Emerald Tidings

December 2016

  1. Plans For New Grocery Store Approved
  2. Town Implements Coyote Trapping Program
  3. NC Supreme Court Set to Consider Important Public Beach Access Case
  4. Tony Reese Appointed Interim Police Chief
  5. Time to Renew Golf Cart Registrations - Now Administered by EIPD
  6. New Beach Wheelchairs Donated to Town
  7. New Bicycle Path Planned for Bogue Inlet Drive
  8. Beach Access Walkway Replacements Planned
  9. Condominium Deck Inspection Program Being Developed
  10. Join Us for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - Saturday, March 11 
  11. Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races! - Saturday, March 25
  12. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  13. Did You Know?
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Plans for New Grocery Store Approved

Plans for the construction of a new grocery store in Emerald Isle were formally approved by the Board of Commissioners at its November meeting.  The new store is expected to begin construction in the coming months, with a goal to open in spring 2018.

The new, ~ 31,000 sq. ft. store will be constructed on a mostly vacant 6-acre tract located on NC 58 and Crew Drive in front of the Emerald Landing subdivision.  (An existing small building located on the corner of NC 58 and Mallard Drive will be demolished as part of the project.)  As part of the project, the developer has committed to make significant road and sidewalk improvements along Crew Drive (that will remain a public street) and Mallard Drive, and will also construct a new traffic roundabout on NC 58 at its intersection with Mallard Drive. 

Town Implements Coyote Trapping Program

In response to numerous concerns expressed over the past year, the Town has implemented a new coyote trapping program to reduce and/or eliminate the coyote population in Emerald Isle. There are believed to be several coyote families living in Emerald Isle, in every area of the Town. 

Interested property owners can retain the services of a licensed trapper on their property at no or minimal cost.  Complete program details, including a list of licensed trappers providing services through the Town's program, are located at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/coyote-trapping-program.pdf .  Under this program, trappers are required to notify the Emerald Isle Police Department when traps are set and when coyotes are actually trapped.  The program is consistent with NC Wildlife Resources Commission regulations, and will be in effect from December 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.    

NC Supreme Court Set to Consider Important Public Beach Access Case

The NC Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Nies v. Emerald Isle case on January 10, 2017, and is expected to issue its decision later this winter or spring.  The Court's decision could have a profound impact on the public's use of beaches everywhere in North Carolina in the future.

The ultimate questions in this case are  1) whether the public has, and has always had, the right to use the entire width of the flat, dry-sand beach in North Carolina, and  2) whether or not an oceanfront property owner has the right to exclude others from the entire width of the flat, dry-sand beach.  The area in question in this case involves only the flat, sandy beach between the base of the dunes and the ocean --- the area that has been enjoyed by the public everywhere in North Carolina, forever.  The case does not involve any portion of oceanfront property located landward of the base of the dune.

This case was first initiated in 2011, and thus far the Town has prevailed in Carteret County Superior Court and the NC Court of Appeals.  The NC Court of Appeals ruling affirmed the public's access to and use of the entire width of the flat-sandy beach, from the base of the dunes to the water, and is now the definitive law on this issue in North Carolina.  The Nies have appealed the NC Court of Appeals ruling to the NC Supreme Court, and the upcoming decision of the NC Supreme Court will eventually become the definitive law in North Carolina when issued.   

The Town of Emerald Isle, with great support from many other interested parties, has been working hard to preserve the public's right to access and use the entire width of the flat, sandy beach in North Carolina.  To learn more about this seminal case, please visit the links at  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/nies .

Tony Reese Appointed Interim Police Chief

With the recent retirement of Chief Jeff Waters, Tony Reese has been appointed Interim Police Chief in Emerald Isle.  Interim Chief Reese began his service with the EIPD in 2000, and has served as Assistant Police Chief since 2013.  His career also includes service in the Greenville (NC) Police Department and the United States Marine Corps.  

Interim Chief Reese has been heavily involved in all aspects of the EIPD in recent years, and will continue the Police Department's emphasis on positive community relationships and outreach. Please don't hesitate to contact Interim Chief Reese at 252-354-2021 or  treese@emeraldisle-nc.org  for any assistance with Police matters. 

Time to Renew Golf Cart Registrations - Now Administered by EIPD

The Town's golf cart program continues to grow, with more than 650 golf carts now registered under the program.  The 2016 registrations expire on December 31, and it is now time to renew. 

The administration of the Town's golf cart program has been transferred to the Emerald Isle Police Department, and EIPD staff will now handle all aspects of the registration and inspection process.  (Please visit the Emerald Isle Police Station, and not the Town Administration Building, for all golf cart assistance.)  For more information, please contact EIPD at 252-354-2021 or visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/golf-card-registration-program . 

New Beach Wheelchairs Donated to Town

The Town's beach wheelchair program, managed by the Emerald Isle Fire Department, makes specially outfitted wheelchairs available free of charge to disabled individuals.  The program is very popular, with all wheelchairs loaned out early each day during the summer months, and is greatly appreciated by the individuals using the wheelchairs and their families.

The Town is fortunate to have received significant donations recently for two new beach wheelchairs.  The cost of each wheelchair is more than $2,500.  The "Emerald Isle Beach Patrol", a local service and social organization, recently donated a new chair to the EIFD (with plans to donate additional chairs!).  Emerald Isle resident Jackie Getsinger also recently donated a new wheelchair in honor of her recently deceased husband, Sam.  The Town of Emerald Isle is thankful for these kind donations, which reflect the very best of the people of Emerald Isle. Thank you! 

L to R - J. Hinson, B. Kreager, Engineer B. Johnson, Captain B. Norman, M. Purifoy, H. Overman, W. Maness 

New Bicycle Path Planned for Bogue Inlet Drive

Town staff continue to develop plans for the construction of a new bicycle path along Bogue Inlet Drive this winter and spring, with a goal to open the new path prior to the 2017 tourism season. The new bicycle path will be constructed entirely in the public street right of way, on the west side of Bogue Inlet Drive.  Town officials are also considering additional street improvements as part of this project.  The project is partially funded by fundraising proceeds generated by the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races. 

Beach Access Walkway Replacements Planned

The Town will soon contract for the replacement of three existing beach access walkways at Georgia Street, Hubert Street, and Sea Crest.  Work is expected to occur this winter and spring, with completion prior to the 2017 tourism season.  The Town maintains a comprehensive inventory of the condition of all beach access walkways, and strives to replace the three most deteriorated walkways each year.

Condominium Deck Inspection Program Being Developed

The Town continues to support the deck inspection program implemented by the 7 vacation rental companies in Emerald Isle in 2015.  That program insures that vacation rental unit decks are inspected annually and that necessary repairs are completed, in order to promote visitor safety.  

The program has not previously included condominium units, and Town staff are now working with Emerald Isle condominium complexes and management groups to hopefully expand the program to all condominium complexes in Emerald Isle.  Town Planner Josh Edmondson is leading this effort for the Town, and he can be contacted at 252-354-3338 or jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org .  

Join Us for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival - Saturday, March 11 

The Town's signature event is back for it's 26th year on Saturday, March 11 at the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center!  Mark your calendars now, make your accommodations reservations, and plan to join us for another great day of music, food, arts, crafts, kids' rides, and fun!  

For sponsor and vendor information, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/26th-annual-emerald-isle-st-patrick%E2%80%99s-festival-2017-03-11 .   

Start Training for the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races! - Saturday, March 25

The 4th annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5K Races will be held on Saturday, March 25 at the Western Ocean Regional Access.  Start your training now, and sign up at http://www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6238 !  

The 2016 races attracted nearly 1500 runners and raised more than $60,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Emerald Isle bike path, and we hope to surpass those totals in 2017!  The 2017 races will benefit the Crystal Coast Autism Center and the Emerald Isle bike path.  

Sponsorship opportunities are also available --- please contact Race Director Candace Dooley at doolsgirl@gmail.com if you'd like to be a sponsor!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to everyone who lives in, owns property, visits regularly, or just loves Emerald Isle!  We are all incredibly fortunate to be able to enjoy this special place!

Town offices will be closed on Friday, December 23, Monday, December 26, and Tuesday, December 27 in observance of Christmas.  The Community Center will be open these days, but will be closed on December 24 and 25.  Trash will NOT be collected on Monday, December 26 or Tuesday, December 27.  The regular collection schedule will resume on Wednesday, December 28.     

Town offices and the Community Center will be closed on Monday, January 2 in observance of New Year's Day.  Trash WILL be collected on Monday, January 2.  The regular collection schedule will be in effect otherwise.  Happy New Year! 

Did You Know?

The Town of Emerald Isle was officially incorporated by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1957.  The Town will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2017!

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Monday, December 5, 2016 11:50:00 AM

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