Emerald Tidings

May 2014

  1. Fire Department to Offer New Beach Safety Course
  2. FY 14-15 Recommended Budget to Be Presented in May
  3. Emerald Isle's "Second Helping" to Collect Leftover Food from Departing Visitors This Summer
  4. Town's Bicycle Path Network Officially Named the "Emerald Path"
  5. Join the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee for Weekly Rides on the Emerald Path!
  6. Town Considering Adding Commercial Slips at EI Public Boating Access Area
  7. Resident / Taxpayer Beach Parking Permits Available Now
  8. Unattended Beach Equipment Exception Stickers Available Now
  9. Reminder - Yard Debris Collection Procedures
  10. Inaugural EI Half-Marathon & 5K A Huge Success!
  11. Did You Know?

Fire Department to Offer New Beach Safety Course

The Emerald Isle Fire Department oversees the Town's Beach Patrol and Lifeguard program, and is offering a new Beach Safety Course all summer long.  Come on out and learn valuable information to make your beach experience as safe and enjoyable as possible! 

The new course will include helpful information about the Town's programs, how to prepare for your beach visit, warning flags and what they mean, rip current identification and survival, spinal injury prevention, lightning safety, potentially harmful aquatic life, and more!  The course is designed for beach visitors of all ages, and is free of charge to everyone. 

Summer 2014 sessions will be held at the Town Board Meeting Room, 7500 Emerald Drive (next to the Police Station) at 1 pm on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 22
  • Monday, June 2
  • Monday, June 16
  • Tuesday, July 8
  • Tuesday, July 22
  • Monday, August 4
  • Monday, August 18

For more information, please contact the EIFD at 252-354-2445 or bwalker@emeraldisle-nc.org .

 

FY 14-15 Recommended Budget to Be Presented in May

The Town's FY 14-15 Recommended Budget will be presented to the Board of Commissioners at its May 13 regular meeting.  The Board will review and deliberate over the budget during May and June, and is expected to adopt the new budget at its June 10 meeting. 

The FY 14-15 Recommended Budget will maintain the Town's current property tax rate for all taxpayers, and will provide sufficient funding to maintain the Town's service levels and quality.  The entire Town organization, from the Town staff to the Town Manager to the Mayor and Commissioners, works very hard to provide the highest quality Town services at the lowest possible cost.

The FY 14-15 Recommended Budget will be available at www.emeraldisle-nc.org after May 13.

Emerald Isle's "Second Helping" to Collect Leftover Food from Departing Visitors This Summer

Visitors:  Please don't throw your remaining food away at the end of your vacation!  Instead, please donate your leftover food to help those less fortunate!

Volunteers will collect canned goods, foodstuffs, perishables & non-perishables (even open containers) at two convenient locations on your way out of Emerald Isle.  Drop-off sites are near Bert's Surf Shop (corner of Islander Drive and NC 58) and near Holiday TravLPark (corner of Coast Guard Road and Reed Drive).  Volunteers will collect food each Saturday morning from 7 am - 12 noon from June 14 - September 1.

The "Second Helping" crew will distribute all food to local food banks and soup kitchens in our surrounding area.  For more information, visit www.asecondhelping-emeraldisle.com .

Town's Bicycle Path Network Officially Named the "Emerald Path"

Acting on a request from the Town's Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Board of Commissioners formally named the Town's popular bicycle path network as the "Emerald Path" at its April meeting. 

Upon completion of two segments currently under construction, the Emerald Path will extend approximately 11 miles from the Indian Beach town limits all the way to The Point at Bogue Inlet.  The Emerald Path provides an alternative means of transportation to reach the Town's commercial areas, a relaxing recreational amenity, and a safe exercise area for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.  We are pleased to finally complete the Emerald Path through the entire Town!

Join the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee for Weekly Rides on the Emerald Path!

Beginning Tuesday, May 6 at 5:30, and every Tuesday thereafter (weather permitting) the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee invites you to meet at Hwy 58 Bicycles for an informal ride on the Emerald Path.  

Riders can go as far... or as little as they like; all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the community's expanded path.  The only thing you need is a bicycle and a helmet!  Please pass the word along and bring your smiling faces... who knows, you might even go home with a t-shirt!

Town Considering Adding Commercial Slips at Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area

The Town is currently considering the creation of up to 10 Town-managed rental slips for commercial operations only at the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area.  The slips would be available to those offering commercial recreational opportunities, including charter fishing, sightseeing cruises, boat rentals, kayak and paddleboard equipment, and any other recreational opportunities for our visitors.  No residential slips will be available. 

The Town is currently pursuing permits for the creation of the new slips, and will be working on this issue over the next several months.  For more information, please contact Town Manager Frank Rush at frush@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-3424.   

Resident / Taxpayer Beach Parking Permits Available Now

The Town charges a daily parking fee at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access, and will collect the parking fee each Saturday, Sunday, and holiday through September 14.  The fee is $10 per vehicle per day. Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for 2 free annual parking permits for the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access.  The parking permits will be granted only for vehicles registered in the name of the taxpayer, and are not transferable.

Emerald Isle taxpayers must display the appropriate permit sticker on their windshield in order to avoid the parking fee.  The permit sticker can not be obtained at the regional beach access facilities, and must be obtained prior to visiting the regional beach access facilities.  To obtain your free parking permit, please visit (7509 Emerald Drive) or call (252-354-3424) the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.   

Unattended Beach Equipment Exception Stickers Available Now

Town ordinances require that all unattended beach equipment (tents, canopies, chairs, volleyball nets, etc.) be removed from the beach between 7 pm and 8 am daily, and Town staff regularly enforce this ordinance.  The penalty for leaving unattended beach equipment out overnight is confiscation, so please make sure you remove all unattended beach equipment at the end of the day.

Oceanfront property owners ONLY are eligible for 2 exception permits, and these exception permits can be obtained by visiting (7509 Emerald Drive) or calling (252-354-3424) the Town Administration Building during normal business hours.  (Due to beach nourishment and property ownership issues, no exception permits are available for oceanfront property owners located east of the 3000 block.  All other oceanfront property owners located west of the 3000 block are eligible.) 

Exception permits are available now, and are valid for the entire 2014 season.  Please note that the 2011, 2012, and 2013 exception permits are still valid, and can be used again in 2014.  

Reminder - Yard Debris Collection Procedures

The Town's yard debris collection program continues to be heavily utilized by our property owners, and we expect record- breaking volumes during May and June.  Town crews will be working 7 days a week to collect yard debris, and your patience is greatly appreciated. 

It is no longer necessary to call in to be placed on the collection list. Town staff now make a continuous pass through all streets in the Town, and our goal is to collect from every area at least once per week.  If you place yard debris near the street, Town staff should automatically pick up the debris within one week.  With the busy season at hand, it may take a few extra days to get everyone, but it will be collected as soon as possible.  

Thanks for your patience!

Inaugural EI Half-Marathon & 5K A Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported the inaugural Emerald Isle Half-Marathon & 5K races on March 29.  The event included 1,300 runners, and raised a whopping $42,000 for future bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle!

Next year's race is already set for the weekend of March 28 - 29, 2015.  The Half-Marathon and 5K will be back, and we are also exploring the possibility of adding a full 26.2 mile marathon to the weekend's events.  No rain next year, though!!

Did You Know?

According to the 2010 Census, the Town of Emerald Isle includes 6,735 housing units.  Emerald Isle has more housing units than all other beach towns in North Carolina, with the exception of Oak Island (8,686).  Emerald Isle also has more housing units than any other town in Carteret County, including Morehead City (5,383).

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
Posted by Frank Rush Thursday, May 1, 2014 11:03:00 AM

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