Emerald Tidings

March 2011

  1. July 4 Fireworks Will Return to Bogue Inlet Pier
  2. Town to Add Lifeguards at Regional Beach Accesses
  3. New Regional Beach Access Parking Fee
  4. Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available
  5. New Municipal Service Districts Approved for Beach Nourishment
  6. Overnight Beach Equipment Exception Permits Available
  7. AIWW Dredging Delayed Until Next Winter

July 4 Fireworks Will Return to Bogue Inlet Pier

After a two-year hiatus, the annual July 4th fireworks show will return to Bogue Inlet Pier this year!  The Town is very pleased to partner with Bogue Inlet Pier to offer the fireworks along the oceanfront again this year, and greatly appreciates the renewed cooperation with Bogue Inlet Pier for this long-standing tradition.  The fireworks will be funded jointly by the Town and Bogue Inlet Pier.  We look forward to a great show!       

Town To Add Lifeguards at Regional Beach Accesses This Summer

The Town strives to provide the best possible beach visit experience for our guests, and is currently finalizing plans for our beach services as the 2011 season approaches.  The most notable addition for 2011 will be the presence of fixed lifeguards at the Town's Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access.    The Town will station one fixed lifeguard at each of the two regional beach accesses daily from late May to early September.  The Town will also continue to provide roving beach patrol personnel along the entire length of the beach this summer, and these personnel are also trained for water rescue activities.  The Town will also utilize dedicated Police personnel roving on the beach stand, at the regional beach accesses, and at Bogue Inlet Pier to maintain a family beach atmosphere.    The new lifeguards are being funded by proceeds from the Town's new regional beach access parking fee that will be implemented in 2011.   

New Regional Beach Access Parking Fee

Weekends and Holidays Only

The Town will implement a new beach access parking fee at the Eastern Ocean Regional Access and Western Ocean Regional Access in 2011.  The new fee will be in effect at these two facilities only, and will only be collected on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from April 15 through September 30.  The new fee is $10 per vehicle per day, and will be collected from 7 am to 4 pm by Town personnel.  Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Revenues from the new fee will be used solely to fund the personnel and operating costs associated with these full-service beach access facilities.  The Town invests more than $100,000 annually to keep these facilities clean, safe, and enjoyable for our daily beach visitors, and the new fee will insure that these facilities are maintained at a high standard in the future.

The Town maintains two additional beach parking lots on Ocean Drive at 3rd Street and at the corner of Station Street and Coast Guard Road, and these two lots will remain free.  In addition, the Town maintains more than 60 free neighborhood beach access points throughout the Town.  

Emerald Isle taxpayers are eligible for two free parking permits for these facilities, in recognition of the significant Town taxpayer expense to acquire and develop these facilities in past years.

The Town will begin implementing parking fees at the Eastern and Western Ocean Accesses beginning Saturday, April 16, 2011.
 

Taxpayer Beach Access Parking Permits Available

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.  Parking permits will be available after March 15.

Please note: Emerald Isle taxpayers will need to bring their vehicle registration(s) with them when applying for their permit. 

New Municipal Service Districts Approved for Beach Nourishment

At its February 8 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved the establishment of two new municipal service districts to fund the Town's future beach nourishment activities.  The new districts will be effective on July 1, 2011, and replace the old, expiring districts that funded the Town's previous beach nourishment projects.

The Town is currently working with Carteret County and other nearby towns on a long-term beach nourishment program that is expected to be funded by a combination of State funding, County room occupancy tax revenues, and Town funding derived from the new districts.  The long-term program is expected to cover at least a 30-year planning horizon, and should allow for the construction of targeted beach nourishment projects on an as-needed, where-needed, when-needed basis in the future.  The Town estimates that the Town's future cost will be in the $600,000 - $700,000 range annually to implement this program.

The Board of Commissioners has not yet established the tax rates for the new districts, and will do so when the FY 11-12 Town budget is adopted in June 2011.  The Board is currently considering tax rates of 4 or 4.5 cents for oceanfront and inlet-front properties (included in the new Primary Benefit District), and 1 or 1.5 cents for all other properties (included in the new Secondary Benefit District).  These tax rates will be applied to the new 2011 tax values. 

Overnight Beach Equipment Exception Permits Available

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.  Exception permits will be available after March 15, and are valid for the entire 2011 season.  Please note that the 2010 exception permits are no longer valid.   

Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Dredging Delayed Until Next Winter

The US Army Corps of Engineers was originally scheduled to dredge the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) near Bogue Inlet this winter, but has now delayed that work until winter 2011 - 2012.  Fortunately, the AIWW has not experienced significant shoaling, and should remain easily navigable throughout 2011.  Dredge spoils from the AIWW dredging will be placed on the beach at The Point. Frank A. Rush, Jr. Town Manager Town of Emerald Isle 7500 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle, NC  28594   252-354-3424 frush@emeraldisle-nc.org

Frank A. Rush, Jr.
Town Manager
252-354-3424
frush@emeraldisle-nc.org
Posted by Frank Rush Tuesday, March 1, 2011 4:22:00 PM

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