Adjustment (2008 - 2012) and Planning Board (2012 - 2014), and he and his wife Elaine have been permanent residents of Emerald Isle for the past 14 years.  Commissioner Normile is semi-retired, and operates the Emerald Isle Bed & Breakfast on 5th Street.  He also now provides real estate education and consulting services after a long career in real estate and after having retired from the US Marine Corps.  

Emerald Isle Triathlon - Saturday, October 18

Register Now!  

The 11th annual Emerald Isle Triathlon will take place on Saturday, October 18 at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access. The race starts at 8 am, and includes a 750 m swim, 19.3 km bike, and 5 km run. 

To register, please visit:

http://www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/triathlon/races/emerald-isle-triathlon-2014?int= .

Start your training program now!  The weather is absolutely beautiful in Emerald Isle in October.  Bring the whole family and enjoy a great weekend at the beach!

Registration Now Open for Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Start your training now for our 2nd annual event!  

The 13.1 mile Half-Marathon is back again, and we've also added a full 26.2 mile course!  Each race is limited to 1000 participants, so register now!

The 5K race is also back for a second year, and is limited to 500 participants.  We look forward to seeing you in Emerald Isle this spring!

Register at:

http://www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/running/distance-running-races/emerald-isle-marathon-half-marathon-and-5k-2015?int=

Did You Know?

There are a total of 420 students enrolled in Carteret County Schools who live in Emerald Isle.  Emerald Isle students represent just under 5% of the total enrollment in Carteret County Schools (8,493).

Beautiful Fall Weather is Here - Enjoy!

The water is still warm, the air temperatures are just right, the fish are biting, and the crowds are just right!  Come on down to Emerald Isle for a fall visit!  You won't want to leave..........

Photo courtesy of Brad Styron.  Thank you!

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
Posted by Frank Rush Monday, September 1, 2014 10:40:00 AM

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