- The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival! Saturday, August 27
- Please Take Our Brief Survey, and Help Us Plan Emerald Isle's Future!
- EIPD Offers New, Monitored Internet Exchange Location
- Download the new "Emerald Isle App"!
- Join Us for July 4th Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier, Including Another Glow Party at The Pier!
- EmeraldFest Concert Series Begins June 16
- Bike The Banks / Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge Continues to Grow
- Emerald Isle Fire Department and Emerald Isle EMS Offering Heart Saver CPR - AED Class
- Assistance Available for Medically Fragile Individuals During Hurricane Threats
- Big Crowd Celebrates Dedication of New Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park
- New Signs Identify Public Access Locations for Kayakers and Stand-Up Paddleboarders in Bogue Sound
- New Wayfinding Signs In Place
- Save The Dunes Initiative Seeks Additional Volunteers
- Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle Logo / Nice Matters T-Shirt!
- Did You Know?
The Return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival! Saturday, August 27
The Town of Emerald Isle is excited to announce the return of the Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival on Saturday, August 27! It's been 17 years since the last Beach Music Festival was held in Emerald Isle, and the new 2016 event promises to match the great times of the festivals of the 1980s and 1990s!
We've got a great lineup of top performers planned, 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
- 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.
More details will be announced in the coming weeks, and will be posted at http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ . Mark your calendars now, and make plans to be back in Emerald Isle on August 27!
Please Take Our Brief Survey, and Help Us Plan Emerald Isle's Future!
Work continues on the development of the Town's 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, and we want to know your thoughts on Emerald Isle's future! The Town is conducting a brief, online survey, and 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!
To learn more about the 2016 Comprehensive Plan / Land Use Plan Update, please visit our special website that allows our residents, property owners, and visitors to follow the progress and offer additional input into the development of the plan. The special website can be viewed at a link from http://www.emeraldisle-nc.org/ or directly at http://www.planei.org/ . The special website will include all information associated with the new plan, including meeting dates, meeting minutes, draft policies and maps, and more.
EIPD Offers New, Monitored Internet Exchange Location
The Emerald Isle Police Department is pleased to offer a new, video-monitored internet exchange location to provide a safer environment for individuals to complete internet-based (or other pre-arranged) transactions and exchanges. The designated internet exchange location is directly across the parking lot from the main entrance to the Police Station (between the Police Station and the Blue Heron Park tennis courts).
Download the new "Emerald Isle App"!
The new "Emerald Isle App" is complete, and can be downloaded for free at The App Store (for Apple devices) and at Google Play (for Android devices). The new app is designed to make it easy for our residents and visitors to locate the terrific local businesses in Emerald Isle, find out where to stay, eat, and shop, learn about things to do and special events, and locate beach and sound access points and Town parks. The new app also includes a "postcard" feature --- take a great shot of family and friends in Emerald Isle, add the Emerald Isle frame, and then send it off or post to social media sites!
The new app is also designed to make it easy for our residents and visitors to learn about and communicate with the Town government. Special buttons provide the latest Town news, meetings of interest, and other important Town government information. The new "Let Us Know" button enables our residents and visitors to report concerns to Town staff in a quick and easy format, enables the quick attachment of a photo, and also identifies the location of the concern. We hope that this new tool will make it easier for our residents and visitors to communicate with Town staff, and that it will ultimately enable Town staff to respond more efficiently to concerns.
Join Us for July 4th Fireworks at Bogue Inlet Pier, Including Another Glow Party at The Pier!
The Town of Emerald Isle is pleased to again partner with Bogue Inlet Pier to offer July 4th fireworks over the ocean! The show begins at 9 pm, and will be visible from miles away on the beach!
The Town, Emerald Owl Productions, and Bogue Inlet Pier will also offer another Glow Party at The Pier on July 4. A high energy dance party will book-end the July 4th fireworks, with family-friendly musical entertainment and professional lighting (and perhaps lasers) to brighten up the dance floor after dark. The party begins at 7 pm, will take a break for the fireworks show, and will continue after the fireworks until 11 pm.
Come on out and enjoy the fun!
EmeraldFest Concert Series Begins June 16
The 2016 EmeraldFest Concert Series kicks off on Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 pm at the Western Ocean Regional Access!
Free outdoor concerts will be held each Thursday evening throughout the summer! Bring your blanket or chair, and come on out and enjoy some great music with us!
- June 16 - Pure T Mommicked - Rock/Alternative
- June 23 - Justin Castellano - Eclectic
- June 30 - Now & Then - Classic Country, Bluegrass, Mix
- July 7 - Outer Banks Philharmonic - Rock/Alternative
- July 14 - 4EverAll - Pop/Variety/Originals
- July 21 - Scearce & Ketner - Carolina Pirate Rock
- July 28 - Wild Honey - Blues/Country/Rock
- August 4 - Backseat Romeo - Acoustic Rock
- August 11 - Big Drink - Pop/Rock/Variety
- August 18 - Naked Knees - What a Party Sounds Like
Free concerts are also offered in Swansboro each Sunday evening throughout the summer. Check out the SwanFest lineup at http://www.seasideartscouncil.com/ .
Bike The Banks / Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge Continues to Grow
The 2nd annual Bike the Banks / Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge bicycle event was held on Saturday, May 7. This year's event attracted 151 riders who participated in three organized rides from the Emerald Isle Community Center to Cape Lookout, Fort Macon, and the Eastern Ocean Regional Access. The event raised a total of $4,300 for future bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Emerald Isle! Thanks to all who participated, and to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee for their hard work!
Emerald Isle Fire Department and Emerald Isle EMS Offering Heart Saver CPR - AED Class
The Emerald Isle Fire Department and Emerald Isle EMS are pleased to offer a new CPR - AED class to Emerald Isle residents, visitors, and others in the surrounding area. The next classes are scheduled for Monday, June 20, with one class scheduled from 9 am - 1 pm, and another from 6 pm - 10 pm.
The cost for Emerald Isle residents, taxpayers, and people who work in Emerald Isle is $5 per class. The cost for all others is $40 per class. It is necessary to pre-register by contacting Emerald Isle EMS at 252-354-2249. Future classes will be offered, and will be scheduled in the near future.
Assistance Available for Medically Fragile Individuals During Hurricane Threats
Carteret County offers a voluntary program that provides evacuation transportation and sheltering to individuals with special needs during hurricane threats. Transportation assistance can be provided for individuals in an ordered evacuation area who may not have a means of transportation to a designated shelter, and to those with special health or medical considerations to the specially designated medically fragile shelter.
For more information, and to sign up for this service, please visit http://www.carteretcountync.gov/605/Medically-Fragile .
Big Crowd Celebrates Dedication of New Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park
The new Senator Jean Preston Memorial Park was formally dedicated on May 25, which would have been the late Senator's 81st birthday. A big crowd was in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new park, which features an all-inclusive playground at a beautiful soundfront location adjacent to the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area. The entire project was a true community collaboration, with significant contributions from many organizations, businesses, and individuals in our community. Thank you to everyone who made this great new park a reality!
New Signs Identify Public Access Locations for Kayakers and Stand-Up Paddleboarders in Bogue Sound
With the increasing popularity of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding in Bogue Sound, the Town has installed new, large, triangular signs visible from the water at that Town's public access locations on Bogue Sound. These signs are intended to make it easier to identify the public access locations from the water.
The new signs are installed on Town piers located at Park Street (near Eastern Ocean Regional Access, 2700 block - sign "27"), the Emerald Isle Public Boating Access Area (6800 block, sign "68"), the Bluewater Drive pier (7000 block, sign "70"), Cedar Street Park (7700 block, sign "77"), and Emerald Isle Woods Park (9400 block, two piers - signs "94" and "94A").
New Wayfinding Signs In Place
A total of 17 new wayfinding signs have been installed in Emerald Isle to direct visitors to various public facilities and attractions. The new signs feature the Emerald Isle logo and the "Nice Matters" tag line, and are part of the Town's continuing emphasis on community aesthetics.
Save The Dunes Initiative Seeks Additional Volunteers
Many dedicated volunteers have planted sea-oat seedlings at The Point and other Emerald Isle locations over e the past few years as part of the Save the Dunes initiative. Volunteers
include members of the Emerald Isle Garden Club, the Turtle Patrol, and several home owners associations, with support from the Town of Emerald Isle.
The aim of the Save the Dunes initiative is to rebuild dune structure where needed and raise awareness of how dunes protect our beaches. Please contact Carla Stevens (email@example.com or 252-764-2160) or Kevin Geraghty (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919- 697-7636) if you have questions or would like to volunteer. It's fun, easy, and the best way to keep our Crystal Coast beautiful for years to come.
Purchase Your Own Emerald Isle Logo / Nice Matters T-Shirt!
The Town has received a very positive response to the new Emerald Isle logo and the new "Nice Matters" tag line. If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt with the new logo and tag line, please visit the Town Administration Building at 7509 Emerald Drive. T-shirts are $15 each, and are available now for purchase. Show your EI pride!
Did You Know?
The Town of Emerald Isle has more than 6,700 housing units in its jurisdiction, the second most of the 21 North Carolina beach towns. Only the Town of Oak Island serves more housing units than Emerald Isle.