Emerald Tidings

August 2013

  1. Plan Your Fall Visit to Emerald Isle!
  2. Emerald Isle Enjoys 2nd Lowest Tax Rate Among 21 NC Oceanfront Towns
  3. Recycling Containers in Stock at Sound ACE Hardware
  4. Town Implements New Yard Debris Collection Procedures
  5. NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Nearing Completion
  6. Privilege Licenses No Longer Required in Emerald Isle
  7. Two Promoted in Emerald Isle Police Department
  8. Stay Safe! Bicyclists Should Obey Traffic Signs
  9. Emerald Isle Day4Kids - September 21, 2013
  10. Island Review Magazine No Longer Being Mailed to Permanent Residents

Plan Your Fall Visit to Emerald Isle!

Fall is a great time to visit Emerald Isle - warm water temperatures, comfortable air temperatures, discounts, and just the right amount of people!  Plan your trip today - visit www.visitei.org or www.crystalcoastnc.org !  

Emerald Isle Enjoys 2nd Lowest Tax Rate Among 21 NC Oceanfront Towns

The Town strives to provide the highest quality services at the lowest possible cost for our residents, property owners, and visitors, and makes a deliberate and conscious effort to keep the Town's tax rate as low as possible. 

Of the 21 oceanfront towns in North Carolina, Emerald Isle continues to enjoy the 2nd lowest General Fund property tax rate. 

Rank Municipality Tax Rate
1 Sunset Beach 0.1050
2 Emerald Isle 0.1250
3 Holden Beach 0.1270
4 Ocean Isle Beach 0.1325
5 Wrightsville Beach 0.1330
6 Pine Knoll Shores 0.1560
7 Atlantic Beach 0.1650
8 Indian Beach 0.1650
9 Caswell Beach 0.1700
10 Topsail Beach 0.1725
11 Duck 0.1840
12 Southern Shores 0.2200
13 North Topsail Beach 0.2255
14 Nags Head  0.2300
15 Carolina Beach 0.2350
16 Surf City 0.2600
17 Kure Beach 0.2615
18 Oak Island 0.2750
19 Kitty Hawk 0.3000
20 Kill Devil Hills 0.3209
21 Bald Head Island 0.5900

Note: Does not include taxes levied specifically for beach nourishment activities.

Recycling Containers In Stock at Sound ACE Hardware

90 gallon and 40 gallon containers now available

After several months of delay due to problems at the manufacturer's plant, the Town has finally received its shipments of 90-gallon and 40-gallon roll out recycling containers, and they are available for sale at Sound ACE Hardware in Emerald Isle at special prices.  The 90-gallon recycling containers are available for $74.99, and the 40-gallon containers are available for $69.99 - while supplies last.  The Town is pleased to finally have the containers available for our residents and property owners. 

The Town now requires all permanent and second-home residential units to utilize at least one 40-gallon roll out recycling container, and requires all vacation rental units to utilize at least one 90-gallon container for each 3 bedrooms in the unit.  This requirement was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in late 2012 but has been "on hold" due to the manufacturing delays.  The Town will not take any enforcement action regarding the new recycling container requirements until 2014 in order to provide ample time for our residents and property owners to secure the new containers. 

Town Implements New Yard Debris Collection Procedures

No longer necessary to call in for yard debris collection

The Town always seeks new ways to improve our services and provide greater convenience for our residents and property owners.  With this in mind, and the continued increases in yard debris volumes and collection points, the Town has implemented new yard debris collection procedures. 

Effective August 1, it is no longer necessary for residents and property owners to call the Town to be placed on a list for yard debris collection.  Town staff will now be making a continuous pass through all streets in the Town, and will begin each week on NC 58 and the eastern limits of Town, and work west toward The Pointe.  The Town's goal is to collect all yard debris within one week of placement at the edge of the street.  During periods with extremely high yard debris volumes and collection points, it may take as much as two weeks to collect all yard debris, however, the Town will also be implementing weekend collection in an attempt to meet the "within one week" goal.   

The Town is pleased to offer these popular services to our residents and property owners.  Yard debris collection services are funded exclusively by the Town's annual solid waste fee (which also funds all residential trash, recycling, and beach strand collection).

NC 58 Bicycle Path Extension Nearing Completion

0.4 Mile Segment from Hurst Drive to Fairfax Road 

The Town's contractor is nearing completion of the new 0.4 mile segment of NC 58 bicycle path between Hurst Drive and Fairfax Road.  Nearly all grading work and placement of rock base is complete, and paving and fine grading is expected to occur in August. 

The Town is pleased to extend the NC 58 bike path to this area.  Planning and design work is currently underway for the full completion of the NC 58 bicycle path and the Coast Guard Road bicycle path, and we hope to begin construction in early 2014. 

Privilege Licenses No Longer Required in Emerald Isle

In an effort to reduce the burden and inconvenience on our business owners, the Board of Commissioners acted in late 2012 to eliminate the need for business privilege licenses in Emerald Isle.  This change was effective July 1, 2013, and it is no longer necessary for Emerald Isle businesses to secure a privilege license.

New and expanding business owners are reminded to contact Town staff to insure compliance with zoning requirements and Fire Code requirements before making significant business decisions and before opening for business.     

Two Promoted in Emerald Isle Police Department

Chief Jeff Waters recently announced a new organizational structure for the Emerald Isle Police Department that is intended to improve departmental reporting relationships and internal communication, and also enable EIPD to place additional emphasis on investigations.

In conjunction with these organizational changes, Chief Waters has promoted Tony Reese to Assistant Police Chief, and has also promoted Paul Cheshire to Captain.  Chief Waters, Assistant Chief Reese, and Captain Cheshire look forward to insuring the best possible Police services for Emerald Isle!  

Stay Safe! Bicyclists Should Obey Traffic Signs

Emerald Isle is fortunate to have more than 5 miles of dedicated asphalt bicycle paths along NC 58 and Coast Guard Road, with another 5 miles + planned for construction within the next year.  The Town is pleased to offer these safe transportation and recreation alternatives for our residents and visitors, but also reminds bicyclists that it is important to obey all traffic signs along the bicycle paths - especially STOP signs at street intersections!  Please stay safe!

Emerald Isle Day4Kids - September 21, 2013

The 8th annual Emerald Isle Day4Kids event will be held at the Community Center from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, September 21.  

Day4Kids brings adults and children of all ages together for a FREE fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games, face painting and more!  For more information, please contact Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350!

Island Review Magazine No Longer Being Mailed to Permanent Residents

The Island Review, a local monthly magazine that includes features about the entire Crystal Coast area, including the Town's Emerald Tidings newsletter, is no longer being mailed to permanent residents in Emerald Isle for business reasons.  Island Review continues to be mailed to out-of-town property owners, and is available for free pick-up at several locations in Emerald Isle, including the Town Administration Building, the Community Center, Emerald Isle Post Office, Sound ACE Hardware, all EI vacation rental agencies, and other prominent businesses in Emerald Isle.

The Town's Emerald Tidings newsletter is available each month in Island Review, is emailed to nearly 6,000 electronic subscribers, and is posted on the Town's website at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/eitidingsmonthly.htm .

Posted by Admin Thursday, August 1, 2013 11:37:00 AM

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