Emerald Tidings

July 2016

  1. New Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) Released for Carteret County and Emerald Isle
  2. Special Public Input Meeting - 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update - Saturday, August 20

  3. Town Survey Closes July 15 

  4. FY 16-17 Budget Approved

  5. Rescue Tubes Make a Difference!

  6. Neighborhood Watch Program Paying Off for EI!

  7. Help us Control Mosquitoes in EI - Tip and Toss!

  8. The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival!  Saturday, August 27

  9. Download the new "Emerald Isle App"! 

  10. Reminder - Important Golf Cart Regulations

  11. Proper Disposal of Construction and Demolition Debris

  12. Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle License Plate 

  13. Emerald Isle Featured on HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation"

  14. Transportation Impact Sponsored Driver Up for an ESPY Award

  15. Did You Know?


New Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) Released for Carteret County and Emerald Isle

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the NC Division of Emergency Management have released new flood maps for Carteret County, including Emerald Isle.  The new maps have been developed over the past few years, and are expected to be formally adopted for use in future building regulations and flood insurance rates sometime in early or mid-2017.  The new maps can be viewed at  http://fris.nc.gov/fris/ .  

For the vast majority of properties in Emerald Isle, there is no change in the new flood maps. Overall, the changes in the new maps are favorable for Emerald Isle, with a net reduction of 508 properties that have been removed from a flood zone.  In some cases, properties have been completely removed from a VE zone and are no longer in a flood zone, while in other cases the property has been converted from a VE zone to an AE zone (AE is generally less restrictive than VE).  In other instances, properties have been removed from an AE zone or the base flood elevation has decreased slightly.  These changes potentially result in significant flood insurance premium savings and/or reduced regulatory burden in the future.  

Town staff analysis has determined, however, that 99 properties are now added to a flood zone, and some (but likely not all) of these properties could face flood insurance requirements (both for insurance coverage and building regulations) in the future.  A list of these properties is available at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/newfloodpropertiestable.pdf . Additionally, there are as many as 40 properties that have an increase in the base flood elevation or a change from an AE zone to a VE zone.  Town Planner Josh Edmondson (jedmondson@emeraldisle-nc.org or 252-354-3338) has attempted to identify all potentially negatively impacted properties in Emerald Isle, and is available to assist our property owners with any questions pertaining to the maps and building regulations. Questions pertaining to flood insurance premiums should be directed to your insurance agent.

If you believe your property is negatively impacted, the Town recommends that you retain the services of a professional surveyor to verify the elevation of your lowest habitable floor in the structure, as this determination may negate any potential negative impacts.  Additionally, an appeals process will be formally initiated later this year, and Town staff are available to assist you in this process.  Finally, if you are negatively impacted, you may want to purchase flood insurance NOW in order to take advantage of potential grandfathered rates before the new flood maps become effective in 2017.  Grandfathered rates are somewhat confusing, and your eligibility for grandfathered rates may be impacted by the age and use of the structure, and also by continually evolving Federal legislation.  Your insurance agent should be able to help you determine the best strategy.

Again, for the vast majority of property owners in Emerald Isle (there are approximately 7300 real property parcels in Emerald Isle, and only 1364 are in a flood zone), there is no change in the new flood map.  For most others, the change is a positive change, however, if you are negatively impacted we encourage you to consider all of your options moving forward.  Town staff are happy to help in any way possible. 

Special Public Input Meeting - 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update - Saturday, August 20

Work continues on the development of the Town's 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, and we want your input on Emerald Isle's future!  

A special public input meeting is scheduled for Saturday, August 20 from 10 am - 1 pm in the Town Board Meeting Room to provide an opportunity for our residents, property owners, businesses, and visitors to share their ideas about Emerald Isle's future.  We want to know what's important to you, what goals you believe the Town should pursue in the future, and how you'd like to see Emerald Isle develop in the future. The Town greatly values your input, and we hope to see you on August 20! 

For more information about the 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, please visit http://www.planei.org/home.html . 

Town Survey Closes July 15 

In addition to the August 20 meeting, the Town is also conducting a brief, online survey as part of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update.  We urge everyone who cares about the future of Emerald Isle to participate.  Please visit  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6W9B3QD  to share your thoughts!  The survey has been active since May, and will close on July 15, so if you have not already taken the survey, please do so soon!

FY 16-17 Budget Approved

The Board of Commissioners approved the FY 16-17 budget at its June meeting, and this spending plan will be in effect from July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2107.  The new budget maintains the current tax rates and fee schedule for all taxpayers.  The Town's General Fund tax rate remains at 15.5 cents per $100 of assessed value (14 cents for general services and 1.5 cents for beach nourishment), the Primary Benefit District tax rate (oceanfront and inlet-front only; for beach nourishment) remains at 4 cents, and the annual solid waste fee remains at $228 per year for each developed residential property (equivalent to $19 per month).  

The new budget includes sufficient funds to maintain high quality Town services, and also includes funding for high priority initiatives.  The new budget includes funding for a planned bicycle path extension along Bogue Inlet Drive to link the "downtown" area to Bogue Inlet Pier, construction of a new storm water pump station to serve the Osprey Ridge area, construction of a new beach access walkway adjacent to The Point vehicle ramp, and additional staffing in the Police Department (community resource officer) and Fire Department (beach patrol / lifeguard program).  

To view the entire FY 16-17 budget, please visit http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/town-budget-1 . 

Rescue Tubes Make a Difference!

Thanks to the generosity of numerous individual donors last fall (that collectively provided approximately $10,000), the Town installed new "rescue tubes" at numerous beach access locations in Emerald Isle this spring.  On June 8, bystanders used a new rescue tube to rescue two swimmers in distress near Point Emerald Villas before emergency crews arrived on scene. The Town is grateful to everyone who contributed to this program!







Neighborhood Watch Program Paying Off for EI!

Thanks to diligent efforts by dedicated volunteers and the Emerald Isle Police Department, the Town's Neighborhood Watch program is paying off.  The program was implemented in January 2014, and has greatly enhanced public safety and fostered a greater sense of community throughout Emerald Isle.  The Neighborhood Watch program is a key part of the EIPD's overall emphasis on community relationships and education.  To read Chief Waters' statement on the Neighborhood Watch program, please visit  http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/police . 

Help us Control Mosquitoes in EI - Tip and Toss!

With the warm weather upon us, it's important to "tip and toss" anything on your property that is or has the potential to hold standing water.......where mosquitoes can breed!  If you have buckets, flower pots, kiddie pools, cans, cups, or other areas where water stands, please empty it and make sure it can't collect rainwater in the future.  

The Town's Public Works Department regularly conducts mosquito landing counts all over Emerald Isle to determine the need to conduct spraying operations, and will spray as necessary in accordance with State guidelines.  Public Works also distributes larvacide in larger public and private water bodies to prevent mosquitoes, and the Town also offers free larvacide to any property owner who requests it -- simply stop by the Town Administration Building or Public Works.

The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival!  Saturday, August 27

Town staff and volunteers are working hard to prepare for the return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on Saturday, August 27!  We've got a great lineup of top performers, including Sammy O'Banion, Spare Change, Hip Pocket (with special guest Danny Woods, formerly of Chairmen of the Board), Too Much Sylvia, The Tams, Jim Quick & Coastline, and The Fantastic Shakers.

The new Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival will be held at the Western Ocean Regional Access (adjacent to The Islander) on the beach strand, with food vendors set up in the parking area.  The show kicks off at 11 am, and is expected to end around 5:30 pm.  Mark your calendars now, and make plans to be in Emerald Isle on August 27!  

Download the new "Emerald Isle App"! 


The new "Emerald Isle App" can be downloaded for free at The App Store (for Apple devices) and at Google Play (for Android devices).  The app includes all things Emerald Isle - where to stay, eat, and shop, things to do, special events, beach and sound access points, parks, beach regulations, Town government information, and more!  





Reminder - Important Golf Cart Regulations

The Town's golf cart program continues to grow in popularity, and there are now more than 600 golf carts registered in the program.  The Town is pleased with the program, as it provides an alternative form of convenient transportation, makes it easier to access the beach, and contributes to the Town's overall image as a high quality resort community.  

It is important, however, for golf cart operators to follow the rules for this program, which are aimed at promoting the safety of other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and the individuals in the golf cart.  The most commonly violated regulations are:

  • Golf carts operated on Town streets must be registered with the Town and display a current Town license plate with the new Emerald Isle logo.
  • Golf carts in the Town's program are not permitted to drive on NC 58 or Coast Guard Road. Crossing directly from one side to the other is permitted.  (Note that a golf cart with a standard NC license plate is treated like a typical motor vehicle, and is permitted on NC 58 and Coast Guard Road.)
  • Golf carts are NOT permitted on the bicycle path or sidewalks.
  • The minimum age to operate a golf cart in Emerald Isle is 18.
  • All driving while impaired laws also apply to golf carts, and open containers are not permitted in golf carts. 

For a complete explanation of golf cart regulations, please visit:

http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/golf-card-registration-program .  The Emerald Isle Police Department actively enforces these requirements, and violators are subject to revocation of the golf cart registration.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Proper Disposal of Construction and Demolition Debris

The Town reminds our property owners that construction and demolition debris is not collected by the Town's curbside garbage contractor. These items, which include lumber, timer, windows, siding, and other construction materials, must be disposed of by the property owner or his construction contractor at the Carteret County convenience center at Fire Tower Road (off NC 58) or at Hibbs Road.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle License Plate 

The Town offers "Emerald Isle ..... A Family Beach" license plates for sale at the Town Administration Building for $10 each.  Stop by the Town Administration Building to get yours! 

Coming soon.....Emerald Isle flags and new license plates with the new Emerald Isle logo and "Nice Matters" tagline.  Stay tuned!



Emerald Isle Featured on HGTV's "Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation"

Emerald Isle has previously been featured several times on HGTV's popular series "Beachfront Bargain Hunt", and will again be featured in a new "Renovation" episode scheduled for its first run on July 2 at 9 pm. Check it out! 



Transportation Impact Sponsored Driver Up for an ESPY Award

Transportation Impact, an EI-based supply-chain spend management firm that has been an outstanding corporate citizen, sponsors Elite Motorsports and Mopar driver Erica Enders.  Erica Enders has been nominated for an ESPY Award following her dominant performance in winning the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship. This is her second nomination in the Best Driver category, and she is the sole female nominee. 

Enders represents Emerald Isle in every race with the TI logo emblazoned on her hood. We'd love to see her win and represent a local business during the ESPY Awards on July 13.  Please visit the link and vote to show your support: http://espn.go.com/espys/2016/?voting=bestdriver . 

Did You Know?

The Town, with our partner Carteret - Craven Electric Cooperative, maintains approximately 650 street lights in Emerald Isle.  If you notice a street light not functioning properly, please let us know!  

Posted by Rhonda Ferebee Tuesday, July 5, 2016 3:52:00 PM